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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.

April 28, 2014

Beloit, Wis.-based building products distributor ABC Supply Co. will open a branch at 1631 Cooper Creek Rd., Denton, Texas, on May 5. 

The new location, managed by Trent Feenker, will carry roofing, siding and gutter products, and related supplies for professional contractors, according to John Yonkin, ABC Supply’s VP southwest region.

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 3, 2014

Just days after buying an interest in a Texas sawmill operator, Universal Forest Products has made another acquisition, this one in North Carolina.

UFPI announced that one of its subsidiaries has purchased assets of High Level Components, a building component manufacturer based in Locust, N.C. The deal closed March 31.

April 1, 2014

A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products has purchased a 50% ownership interest in Upshur Forest Products, which owns sawmill operations in Gilmer, Texas.

According to a statement released by UFPI Monday, the acquisition will help expand the company's footprint in East Texas and western Louisiana, supplying raw material to nearby UFPI affiliates and to new industrial operations that will be established at one of the mill locations.

March 31, 2014

Ringdale, Inc, the Georgetown, Texas-based ActiveLED manufacturer, has launched a new LED exterior luminary called the ActiveLED Horseshoe Bay Lantern.

The post-top fixture is an enery-efficient, high-performance alternative to 150-watt lamps, with energy savings of 50-80% compared to other solutions, the company says.

"At Ringdale, we are seeing an evolution in LED projects," said president Klaus Bollmann. "Customers that were once focused on changing out primary lighting are now converting more specialized or decorative lighting areas."

March 24, 2014

CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. is moving forward with its purchase of 36,340 acres of timberland from Hancock Timber Resource Group, located in the Waycross-Panola properties of Southeast Georgia and East Texas.

CatchMark is also acquiring approximately 1.45 million tons of merchantable timber inventory and increasing the share of higher value chip-n-saw and sawtimber in its product mix. The inventory comprises 84% pine plantations by acreage and 54% sawtimber by tons.

March 24, 2014

Like most Americans, the editorial staff of HCN has been watching a lot of basketball lately. It’s all part of the national tradition known as March Madness, the 64-team single-elimination tournament designed to break your heart and bust your bracket.

March 20, 2014

Austin, Texas-based Artisan Group announced two new 2014 board members: 
Hunter Adams, owner of Trindco Inc. in Suffolk, Va.; and Scott Lardner, owner of Rocky Mountain Stone in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Artisan Group is a member organization of stone fabricators in North America that serves as a leader in the granite and surface fabrication industry.

March 11, 2014

3M was in attendance at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, where the company fostered an innovation brainstorm of sorts at its Idea Exchange Lounge.

Attendees were able to explore some of 3M's latest projects, including new LED lighting solutions, glass films and building adhesives.

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Retailers were privy to a number of below-manufacturing-cost "Power Buys" at the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, with the potential for added profit that "can pay for a couple of people to come to Houston," said general merchandise manager Frank Carroll at the opening General Session.

"The mindset here is a 'thank you'," he added. "Thank you for coming to Houston."

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

San Marcos, Texas-based McCoy’s Building Supply promoted several executives -- including one representing the fourth generation of family leadership -- to senior positions.

Meagan McCoy Jones has been promoted to senior VP and chief operating officer at McCoy’s Building Supply. James Lewallen has been appointed to the newly created position of VP culture and customer experience, and Waylon Walker has been promoted to VP store operations. 

February 11, 2014

Ben Wulf has been named president and CEO of Port-A-Cool, the Center, Texas-based manufacturer of portable evaporative coolers and evaporative cooling media. 

He assumed the role from Bill Lloyd upon his retirement, effective January 2014. 

February 7, 2014

Parker Do it Best Lumber, based in Beaumont, Texas, was chosen as a 2014 pro dealer Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of sales of over $50 million. 

Parker Lumber has been serving builders, remodelers and homeowners for more than 80 years in Texas and now southern California. Scott Parker runs the family-owned company that employs 350 people throughout 22 locations. 

Parker’s continued growth into new markets is cited as a key factor for its success.