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October 13, 2014

Plano, Texas-based Rent-A-Center Inc. appointed Anurag Gupta to VP, enterprise project management office (EPMO).

Reporting to Doug Guziec, senior VP and chief strategy officer, Gupta is charged with broad oversight of Rent-A-Center’s portfolio of business initiatives. His responsibilities include the establishment of processes and controls designed to manage all phases of these initiatives. He's also tasked with the strategic evaluation of prospective business initiatives with an eye for determining which are green-lighted and when they are to be initiated.

October 13, 2014

Home Depot’s Marvin Ellison will leave the world’s largest home improvement retailer to take the top spot at Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney. 

Ellison is currently executive VP stores at The Home Depot. 

October 13, 2014

Summit Materials has acquired ready-mix concrete company Southwest Ready-Mix in Houston, aggregates company Colorado County Sand & Gravel in Colorado County, Texas, and aggregates and ready-mix concrete company Concrete Supply of Topeka/Builders Choice Concrete in Topeka.

“We are very pleased to welcome these three companies and their employees to Summit Materials," said Summit Materials CEO Tom Hill. "They are a great cultural, geographic and business match with us and a furtherance of our strategy of growth through acquisitions.”

October 6, 2014

Lewisville, Texas-based Wayne Dalton rolled out four new designs and a new color option for the Wayne Dalton Model 6600 steel carriage house garage door. 

With the addition of Kingston and Westfield designs, each available in arched and square top choices, the Carriage House Steel Collection Model 6600 offers a combined 22 different carriage house designs, five colors (white, almond, taupe, brown and the new black), and a variety of window and hardware options.

October 2, 2014

Builders FirstSource, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Trim Tech of Austin, Inc., effective Oct. 1, 2014.

Hutto, Texas-based Trim Tech is a turn-key supplier of custom cabinets, interior and exterior doors, stair parts, and custom millwork and molding. It netted approximately $14 million in revenues in 2013.

September 26, 2014

L.J. Smith Stair Systems has new representation in the South Central U.S. Region, thanks to a new relationship with the Texas-based WBH Group. 

September 22, 2014

Plano, Texas-based home decor retailer At Home has named Wendy Beck to its board of directors.

"We are incredibly pleased to welcome Wendy Beck to our board of directors," said Lee Bird, CEO of At Home. "Wendy's deep financial knowledge and expertise in the consumer sector will be a tremendous asset as we continue to grow the At Home brand. We look forward to benefiting from her experience as we work to capitalize on the growth opportunities ahead in 2015 and beyond."

September 18, 2014

The National Association of Women in Construction installed Sandy K. Field as its 60th National President during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Indianapolis.

Field, Office/HR Manager for Horizon Group International, has been a member of NAWIC’s Houston, Texas Chapter since 2005.

September 11, 2014

Brentwood, Tennessee-based Tractor Supply Co. opened its 1,346th store -- the latest in Sealy, Texas.

The new Sealy store measures 15,000 sq. ft. and occupies a site formerly occupied by a grocery store.

September 4, 2014

BMC is opening the doors to its newest BMC Design Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where designers, architects, builders and home buyers are invited to get a hands-on, multimedia feel for their interior design options.

September 3, 2014

International home buyers are making their mark in the Texas market -- and increasingly so.

According to the 2014 Texas International Homebuyers Report by the Texas Association of Realtors, international homebuyers added $11.06 billion to the Texas economy between March 2013 and March 2014 -- their highest level in five years.

To put that number in perspective, Texas accounted for 12% of the total $92.2 billion contributed by this demographic to the nationwide economy. That makes Texas the No. 3 state for international home sales.

August 27, 2014

Austin, Texas-based GelPro is rolling out the red carpet beneath the feet of home chefs -- or at least a mat that's comfortable to stand on.

August 27, 2014

Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company is recalling about 233,500 units of its Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (“PTAC”) units.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the power cords on the units have displayed a tendency to overheat, creating burn and fire hazards.

So far, there have been five reports of the power cords smoking or catching fire, though no injuries have been reported as of yet.

August 25, 2014

McCoy’s Building Supply opened a new store in Dayton, Texas, marking the family-owned company’s 86th location.

The yard is near McCoy’s Baytown and Cleveland locations.

“Our delivery trucks nearby were making deliveries to Dayton every day,” explained McCoy’s real estate manager Phil Hutchinson. “Since we’ve already been serving its residents, we are excited to officially become part of Dayton’s community.”

August 14, 2014

Kodiak Building Partners has agreed to acquire Dallas-based Barnsco Inc., a fabricator and distributor of rebar and concrete accessories for commercial construction and road-building applications in North Central Texas and Southeastern Michigan.

August 13, 2014

Hardware Distribution Warehouses, Inc. CEO and President Kenneth R. Beauvais said HDW will be expanding its wholesale services into the Florida panhandle beginning Sept. 1.

“In addition to our recent expansion into Northwest Texas, we have made the decision to extend our service area into the Florida panhandle,” Beauvais said. “This expansion will result in additional opportunities for our employee owned company.”

The announcement was made at the company’s 2014 Fall Market, which ended Aug. 10 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

August 11, 2014

Kodiak Building Partners purchased substantially all the assets of AO, Inc., a Dallas based fabricator and distributor of doors, frames and hardware to commercial contractors for the office build-out market.

The move brings Denver, Colorado-based Kodiak deeper into Texas, and follows acquisitions of Gulf & Basco and Factory Builder Stores. 

August 6, 2014

What’s new in hardware stores? Plenty.

The HCN Big Four Report, published in the July/August issue, included several comments from independent retailers who were interviewed during recent markets and conventions.

The general question was some variation of “What’s new in your store?” Here are more answers from the field, in no particular order:

 

August 6, 2014

Austin, Texas-based Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today unveiled the Epicor Eagle N Series.

The solution is described as next-generation retail management software for independent retail businesses. Part of the improvement is a simplified user interface, the company said. 

August 4, 2014

Houston, Texas-based David Weekley Homes has named its annual list of "Partners of Choice" Award winners, which recognizes the suppliers who ranked the highest on its now decade-old ranking system.

About 800 David Weekley employees contribute to the evaluation process, assessing supplier performance according to accessibility, communication, timeliness, reliability, follow-through and more.

July 1, 2014

Dallas, Texas-based Builders FirstSource completed its acquisition of Houston-based Slone Lumber Company.

June 30, 2014

According to an article on Bigcountryhomepage.com, an Abilene, Texas, farm and ranch retailer hit the half-century mark. 

June 19, 2014

Irving, Texas-based PrimeSource Building Products has announced the acquisition of Progressive Steel and Wire. In doing so, the building material distributor says its paved the way for more U.S. jobs.

PSW was previously part of a joint venture between Dubai Wire and PrimeSource, but with PrimeSource now taking 100 percent ownership and control, the company says it intends to bring nail and wire product manufacturing back to the US, creating new local jobs.

June 4, 2014

Following the gathering of “open carry” gun enthusiasts at a Texas Home Depot, most HCN readers indicated they would have no problem with a similar event at their locations.

In fact, in a recent survey, 58% said they would welcome gun owners with open arms, compared with 31% who said they would invite those carrying guns to disperse.

May 12, 2014

Do it Best Corp. recognized its Waco, Texas, Retail Service Center (RSC) team for recording four straight years without any lost time due to a safety incident or injury.

At Waco, and elsewhere throughout the Do it Best supply chain, the distributor has added morning stretches, safety tips and peer-to-peer observations into their work culture to proactively prevent safety incidents. The current safety streak is the longest of any of the co-op’s RSCs throughout the United States.