April 25, 2012

Trex Company has entered into a licensing agreement with Freud America to introduce the first saw blade specifically designed for cutting composite decking materials.  Diablo, Freud’s premier brand of construction tools, will be introducing the new blade series for maximum performance and highest quality of finish when cutting composite decking materials.

April 6, 2012

Consistent with previous studies performed by the U.S. Department of Labor, men reported significantly more work-related injuries than women, and injury rates declined with increasing age. White employees had higher injury rates than black employees, but both groups had lower injury rates than those reporting their race as “other,” a group predominantly made up of Hispanics.

April 5, 2012

Hurd Windows and Doors has been named a 2012 Exporter of the Year winner for marketing its Made in America products in 20 countries worldwide. The award was presented by ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial News USA.

The Exporter of the Year award in the Building/Construction/Hardware category was presented to Hurd’s President and CEO Dominic Truniger and Director of International Sales Scott Klieforth during the Asia/Pacific Business Outlook conference in Los Angeles.

March 30, 2012

An article about a U.S. Commerce Department ruling that some imported bottom-mount refrigerators were sold at prices unfair to American competitors led to several letters. 

“There is no way that free enterprise businesses can compete and win against companies being underwritten by their countries.

“There is a core group of Americans who are being ignored in this NEW GLOBAL FREE TRADE economy. Not everyone can go to college or be trained for high-tech jobs.

March 28, 2012

More than 35 years after a DieHard battery charged a frigid car on a frozen lake in International Falls, Minn., as part of a television ad campaign, the battery brand is back at it. 

This time, it’s alkaline.

On Sunday during an ESPN2 broadcast, DieHard will debut its television commercial for DieHard alkaline batteries. Instead of a Chevrolet Chevelle driving across ice, the new commercial will show a battery-powered remote control car.

March 27, 2012

One of America’s original garage start-up success stories, DAP points to its made-in-the-USA mind-set as a key component of corporate culture. “DAP is dedicated to keeping jobs in the United States, with more than 500 associates nationwide to support its sales, marketing and manufacturing operations,” reads the company’s press release.

March 5, 2012

Ray Schlosser, founder and president of Aero-Tech Light Bulb Co., of Schaumburg, Ill., did not build his “Made in the U.S.A.” campaign because it was the fastest route to profitability.

March 2, 2012

More on Bernie Marcus

“As a proud associate of The Home Depot, I take great exception to Eric Ziedrich’s comments (in the Readers Response area) regarding Bernie Marcus. (Marcus contribution, alternative view, Feb. 10)

“No one believes that Bernie is God, but he is, and was, a true visionary. He understood what the people wanted and needed, and provided it for them.

February 20, 2012


A posting on a message board of the Toledo Blade on the closing of Fleeger's PRO Hardware reflected the challenges facing a small business in a down economy. It also shows one employee's passion for the business.

The employee's comment on his experience at Fleeger's PRO Hardware appeared in a long stream of comments regarding the closing of the store. Here is the note in its entirety:

February 13, 2012

What began quite innocently as a pet project turned into a national movement for Anders Lewendal, the Bozeman, Mont., builder who has since gained wide acclaim for constructing a house made entirely from U.S.-made products.

Initially, Lewendal set out to build an “efficient, affordable and environmentally healthy” home for a client whose daughter has cystic fibrosis. In researching the building materials and parts required for the project, Lewendal was struck with this idea: Why not go for all-American parts and materials.

February 8, 2012

Young America, an incentive marketing firm, has partnered with EcoRebates, a Web and mobile rebate solutions provider, to create an online tool that compiles utility energy rebates with available manufacturer or retailer-specific offers. Customers can easily find, apply and submit the incentive offers on a wide range of products.

January 31, 2012

The Building America Retrofit Alliance is promoting the Cool Energy House, described as a "deep-energy remodeling project" optimized for peak energy performance.

The purpose of the project is to bring attention to the new energy-efficient systems and strategies that can impact traditional remodeling projects. 

