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December 9, 2014

Lenox has introduced its first-ever curved reciprocating saw blade in North America: the Lenox Gold Power Arc Curved Blade.

"Lenox Gold Power Arc Curved Blades are designed for the heavy recip user who understands the value of investing in a premium product that will deliver superior cutting performance," said Matt Savarino, brand manager for LENOX. "These blades last up to twice as long as standard straight Lenox recip blades, allowing trade professionals to be more productive on the job and to achieve more efficient results."

December 1, 2014

Sears Canada will be tipping its hat to military families this season at select store locations.

As part of its 9th annual Operation Wish program, Sears will be inviting customers to sign a postcard for troops and their families now through Dec. 7.

November 24, 2014

In a move described as a “preparation for strategic growth,” Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse announced the promotion of Megan Freise to Senior Brand Manager.  

In this new role, Freise will lead the development and execution of Emery’s brand messaging, emphasizing the renewed focus on retailer strategy and success.  

November 6, 2014

Whirlpool's new Premium Slide-In Electric and Gas Ranges are thoughtfully designed to cater to busy home cooks. As such, among its many features is the option to skip the preheating stage.

"Our new technology is always inspired by the way we care every day," said Jon Hall, senior brand manager, Whirlpool Corporation. "We outfitted our newest slide-in range with purposeful features that are meaningful and practical for families."

October 24, 2014

Tide Marine Supply Co. is the PRO Hardware Retailer of the Year among Long-Lewis Hardware customers. 

Manager Carl Crenshaw and his staff were selected for their ability to adapt to what their customer base is looking for.

“Tide Marine is one of those rare perfect retailers that isn’t afraid of change, has a willingness to try new things and is motivated to take some sensible chances and investigate opportunities,” said Michael Brady, general sales manager with Long-Lewis Hardware. 

October 22, 2014

This year’s Horizon Distribution PRO Hardware Retailer of the Year, Searing Electric & Plumbing in Longview, Washington, features a team with more than 150 years of combined experince.

“If I had to choose one word to describe Searing Electric & Plumbing PRO Hardware, it would be knowledgeable,” said Mike Dawson, Horizon Distribution’s retail division manager. “Plumbing and electrical projects can be intimidating, but with the pros at Searing helping you out, they become much less daunting.”

October 21, 2014

St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products hired Bob Kern Sr. as the new territory manager to cover southern New Jersey from the Huttig Wilkes-Barre branch in Pennsylvania. 

Kern has more than 20 years of experience in the building materials industry. He started his career with Peter Lumber Company in Pleasantville, New Jersey, where he was the operations manager for many years. Most recently, Kern was territory manager with Milliken Millwork.

October 14, 2014

BlueLinx Corporation has entered into a new distribution agreement with Weyerhaeuser in the Delta Gulf region, which has been effective since Oct. 1.

BlueLinx will now distribute Weyerhaeuser's engineered wood products in the Southeastern market, including Trus Joist TJI, TimberStrand LSL, Microllam LVL, Parallam PSL and TJ Rim board.

October 13, 2014

Owing to its ongoing efforts in the name of water conservation, Kohler has been honored with a Sustained Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for the second year in a row.

October 6, 2014

KitchenAid has introduced a line of six new gas cooktops, designed to meet the discerning eye of home cooks with professional standards.

September 23, 2014

Much has been made over the rise of the female home improvement customer, which continues to be a central fixation of hardware store remodels and even a top entry in HCN’s own “trends to watch out for” at this year’s National Hardware Show.

The name of the game is bigger, brighter aisles, easily navigable formats, appealing displays, home and garden sections – women are visual customers, the conventional wisdom seems to go, and when shopping is pleasurable, everyone wins (and buys more).

September 18, 2014

The National Association of Women in Construction installed Sandy K. Field as its 60th National President during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Indianapolis.

Field, Office/HR Manager for Horizon Group International, has been a member of NAWIC’s Houston, Texas Chapter since 2005.

September 16, 2014

The latest version of the Liquid Nails Heavy Duty construction adhesive formula is built to withstand extreme temperatures, serving contractors who work in especially hot or cold conditions, the company announced.

Specifically, the new Liquid Nails Extreme Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive can bond in temperatures ranging from 22 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

September 16, 2014

Mid-State Lumber Corp. has brought on Zach Fornuto as its new territory manager for Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware.

