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October 9, 2014

Debbie Tott, the longtime leader of the World Floor Covering Association’s Affiliate Flooring Association Northwest (FAN), retired after 19 years as FAN’s executive director.

Replacing Tott is Tish Gasparich, a seasoned business operations professional hailing from Boeing Corporation. Gasparich  began shadowing and training with Tott for the leadership role on July 8th of this year.

September 23, 2014

This year, the first two months of the primary back-to-school shopping season have seen significant growth in compact refrigerator sales, compared with the same time last year, according to research firm NPD Group.

September 16, 2014

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association continues to offer guidance to pro dealer members in the wake of a$1.6 million Lowe’s settlement regarding alleged violations of dimensional lumber descriptions.

In a letter to members from WCLBMA executive director Ken Dunham offered advice on how to avoid run-ins with the state agencies when it comes to labeling and advertising products.

September 3, 2014

The way the lumber industry sees it, everyone knows a 2x4 is actually a bit smaller than two inches by four inches. But the way California sees it, failure to provide the actual accurate dimensions might cost you.

September 2, 2014

Gaven Gregory, executive director of the Home Depot Foundation, announced last week that the organization's next focus would be on the American Legion -- in the form of a $1 million dedication, to be exact.

July 24, 2014

Lumber Liquidators is under fire again over charges that its products contain illegal levels of formaldehyde after Global Community Monitor and Sunshine Park LLC filed a lawsuit in California state court July 23.

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 13, 2014

Lowe's is taking a big step into the future with the launch of the Lowe's Holoroom, a life-size, 20-ft.-by-20-ft. virtual room that uses augmented reality and 3-D technology to create simulations of home interiors.

May 14, 2014

The Drake Group, a consortium of 68 leading specialty distributors, presented CertainTeed Insulation with a Vendor of the Year Award at the company's winter meeting in Dallas.

May 13, 2014

Mike Schwarz has been promoted to executive director of purchasing and merchandising for Beloit, Wisconsin-based building products distributor ABC Supply Co.

Previously he had been director of marketing and business intelligence for the company. 

April 21, 2014

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association convention was held in Washington DC on March 31 thru April 2. I was in attendance with my fun and beautiful wife Melinda Ganahl. After I took the role of the WCLBMA President in late 2013, [WCLBMA Executive Director] Ken Dunham and I discussed the various duties I needed to perform. On that list was attending the National Legislative Conference in DC. The purpose of my being there was to represent our West Coast interests. 

April 11, 2014

From small business movement Independent We Stand, a new app helps consumers easily locate locally owned businesses across the country in lieu of their big-box competitors.

"This is a tool for travelers and locals alike, giving people the opportunity to find the locals' favorites or discovering a business they didn't know existed," said Bill Brunelle, executive director of Independent We Stand. "Using the app is as simple as writing 'pizza' or 'paints' and having all of those types of independent businesses in your location come up."

March 6, 2014

Operation Finally Home, a nonprofit organization that provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes for wounded, ill and injured veterans and surviving spouses across the country, recently named Rusty Carroll as executive director. In addition, the organization expanded its advisory board with the appointments of three new members.

January 14, 2014

Beloit, Wis. -- Steve Reuter has been named executive director of American Construction Metals, a business unit of ABC Supply.

ACM is a manufacturer of metal roofing, siding, rainware and related products. In this newly created position, Reuter will be responsible for the strategic direction and financial performance of ACM and its four manufacturing plants. 

January 10, 2014

The maximum allowed pretax mass-transit benefit for employees fell from $245 per month in 2013 to $130 in 2014, beginning Jan. 1.

Employees can deduct commuting costs from their paychecks, tax free, through an employer benefit program up to the allowable monthly limit. Similarly, organizations that subsidize their employees’ commuting costs may do so up to the allowable limit, which results in lower payroll taxes than if they paid the money in wages.

January 3, 2014

After serving on the board of directors for several years, Paula Calimafde has been named the new executive director of the Small Business Legislative Council.

Calimafde is a principal with Bethesda, Md., law firm Paley Rothman. She replaces John Satagaj, who retired. 

The SBLC is a non-profit group representing the interests of small privately owned businesses in several areas, including taxation and health care.

December 18, 2013

Safe Electricity, an Energy Education Council organization, has put out its list of top five safety-oriented gift picks for the year, encouraging retailers to stock their shelves with pragmatic products this holiday season.

"The holidays are a time to let people know how much you care about them," said Molly Hall, executive director of the Energy Education Council and its Safe Electricity program. "A practical gift that helps keep loved ones safe continues to say 'I care about you' long after the holidays."

The non-brand-specific list includes:

December 12, 2013

Beloit, Wis.-based ABC Supply, operator of 450 branches in 45 states, named Tony Vaden as chief information officer.

Vaden replaces Kathy Hendricks, who moved to a newly created post as executive director of customer connectivity for ABC Supply.

Vaden is an award-winning veteran of the information technology industry, and he will oversee all aspects of the information technology systems that support the company’s computing needs. 

December 11, 2013

Kathy Hendricks, who had overseen ABC Supply’s information technology function for 28 years, most recently as VP and chief information officer, has been named to the newly created position of executive director of customer connectivity.

In her new role, she will lead ABC Supply’s strategic initiative to design, develop and implement the new information technology services and solutions that will connect ABC Supply to its customers and make it easier for its customers to run their businesses.

December 9, 2013

Port Washington, N.Y.-based The NPD Group reported that U.S. sales of non-electric housewares hit $5.6 billion in the 12 months ended September 2013.

While this is a slight uptick (+0.5%) from the previous year, it is a noteworthy shift after years of sales declines for the industry. 

December 5, 2013

Pantone and Valspar Paint announced the addition of Pantone Radiant Orchid, the 2014 Color of the Year, to the Pantone Universe Paint Collection by Valspar, available at Lowe's nationwide. Radiant Orchid is a mix of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.  

November 18, 2013

As part of its "Salute to Local Heroes" charity campaign, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores has teamed up with the National Volunteer Fire Council to help raise funds for fire departments across the country.

October 9, 2013

According to multiple media reports, the federal raid on two of Lumber Liquidators' Virginia locations last month has been linked to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

The Washington-based environmental advocacy group spent three years mounting its case against the retailer, claiming it purchased wood from protected forests in eastern Russia through a Chinese-owned supplier. The forests in question are home to the endangered Siberian tiger.

September 1, 2013

Establishing workplace-safety committees is one way management can encourage employees to participate in implementing and monitoring the company’s safety program. 

Typical responsibilities of workplace-safety committees include:

May 22, 2013

Research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows that in the 12 months ended March 2013, sales of home beverage appliances were more than $2.6 billion.

Home beverage appliances include home soda machines, single-serve coffeemakers, drip coffeemakers, espresso makers, countertop blenders, juice extractors, citrus juicers and tea makers.