April 24, 2015

Described as an "innovative showroom," the project was developed with a sense of Dallas’ architectural history and sits in the Dallas Design District, a revitalization project in the heart of the city.

April 7, 2015

Together with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has provided a grant to West Dallas' La Bajada Urban Youth Farm to build a new facility to teach local students about horticulture and nutrition.

March 13, 2015

With J.D. Power scores in its sights, the Chicago-based co-op rolls out in-store chats, along with a national training program.

March 8, 2015

John Hartmann opened the co-op's general session with a list of bullet-points showing momentum and strength for the Chicago-based co-op and its members.

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.

November 14, 2014

UFP Western Division, a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. has completed its acquisition of certain assets of Bigs Packaging and Lumber, LLC, an industrial wood and packaging solutions supplier.

Dallas, Texas-based Bigs was founded in 2011 and is already at an annual sales pace of $50 million. 

October 23, 2014

Fresh with acquisitions in Orlando, Houston, Dallas and Austin, and motivated by a positive long-term housing industry outlook, Dallas-based Builders FirstSource reported strong sales gains in its third fiscal quarter.

 And even without counting acquisitions, sales showed a healthy gains.

October 15, 2014

Beacon Roofing Supply has completed its acquisition of Dallas-based Wholesale Roofing Supply, a distributor of residential roofing materials.

With projected sales of about $34 million in 2014, WRS maintains a nine-acre facility in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, serving the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.

WRS President Rick McLaughlin will remain onboard as leader of the unit after the transition is completed.

October 7, 2014

Feeney Inc. is partnering up with King Architectural Metals to distribute its CableRail and DesignRail products across the United States.

September 10, 2014

Central Network Retail Group and Elliott’s Hardware are pleased to announce that construction has begun on a new store in northeast Dallas at 9540 Casa Linda Plaza, near the corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard. The 14,500-sq.-ft. store will feature a broad assortment of hardware, lawn and garden, grilling and outdoor living, paint, electrical, plumbing, and home organization products. It will also feature Hardware Plus, Elliott’s decorative plumbing and door hardware showroom.

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. 

September 8, 2014

Versatex is under new ownership but the same management.

Highlander Partners, a middle-market private investment firm based in Dallas, acquired Versatex Building Products. Founded in 2003, Versatex is a Pittsburgh-based provider of cellular PVC building products serving both the new construction and renovation-and-remodel markets.

August 14, 2014

Kodiak Building Partners has agreed to acquire Dallas-based Barnsco Inc., a fabricator and distributor of rebar and concrete accessories for commercial construction and road-building applications in North Central Texas and Southeastern Michigan.

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. 

August 7, 2014

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource purchased Truss Rite, marking the company's third acquisition of the summer.

August 6, 2014

What’s new in hardware stores? Plenty.

The HCN Big Four Report, published in the July/August issue, included several comments from independent retailers who were interviewed during recent markets and conventions.

The general question was some variation of “What’s new in your store?” Here are more answers from the field, in no particular order:

 

August 1, 2014

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource has purchased West Orange Lumber Company. The deal closed on July 31, 2014. West Orange was represented by The JIAN Group of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Groveland, Florida-based West Orange supplies lumber, roof and floor trusses, custom windows and doors, as well as installation services, to residential home builders and commercial contractors in the Central Florida region. Sales were about $15 million for fiscal 2013. 

July 25, 2014

Builders FirstSource achieved its highest sales level since 2006 as it swung to a profit in the second quarter ended June 30.

The Dallas-based pro dealer reported sales of $426.5 million, up 7.1% from the same quarter last year. Net income was $10.6 million, compared to a net loss of $48 million in the first quarter last year.

July 16, 2014

Dallas-based Roofing Supply Group is opening up two new locations on the West Coast -- one in McClellan Park, California and one in Woodinville, Washington.

The roofing supplies distributor now stands at 19 locations in the Western U.S., where it is currently making moves to expand.

July 1, 2014

Dallas, Texas-based Builders FirstSource completed its acquisition of Houston-based Slone Lumber Company.

May 14, 2014

The Drake Group, a consortium of 68 leading specialty distributors, presented CertainTeed Insulation with a Vendor of the Year Award at the company's winter meeting in Dallas.

April 25, 2014

After the winter of 2014, executives have emphasized the impact of the weather in a high percentage of first-quarter reports. Dallas-based BuildersFirst Source is no exception. 

Despite the cold -- and the relatively flat construction activity -- sales increased 8.2% to $345.9 million for the pro dealer.

The company posted a net loss of $3.4 million, compared with a net loss of $11.8 million in the same quarter last year.

March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

December 30, 2013

Major luxury appliance retailer Elite Appliance has been authorized as a Dallas GE appliance dealer. As such, it has added GE kitchen and laundry appliances to its product selection, now available both online and at its Dallas showroom.

Of GE's kitchen appliance suites, Elite will offer the Monogram Series, Cafe Series, Artistry Series and Profile Series.