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December 11, 2013

According to PetroChem Wire's PVC & Pipe Report, PVC is expected to rise by five cents per pound in the first two months of the new year.

Much of the increase can be attributed to the higher cost of ethylene, which is used in the manufacture of the plastic.

"PVC prices are usually under pressure during the fourth quarter as market seasonality kicks in and demand drops, but this year rising spot ethylene prices and strong export demand kept a floor under the market," said Donna Todd, senior editor for PVC & Pipe for PetroChem Wire.

October 4, 2013

Lebhar-Friedman's Residential Products Group announced the hiring of  Steph Koyfman as associate editor for HCN and HCN Daily.

Koyfman, who previously woked as copywriter and community manager for Lookboard, a B2B e-commerce startup, will cover home improvement with an emphasis on hardware store retailing. She also served as an international intern for Rolling Stone Magazine in Madrid, Spain.

"HCN has given me the opportunity to pursue "real" journalism, and I'm happy to be on the right career track with a great team of people," Koyfman said.

July 30, 2013

Pound for pound, it's one of the most valuable reads in home improvement. The Home Improvement Research Institute's (HIRI's) Reference Guide weighs in at 238 10-in.-by-7-in. pages.

The 2013 edition (with a cover price tag of $495, but free for HIRI members) is loaded with the foundation blocks of industry marketing plans — from percent of consumers who bought glue guns as a replacement of an existing product (52%, page 48) to the average price of landscaping and sodding a new house ($6,491, page 210.)

May 6, 2013

Americans are correct to question laws that are packaged in ways that seem too good to be true. For instance: "No Child Left Behind Act" or the "Affordable Care Act." My personal suggestion is: "Strengthening America through higher pay for Editorial Writers Act."

Who could be against those?

April 5, 2013

Ray Griffith, the recently retired CEO of Ace Hardware, will enter the Home Channel Hall of Fame during the National Hardware Show in May.

The Home Channel Hall of Fame will induct Ray Griffith during the Golden Hammer Awards breakfast ceremony May 8 in Las Vegas.

The event coincides with the 2013 National Hardware Show, May 7-9, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

April 1, 2013

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky's will accept the Retailer of the Year Award at the 2013 Golden Hammer ceremony in Las Vegas May 8.

Rocky's Ace Hardware, the Springfield, Mass.-based hardware store company with 33 stores in five states, will accept the Retailer of the Year Award during the 2013 Golden Hammer Awards breakfast ceremony in Las Vegas, May 8, during the National Hardware Show.

The award recognizes a home improvement retail company for its operational success, as well as its commitment to best practices and industry values of quality and service.

January 9, 2013

William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and a regular commentator on Fox News, will address the members of the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) at its legislative conference on March 18-20, 2013. The annual spring conference will be held at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Va. 

December 13, 2012

Residential Building Products and Technology is the title of the latest digital venture of Lebhar-Friedman’s Residential Products Group, which also includes HCN and homechannelnews.com. RBPT editor Nigel F. Maynard is no stranger to building products. Learn more at Residentialbuildingproducts.com.

How did you get into this business?

December 6, 2012

Veteran building industry journalist Nigel F. Maynard has been tapped to take charge of Residential Building Products and Technology, a new digital magazine of New York City-based Lebhar-Friedman's Residential Products Group.

The digital magazine will launch in mid-January.

June 1, 2012

Between the North and South halls, New Product World and Inventors Spotlight, attendees at the 2012 National Hardware Show were once again presented with the fruits of innovation derived from hours of toil in garage workshops and corporate labs. It’s always hard to pick just a few favorites; the only way to see them all is to wander the aisles, shake your head, and say, “Why didn’t somebody think of that before?”

May 11, 2012

The other day, an HCN editor received an email from Cambridge -- the one in England. A senior analyst and Ph.D. was asking for an example of an adhesive, paint or sealant product that has “transformed the market.”

Two thoughts came to mind.

April 30, 2012

Designed for hardware store owners and operators, Hardware Store Connect taps the latest technology to create a powerful and professional networking tool.

The online resource at HardwareStoreConnect.com officially launches April 30 and brings a professional, closed-loop networking tool to hardware store retailers. 

April 27, 2012

Here’s an actual email from Home Channel News freelance editor Ken Ryan, after he completed research and writing duties for our “Second Annual Hardware All-Stars: Fifty Stores in Fifty States” project:

“Thanks for the assignment. It was fun to do.”

Fun? That guy has a great attitude, because we didn’t make it easy on him — or any of the other editors working on the project.

March 8, 2012

From the Internationale Eisenwarenmesse -- or the International Hardware Fair --  in Cologne, Germany, an editor and a camera crew visit the booths of Pferd, Einhell and Rhodius. 

August 31, 2011

Gaithersburg, Md.-based TW Perry, a pro dealer celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, was selected as the Home Channel News Pro Dealer of the Year.

The company will be recognized during a special awards dinner during the 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit held in San Antonio Oct. 26 to 28.  The summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News.

August 2, 2011

While attending a meeting with the Home Improvement Research Institute, a Home Channel News editor made a side trip to another important South Florida institution that could help us all better understand our industry.


This institution is called The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. (Note to accounting: The $10 admission ticket and $3 parking are now officially “business related.”) And it does so by preparing us for the surreal in our world.


May 2, 2011

Back in August 2006, this “From the Editor” page was dedicated in part to an examination of Star and Bullock Hardware, the fictitious, gold-rush era building supply store from the HBO Series “Deadwood.” 


At the time, some suggested that I was watching too much television.


But now look at page 30 of this magazine. There’s an actual, real-life Deadwood, S.D., hardware store on our Fifty Hardware All Stars list: Twin City Hardware.


March 31, 2011

One of the lessons of legislative lobbying is this: If you’re not in front of lawmakers with your message, somebody else is. 


Operating under that theory, and armed with position papers and talking points, lumberyard executives and members of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) descended on the halls of power in Washington, D.C., last month for the group’s annual Legislative Conference, parts of which were co-hosted with the Windows and Doors Manufacturers Association (WDMA). 


February 25, 2011

“Regarding 'An interview with Manufacturer X' -- I chuckled to myself when I read this recent anonymous interview. My first question to Mr. X: Why the anonymity? Embarrassed that you probably shipped hundreds of jobs to a Communist regime bent on destroying the West and dominating the world? Strengthening a financial system already holding trillions of dollars of American debt and wielding it as a threat in negotiations with the U.S. government?

December 13, 2010

Let’s get right to the point: It is the opinion of the editorial board of Home Channel News that the mortgage interest deduction, or MID, should be left alone, thank you.

December 5, 2010

An automated, mechanized distribution center is an amazing spectacle. Products whiz around elaborate conveyor belts...

LAKE PARK, Ga. —An automated, mechanized distribution center is an amazing spectacle. Products whiz around elaborate conveyor belts at 450 ft. per minute, as if each package had a mind of its own. Thanks to precision placement of laser scanners, sorting shoes will perfectly time their push across the conveyor, gently nudging the right product to the right chute, and hence, the right store.

When watched from above, the entire system takes on a kind of artificial intelligence.

November 2, 2008

Georgia Foley has served as executive director of STAFDA since 2000. She recently spoke with...

November 2, 2008

In January, this editor predicted that the Dow Jones Industrial Average would finish the year...

March 16, 2008

Home Channel News announced two promotions in its editorial ranks. Ken Clark was named editor...

October 21, 2007

Home Channel News received numerous comments about a recent front-page article, “Homeland security: industry supports...