Among the peak performance energy measures of the Cool Energy House -- located at 11068 Bayshore Drive, Windermere, Fla. -- are pool pump replacement, sealed attic, shading, energy efficient lighting, cool roofing, ventilation and dehumidification.

January 23, 2012

A list compiled by 24/7 Wall St., based on both shareholder and consumer satisfaction, placed Sears in ninth place on the Ten Most Hated Companies in America. The Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based company was one of two retailers – the other being Best Buy at no. 6 – that made the publication’s list. Facebook ranked first on the list, followed by American Airlines and AT&T.

January 18, 2012

The theme was "America's Homebuilding Recovery Starts With Us." The place was Las Vegas. And the guest speaker was football legend Terry Bradshaw. 

The second annual BMC National Sales Meeting was an all-hands-on-deck affair for the Boise, Idaho-based pro dealer's sales team and branch operations managers. The Jan. 9 to 12 event also had 140 vendor companies represented, along with about 200 customers. 

January 2, 2012

GAM, a division of Howard Berger Co., is giving away 2.5-in. PX Professional Angle Sash Brushes to all contractor attendees of the upcoming Paint & Decorating Contractors of America Show Feb. 19 to 22 in Las Vegas.

Every contractor in attendance will also receive a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) certificate, redeemable at participating paint stores. 

The event will be held at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. For more events in 2012, visit the Home Channel News Events Calendar here.

November 22, 2011

In a spirited conversation on CNBC Tuesday morning, Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone delivered pointed comments on protestors and the education system. Ultimately, though, he described himself as bullish on America. 

Langone, currently chairman and president of Invemed Associates, had this advice to protestors in the Occupy Wall Street movement: "Stop bitching about where you are and do something about it."

He also pointed to weakness across the board in America's education system.

November 7, 2011

Floor and Decor Outlets of America has opened another unit, this time in the Chicago market, according to an article in the Chicago Daily Herald.

The 90,000-sq.-ft. warehouse store in Lombard, a suburb of Chicago, opened Nov. 3 and carries hard-surface flooring such as ceramic tile, hardwood, bamboo, stone and laminate.

November 4, 2011

More than 350 distributors and manufacturers attended the Executive Planning Conference, hosted by Distribution America and PRO Group in Naples, Fla. from Nov. 2 to 4. Held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, the joint annual conference, designed to reduce reduce costs and increase value  for all participants, helped arrange 2,693 one-on-one sessions between sellers and buyers.

September 30, 2011

A new U.S. Forest Service study is urging U.S. builders to prioritize wood as a green building material due to its environmental benefits, low carbon emissions, and verifiable third-party rating system for “green” certification.

September 29, 2011

Lowe's has announced that for the 2011 to 2012 school year, it will donate more than $4 million to support education. 

Through its Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, the company is providing funds for school systems across America through Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants, Teach for America, Project L.I.F.T., Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Lowe’s Scholarships and Carl Buchan Scholarships. 

September 13, 2011

Nascar has often been criticized as America's anti-green pastime. But an article in Tuesday's New York Times describes the auto-racing association's efforts to embrace sustainability.

September 12, 2011

Floor & Decor Outlets of America has opened again, this time in Orange County, Calif., according to an article in the Orange County Register. 

The 70,000-square-foot store opened in Santa Ana on Sept. 1. Founded in 2000, Atlanta-based Floor & Decor operates 25 stores in 15 U.S. metropolitan markets. 

September 12, 2011

"Too seldom do we appreciate America’s tradesmen. The guys who show up when the toilet is overflowing, or the A/C quit on a 100-degree day, or the rain is pouring through the kitchen ceiling. When do we say ‘thanks’ to the tradesmen who build America and keep it running? This year, Sept. 16 is the first National Tradesmen Day. And everyone can participate. 

August 31, 2011

The 150-year milestone is a rarity in corporate America. Even more rare is a family business successfully handed down across five consecutive generations. Requarth Lumber -- founded in 1860 by Frederick August Requarth in Dayton, Ohio -- is one of those companies.

By itself, the milestone doesn’t pay the bills, and it doesn’t close deals. But the distinction does have a real-world value, according to Alan Pippenger, president and great-great grandson of Frederick Requarth.