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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 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

Freemont, Ohio-based Gordon Lumber has selected Erin Leonard to become the company's new president. 

The company employs 132 people in nine locations and was founded in 1868.

Leonard, who started with Gordon Lumber in 2011 and most recently served as chief operating officer, was chosen to fill the role of president after an extensive nationwide search. 

October 20, 2014

Illinois-based The Vendor Center will be attending the 2015 Executive Planning Conference hosted by Distribution America. 

The new business-to-business secure website will be presented to Distribution America member distributors and vendors.

“We are thrilled and look forward to demonstrating what a powerful tool The Vendor Center can be for Distribution America Member Distributors and Vendors,” said Darrell Wabschall, president of The Vendor Center.

October 7, 2014

Lumber Liquidators has embraced The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation's Energy For Life Walkathon series, a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the disorder.

The retailer will be sustaining its sponsorship of the Foundation, a partnership it began in 2013 as part of its philanthropic program, Lay it Forward. It has donated tens of thousands of dollars toward the effort since.

September 30, 2014

US LBM Holdings has expanded its growing network of pro dealers with the addition of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Standard Companies, Inc.

"Standard is a great addition to the US LBM team, expanding our presence and capabilities in the Western Michigan market," said US LBM president and CEO L.T. Gibson. "Standard's dedicated and knowledgeable team of associates have succeeded by providing a local feel and focus to their customer needs, which aligns perfectly with the goals of US LBM. We look forward to continuing and expanding upon their success."

September 26, 2014

In a nod to the burgeoning reign of gray in the kitchen and bath world (and fashion industry at large), Pfister is expanding its Slate-finish faucet line.

The new Slate Privé pull-out kitchen faucet and Slate Pasadena bath faucet are now availble in Pfister's fashion-forward Slate color, joining the Pasadena pull-down kitchen faucet that was introduced in July and prompted the expansion with its fast success.

September 10, 2014

One of the few predictable repercussions of the Home Depot data breach saga is the proliferation of lawsuits related to the unfolding story.

One day after Home Depot confirmed that a data breach had occurred that “could potentially impact any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward,” the lawyers piled on.

September 8, 2014

Stock Building Supply (STCK) led the pack in terms of forward momentum Monday, gaining 2.61% in share value.

September 5, 2014

Unemployment edged back down to 6.1% in August. Meanwhile, stocks continued their slow and steady pace forward.

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September 2, 2014

The PRO Group is enlisting the services of The Vendor Center to facilitate smoother connections between retailers, vendors and distributors.

"We are thrilled to be affiliated with the PRO Group and look forward to working with all their distributor members and vendors," said The Vendor Center president Darrell Wabschall.

Using the new service, PRO Group retail members will be able to access on-demand vendor information.

August 11, 2014

Stocks were riding a positive wave at Friday's close, with all but Stock Building Supply (STCK) experiencing forward momentum.

August 1, 2014

Hardwood flooring company Lumber Liquidators has donated one of its Dura Dance flooring systems to the Cincinnati, Ohio-based Highsteppers Drill Team as part of its Lay It Forward charity campaign.

The 15-year-old drill team recently moved into a new space, but didn’t have a proper floor, which led to Lumber Liquidators installing the Dura Dance system, which features underlying rubber to reduce impact and absorb energy.

July 29, 2014

Oklahoma is getting a new Sears Hometown location, slated to open July 30 in Shawnee, about 45 minutes east of Oklahoma City.

July 25, 2014

Walmart named Greg Foran president and CEO of its U.S. stores division to replace Bill Simon, who is leaving the company after an eight-year run.

July 21, 2014

PPG Industries is moving forward with its plans to sell the assets of its Mt. Zion, Illinois glass manufacturing facility to its partner of 13 years, glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc.

In Fuayo's hands, the facility (which currently manufactures glass for residential and commercial projects) will be retrofitted to produce automotive glass.

July 1, 2014

Dallas, Texas-based Builders FirstSource completed its acquisition of Houston-based Slone Lumber Company.

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 16, 2014

Sears Canada announced a deal to develop a 12-acre Sears site in Calgary, Alberta, at the North Hill Shopping Centre.

May 19, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid opened a 40,000-sq.-ft. Design Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a move it says will boost its numerous brands.

May 9, 2014

After months of regulatory delays, Ainsworth has announced that the planned acquisition of the company by Louisiana-Pacific (LP) has been blocked over antitrust concerns by U.S. and Canadian regulators, pending the sale of additional assets.

In order for the transaction to forward, the companies may need to divest one or more of their existing operations.

April 28, 2014

Masco Corporation delivered a robust first quarter earnings report, with sales and income both demonstrating strong forward momentum.

Net sales for the three months ended March 31 were $1.97 billion, up from $1.88 billion in the first quarter of 2013.

The company attributed its top-line growth mainly to Plumbing Products, Installation and Other Services, as well as Other Specialty Products. International sales were also up in Europe.

Meanwhile, net income came in at $74 million, compared to $53 million in the same year-ago period.

April 25, 2014

US LBM’s flurry of expansion announcements continued yesterday, with the addition of Coastal Roofing Supply to the US LBM family of companies.

Founded in 2009 by Tony Mila, Coastal Roofing Supply provides commercial and residential roofing materials to central Florida through its Clearwater and Rockledge locations. 

April 23, 2014

The market carried the positive momentum forward on Tuesday, with Stock Building Supply (STCK) taking home the biggest gains at 5.02%.

April 9, 2014

Wednesday continued the forward momentum for stocks, with several of HCN's Top 30 getting a boost of 2% or more.