June 7, 2011

Las Vegas — Four years ago, Larry Stone sat in the audience at a Golden Hammer Awards ceremony, while his friend and colleague Robert Strickland, chairman emeritus of Lowe’s Cos., entered the Home Channel Hall of Fame.

Click here for video of Stone describing the "Five Traits of Leadership."

June 7, 2011

To complement the baseball theme of its Grand Slam Power Challenge promotion at the National Hardware Show last month, Briggs & Stratton presented its catalog in the form of baseball cards. It featured a portrait of the product on the front, with stats and information on the back.

“We thought our customers might find them a bit more interesting and handy than a product catalog,” said Eric Loferski, director of marketing of Briggs & Stratton’s portable power and cleaning systems.

The idea may be catching on. 

May 17, 2011

Retail sales of pizza pans grew 7% in the 12 months ending March 2011, compared to the same time last year, signaling a consumer trend towards making pizzas at home, according to The NPD Group.

Metal pizza pans accounted for 64% of dollar sales during the 12-month period, according to NPD’s Retail Tracking Service. Stoneware/clay stone pizza pans, the second largest product segment, are outpacing sales of metal pans, however, with a 21% growth.

April 25, 2011

Builders FirstSource, the Dallas-based chain of lumberyards and component plants, reported sales of $162.8 million for its first fiscal quarter, a 1% increase from sales of $161.4 million in the same period a year ago. Net income for the quarter, which ended March 31, 2011, was $21.2 million, compared to a net loss of $31.4 million a year ago.