September 8, 2014

In the wake of the recent $1.6 million Lowe’s settlement over the description of dimensional lumber in California, a deputy district attorney involved in the case said that companies are within their rights to describe dimensional lumber in nominal terms, as opposed to actual terms.

June 27, 2013

New Ways Pro Dealers Can Use Trade Credit to Grow
(Part 1 of a Digital Series) 

September 15, 2014

Four new units expanded the ABC Supply building products footprint around the country, including the company’s first location in Vermont. 

Beloit, Wisconsin-based ABC Supply opened branches in Omaha, Nebraska; Nampa, Idaho; North Clarendon, Vermont; and Charleston, West Virginia. 

September 15, 2014

Tony and Joni Applegate and their store -- Applegate’s PRO Hardware of Georgetown, Ohio -- were honored as a Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award Finalist.

The Applegates opened their about five years ago, filling a need in their community for a hardware store and fulfilling Tony’s lifelong dream of owning a store. And, when the building next door became available, they expanded their store in 2013.

September 15, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products is making its sustainable brick line even more versatile with the addition of six new brick sizes.

The brick offerings are available as follows: Ambassador brick in a 2 1/4" by 15 5/8" size; Roman brick in 3 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 11 5/8"; Norman brick in 3 5/8" by 2 1/4" by 11 5/8"; King brick in 2 3/4" by 2 5/8" by 9 5/8"; and 8x16 and 4x16 facing units.

Both the Ambassador bricks and the facing units are available smooth or as a split-face unit.

September 15, 2014

On an otherwise sluggish day for HCN stocks, Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) gained 5.19% in share value.

September 15, 2014

Monthly sales showed year-over-year progress, though July was slightly weaker than June. Gas prices leveled off on a monthly and yearly basis.

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September 15, 2014

Toano, Virginia-based Lumber Liquidators has rolled out its latest product catalog for the fall, which includes 60 new flooring choices and insights into new flooring trends.

"We continually stay on top of design trends from around the world and then work directly with major mills to ensure the lowest prices possible on the highest quality flooring," said president and CEO Robert Lynch.

So what's on tap for fall? Grayscale is one trend the industry may be seeing more of, with various shades of gray flooring cropping up in contemporary design schemes.

September 15, 2014

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Sept. 12, 2014

September 15, 2014

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, a Fremont, California-based roofing and solar company, has promoted Erin Clark to president of its consumer solar power business.

“Erin Clark has displayed the kind of high-performance leadership qualities that PetersenDean prides itself in and his expertise and experience in roofing and solar are important to this position," said PetersenDean founder Jim Petersen. "We are confident that these skills will help lead us down the right road in the future as we grow and evolve."

September 15, 2014

The latest Sears Hometown outpost -- the 11th this year -- landed in Sidney, Montana last Friday, Sept. 12.

"The addition of the new Sears Hometown Store inside our existing business will provide great value to the community," said Becky Benson, co-owner of the new Sears Hometown Store in Sidney. "Working with builders and homeowners, we recognized the need for a broader product and service assortment to assist customers with their projects. Now, they'll have access to the nation's top appliance brands at the lowest possible price."

September 12, 2014

The latest data for the month of August shows broad-based improvement for retail sales, with particularly strong performance among building supply dealers. 

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday morning that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for August were up 0.6% from July and up 5.0% from August 2013. 

The total number came in at $444.4 billion.

September 12, 2014

Indianapolis-based hhgregg Inc. has brought on Robert Riesbeck as CFO, effective Sept. 15.

September 12, 2014

Delta Faucet Company is lending a hand to students of the plumbing, heating and cooling trade via six $2,500 scholarships.

"We know that contractors are looking everywhere for skilled workers to hire," said Sam Straub, VP trade sales for Delta Faucet Company. "Through these scholarships, Delta Faucet is helping to connect those contractors with the employees they need to get their work done."

September 12, 2014

Stocks experienced a unilateral slump on Friday, with the sole exception of Scotts (SMG), which gained 0.28%.

September 12, 2014

El Segundo, California-based Henry Company acquired West Development Group, based in LaGrange, Ohio, which specializes in silicone and spray polyurethane foam roofing technologies for commercial and residential applications. 

The strategic acquisition of WDG reinforces Henry’s core business of Building Envelope Systems and enhances its ability to deliver custom solutions for the benefit of the owner, occupant and environment, the company said.

September 12, 2014

Mebane, N.C.-based Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. is recalling its Kidde-branded smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, citing a tendency for the alarms to malfunction in the wake of a power outage.

Affected units include Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S (manufactured between Dec. 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014); combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO (manufactured between Dec. 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014); and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA (manufactured between Oct. 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014).

September 12, 2014

Providence, Rhode Island-based air management company Nortek, Inc. named Jeffrey Mueller as group president of its Residential Ventilation (RESV) segment.

"Jeff Mueller's deep expertise in global kitchen and bath product manufacturing, operational improvement and strategic growth for leading brands will serve our RESV business well," said Nortek president and CEO Michael Clarke. "He has a solid record of results in an impressive series of previous positions, and we are excited to welcome him to the Nortek team."

September 11, 2014

Deckorators has sifted through the entries in its 2014 Best Deck Contest, and it's declaring Mark Roberts of Flemington, New Jersey as its Grand Prize winner.

Roberts is an adept DIYer whose decking efforts draw the attention of his neighbors. As the winner, he'll receive $1,500 in Visa gift cards.

September 11, 2014

Oakland, California-based Feeney, Inc., a manufacturer of cable railing assemblies, aluminum railings, and architectural solutions for residential and commercial buildings expanded its presence in the Eastern United States.

The company opened an 87,000 square foot East Coast Distribution Center in Cranbury, New Jersey.

September 11, 2014

Thursday brought happier results upon HCN's Top 30 publicly traded companies, with Lumber Liquidators (LL) getting the biggest boost.

September 11, 2014

The phrase “thoughtful design” is playing an important role in the design process at Moen Inc., the company said.

September 11, 2014

Brentwood, Tennessee-based Tractor Supply Co. opened its 1,346th store -- the latest in Sealy, Texas.

The new Sealy store measures 15,000 sq. ft. and occupies a site formerly occupied by a grocery store.

September 11, 2014

Simpson Door Company has hired Phil Steklenski as its newest VP and general manager, replacing Stacie Conkle, who is retiring after 28 years with the company.

"I am pleased to be joining a strong and long-tenured leadership team, and am honored to lead Simpson Door Company in its next stage of growth," Steklenski said.

In his new role, Steklenski will be oversee all of the company's operations.

September 11, 2014

Ryland Homes is introducing eight new communities in the Philadelphia metro region, which will run the gamut from townhome hubs to enclaves of single-family homes.

Within the new communities, there will also be 15 new model homes open for the perusal of potential homebuyers by the end of the year.