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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.

June 13, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corporation made some updates to its corporate board of directors, not the least of which includes the planned appointment of Jim Ackroyd as chairman.

Ackroyd is the CEO of Vision Ace Hardware, an 11-store chain in southwest Florida. He was named vice chairman last year as part of a planned changeover within the chairman position. As a member of Ace's board since 2008, he was also re-elected to another three-year term as a member director.

June 4, 2014

While staff and service remains the most influential factor in satisfaction once customers are at a home improvement retail store, price is what drives customers to a retailer in the first place, underscoring the importance of competitive differentiation efforts via better price and value perception, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study released today.

The survey results also showed Ace Hardware at the top of the 2014 Home Improvement Retailer Satisfaction Study, followed by Menards and Lowe’s.

June 3, 2014

Stanley is looking within for its newest marketing campaign, which takes a good hard look at the qualities that make Stanley -- well, Stanley.

Using the hashtag #Stanleyness, the company will be engaging its followers in helping to define the qualities of the Stanley loyalist: in the company's words, "timelessness, durability, confidence and humility, with a touch of badass ruggedness." 

May 27, 2014

Consumer confidence hedged up a bit to near-March highs in May after dropping in April. The Index now reads 83.0, up from a downwardly revised estimate of 81.7 in April.

May 16, 2014

Cemex has announced two successors to the late Lorenzo Zambrano's title as chairman and CEO of the company.

The board has unanimously appointed director Rogelio Zambrano as chairman and former EVP finance and administration Fernando Gonzalez as CEO, effective immediately.

The move came swiftly after the passing of longtime chairman and CEO Lorenzo Zambrano, who died unexpectedly on Monday during a business trip in Madrid.

May 13, 2014

David Nunes is leaving his post as president and CEO of Pope Resources in order to take the helm of Rayonier, Inc. when the company eventually splits later this year. For now, however, he's onboarding as Rayonier's COO.

Effective June 9, Nunes will assume his interim role, in which he will be tasked with helping to finalize the separation of the company.

May 2, 2014

Ian Rowsby, director of sales at Bird-B-Gone, has embarked on a 2,650-mile trek across the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

“Since I first read about the trail 10 years ago I’ve wanted to hike the PCT, and now seems like the perfect time,” Rowsby said.

April 29, 2014

The Consumer Confidence backed down slightly from its recent peak in March, now standing at 82.3, according to The Conference Board.