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December 19, 2014

A new report from Zillow pins U.S. home value growth at a gain of 6.7% (or $1.7 trillion) in 2014, which brings the total value of all homes in the U.S. to $27.5 trillion.

A new report from Zillow pins U.S. home value growth at a gain of 6.7% (or $1.7 trillion) in 2014, which brings the total value of all homes in the U.S. to $27.5 trillion.

In terms of inventory, housing stock was down slightly between October and November, but it was still 11.8% ahead of last year.

The overall trend involved rapid growth in the beginning of the year, which was tempered by a slightly slower pace in the second half of 2014. However, some of the hardest-hit markets are experiencing double-digit growth, according to Zillow.

December 16, 2014

Crowdsourcing isn't just for Kickstarter -- even with a small and burgeoning stake in the home improvement market.

Hardware stores of All-Star caliber know how to survey their communities for feedback, play the social media channels and reflect their surroundings back at their customer bases through stylized exteriors.

December 12, 2014

York, Pennsylvania-based WOLF will carry Digger Specialties aluminum railing products.

The line includes railing, columns and other special order products, bringing new options and new styles to East Coast customers.

“We’re happy to be working with an industry leader like Digger Specialties,” said Dominick Pileggi, Vice President of Product Development at WOLF.  “Aluminum is one of the fastest growing categories in the railing category, and Digger expands our ability to provide that and other quality products to our customers.”

December 8, 2014

In a retail environment that's so often transgenerational and longevity-oriented, there's something to be said about staying power.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores that have stayed in the family, weathered many storms and even expanded mightily beyond their initial outposts.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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 2, 2014

HD Supply and The Home Depot today announced they have entered into an agreement for The Home Depot to purchase substantially all of the assets of HD Supply Hardware Solutions, formerly known as Crown Bolt, a leading supplier of fasteners and builders hardware to retailers in the United States. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close by the end of fiscal year 2014 subject to obtaining customary regulatory approvals.

December 1, 2014

Every community is a living organism -- and existing as an integral part of its body, there's almost always a hardware store of All-Star caliber.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores that are a reflection and outgrowth of their surroundings -- so much so that they often anticipate the needs of customers before being asked.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

November 25, 2014

Just a week after announcing the acquisition of K-I Lumber & Building Materials in the Ohio River Valley, US LBM is at it again.

Wallboard Supply Company of Londonderry, New Hampshire is the newest member of the acquisition-oriented collection of LBM companies, now in 18 states with more than 90 locations.

November 20, 2014

When it comes to Black Friday lines and store hours on Thanksgiving, there's one age group in particular that's more likely to support mixing retail and holiday time.

Two new studies have found that Millennials are less likely to be miffed by a daunting shopping environment on Black Friday, and they're more likely to be okay with stores being open on Thanksgiving.

According to a recent hhgregg-commissioned survey of 3,500 shoppers in the U.S., Millennials are much more likely than Boomers to head to the stores on Black Friday (63% vs. 40%).

November 19, 2014

The propensity for novelty is a unifying trait among retailers of all stripes, but of particular interest to us here is the many ways in which hardware stores continue to surprise us.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes these stores for their quirks and commitment to thinking outside the box, as well as other more traditional traits like service, inventory and community service.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

November 19, 2014

True Value’s boss went undercover, and the cameras were rolling.

True Value Company president and CEO John Hartmann will appear in the season six premiere of "Undercover Boss" airing on Dec. 14 on CBS.

November 14, 2014

Environmental advocates and building industry pros have long circled each other in conflict and cooperation, but it seems that there's a loud and growing faction of activists putting a relatively new issue on the map.

November 12, 2014

The times they are a'changing, and the best of them have rolled with the punches and provided a model for the rest of the industry to follow.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for their ability to embrace modern technology, expand to meet growing demand and find ways to connect with younger consumers.

November 12, 2014

Rayonier's director, Atlantic Region, U.S. Forest Resources Douglas Long has been promoted to the newly created position of VP U.S. operations, effective immediately.

November 3, 2014

No store is an island, as they say. And many of this year's Hardware Store All-Stars earned their esteemed status with the support of their communities.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for their ability to serve their respective markets -- not to mention outstanding service, growth and innovation.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

November 3, 2014

The equipment rental industry in the United States is expected to show significant growth of 7.3% in 2014 to reach $35.7 billion, according to the American Rental Association’s (ARA) latest forecast from the ARA Rental Market Monitor.

The revised figures, compiled by IHS, formerly IHS Global Insight and recently released by ARA, are slightly below ARA’s previous July forecast of 7.6% revenue growth in 2014 to reach $35.8 billion.

October 27, 2014

Meadville, Pennsylvania-based Channellock -- long known for its made-in-USA pliers coated in distinctive Channellock-blue handles -- introduced a line of “Professional Screwdrivers. The line features slotted, Phillips, Torx and nut drivers designed and manufactured in the United States.

October 24, 2014

You don't have to be a fourth-generation hardware store operator to earn a spot in the HCN All-Star list. But it certainly doesn't hurt.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for outstanding service, as well as growth, innovation and the values of the hardware industry.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

October 21, 2014

At least one industry analyst thinks that the outlook for lawn and garden involves a lot of green, upward-pointing thumbs.

GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance business, which provides financing to the industry, predicts good things ahead. Even though 2014 saw its fair share of weather disruptions, dealer financing volume is up 9% year-over-year in the United States and 12% in Canada, according to company data.

October 20, 2014

It takes a little more to be an "All Star" hardware store performer.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for outstanding service, as well as growth, innovation and the values of the hardware industry.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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."

October 15, 2014

Ronald D. Boire is moving from Sears Holdings in the United States to the top spot at Sears Canada.

Boire will be acting president and CEO of Sears Canada, effective immediately. He was most recently executive VP, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart Formats. 

October 14, 2014

It takes a little more to be an "All Star" hardware store performer. 

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for outstanding service, as well as growth, innovation and the values of the hardware industry.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

October 7, 2014

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for outstanding service, as well as growth, innovation and the values of the hardware industry.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

October 7, 2014

Feeney Inc. is partnering up with King Architectural Metals to distribute its CableRail and DesignRail products across the United States.