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October 9, 2014

True Value has hired Jean Niemi, a former Home Depot communications executive, as the Chicago-based co-op’s new senior director, corporate communications. 

A veteran communications executive with more than 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 corporations and leading public relations agencies, Niemi will lead and oversee all media relations, executive engagements, employee and retailer communications, and manage the corporate communications team.

October 8, 2014

In a new marketing effort, Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Whirlpool is celebrating the joy of chores with the launch of its “Every day, care” campaign.

The new campaign, according to Whirlpool, departs from the ‘feature wars’ and ‘one-upmanship’ common in the industry. 

October 1, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries has promoted Rick Audsley to the post of senior director of engineering, Window Division.

“Rick is uniquely qualified to direct the engineering departments in our California and Wisconsin operations," said Sierra Pacific Window Division president Kendall Pierson. "We are counting on him to play a significant role in integrating the product lines of our plants and help streamline production processes to improve efficiencies."

September 30, 2014

Consumer confidence fell from its recent high of 93.4 in August to 86.0 in September, breaking a string of four consecutive monthly gains.

September 25, 2014

Becky Karam, director of risk management for Installed Building Products, recently won a Key Person Award from the Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA).

"I was very surprised and honored to receive this award," said Karam. "The ICAA is an excellent resource for our industry and membership's active participation is what makes this association special."

September 24, 2014

Eagle Materials has named Richard Beckwitt, president of Lennar Corporation, to its board of directors.

Beckwitt has been with Lennar Corporation for the past eight years. In the past, he has held various other top-level positions, including his role as president of homebuilder D.R. Horton.

September 22, 2014

Atlanta-based BMC hired Jeff Wedge as national director of window sales. 

According to company, the move reflects BMC’s optimism in the window business segment.

September 19, 2014

Ace Hardware is expanding its use of the services of eBay Enterprise to deliver omnichannel In-Store Pickup services to its customers, which is due to be implemented in a total of 1,000 stores nationwide.

September 16, 2014

Trex is lending a hand to Global Training Ministries' warrior transition home in Indianapolis, which will receive a donation of its high-performance decking products as part of its ongoing renovation.

The facility is currently being updated and expanded to accommodate more residents and more amenities, such as an outdoor deck where soldiers can enjoy "sky time" and hold meetings and socialize.

September 11, 2014

The phrase “thoughtful design” is playing an important role in the design process at Moen Inc., the company said.

September 10, 2014

Irwin Tools has introduced a series of new cutting pliers to its Vise-Grip collection, aimed at providing extra comfort, durability and cutting power.

“After inventing the first-ever locking pliers more than 90 years ago, Irwin Tools continues to push the evolution of pliers technology, enabling tradesmen to do more with greater ease,” said Marta Aebischer, director of brand marketing. “Innovations like PowerSlot Technology and 3-Zone Comfort Grips deliver dramatic performance advantages so that users can get the job done faster and easier.”

September 8, 2014

Paul Colliton has rejoined Huttig Building Products as senior director of product management. 

Colliton was a key part of the Huttig management team from 1994-2007, holding positions of sales manager, district sales manager, regional director and regional VP.

In his new role, Paul will lead product management and programs around CPG Building Products decking, railing, PVC trim and pavers. He will report to Greg Gurley, VP product management, marketing and national accounts.  

August 25, 2014

In advance of new federal efficiency standards for dryers set to take effect in 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has handed the 2014 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award over to LG Electronics for its new EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer.

The EcoHybrid is described as the first dryer with heat pump technology to hit the market in the U.S., meaning it captures and recycles energy that's generated during the drying cycle. This translates to up to 50% more energy savings, according to third-party testing.

August 14, 2014

3M has appointed Sondra Barbour to its board of directors. 

Barbour currently is executive VP of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business division and an officer of Lockheed Martin.

August 14, 2014

Outdoor power equipment company Troy-Bilt introduced the Jet leaf blower that will be sold at Lowe’s stores.

The Jet uses a fan that spins at 130 m.p.h. while bringing in and pressurizing 650 cubic feet per minute of air volume.

August 4, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. announced the retirement of one of its senior leaders while also transitioning another proven executive into a new position.   

Effective Oct. 24, Do it Best VP of Lumber and Building Materials Quent Ondricek will retire his position, while Gary Nackers, currently director of program development for LBM, will move into that role, effective Sept. 15. 

July 30, 2014

General Cable Corp.'s board of directors has elected Ned Hall as its seventh independent director, filling the vacancy created by Robert Smialek's retirement. He will also serve on the board's Nominating and Governance Committee.

July 29, 2014

Consumer confidence pushed ahead to a new post-recession high of 90.9 in July, its highest level since October 2007, The Conference Board reported this morning.

July's figure is also in comparison with an upwardly revised figure of 86.4 in June, where the previous post-recession high had stood.

July 18, 2014

Barrington, Illinois-based EcoPlanet Bamboo Group has nabbed three former Weyerhaeuser executives in its latest hiring spree.

Of these, former Weyerhaeuser Solutions president Marvin Risco has been named group president. He has held multiple positions at Weyerhaeuser over the years, ranging from financial director for Weyerhaeuser Forestlands International to VP international operations in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

July 17, 2014

NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) the parent company of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation added Mike McCormick as VP warehouse solutions and Bill Buckhout as director of leasing and remarketing. McCormick and Buckhout have more than 40 years of combined industry experience.

July 16, 2014

The board of directors at the Sherwin-Williams Company elected Matthew Thornton III as its newest member.

Effective July 16, Thornton will join the board as its tenth director, as well as a member of its audit committee.

July 14, 2014

Marion, Iowa-based Legacy Manufacturing appointed Marco Laubach as director of product development.

June 26, 2014

The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors announced the appointment of Kevin Gammonley as the organization's new executive director. He has been serving as the interim executive director since April and has a long-standing relationship with the NAFCD board of directors through NAFCD's management firm. 

June 24, 2014

Continuing this week's trend of optimism in market fundamentals, consumer confidence pushed to a new post-recession high of 85.2 in June, up from a downwardly revised figure of 82.2 in May.

June 24, 2014

GE is releasing more details regarding one of its newest and most exciting projects, part of a new partnership with MakerBot and TechShop that will serve as an incubator of sorts for innovations in the appliance space.