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October 20, 2014

The Home Depot promoted Marc Powers to the role of EVP U.S. Stores, effective Nov. 1, 2014.

"Marc brings a deep understanding of our operations, culture and customers, making him an ideal fit to oversee our U.S. stores," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO. "We're truly fortunate to have such a deep bench with leaders like Marc."

September 29, 2014

Citing a threshold level of North American Demand, Swiss brand Laufen is adding two scaled-down versions of its popular Ilbagnoalessi One vanity basins -- known less formally as the "Tuna" -- to its U.S. product offerings.

August 7, 2014

The latest study from The Freedonia Group pinpoints U.S. pipe demand at a high point of $63.5 billion in 2018, indicating a 7.3% annual growth rate.

The study, titled Plastic & Competitive Pipe, attributes the increase to growth in crude oil and natural gas activity, in which market pipe is frequently implicated.

Additionally, Freedonia predicts a rebound in building construction expenditures, with an emphasis on kitchen and bathroom renovations and conduit for nonresidential building construction.

July 25, 2014

Walmart named Greg Foran president and CEO of its U.S. stores division to replace Bill Simon, who is leaving the company after an eight-year run.

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 6, 2014

Though the U.S. economy pushed an above-average pace in adding 217,000 jobs in May, unemployment stayed flat at 6.3%, its lowest level since November 2008.

Also significantly, the labor participation rate was virtually unchanged at 62.8% in May, as were the number of unemployed persons at 9.8 million.

Those who fall into the long-term unemployed category (jobless for 27 weeks or more) were similarly flat at 3.4 million. That number has declined by 979,000 over the past year.

April 4, 2014

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, which wasn't enough to offset last month's 6.7% unemployment rate. However, at an upwardly revised figure of 197,000, February pulled in more jobs than initially estimated.

According to Bloomberg, March's figure has pushed private employment past the pre-recession peak for the first time.

April 2, 2014

Seattle-based Global Harvest Foods, a manufacturer of wild and caged bird food and small critter feed and the producer of the Audubon Park brand, agreed to acquire the U.S. wild bird food business from subsidiaries of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

February 25, 2014

Menck USA has appointed its senior executive and production team. This group of five officers will operate the company’s new expansion in Chicopee, Mass. The new Menck USA management team plans aggressive future growth for the company.

December 27, 2013

U.S. retail sales reportedly rose 3.5% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, 2013, compared with the same period in the prior year. According to data from MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, sales of holiday-related categories, such as clothing, electronics and luxury goods, rose 2.3%, after rising 0.7% in 2012. 

November 13, 2013

Joseph Liotine, who currently serves as VP marketing for the company's North American region, has been promoted to president of Whirlpool Corp.'s U.S. operations, as well as to the corporation's Executive Committee.

In this newly created role, effective Dec. 1, Liotine will oversee the company's ascendant U.S. business operations, which has delivered strong financial results in the wake of challenging market conditions a couple years ago.

September 13, 2013

Budgets for pay raises at U.S. employers have picked up from all-time lows, going from an average (mean) of 2.2 percent in 2009 to 2.9 percent in 2013, according to the 40th annual WorldatWork 2013-2014 Salary Budget Survey. U.S. salary budgets have averaged 2.8 percent for the past two years.

September 11, 2013

Georgia-Pacific and U.S. Lumber have announced they are entering a distribution agreement for engineered wood products (EWP).  
 
The agreement, effective Nov. 1, 2013, provides for U.S. Lumber to distribute Georgia-Pacific engineered lumber in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, the panhandle of Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Both companies are based in Atlanta.

June 4, 2013

WD-40 Co. is introducing limited edition “Made in the U.S.A.” WD-40 Smart Straw cans to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of WD-40 Multi-Use Product.

New 8- and 12-ounce WD-40 Smart Straw cans at select retailers include the special packaging and are available for a limited time. 

August 30, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows consumers are slightly less confident about the economy but are feeling better than last year.

The August 2012 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, decreased slightly to 39.2, on a scale of 0 -- "very concerned" -- to 100 -- "very confident."

The August reading is down from 39.7 in July. A year ago, the perception indicator index was at 35.1.

June 12, 2012

According to a report by Reuters, that U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on Friday said he was "seriously concerned" about whether the female plaintiffs suing Wal-Mart Stores have sufficient evidence to proceed with their re-filed gender discrimination lawsuit.

The group is again filing suit against Wal-Mart for allegedly denying them pay raises and promotions for gender-related reasons. The original class action suit of as many as 1.5 million current and former Wal-Mart employers was dismantled by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

April 19, 2012

U.S. containerized exports rose 9.6% in February in year-over-year figures, with the total February volume estimated at 1,014,176 TEUs Strong gains in building materials, paper and paperboard, and refrigerated foods were helped by the depreciation of the U.S. dollar, according to an analysis by The Journal of Commerce/PIERS.

In terms of TEUs, paper and paperboard showed the greatest gains, but building materials grew by 280%  over January 2012.  

April 5, 2012

Hurd Windows and Doors has been named a 2012 Exporter of the Year winner for marketing its Made in America products in 20 countries worldwide. The award was presented by ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial News USA.

The Exporter of the Year award in the Building/Construction/Hardware category was presented to Hurd’s President and CEO Dominic Truniger and Director of International Sales Scott Klieforth during the Asia/Pacific Business Outlook conference in Los Angeles.

March 8, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with The Home Depot, has launched an online green home products database. The database is a special “microsite” within homedepot.com that features products geared toward green home building, many of which may contribute toward earning LEED points and prerequisites for the LEED for Homes program, making it easier for homeowners and builders to find the products they need, according to the joint press release.

March 1, 2012

U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) commended Denver Lumber for stocking and selling beetle-killed lumber for construction -- and called on home builders and other lumber distributors to do the same. 

"Denver Lumber is filling a much-needed niche in Colorado by supplying beetle-killed wood to home builders,” Udall said in a statement. “I applaud their leadership in putting beetle kill to use and supporting rural economies that depend on our forests." 

February 28, 2012

“Made in the USA” doesn’t necessarily have to mean “Sold in the USA.” Many U.S. manufacturers are finding a ready market for their products overseas, where certain big-name brands carry a cache because they’re American-made. But this welcome mat also extends to small- and medium-sized manufacturers in a number of home improvement and building product industries. Those who are leery of conducting business overseas should know there is plenty of free or inexpensive advice and support available from both the U.S.

January 25, 2012

Trade officials from the United States and Canada have extended their Softwood Lumber Agreement for two more years. The 2006 agreement was signed with no changes on Jan. 24 by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Canadian Minister for International Trade Ed Fast. The extension will be in effect through Oct. 15, 2015.

December 9, 2011

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows consumers are feeling a little better about the economy, but not as good as they felt last year at this time.

The November 2011 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, increased slightly to an index reading of 37.4, on a scale of 0 -- "very concerned" -- to 100 -- "very confident."

The November reading is up from 35.9 in October. A year ago, the perception indicator index was at 40.5.

December 5, 2011

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided to move forward with an investigation into claims that imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules from China are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

November 3, 2011

There were no mixed signals this time from the NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator. October was down from the previous month, and down ever more from the previous year.

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group showed that consumers are increasingly concerned about the economy. The October 2011 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, decreased slightly to an index reading of 35.9, on a scale of 0 -- "very concerned" -- to 100 -- "very confident."