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December 10, 2014

Husqvarna Professional Products Inc. -- a division of Husqvarna Group and TEC International -- has sold its Bluebird International operations to TEC International.

"The decision to sell Bluebird International is part of the Husqvarna Group's strategic plan, a strategy that seeks to reduce operational complexity, improve efficiency and give additional focus to our end customers (consumers and professionals) and our core brands," said Jeff Dewosky, VP-general manager, North America, Husqvarna.

December 8, 2014

The home improvement industry has discovered the infographic – in a big way.

"The amount of information that people are exposed to today can be overwhelming,” said Eric Voyer, VP at Stevenson Company, a research firm with deep ties to the home improvement industry. “Infographics are an excellent way for content providers to break that information down into easy-to-digest, bite-sized nuggets.”

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.]

November 25, 2014

GE has appointed four new executives, three of which are brand new to the company. The move expands GE's total number of officers to 196 globally.

Harel Kodesh is now VP, CTO GE Software. He is joining the company from Nurego, where he served as CEO and founder. He has also held exeuctive roles with EMC Corp.’s Cloud business; Mozy, an EMC subsidiary; and Amdocs.

November 24, 2014

Reno, Nevada-based EP Minerals has introduced a new premium soil amendment to the market designed for golf courses, landscaping, sports turfs and rooftop gardens.

The AXIS-brand soil amendment is made from either 100% natural diatomaceous earth or calcined clay products that reduce water usage and soil compaction and improve moisure retention and drainage. 

November 19, 2014

Highlights of the Home Depot fourth-quarter merchandise lineup include a remote-controlled, pre-lit Christmas tree that shines in 56 light and color options. The season will also bring stocking stuffers like carbide-tipped reciprocal saw blades from Diablo and 21 new Kohler SKUs.

"We look forward to driving excitement this holiday season," said Ted Decker, executive VP merchandising, during the Atlanta-based retailer's third-quarter earnings call.

November 17, 2014


NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), the parent company of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation, announced that its VP of aftermarket, Paul Laroia, has indicated plans to retire. Laroia will stay with the company through the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.

“As a well-respected industry leader and driving force in the success of the company, Mr. Laroia’s career has been marked by a passion for innovation and a dedication to quality service,” the company said. 

November 16, 2014

Oklahoma City-based building products distributor Cedar Creek named Mark Porter VP of operations. 

Since joining Cedar Creek in 2000, Porter has had a number of assignments including his current role as Regional VP – South Region. Successfully assimilating acquired companies and new locations into their legacy organization has become a critical part of running the Cedar Creek business. His skills in the operations area make him an excellent fit in assuring successful new branch integrations as they continue with expansion, according to the company.

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 10, 2014

Sean Fogarty is stepping into the role of president of the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association.

Fogarty is VP of Osborne Lumber in Newark, California, where he represents the third generation of the family business that opened in 1950. 

During the organization’s annul convention last week in Indian Wells, California, Fogarty encouraged the industry to stick together and stay involved.

November 5, 2014

Boise Cascade Company has named Tom Corrick to the post of COO. Additionally, it has named Dan Hutchinson EVP Wood Products (replacing Corrick) and Wayne Rancourt as EVP, CFO and treasurer.

Corrick will be transitioning from his most recent role as EVP Wood Products, which he has held since June of this year. Before that, he served as SVP since February 2011 and VP Engineered Wood Products before that.

November 3, 2014

San Diego -- Here at the Dixieline Lumber facility near the old sports arena, senior VP Joe Lawrence recently told a group of industry visitors that the 101-year-old California dealer has found success amid heavy competition by making the customer -- and the contractor -- feel comfortable. 

October 31, 2014

J.D. Saunders of Economy Lumber officially stepped into his new role as chair of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, accompanied by a strong supporting cast of pro dealers that forms the association’s volunteer leadership.

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's board of directors appointed Jonathan Paine as the new president and CEO of the organization at its annual meeting on Oct. 28 at the ProDealer Industry Summit here.

Paine has been serving as the association's executive VP since 2012 and replaces outgoing president Michael O'Brien, who is assuming other responsibilities with NLBMDA's management firm, SmithBucklin.

October 31, 2014

It’s the year 2025.

October 31, 2014

With Congressional elections on the calendar for Tuesday and the power of the Senate at a possible tipping point, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association offered its take on political matchups here at the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit.

Ben Gann, the NLBMDA’s VP legislative and political affairs, pointed to top lumberyard industry issues for 2015 and spelled out where the various elections stand.

October 31, 2014

TimberTech has expanded its Earthwood Evolutions Legacy Collection with the addition of Ashwood, a warm earthy gray with a subtly aged look.

October 27, 2014

National Retail Federation Senior VP for Government Relations David French has been named a "Top Lobbyist" by the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill.

He was cited for leading the retail industry's efforts on data and payment security, patent reform and online sales tax legislation.

French joined the NRF in 2011, and he has been recognized on the list in each of the four years since.

The Hill's listing can be found here.

October 24, 2014

Gregory Cairo, president of Groupe SEB USA has been named treasurer of the International Housewares Association.

He joined Groupe SEB USA as VP of sales in August 2006, and was named president in 2010. He oversses the cookware and small domestic appliances for brands including All Clad, Emeril, Imusa, Krups, Lagostina, and T-fal.

As officer of the IHA, Cairo will serve a one-year tem, ending Sept. 30, 2015.

October 19, 2014


Chicago Sure, millennials arent buying as many houses as the youngsters of previous decades. But there are plenty of other trends in home improvement that bode well for forward-thinking companies.

October 18, 2014

Indianapolis -- Farm and ranch and home automation were included in a list of highlights and opportunities for retailers attending the Do it Best Fall Market, which includes 61 new vendors this year.

Back by popular demand on the show floor is a 5,000 sq.-ft. Farm & Ranch exhibit, said Steve Markley, VP of Merchandising for the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op.

“Farm and ranch is a fast growing segment for us,” Markley said during the co-op’s Merchandising Market Preview. “There are all kinds of opportunities in that area.”

October 15, 2014

Country Ace Hardware owner and VP Amy Kaplanis, a retailer in Granby, Colorado, and member of Ace’s board of directors, appeared in Diversity Journal’s 13th Women Worth Watching report.

The article in Diversity Journal describes her career path from a successful consulting career in Corporate America to a fulfilling role in the family business.

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

Montgomery, New York-based Russin Lumber has brought industry veterans Mike Haas and Scott Passino on to its outside sales team.