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December 17, 2014

KB Home has opened its latest Design Studio in Centennial, Colorado, giving Denver-area homebuyers the opportunity to shop for home features in a retail-like setting.

KB Home has opened its latest Design Studio in Centennial, Colorado, giving Denver-area homebuyers the opportunity to shop for home features in a retail-like setting.

December 16, 2014

US LBM Holdings has acquired Lumber Specialties of Dyersville, Iowa, a company described as the largest independent manufacturer of structural building components in the Midwest. 

US LBM bought the company from majority shareholders Carl Schoenhard, Bob Lex and Terry Bahl. Dennis Westhoff will become president of Lumber Specialties, managing the business with Bob Lex, Terry Bahl and their existing team.

December 10, 2014

In a move that's partially a response to its recent acquisition of Indesit Company, Whirlpool Corporation has made some changes to its leadership ranks in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region).

Whirlpool EMEA's president, Esther Berrozpe, will take over the company's integrated European business -- the combined operations of Whirlpool and Indesit -- beginning Jan. 1. 

Additionally, Marco Milani has announced his plans to step down from his position as Indesit's CEO, effective Dec. 31.

December 8, 2014

The APA-The Engineered Wood Association recognized the Metriguard president with a Bronson J. Lewis award at its Annual Meeting this year.

Jim Logan, owner and president of Pullman, Washington-based Metriguard Inc., was honored during the event in San Antonio, Texas, this past November, where APA chairman Tom Temple introduced him as "[a true] pioneer in the engineered wood products industry."

Logan and Metriguard have been a part of the engineered wood industry for 42 years, providing equipment to aid in the production and testing of lumber, veneer and panels.

December 8, 2014

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025. 

Participants were: 

• Randy Aardema, US LBM, Executive VP supply chain
• Sam Collins, S.W. Collins Company, President; and
• Joel Russell, Millard Lumber, VP and COO

 [On the physical makeup of the Lumberyard of the Year 2025.]

December 3, 2014

Elm Grove, Wisconsin-based Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association elected Rod Gowett of Acme Construction Supply as president.

Gowett is Milpitas, California-based Acme’s VP of sales and marketing. He is also the founder of Bay Tool Supply, which he sold to Acme in the summer of 2014.

STAFDA announced its new slate of officers during its 38th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charlotte, North Carolina last month.

November 26, 2014

LMC’s Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO brought dealers from around the country to Philadelphia, Nov. 11-12.

Highlights of the event included National Association of Home Builders president Jerry Howard’s breakfast speech and the Forest Products Supplier Forum.

Key topics of discussion and debate throughout the event included trends impacting housing, forecasts, consumer confidence and pinch points in the supply chain.

November 26, 2014

Maria Stapperfenne, a 23-year industry veteran, will become president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, effective Jan. 1. 

Stapperfenne, of Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, started her career in kitchens and baths in 1992, becoming a Certified Kitchen Designer in 2005 and a Certified Bath Designer in 2006.

November 24, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid has named Joseph Arcuri president, Home Solutions and Jeff Hohler president of the Tools segment.

Arcuri is joining the company from Procter & Gamble's North American Beauty business, where he most recently served as VP and general manager. His 25-year career at P&G has included spades of global product development, marketing and general management experience, with work on brands like Vicks, Olay, Gillette, Old Spice, Secret and Ivory.

November 21, 2014

The National Retail Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform more comprehensive than that being offered by President Obama.

November 21, 2014

Miracle-Gro is teaming up with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses to lend a helping hand at nearby urban farm Muir Ranch this Thanksgiving season.

This Nov. 24, the two organizations will be working to expand a natural pollinator garden at Muir Ranch, as well as distribute fresh produce and Thanksgiving-themed food boxes to needy local families.

Besides Miracle-Gro reps, present on the scene will be local dinitaries, Tournament of Roses president Richard Chinen, Mayor Bill Bogaard and local school district board member Tyron Hampton.

November 14, 2014

UFP Western Division, a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. has completed its acquisition of certain assets of Bigs Packaging and Lumber, LLC, an industrial wood and packaging solutions supplier.

Dallas, Texas-based Bigs was founded in 2011 and is already at an annual sales pace of $50 million. 

November 13, 2014

KB Home named Jon Adler to the role of president, D.C. Metro division. He joins the company from McLean, Virginia-based The Georgelas Group, where he was a partner and creator of Bryton Homes, of which he served as president and CEO.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jon Adler to the KB Home team,” said Vince DePorre, regional president for KB Home. “With his deep knowledge of local market dynamics and wealth of experience in the homebuilding industry, we believe Jon will be a great asset to KB Home as we look to grow our presence in this region.”

