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March 18, 2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based National Gypsum named Rod Lopez as the new market development representative for the PermaBase brand cement board product line in the company’s Midwest and Central areas. 

October 16, 2013

A consumer survey conducted Oct. 10-13 by ORC International on behalf of ICSC and Goldman Sachs found that 40% of consumers have tightened their belts in the face of the federal government shutdown.

Of the demographically representative sample, lower-income households were more affected than their upper-income counterparts: Those with income of $35,000 or less were 15% more likely to curb spending than those making at least six figures.

October 9, 2013

Sears, Roebuck & Company, together with Whirlpool Corporation, filed petitions for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court Oct. 7, according to global law firm and Whirlpool representative Mayer Brown.

The retailers are asking the Court to review class certifications related to Sears v. Butler and Whirlpool v. Glazer, two similar class action suits that allegedly cast a large umbrella over varied defects involving Whirlpool washing machines. Each certification involved complaints of musty-smelling front-loading washing machines.

September 10, 2013

Every year, select brands in the home improvement and building product distribution channel are recognized for the value they bring to the industry.

Every year, select brands in the home improvement and building product distribution channel are recognized for the value they bring to the industry. Accolades range from prestigious awards — including HCN's own Golden Hammer and David Weekley's coveted "A,A" Partner of Choice — to recognition in the press or high-profile events like the National Hardware Show. In honor of all of 2013's high performers, here are some that are representative of this year's batch of overachievers.

August 8, 2013

Barbara Kux has been appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.

A member of the management board of Siemens AG and its chief sustainability officer, Kux takes the place of Thierry Paternot who, for personal reasons, resigned his tenure at the beginning of the year. 

Kux will be nominated for by-election as a shareholder representative on the supervisory board at the next Annual General Meeting in April 2014.

July 30, 2013

Representative Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) earned the praise of lumber dealers by reintroducing the "Innocent Sellers Fairness Act."

Here's how National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) officials called it:

"NLBMDA applauds Representative Farenthold for his effort to bring balance to our legal system by recognizing that business owners that only sell products, and are not involved in the manufacturing process, should not be held liable for defects that they did not create."