September 1, 2015

A company with a family foundation and a growth trajectory

August 21, 2015

Rugby's entry into Colorado marks full availability of Masonite’s doors in the state for the first time. 

July 20, 2015

A distribution deal is set to begin Sept. 18.

June 16, 2015

When it comes to All-Star status, it's usually a matter of someone with a little extra -- be it exceptional service, an unusual market niche or perhaps just a really great story.

April 20, 2015

Cedar Creek has signed on to MoistureShield's distributor network via its Denver, Colorado, location.

March 24, 2015

Marijuana legalization was a surprise topic during the NLBMDA Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference.

December 18, 2014

Commerce City, Colorado-based Atlas Copco Construction Equipment has hired Frank Lang as its business development manager of national rental accounts.

December 17, 2014

KB Home has opened its latest Design Studio in Centennial, Colorado, giving Denver-area homebuyers the opportunity to shop for home features in a retail-like setting.

December 16, 2014

Crowdsourcing isn't just for Kickstarter -- even with a small and burgeoning stake in the home improvement market.

Hardware stores of All-Star caliber know how to survey their communities for feedback, play the social media channels and reflect their surroundings back at their customer bases through stylized exteriors.

December 11, 2014

The ProDealer Industry Summit is the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association’s annual Super Bowl — a national event combining advocacy, networking and education. If you’re in the business of moving building products, this is the conference for you — by definition, and by design.

[Full disclosure: The Summit is co-hosted by the NLBMDA and Home Channel News. Supplemental disclosure: The 2015 Summit is slated for Oct. 28-30 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.]

December 2, 2014

Commerce City, Colorado-based Atlas Copco Construction Equipment added two new professionals to its growing rental channel. The company named Marty Molthen as district sales manager of the company’s Southwest rental channel and DeAnna Wells as its area sales manager for East Texas and Louisiana territory.

Atlas Copco provides rental customers a breadth of products and a range of consulting, selling and financing services, as well as equipment servicing and refurbishing.

November 17, 2014

Bona US, a Colorado-based supplier and distributor of flooring products, is significantly increasing its distribution operations in Canada.

Bona has maintained a presence in several markets for the past few years, including its line of professional products in Canada, but the new move will increase its footprint and bring new products to the fore. 

November 4, 2014

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners is merging the assets and operations of Dacono, Colorado-based SteelStar with Barton Supply, located in Aurora, Colorado.

The alliance will enhance the combined company’s ability to serve the growing Colorado market, the companies said. 

October 22, 2014

Commerce City, Colorado – A new Ace Hardware store opened here in this fast-growing Denver suburb, where the closest big box is about 10 miles away.

Inside the new Ace Hardware at Reunion (named for the neighboring housing development), the 9,000 sq.-ft. store displays three key elements to the modern Ace strategy  -- the new Paint Studio, a heavily emphasis on Craftsman, and a centrally locacted, all-purpose information desk known as the “Helpful Hub.”

October 15, 2014

Country Ace Hardware owner and VP Amy Kaplanis, a retailer in Granby, Colorado, and member of Ace’s board of directors, appeared in Diversity Journal’s 13th Women Worth Watching report.

The article in Diversity Journal describes her career path from a successful consulting career in Corporate America to a fulfilling role in the family business.

October 13, 2014

Summit Materials has acquired ready-mix concrete company Southwest Ready-Mix in Houston, aggregates company Colorado County Sand & Gravel in Colorado County, Texas, and aggregates and ready-mix concrete company Concrete Supply of Topeka/Builders Choice Concrete in Topeka.

“We are very pleased to welcome these three companies and their employees to Summit Materials," said Summit Materials CEO Tom Hill. "They are a great cultural, geographic and business match with us and a furtherance of our strategy of growth through acquisitions.”

October 12, 2014


Denver – True Value unveiled big plans for its advertising in 2015. In President and CEO John Hartmann's words, "the changes will be transformational, and I mean like we haven't advertised in over a decade."

Hartmann left it up to SVP & Chief Customer Officer Blake Fohl and SVP & Chief Merchandise Officer Ken Goodgame to deliver the news of an expanded national TV branding campaign. They described a national television program with ten times more spend in 2015. 

October 12, 2014

Denver -- During the True Value General Session here, with the co-op presenting details of its much-anticipated strategic plan, president and CEO John Hartmann painted a picture of the company building on the principles of “engagement,” “growth” and “efficiency.”

October 12, 2014

Denver -- The General Session at the 2014 True Value Fall Reunion in Denver opened with a few words of inspiration from chairman of the board Brent Burger.

"As you can see from the agenda card, we have a very full program this afternoon and I promise you that it will be one of most exciting General Sessions we have ever had," said Burger, the owner of five Campbell's True Value locations in Maine.

October 9, 2014

The exhibit floor of the 2014 True Value Fall Reunion, taking place this year in Denver, Colorado, officially opens on Friday, but some early activities are already under way.

Visitors filed into the Colorado Convention Center Thursday afternoon, where drinks and hors d'oeuvres were on-hand at the Farm & Ranch Reception.

The throngs then proceeded to the show floor to get a sneak peek of this year's farm & ranch section, where feed, pet products and lawn & garden products were prominent.

September 9, 2014

Atlas Copco Dynapac has appointed Jerry Hackett to the position of regional sales manager – south central U.S., effective immediately. 

He will report to Steve Cole, VP of the Road Construction Equipment Division for the Commerce City, Colorado-based company that specializes in sales, parts, service and rental of portable compressors, generators, tools, attachments and paving equipment used in the construction and demolition industries.

September 9, 2014

Aurora, Colorado-based Bona US opened a Bona Regional Training Center in Dallas.

One of multiple regional training centers launched by Bona over the past few years, the center is located north of the Dallas metro area in Addison. 

August 28, 2014

KB Home has announced its plans to expand further into the Denver market with the opening of its latest community, Pinery West.

“Each KB home at Pinery West can be personalized to reflect individual homebuyer preferences with our unique KB homebuying process that gives our buyers many ways to tailor their home to fit their lifestyle and budget,” said Matt Mandino, president of KB Home's Colorado division. “Also, the yards at Pinery West are designed to be low maintenance, allowing our homeowners to spend more time pursuing an active lifestyle.”

August 11, 2014

Kodiak Building Partners purchased substantially all the assets of AO, Inc., a Dallas based fabricator and distributor of doors, frames and hardware to commercial contractors for the office build-out market.

The move brings Denver, Colorado-based Kodiak deeper into Texas, and follows acquisitions of Gulf & Basco and Factory Builder Stores.