December 22, 2014

Several hardware and building supply dealers were in the running, but Mike’s Community Cup, of SeaTac, Washington, took the crown.

The 2014 Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year Award, an award promoted with the marketing muscle of one of the biggest names in outdoor power equipment, goes to a Seattle-area coffee shop this year.

June 27, 2013

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

December 23, 2014

Dan Miller has been named VP retail operations and new business, while Brian Wiborg will assume the role of VP retail development and supply.

Ace Hardware has made a couple of executive promotions. Dan Miller has been named VP retail operations and new business, while Brian Wiborg will assume the role of VP retail development and supply.

December 23, 2014

Builders FirstSource, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Empire Truss, Ltd., a Texas-based supplier of custom roof and floor trusses, as well as a distributor of engineered wood products.

Builders FirstSource, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Empire Truss, Ltd., a Texas-based supplier of custom roof and floor trusses, as well as a distributor of engineered wood products.

December 23, 2014

The staff and families of Homechannelnews.com wish you and yours a very happy holiday and a Merry Christmas.

Homechannelnews.com and HCN Daily will be back with news, analysis and updates on Monday, Dec. 29

December 23, 2014

Tuesday was another fairly positive day for stocks, especially Stock Building Supply (STCK), which went up 3.48%.

Tuesday was another fairly positive day for stocks, especially Stock Building Supply (STCK), which went up 3.48%.

December 23, 2014

Henry Company is putting its 212 All-Purpose Crystal Clear Sealant front and center for its versatility, ease-of-use and effectiveness.

Henry Company is putting its 212 All-Purpose Crystal Clear Sealant front and center for its versatility, ease-of-use and effectiveness.

“Henry 212 All-Purpose Crystal Clear Sealant is highly elastic, enabling it to expand and contract as needed, but it will not sag or run off when applied either horizontally or vertically,” said Gerry Chavez, senior product manager, sealants and coatings, at Henry Company. “It retains its flexibility in a wide range of conditions without cracking.”

December 23, 2014

Butkovich comes to Laticrete with more than 15 years of sales and sales management experience having recently managed multiple Daltile locations.

Laticrete hired Steve Butkovich joined the company as a regional sales manager.


Butkovich will represent the company’s Tile & Stone Installation and Care Systems throughout a region spanning Upstate New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC. He will report to Rob Smith, director of sales North America. 

According to Smith, “Steve is the right person to represent our Tile and Stone Installation and Care Systems. His unique skill set will help us meet demand in our own backyard.”

December 23, 2014

Behind painters, plumbers and handyman ranked second and third – not surprising given the yearlong consistency homeowners have for their services.

Porch.com, the web site designed to match homeowners with construction pros the home network, announces “painters,” “plumbers,” and “handyman” as most searched for professionals in the country.

December 23, 2014

Parksite, a Batavia, Illinois-based distributor of building materials, has hired Gregory Wilt as its newest director of human resources.

Parksite, a Batavia, Illinois-based distributor of building materials, has hired Gregory Wilt as its newest director of human resources.

Wilt has a long career in human resources, with a background in succession planning, organizational development, employee relations and benefits. He also has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution, especially in terms of recruitment, employee engagement and mergers and acquisitions.

December 23, 2014

“It’s not every day a company in the lumber business turns 100 years old,” Halsey said. “We thought the occasion called for something unique and different.”

Portland, Oregon-based lumber distributor Patrick Lumber has written the book on its centennial. “Business is Good: The Stories of Patrick Lumber Company’s First Century.”

December 22, 2014

APA-The Engineered Wood Association has rolled out a new (and free) online tool that may make the jobs of designers, builders and code officials a bit easier.

APA-The Engineered Wood Association has rolled out a new (and free) online tool that may make the jobs of designers, builders and code officials a bit easier.

The Wall Line Bracing Calculator automatically drums up the amount of wall bracing needed per individual house plan in order to comply with IRC bracing requirements.

December 22, 2014

Caterpillar Inc. is experiencing some turnover in its VP ranks. Current VP Jim Johnson will be retiring as of Feb. 1, to be replaced by Raymond Chan.