November 10, 2014

Freemont, Ohio-based Gordon Lumber has selected Erin Leonard to become the company's new president. 

The company employs 132 people in nine locations and was founded in 1868.

Leonard, who started with Gordon Lumber in 2011 and most recently served as chief operating officer, was chosen to fill the role of president after an extensive nationwide search. 

November 10, 2014

Garden Media Group released its annual garden trends report for 2015, which includes nine gardening and lifestyle trends influencing the industry.


Among them is the increased awareness of backyard cannabis. 


“First it was ‘eat your garden.’ Then it was ‘drink your garden.’ Now, it’s ‘smoke your garden,’” says Susan McCoy, president of Philadelphia-basedGarden Media. “Marijuana is going to become a great ornamental plant as people continue to customize their garden and outdoor space to meet their needs.”

November 7, 2014

Fastenal CEO Willard Oberton has officially tendered his resignation to the company's board of directors, which has already named a successor in president Leland Hein Jr.

Hein has been with the company since 1985 and has held various sales and managerial roles, including general manager, district manager, regional VP and EVP sales. He has been serving as president since July 2012.

Oberton gave his notice on Nov. 3, stating that he plans to resign, effective Dec. 31, 2014. Hein will step into his new role on Jan. 1.

October 31, 2014

J.D. Saunders of Economy Lumber officially stepped into his new role as chair of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, accompanied by a strong supporting cast of pro dealers that forms the association’s volunteer leadership.

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's board of directors appointed Jonathan Paine as the new president and CEO of the organization at its annual meeting on Oct. 28 at the ProDealer Industry Summit here.

Paine has been serving as the association's executive VP since 2012 and replaces outgoing president Michael O'Brien, who is assuming other responsibilities with NLBMDA's management firm, SmithBucklin.

October 28, 2014

San Diego -- Roger Dankel, president of Simpson Strong-Tie, was recognized for his service to the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, here during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit.

Dankel served as the chair of the association's Manufactures and Services Council from 2012-2014.

October 24, 2014

Gregory Cairo, president of Groupe SEB USA has been named treasurer of the International Housewares Association.

He joined Groupe SEB USA as VP of sales in August 2006, and was named president in 2010. He oversses the cookware and small domestic appliances for brands including All Clad, Emeril, Imusa, Krups, Lagostina, and T-fal.

As officer of the IHA, Cairo will serve a one-year tem, ending Sept. 30, 2015.

October 24, 2014

GreenWorks has launched GreenWorks Pro, a commercial line of cordless outdoor tools featuring brushless motor technology and 80-volt lithium ion batteries.

This means the tools don't rely on gas or oil, delivering gas-comparable power without the need for tune-ups, maintenance or emissions.

October 23, 2014

Effective Nov. 1, Whirlpool Corporation has named Michael Todman and Marc Bitzer vice chairmen of the company, each with his own individual areas of oversight.

"Mike and Marc have the experiences in these new roles to help drive our aggressive growth strategy, integrate acquisitions, and drive product leadership and innovation in a recovering global economy," said chairman and CEO Jeff Fettig. "This structure will bring leadership focus on our strategic initiatives for growth within all of our global markets."

October 22, 2014

Joseph Liotine has been promoted to EVP, Whirlpool Corporation and president North America, reporting to Vice Chairman Marc Bitzer.

"Joe has proven himself a strong leader with an ability to drive profitable growth," said Bitzer. "He brings a vast array of experiences including sales and marketing, and he understands what it takes to create opportunity in each of the markets that comprise the important North America Region."

October 22, 2014

Mt. Prospect, Illinois-based Skilsaw Power Tools has rebranded itself with a new logo and the introduction of two new direct drive Sidewinder circular saws.

The new brand identity draws on the company's heritage as the inventor of the circular saw in 1924: the logo design features an iconic "diamond knockout" from a worm drive saw blade.

October 20, 2014

Illinois-based The Vendor Center will be attending the 2015 Executive Planning Conference hosted by Distribution America. 

The new business-to-business secure website will be presented to Distribution America member distributors and vendors.

“We are thrilled and look forward to demonstrating what a powerful tool The Vendor Center can be for Distribution America Member Distributors and Vendors,” said Darrell Wabschall, president of The Vendor Center.