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June 27, 2013

New Ways Pro Dealers Can Use Trade Credit to Grow
(Part 1 of a Digital Series) 

April 18, 2014

GE is behind the latest eco-forward move in San Francisco -- specifically, that of the iconic 16-ft. crab wheel at the gateway of Fisherman's Wharf.

Together with the Arrow Sign Company, GE helped restore the landmark with new LED sign lighting systems that will save an estimated 80% in lighting energy usage.

April 18, 2014

It's the timing agreement that just won't quit.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation and Ainsworth Lumber Co. announced Friday that they were extending the outside date for completion of the acquisition -- a third time.

LP's acquisition of Ainsworth was most recently scheduled to be completed by April 18, but that deadline has now been pushed back to June 2, 2014.

April 17, 2014

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced mixed results Thursday for the first quarter of 2014, which saw greater top-line revenue for the company that wasn't matched by its net income performance.

Net sales for the three months ended March 31 were $2.37 billion, up 9.2% from $2.17 billion the year before. Sherwin-Williams attributed the increase primarily to higher paint sales volume in the Paint Stores Group and acquisitions, which accounted for 4.5% of the increase alone. Net sales in the Paint Stores Group increased 16.4% to $1.36 billion.

April 17, 2014

Universal Forest Products, Inc. announced its first-quarter 2014 results Wednesday, which showed marked improvement in bottom-line earnings but relatively stagnant revenues.

Net sales for the quarter came in at $554.0 million, barely changed since last year's $554.5 million. Net earnings for the peiod came in at $7.2 million, which is up 38% year-over-year.

April 16, 2014

Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Hines Supply, which announced two expansions in the last week, has announced another.

Mike’s Deck Centers in Montgomery and St. Charles, Ill will join Hines, a division of U.S. LBM.

April 16, 2014

Citing a tendency for the metal housing and lens to separate from the bulb's base and fall, Satco Products is recalling several thousand of its KolourOne LED Light Bulbs.

The recall affects about 119,000 units in the U.S. and 2,350 in Canada of the KolourOne Brand Panel Array 2.0 and DUO 2.0 PAR 30 and 38 LED Light Bulbs.

Four reports have been received of the bulb components separating and falling, but no injuries have yet been reported.

April 16, 2014

Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser says it will reorder its leadership team this summer.

Current SVP, general counsel Sandy McDade is retiring in July. Succeeding her will be Devin Stockfish, who will also maintain his current role as corporate secretary. Stockfish has been serving as corporate secretary and assistant general counsel since last June. Before joining the company, he was VP & associate general counsel at Univar Inc.

Also retiring is Sara Kendall, VP corporate affairs and sustainability, on May 2.

April 15, 2014

BrassCraft Manufacturing is promoting its "better. together." campaign with three new B2B advertisements that highlight the relationship between plumbing professionals and BrassCraft products.

"Getting the job done – and done well – is what the plumber does," said VP marketing & product development Jeffrey Jollay. "Plumbers know quality and rely on BrassCraft Manufacturing for a wide spectrum of products to help make sure that the job is done right every time."

April 15, 2014

Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed are moving to a new headquarters in Pennsylvania.

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, signed a lease for 320,000 sq. ft. of space at 20 Moores Road in Malvern, Pa.

April 15, 2014

Acquisition-oriented US LBM is at it again, this time with an expansion in Wisconsin.

Following on the heels of two new Hines openings in Northern Illinois, US LBM’s Wisconsin Building Supply subsidiary announced the opening of two new locations in the Fond du Lac area.

April 14, 2014

Armstrong World Industries is kicking off construction at its Lancaster, Pa. facility, where it's spending $41 million to expand its manufacturing capacity to include luxury vinyl tile (LVT) for commercial and residential applications.

April 14, 2014

Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Hines Supply, a subsidiary of US LBM, announced its newest northern Illinois location -- Builder’s Roofing & Siding Supply of Warrenville.

