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September 10, 2014

European home improvement retailer Kingfisher has found a new CEO in Veronique Laury, formerly the head of the company's French unit, Castorama.

Laury will fill the shoes of Ian Cheshire, who served as chief executive for nearly seven years and is stepping down by the end of 2014. She will also become the fifth female CEO in Britain's FTSE 100 index of blue chip companies.

August 15, 2014

Chicago -- Ideas for loyalty in a competitive climate came fast and furious during an educational session here at the Orgill Fall Market.

The session, called "How to effectively use a customer loyalty program," was led by Theresa Neal, head of new business development for Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Pro/Phase Marketing. The company's RepeatRewards program has a business relationship with Orgill, providing a menu of real-time loyalty services.

July 31, 2014

Kris Matula and Mack Hogans are the newest addition to Boise Cascade's board of directors, the company announced Wednesday. The two join the board as longtime member Samuel Mencoff resigns.

Matula is the retired president and CEO of cellulose-based product manufacturer Buckeye Technologies, which Georgia-Pacific acquired in 2013. Before his time at the head of the company, Matula served as Buckeye’s CFO. He’ll serve on Boise Cascade’s compensation committee.

March 17, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Spring Conference, slated for Orlando April 10, will include a full slate of research-oriented presentations. 

Among them will be a presentation from The Futures Company’s Sarah Catlett, VP and HIRI account director, and Christina Hioros, VP and associate head of Global Monitor. Their topic: Not just another United States: Distinguishing consumer attitudes in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

February 25, 2014

Atlanta -- True Value Co.'s Special Order App for mobile devices is putting more power into the hands of retailers, according to the co-op.

What began as a concept about 18 months ago, the True Value mobile ordering app is now in its sixth month of operation. It's in use at about 1,800 retailers making thousands of orders, said Rosalee Hermens, VP and chief information officer for True Value. 

January 28, 2014

After a months-long investigation into allegations over undisclosed relationships and inflated earnings, an independent audit committee has found no evidence suggesting that The Tile Shop misstated its financial records, though ethics policy violations on behalf of the CEO's brother-in-law has earned him the boot.

November 12, 2013

Personna is introducing the Flip Lock Carpet Knife to its product line, boasting a design said to cut carpet cutting time in half for contractors.

The knife's head is designed to easily change position, allowing the user to use both edges of the blade. 

August 12, 2013

Georgia-Pacific consumer products manufacturing division named Gary W. Kaiser head of its Crossett, Ark., manufacturing operations.

He replaces Karen Dickinson, who retired.

June 11, 2013

Jacuzzi Brands Corp. today appointed Peter Munk as president of Global Spa, a newly created role.

Munk will focus his efforts on the growth of the spa business worldwide, to include sales and marketing, engineering and product development, and global operations strategy.

Munk joined Jacuzzi in April 2011 as head of the Jacuzzi European business units, Prior to joining Jacuzzihe was president and general manager for ACCO Brands EMEA + Asia, and VP consumer products at Black & Decker Europe.

May 11, 2013

Las Vegas -- Necessity is the mother of invention. 

Jon Nolle is a contractor who needed to take down a deck and fast. His solution: a two-pronged demolition bar that fits over the joist and provides the mechanical advantage to pry up the boards on decks. 

Nolle was demonstrating his invention – the Deck Demon – here at the National Hardware Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

The head of the tool fits over single or double joists. And both prongs of the product 

March 8, 2013

Lowe’s named José Luis Pier Castelló as president/general director of Lowe’s Mexico, effective March 15. He replaces Francisco Fernandez, who has left the company.

Lowe’s named José Luis Pier Castelló as president/general director of Lowe’s Mexico, effective March 15. He replaces Francisco Fernandez, who has left the company.

Pier Castelló will report to William D. (Doug) Robinson, head of international operations and development.

November 5, 2012

One of the trends emerging from the ENAP Forest Products Conference, held Oct. 21-23 in Baltimore, was the increased emphasis on supply.

“This year’s conference exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Duncan Facey, VP forest products for the New Windsor, N.Y.-based LBM co-op. “Those in attendance heard the message loud and clear: Supply is a very real concern across our industry as we head in 2013.”

Educational seminars during the event included:

November 2, 2012

BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop

October 3, 2012

3M has announced a realignment of its major business groups to better serve global markets and customers, effective immediately.

The new structure will be comprised of five business groups: Consumer (2011 sales of $4.2 billion), Industrial ($9.6 billion), Health Care ($5.0 billion) and two newly formed business groups: Safety & Graphics ($5.5 billion), and Electronics & Energy ($5.7 billion). Previously, the company operated six segments. 

July 2, 2012

Warren Buffett, the head of investment firm Berkshire Hathaway, has denied press reports that he replaced the CEO of subsidiary Benjamin Moore because of a company-paid yacht trip to Bermuda.

April 24, 2012

Contech is promoting the ecological benefits of its heart-shaped Rainforest Ecological Sprinklers, designed to lower water consumption. 

The heart-shaped head of the sprinkler breaks up water droplets to improve delivery to the root zone and to prevent wasted water, according to the company. 

“Because they can’t clog, Rainforest Sprinklers are ideal for hard water areas and for low-pressure systems like wells,” said Mark Grambart, president and CEO of Contech Enterprises, the manufacturer of Raniforest Ecological Sprinklers.

March 22, 2012

ProBuild Holdings, the nation’s largest pro dealer, has announced a restructuring that will eliminate several high level management positions, lay off a number of people, and institute a hiring freeze at its Denver headquarters. 

In an internal memo obtained by Home Channel News, ProBuild’s CEO Rob Marchbank outlined the new leadership and reporting structure of the Denver-based company. The executive VP operations layer of management will be eliminated, and all senior VPs of operations will report directly to Marchbank.

September 28, 2011

While no product category is absolutely recession-proof, there are a few in the home channel that come close. Paint will always sell, and weather permitting, lawn and garden is a safe bet.

Add pet products to the list.

September 28, 2011

Orchard Supply Hardware has gone through a lot of changes in its 80-year history, but the California chain — now numbering 89 units with $660.7 million in annual sales — has weathered them all. Changes in ownership, leadership, store design, color scheme and signage have come and gone. But the stores’ customers — known for their exceptional loyalty — have generally stuck with the chain. 


August 24, 2011

Scott Freidheim, president of the Craftsman, Kenmore and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings, has resigned, according to an Aug. 23 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Freidheim, who took over the position seven months ago, is leaving on Sept. 2 “to pursue another opportunity,” the SEC filing said.

March 6, 2011

Development of the 2012 edition of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), ICC 700, is now under way, with members of the consensus committee and the seven task groups officially appointed on Feb. 25.

January 28, 2011

York, Pa.-based Wolf — formerly known as Wolf Distributing Co. — has been through more than its fair share of game-changing transformations since Adam Wolf founded the company in 1843. One of the biggest was the brainchild of Adam’s son, who literally bet the house — and the canal-and-barge-centric business — on the future of what was then a newfangled communication system called the railroad. 


August 20, 2008

Mark Good has been with Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears since 1997, and he has overseen...

June 25, 2008

Robert Rugg, a former executive for the Drake Group, James Hardie’s gypsum division and USG,...