Caterpillar Inc. is experiencing some turnover in its VP ranks. Current VP Jim Johnson will be retiring as of Feb. 1, to be replaced by Raymond Chan. 

December 22, 2014

As part of Chelsea’s Sales and Marketing Department, Moreland will focus on interfacing with logistics, manufacturing, sales and product design as it relates to improving service to our customers.

Oakmont, Pennsylvania-based Chelsea Building Products hired Janet Moreland as customer service/product manager. 

As part of Chelsea’s Sales and Marketing Department, Moreland will focus on interfacing with logistics, manufacturing, sales and product design as it relates to improving service to our customers. She will also be involved in developing a product management function at Chelsea.

December 22, 2014

Total existing-home sales were down 6.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million in November. That's compared to a downwardly revised figure of 5.25 million in October.

Existing-home sales fell from a 2014 high in October to a six-month low in November thanks to the impact of low supply, according to the National Association of Realtors.

“Fewer people bought homes last month despite interest rates being at their lowest levels of the year,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “The stock market swings in October may have impacted some consumers’ psyches and therefore led to fewer November closings. Furthermore, rising home values are causing more investors to retreat from the market.”

December 22, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin-based Fiskars says it is tripling the number of grant recipients for its Project Orange Thumb

The maker of lawn and garden products will award 30 applicants $3,500 in cash and tools to to help communities reach their goals for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration and healthy, sustainable food sources.

The company is accepting applications for 2015 Project Orange Thumb garden grants in the U.S. and Canada now through January 31, 2015. 

December 22, 2014

Times are tough, economically speaking. But that hasn't stopped the shrewdest of hardware stores from investing in their operations.

Times are tough, economically speaking. But that hasn't stopped the shrewdest of hardware stores from investing in their operations.

Hardware stores of All-Star caliber know when to tighten their budgets and when to make calculated spending decisions, whether that be in the form of a store expansion or leading their co-ops in paint purchases.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores that took risks and reaped the gains, among other qualifying traits.

December 22, 2014

Monday's up-and-comer was Central Garden & Pet, which led the bulls at an increase of 3.06%.

Monday's up-and-comer was Central Garden & Pet, which led the bulls at an increase of 3.06%.

December 22, 2014

Eagle Materials (EXP) saw the best of Friday's positive headwinds, rising 3.37% to a share price of $80.01.

Eagle Materials (EXP) saw the best of Friday's positive headwinds, rising 3.37% to a share price of $80.01. 

December 22, 2014

Many bright spots this past November were categories that had been on the decline in the weeks and months leading up to November.

Research shows the housewares category is showing signs of momentum. 

November 2014 unit sales were up 3% compared to last year, and dollars were positive as well (+0.3%), according to research firm The NPD Group.

The preponderance of deals, coupled with the decline in the number of consumers looking to trade up, has limited dollar growth, but the lackluster performance earlier this year makes the increased demand and positive November sales especially good news for non-electrics categories. 

December 22, 2014

Housing starts regressed a bit in November, but maintained their edge over 2013 figures. And once again, gas prices fell further.

Housing starts regressed a bit in November (and fell below 2013 figures). And once again, gas prices fell further.

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December 22, 2014

Frank Blake, former CEO and current chairman of The Home Depot, will receive the National Retail Federation’s prestigious Gold Medal Award at Retail’s BIG Show in New York City next month, NRF announced today.

December 22, 2014

Storm trackers meets roof repair in the latest CertainTeed partnership.

In a deal with advanced weather forensics company HailStrike, CertainTeed says its new partnership and lead-generation service is a boon to contractors looking to strengthen their reroof business in regions prone to stormy weather. 

December 22, 2014

The new WORX AeroCart is a multi-purpose cart that can be used for dozens of moving projects around the house, yard or workplace.

The new WORX AeroCart is a multi-purpose cart that can be used for dozens of moving projects around the house, yard or workplace.

December 19, 2014

The show is described as a “furniture design competition series,” featuring emerging furniture designers competing for $100,000 cash prize, plus plenty of perks.

The Spike TV network has new show called “Framework,” and Ace Hardware Corp. will play a prominent role in the action.

The show is described as a “furniture design competition series,” featuring emerging furniture designers competing for $100,000 cash prize, plus plenty of perks.