Founded in 1967 by Henry Pelletier, Builder’s Roofing & Siding Supply is a wholesale distributor and supplier of roofing, siding and windows serving Chicago and its western suburbs. Grandsons Brian, Mark and Scott Pelletier will remain with the company.

April 14, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Koppers Inc. agreed to acquire the Wood Preservation and Railroad Services business of Osmose Holdings for $460 million.

Revenues for the acquired businesses in 2013 were about $390 million. 

April 14, 2014

Owens Corning CEO Mike Thaman says the company is honored to receive a Green Cross.

The National Safety Council has awarded Owens Corning with the 2014 Green Cross for Safety Medal, the top honor given annually to an organization with an outstanding safety record and a proven commitment to its community.

April 11, 2014

Wagner rolled out the Wagner SprayTech FLEXiO 890, an indoor/outdoor paint sprayer that takes some of the time and fatigue out of painting jobs.

The sprayer contains an X-Boost turbine in the base, which stays on the floor for a lighter, more portable user experience. It also provides tripe the power of traditional units, according to the company. This helps atomize paint for a smooth and even finish, regardless of the type of paint.

April 11, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Distribution is buffing up its James Hardie fiber cement siding offerings at its St. Paul, Minn. location. 

The distribution center will now carry the full line of SKUs, which includes the addition of ColorPlus technology, a factory-applied finish that lasts up to two times longer and has 30% better fade resistance.

The full line includes HardiePlank siding, HardiePanel siding, HardieShingle siding, HardieSoffit panels, HardieTrim boards and HardieBacker cement board.

April 9, 2014

Representing the marketing chops of the home improvement industry, Briggs & Stratton Corporation earned high marks for its Mower Mouth social media contest at this year's Shorty Industry Awards on April 7 in New York City.

The contest earned Briggs & Stratton the spot for Best Facebook Contest, which it shared with ESPN's SportsCenter after beating a third finalist, ABC Family.

April 9, 2014

Hines Supply, a subsidiary of US LBM, has opened a full-service building supply center and design showroom in Grayslake, Ill., north of Chicago.

The location, at 939 South Route 83 in Grayslake, is celebrating its grand opening today. It will be managed by 30-year industry veteran Ed Graafsma.

April 9, 2014

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners has agreed to purchase the assets of Factory Builder Stores, a large independent specialty distributor of appliances and cabinets based in Houston.

April 9, 2014

Wagner SprayTech is introducing the new Smart SideKick powered roller, which feeds paint to the roller directly from the paint container (ergo, no messy paint trays).

SideKick's biggest claim to fame, however, is its ability to speed up painting jobs 

April 8, 2014

The following letter from Christopher Yenrick, president of Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, N.C., appears as an introduction to the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association’s 2014 National Policy Agenda.

April 8, 2014

Faber is introducing two new cooker hood models -- which go by the name of Infinity ACT and Jolie ACT -- at Eurocucina 2014.

Both models feature Sil-K ACT, a technology that actively reduces perceived noise in pursuit of maximum silence, according to the company.

The technology, adapted from systems used in the aeronautics and automotive industries, creates an inverse wave form to cancel out the original one, which eliminates acoustic perceptions and cuts emissions by 13 decibels compared to another model of the same capacity.

April 8, 2014

At the inaugural Best of U.S. awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Kori Ade, coach of U.S. Olympic figure skater Jason Brown, was honored with the USG Building Dreams award.

Ade had been Brown's coach for 14 years -- the only one he's ever had -- and has never missed a performance. She's seen him through 14 international trips and many junior, national and international wins. She also moved her family to help meet his training requirements.

April 4, 2014

Through June 30 of this year, MoistureShield is offering contractors double its usual $0.50 rebate in the MoistureShield Double Play Rebate.

The baseball-themed program allows deck builders to earn a $1.00 rebate per deck board, provided they're part of the MoistureShield Valued Partner program. Additionally, all forms must be submitted by July 31.