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November 21, 2014

Atlanta-based Atlas Roofing introduced a new roof underlayment designed for tile, slate, and metal roofing applications, adding to their array of leading residential and commercial building materials. WeatherMaster TU Ultra SE, a high temperature, self-adhering underlayment is the solution when quality and lifespan of a tile, slate, and metal roofing system is important.  

November 6, 2014

DeWalt's new Premium Tapes are "Guaranteed Tough" to withstand harsh jobsite conditions -- perfect for heavy-duting framing and other construction measuring tasks.

The tape measures are available in 16', 25' and 35' sizes and feature a reinforced housing and cast metal impact plate to absorb shocks.

Rubber over-molding covers add an extra layer of grip, and a five-screw design adds to its overall drop resistance.

June 26, 2014

Krylon is trying to speed up spray paint projects with its new line of Dual Superbond Paint + Primer.

The new paint -- which is available in 24 colors -- uses a formula that prevents rust and cuts out the need for primer or a sander, removing an entire step from metal painting projects.

Dual Superbond dries in about 25 minutes and adheres to such substances as melamine and plastic.

June 19, 2014

Craftsman is one of the biggest names in tools. It’s also one of the busiest. 

This year, the Illinois-based brand of Sears -- and also sold in Ace Hardware stores -- has been working on expanding its existing product categories like lithium-ion-battery-powered tools and hand tools while making a foray into newer territory. 

May 28, 2014

The home improvement industry called Las Vegas home for three days in May. That’s when the National Hardware Show was in town, kicking off with a marching band and confetti explosion on Tuesday morning May 6.

The National Hardware Show cleverly promoted itself as 15 shows in 1 in 2014, with new areas of emphasis — emergency preparedness and energy efficiency among them. The event’s popular Tailgate section, which has grown steadily over the years, was back with more activities, and a soon-to-be announced Tailgate product of the year.

May 16, 2014

Citing a tendency for the legs to bend and break, Dimension Industries is recalling its Fairview outdoor dining chairs.

The chairs, which came as part of the Fairview 7-Piece Patio Woven Dining Set, may pose a fall hazard to the user. So far, there have been three reports of the legs bending or breaking and causing falls, with one customer who bumped his head.

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 16, 2014

Citing a tendency for the metal housing and lens to separate from the bulb's base and fall, Satco Products is recalling several thousand of its KolourOne LED Light Bulbs.

The recall affects about 119,000 units in the U.S. and 2,350 in Canada of the KolourOne Brand Panel Array 2.0 and DUO 2.0 PAR 30 and 38 LED Light Bulbs.

Four reports have been received of the bulb components separating and falling, but no injuries have yet been reported.

April 1, 2014

Johnson City, Tenn.-based NN, Inc., a supplier of high-precision metal bearing components, has appointed Evelise Faro to the role of VP and general manager of its Plastic and Rubber Components Group.

Effective immediately, Faro will report to president and CEO Rich Holder and will assume full responsibility for the execution of the Group's strategic growth plan.

March 14, 2014

Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Klein Tools introduced a new Cushion-Grip Impact Punchdown Tool and Blade. 

Marking an expansion of the company’s Voice/Data/Vido punchdown tool line, the  Dura-Blade is a newly designed metal injection molded punchdown blade designed to deliver long-lasting cutting performance. 

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. 

December 12, 2013

Swanson Tool unveiled a new tape measure under its premium Savage brand.

The product features a patent pending rotating tip designed to hold rounded edges up to 2-inches in diameter, such as metal conduit, rebar, threaded rod, PVC and black iron pipe. 

With the ability to catch, hold and measure multiple types of materials, the new GripLine tape is ideal for plumbing, electrical, builder and carpenters, framing pros and DIY enthusiasts.  

December 10, 2013

It’s been a busy summer and fall for HCN: Its editorial staff was taken to many corners of the great United States in pursuit of emerging brands and game-changing products. We were happy to see many industry heavyweights at several of the big trade shows this year, as well as a few hidden gems in the home improvement aisle. From old favorites to promising newcomers, here are a few highlights from the reporter’s notebook.

