April 6, 2015

California's drought mandates, pesticide poisoning in the Virgin Islands and an examination of the weak jobs report.

March 24, 2015

The NLBMDA's rallying cry hinged on three priority-issue talking points: EPA lead rule reform, the Marketplace Fairness Act, and its signature issue -- the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act.

March 16, 2015

In a state were more than 98% of the area is affected by drought, the EPA encourages Fix a Leak Week.

March 12, 2015

San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply Hardware will receive the Retailer of the Year award during Hardware + Building Supply Dealer magazine’s Golden Hammer Awards ceremony May 5 at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

February 17, 2015

Describing cyberspace as the new "wild, wild West," President Barack Obama on Friday said that while everyone expects the government to be the sheriff, the private sector must do more to stop cyberattacks.

February 10, 2015

A West Coast hardware industry icon -- and a division of Lowe’s -- has named Bob Tellier as president, HBSDealer has learned.

February 5, 2015

Orchard Supply Hardware is making a strong opening to the year, with moves that point to growth in the near future.

February 4, 2015

As True Value dealers descend on Dallas for the Spring Reunion, the company's "Strategy in Action" is described in the current issue of HBSDealer.

January 29, 2015

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, a roofing and solar company based in Fremont, California, has promoted Wendi Zubillaga to builder group president.

January 12, 2015

HBSD's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores that have generated their fair share of buzz, what with their exemplary performance, outstanding selection or local reputation.

January 8, 2015

Bob Mikulas is the president of the National Lawn & Garden Show (coming to Frisco, Texas, June 9-11). The event is more of a series of pre-arranged meetings between buyers and sellers than a traditional trade show.

January 7, 2015

Quikrete added to its list of high-profile renovations with a project on a prestigious California island.

December 29, 2014

When the Tournament of Roses parade kicks off in Pasadena, California, Miracle-Gro will be joined by TV celebrity handyman Ty Pennington. 

Marysville, Ohio-based Miracle-Gro will continue its three-year tradition as the Official Rose and Flower Care Company of the Tournament of Roses with a floral float entry designed to promote urban revitalization.

December 12, 2014

Here are three lessons learned from the West Coast storms this week: When it rains, it pours. Better safe than sorry. And retail is detail.

In the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley, Eric Hassett of Hassett Ace Hardware came to grips with all three lessons during the state’s headline-grabbing deluge. There were reports of 12 inches falling overnight in some counties -- high winds, widespread power outages and fears of mudslides.

December 10, 2014

Stone & Pewter Accents, manufacturer of stone and pewter tile, has rebranded as Lunada Bay Tile.

December 8, 2014

La Mirada, California-based Makita has drywall and interior contractors in mind with the launch of the new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Drywall Screwdriver.

The new product (XSF03M) runs on a Makita 18V 4.0Ah battery for longer run time and the fastest charge time in the category, according to Makita.

December 8, 2014

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025. 

December 4, 2014

American Solar Direct, a Los Angeles-based solar provider in California, is installing free solar energy systems in homes built by Homes for Our Troops in a new partnership with the organization.

December 3, 2014

Elm Grove, Wisconsin-based Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association elected Rod Gowett of Acme Construction Supply as president.

Gowett is Milpitas, California-based Acme’s VP of sales and marketing. He is also the founder of Bay Tool Supply, which he sold to Acme in the summer of 2014.

STAFDA announced its new slate of officers during its 38th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charlotte, North Carolina last month.

December 2, 2014

El Segundo, California-based Henry Company, makers of building envelope systems, named former Armstrong chief Frank Ready as CEO.

Prior to joining Henry Company, Ready was Executive Vice President of Armstrong Worldwide and CEO of Armstrong Floor Products Worldwide. He was with Armstrong for 30 years and served successfully in a variety of senior leadership roles in the organization throughout his career. 

December 1, 2014

Baldwin Park, California-based Treasure Garden added four new independent sales representatives joining its sales team. Greg Kavoklis, Stacey Riley and Laurie Falconer have been named to represent the Treasure Garden product line in Southern California regions. Hired to represent both the Treasure Garden and Shademaker brands within the Pacific Northwest is Brian Browning.   

November 22, 2014

The family of John William Bacon announced his passing on Nov. 13 at the age of 84.

A native of San Mateo, California, Bacon was a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay area whose lumber-industry career began in the early 1950s at San Bruno Lumber Company. 

He later purchased South City Lumber & Supply, Economy Lumber Company of Oakland, and Piedmont Lumber. 

He died at his home in Atherton, California. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; seven children, 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

November 21, 2014

Event organizers selected a new backdrop for the 11th consecutive Distribution America/PRO Group 2015 Executive Planning Conference -- the towering Santa Rosa Mountains of California. But the focus was the same: business, buying and networking for the two-step distribution channel.

And during the Nov. 18-20 event held in Palm Desert, nine items earned the title "Best New Product Award" winner, ranging from a digital shower head to bacon jerky to a battery-powered reciprocating saw.

November 12, 2014

Irvine, California-based Insteon announced the industry’s first dual-on/off, dual-band outlet. Now consumers can separately and remotely control each of two sockets with a degree of reliability 100 times greater than competing protocols, the company claims. 

The new On/Off Outlet includes Separate controls for each socket, Dual band communications via the combination of RF and Powerline communications, and tamper-proof shutters to prevent shocks and burns.