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September 22, 2014

Frattallone's Ace Hardware of Minnesota was recognized by Ace Hardware Corp. as the co-op's All-Star Retailer of the Year for its contributions to the Children's Miracle Network.

Mike Frattallone accepted the award during a presentation at the Ace Hardware General Session in Orlando, Florida. The ceremony included an appearance on stage alongside Aiden Morales, the 10-year-old ambassador of Ace's fundraising programs across the country. 

September 5, 2014

Tifton, Georgia-based Short & Paulk Supply Co. recently promoted Mitzi Phillips, a longtime employee, to its assistant manager position of the Tifton store location. 

August 7, 2014

Lumber and building material industry veteran Michel E. Dowling, 68, of Marana, Arizona, died unexpectedly at his home. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. 

Born in Rhode Island, Dowling entered the WT Grant’s organization’s management training program after college. He served as a hard goods buyer, remaining in that position until the Grant store's demise in 1976.   

May 30, 2014

Three plywood mills hailing from British Columbia have been inducted into the APA - The Engineered Wood Association during its board of trustees meeting in May.

Richmond Plywood Corporation Ltd. from Richmond, B.C.; LP in Golden, B.C.; and Canoe Forest Products Limited (also from Canoe) will enjoy membership starting Aug. 1, 2014.

May 23, 2014

A neighborhood fixture is shutting its doors in Cleveland, but not before donating its entire inventory to the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

Rudy Rosales, the 74-year-old owner of Rudy's Hardware in Cleveland's Slavic Village, is making sure his retirement isn't wasted on the community at large.

May 20, 2014

Aniel Wade, an employee of Vision Ace Hardware in LaBelle, Florida, rescued a family from a burning building in February, a feat that earned him a full-page writeup in the recent issue of Men's Health, in which he was dubbed an "Everyday Hero."

According to multiple media reports, 20-year-old Wade was busy making deliveries in Alva, Florida, when he came upon a burning house with an elderly woman out front, gasping for air.

April 17, 2014

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Company named Randy Coleman as executive VP and CFO.

Coleman replaces Larry Hilsheimer, who has left the company after slighlty more than a year in his role.

Chairman and CEO Jim Hagedorn described Coleman as a better fit for the position.

April 15, 2014

David R. Lumley, president and CEO of Spectrum Brands Holdings, has been elected to a one-year term on the nine-member board of directors of Husqvarna, the outdoor power products supplier.

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Ace executives took the stage to deliver rousing speeches at the General Session of the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, congratulating retailers on a strong 2013 and outlining the co-op's vision for 2014 and beyond.

Ace even had a proprietary rock 'n' roll theme song dedicated to its strategic initiative, "20/20 Vision," which added a spirited component to a slide show presented at the session. "The view is worth the climb," crooned the singer.

February 18, 2014

Beloit, Wis.-based ABC Supply Co. promoted Todd Buehl to the position of chief financial officer and treasurer, effective April 1. Buehl, who joined ABC Supply as vice president and chief administrative officer in 2012, succeeds Kendra Story, who is retiring as chief financial officer and treasurer after nearly 32 years with the company.  
 

January 29, 2014

You meet some interesting people in the home improvement industry. Here’s another one: Jared Littmann, the 41-year-old youth sports coach; lawyer; Annapolis, Md., assemblyman; owner of K&B True Value in Annapolis; and — most recently — True Value board member.

Littmann spoke to HCN just before the K&B True Value Hardware Art Show (see it at homechannelnews.com) opened its doors.

January 7, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware appointed a new chief for Westlake Ace Hardware, the 85-store Midwestern chain.

Tom Knox, 59, was named president and CEO of Westlake, which is owned by the co-op -- and which is also the co-op's largest member. Knox wil be leaving his role as VP retail business development, training and supply at Ace's corporate offices and take on his new role in Lenexa, Kan.

December 9, 2013

New Berlin, Wis.-based FirsTime Design Limited named Christopher Bering, 39, president and CEO, effective Nov. 30.

The company does business as FirsTime Munfactory, a designer, marketer and distributor of timepieces and home decor products sold through national and regional retailers.

November 25, 2013

Wal-Mart Stores veteran Doug McMillon, 47, will succeed Mike Duke, 63, as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2014, the company announced Monday morning.

Wal-Mart International president and CEO Doug McMillon was given the nod over Walmart U.S. president and CEO Bill Simon to take the top post. McMillon will join the board effective immediately. McMillon’s successor will be named before the end of the fiscal year, according to the company.

October 28, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

September 20, 2013

Home Depot has a new director on board: Helena B. Foulkes, 49, will serve as a member of the Finance and Leadership Development & Compensation Committees.

"I'm pleased to welcome Helena to our board and look forward to the unique insight she brings from her years of retail experience and leadership," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO.

June 24, 2013

Not paying attention to big-box competitors seems to have worked out well for 85-year-old Walt Wenzl, who recently celebrated his 70th year working for Wenzl Hardware Store in Nebraska City. He has owned and operated the independent hardware store since 1954, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

June 18, 2013

Ace Hardware has announced the appointment of two new member directors to its board of directors: Stew Elliott Jr., of Elm Grove, Wis.; and Amy Kaplanis of Granby, Colo.

Elliott, 55, is a majority shareholder of Elliott Ace Hardware, a four-store Ace chain located in the western suburbs of Milwaukee. Prior to taking ownership in Ace Hardware, Elliott held a leadership sales role with Amerock, a vendor serving the convenience hardware industry, for six years.

June 4, 2013

Friedman’s Home Improvement promoted Barry Friedman, 34, to the position of CEO and president. 

Friedman, who has climbed the company’s ranks for 10 years most recently as VP operations, will take over as CEO, effective immediately. He represents the third-generation of Friedmans to run the family business.   

May 28, 2013

Dan Russell Coleman was a lumber industry executive, community leader, Air Force veteran and father. He died at his home in Victoria, Texas, May 25 at the age of 82.

According to his obituary notice, he was born in Waxahachie, Texas on May 8, 1931 and moved to Victoria, Texas in 1936, when his father accepted a management position with Zarsky Lumber Co.

March 15, 2013

Window World, a replacement window and home remodeling company, sponsored a mission through the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) to bring injured Army SSG Oliver Hughes and his family from San Antonio to Asheville, N.C.

North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based Window World, a replacement window and home remodeling company, sponsored a mission through the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) to bring injured Army SSG Oliver Hughes and his family from San Antonio to Asheville, N.C.

January 15, 2013

Three suspects who allegedly stole approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other retailers were apprehended on Jan. 8 and 9 in Louisville, Ky.

January 8, 2013

A canine officer helped capture a suspected thief at a Lowe’s store in Chico, Calif., according to an article in the Chico Enterprise-Record.

A Chico police officer patrolling the area at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, noticed a damaged chain-link fence in the store’s garden center. Merchandise was stacked nearby.

December 27, 2012

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware promoted Karen Gravelin to the position of VP corporate administration.

Gravelin, 56, joined Rocky’s Ace Hardware in September 2011 as director of human resources. In her new role, Gravelin will be responsible for information technology, organizational development and training in addition to human resources, payroll and benefits.

December 10, 2012

A woman arrested for shoplifting from a Home Depot in Tewksbury, Mass., spent the morning in court being arraigned on burglary charges, according to an article in the Tewksbury Patch.

Erica Jane Ruane, 25, was arrested by Tewksbury Police on the night of Dec. 4 for breaking into a home, along with two accomplices, earlier that day.