“I am excited to be a part of an excellent team at Mid -State Lumber," said Fornuto. "I look forward to partnering with our customer base to offer a very impressive lineup of products and industry leading service.”

September 10, 2014

Central Network Retail Group and Elliott’s Hardware are pleased to announce that construction has begun on a new store in northeast Dallas at 9540 Casa Linda Plaza, near the corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard. The 14,500-sq.-ft. store will feature a broad assortment of hardware, lawn and garden, grilling and outdoor living, paint, electrical, plumbing, and home organization products. It will also feature Hardware Plus, Elliott’s decorative plumbing and door hardware showroom.

September 3, 2014

Tractor Supply named Chad Frazell as senior VP human resources. 

Prior to joining Tractor Supply Company, Frazell was senior VP human resources for Shopko Stores. From 2008 to 2011, he served as VP human resources for Kohl's Corporation, where he began as a store manager in 1999. Prior to 1999, Frazell served as a store manager and assistant manager for Target Corporation. He began his career with Wal-Mart Stores, where he served as an assistant manager and sales associate.

September 2, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute announced the hiring of Pam Heidel as research analyst based in HIRI’s Tampa office. 

Heidel is a former president of the board of the non-profit HIRI. Also, from 2007 to 2014, she was employed by Generac Power Systems, most recently as marketing director – digital and consumer insights. 

Heidel also worked as marketing planning manager for Broan-NuTone from 2000 through 2007.

September 2, 2014

Tractor Supply named Chad Frazell as senior VP, human resources.

Prior to joining Tractor Supply Company, Frazell was senior VP, human resources for Shopko Stores. From 2008 to 2011, he served as VP, human resources for Kohl's Corporation, where he began as a store manager in 1999. Prior to 1999, Mr. Frazell served as a store manager and assistant manager for Target Corporation. He began his career with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he served as an assistant manager and sales associate. 

August 26, 2014

Mineola, New York-based MAX USA, manufacturer of pneumatic nailing tools, named Jerry Gibson as the company’s new Northwest regional sales executive. 

Gibson’s career includes 30 years of experience selling building products through wholesale distribution. He has 17 years of experience of product management for Spenard Builders Supply and 13 years travelling Alaska for Huttig Building Products as a territory manager.

August 26, 2014

Parr Lumber named Jon Friesen as the new manager of the company’s Tacoma, Washington, location.

Friesen most recently served as the manager of Parr’s Portland location on MLK Blvd. and prior to that as the assistant manager at Parr’s West Linn facility.

The appointment is effective Sept. 2. 

Before joining the Parr team, Friesen worked for BMC for 15 years and served as the lumber division manager of BMC’s Tacoma location and the Vancouver general manager.

August 13, 2014

IKEA is prepping for the grand opening of its new Miami-Dade location, set to open on Aug. 27, 2014 to mark the company's second South Florida outpost.

“Construction work has advanced far enough to allow the interior build-up process and finishing details to be complete by August 27,” noted Selwyn Crittendon, store manager of the future IKEA Miami. “Now our primary goal is the final training of the more-than-350 local hires joining the IKEA coworker family.”

August 11, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. added Nick Talarico as a divisional manager, effective Aug. 1.

In his new role, Talarico will oversee the hand tools, plumbing, cleaning, housewares and InCom departments within merchandising. He had previously served as the co-op’s manager of internal audit since May 2011.

August 4, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is making its second store opening in a week with the addition of a new Sears Outlet Store in Modesto, California.

July 28, 2014

Fypon is deeming August its first-ever "National Curb Appeal Month" in an effort to teach homeowners new ways to add value to their homes.

The month-long event will feature daily tips desseminated on the Fypon Facebook and Twitter pages, including color advice from national color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color.

June 30, 2014

Wholesale building material distribution company Cedar Creek announced five management promotions.

“Our continuing expansion has created opportunities for top performers in our organization,” said chief operating officer D. Wayne Trousdale. I am very pleased to announce these promotions.” 

• Regional VP Mark Corso joined Cedar Creek from Roberts & Dybdahl, where he spent the last 33 years in a number of executive roles. Corso began his career at GP.