Slideshow (beta) | 2014-12-04 17:03

The industry was in full force at the National Lumber and building Material Dealer Association's annual Pro Dealer Industry Summit, which took place in temperate San Diego Oct. 28-30. Here, from HCN's reel, are a few photographic highlights.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-11-10 11:59

Paris -- During a recent visit to Paris, HCN captured some of the famous French style as it is applied to the hardware store.

As one might expect, lighting is a key merchandising element of the Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville, better known as the BHV. The basement of the six-floor monument of French retail is dedicated to hardware and garden suppliers for the do-it-yourself home improvement consumer.

It wouldn’t work everywhere, but it’s been working here on the rue de Rivoli since the late 19th century.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-11-03 16:09

San Diego -- A century-old California lumber institution with more than a few modern twists served as the stage for the ProDealer Industry Summit’s yard tour in San Diego Oct. 29.

Dixieline Lumber on Sports Arena Boulevard pulled out all the stops for the 75 or so visitors. In addition to tours of the home center and lumberyard, the activities included a presentation from Joe Lawrence, senior VP, and remarks from Robert Marchbank, CEO of Denver-based ProBuild Holdings, Dixieline’s parent company.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-10-21 13:53

Indianapolis -- The Indianapolis Colts weren’t the only Indiana-based organization to have a strong showing over the weekend. Next door to the stadium, Do it Best Corp.’s Fall Market at the Indiana Convention Center saw gains in attendance, a 100-million-dollar-plus rebate distribution and 61 new vendors in the product mix. Here are some of the visual highlights from the Fort Wayne-based co-op’s big show in Indianapolis.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-10-13 09:32

Denver -- True Value’s Denver Reunion featured the unveiling of several features of the co-op’s much-anticipated strategic plan. It also showcased some new products and new retail concepts. Here are some of the highlights from the event, which concluded Oct. 12.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-09-18 12:09

Orlando, Florida -- Ace Hardware’s Convention and Exhibits, an event running through Sept. 19, is bringing together the Ace nation for three days of merchandising, meeting and networking.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-08-26 14:16

San Antonio -- A little more than a year ago, Handy Hardware was in bankruptcy. Today the distributor is under new ownership, new leadership and a new structure. And the distributors Fall Market held in San Antonio was an opportunity to show members how different things are now.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-08-18 13:38

After three days of buying and selling at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Orgill’s 2014 Fall Dealer Market came to a close Saturday.

Model stores, showcase categories and low-price “Door Busters” kept things interesting. HCN cameras captured a variety of highlights.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-07-25 11:02

In the southern tip of Silicon Valley, Economy Lumber reigns as Campbell, California’s “Business of the Year.”

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-07-07 12:10

The Cordless Cyclonic Canister Vacuum from Makita puts lithium-ion power into the cleanup process.

Also among the half-dozen recent notables in the tool invention arena: a Scotts AirShoc garden shears, and a 17-in-1 painter’s tool from Hyde.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-06-26 11:19

San Francisco -- The show floor of the PCBC builders show here had more than 300 building product manufacturers and service providers to tout their latest wares. 

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-06-13 16:18

Meadville, Pennsylvania, mainstay Channellock Inc. invited a group of reporters into its manufacturing plant, where American manufacturing is alive and quite well.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-06-05 15:47

The International Housewares Association brought the industry’s shiniest gadgets under one roof at the New York Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, June 3. Here are just a few highlights.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-05-19 14:22

Sullivan Hardware & Garden in Indianapolis might be the most toured hardware store in the country, seeing how the store has been hosting busloads of Do it Best members twice a year for years. 

Sullivan, a former board member of Do it Best, has a 12,000-sq.-ft. store, a 10,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse, a solid hardware store offering, and a dominance in lawn and garden.

Slideshow (beta) | 2014-05-13 09:37

There was no shortage of products on display at the 2014 National Hardware Show, held May 6-8 in Las Vegas. Here are just a few more sights and scenes that attracted our photographer’s attention.

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Slideshow (beta) | 2014-05-08 10:20

Organizers of the 2014 National Hardware Show celebrated the participation of 2,600 vendors, offering thousands of new products and cool gadgets -- too many to count. Here are several that caught the attention of our camera crew.