October 18, 2013

For a company long known for its rust-stopping aerosol cans, Rust-Oleum has evolved into a marketer of cutting-edge offerings, such as Countertop Transformations and the NeverWet liquid repellent system.

October 11, 2013

Mahwah, N.J.-based Thermwell Products, makers of Frost King, has acquired PortaSeal of Morristown N.J., a manufacturer of weathersealing products, according to David Gerstein, president of Thermwell.

September 30, 2013

Freud America has added to its line of high-performance Diablo reciprocating saw blades with two new specialty blades: a flush cut blade and a pruning blade.

The new Diablo Flush Cut Blades are designed to handle nail-embedded wood and metal. These Bi-Metal Reciprocating Saw Blades come in 9-in. and 12-in. lengths (product numbers DS0194AFC and DS1214AFC) and feature the optimal flex body height for flush cutting. 

September 13, 2013

Dolan Designs has recalled approximately 8,000 of its Ceiling-Mounted Light Fixtures, citing fire and electric shock hazard.

The socket wire insulation has displayed a tendency to wear and expose charged wires, which allows electricity to pass through to the fixture's metal canopy. Two incidents have been reported, with no injuries as of yet.

August 13, 2013

Lenexa, Kan.-based Westlake Ace Hardware will open its newest store -- store No. 86 -- in West Plains, Mo., Aug. 16.

The new Westlake Ace Hardware will serve as the anchor for the West Plains Marketplace shopping center. The new location marks the second store incorporating Westlake's new store design and layout that uses construction materials and a design approach intended to provide an organic and modern feel, more natural light from garage-style doors and skylights, a wood and metal facade, and polished concrete floors.

June 19, 2013

Contractors face the unknown when they tackle problems hidden inside closed structures. Stud sensors and electronic scanners — two still-evolving technologies that use radar to locate objects behind or embedded in materials — can help, but their ability to identify wood and metal framing, electrical wiring, broken or lost parts, misplaced tools, and other critically important objects is limited.

Fortunately, there's another category of electronic tools that can actually see into closed cavities.

May 6, 2013

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April 26, 2013

Citing an electric shock hazard due to defective wiring, chandeliers made in China are being recalled.

Currey & Company of Chico, Calif., announced a recall of 10 models of its chandeliers.

Defective wiring can conduct electricity to the Chinese-made chandeliers' metal parts, posing an electric shock hazard to consumers, according to a release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

November 27, 2012

Cordless drills made in China sold at Harbor Freight Tools from April 2008 through May 2012 are the subject of a recall.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the black rigger switch of the Harbor Freight Tools Cordless Drills can wear down over time and allow for metal to make contact with other metal, causing an overheating or burn hazard.

The product has a 19.2-volt rechargeable battery pack.

November 9, 2012

Mukwonago, Wis.-based Empire Level launched a line of Magnetic Billet Torpedo levels constructed of anodized aluminum alloy for strength and durability, and they’re available in 5.5-in. and 8.5-in. sizes. 

August 2, 2012

Demand for fencing in the U.S. is forecast to expand 7.1% annually through 2016, according to a report just released by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm.

Demand for fencing in the U.S. is forecast to expand 7.1% annually through 2016, according to a report just released by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm. Growth will be driven by an expected rebound in building construction from a depressed 2011 base.  Advances will also be supported by rising installation of high-value fences, such as ornamental metal and composite fencing.  Consumers are turning to these materials because of their favorable aesthetic and performance properties, the report said.

July 16, 2012

A fire that broke out on July 14 at Padula Lumber in Coyote, Calif., brought 30 firefighters, nine fire engines and two trucks to contain the blaze, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News. One building was gutted and another seriously damaged, the newspaper reported. But owner Doug Morse told Home Channel News that the extent of the damage was pretty minimal.