July 6, 2012

Standard Pacific Homes, one of the nation's largest home builders, has purchased a 1,600-acre master planned community called The Palisades in the Charlotte, N.C., market. With plans to open in late 2013, the company will introduce all new home designs to the project, which contains 1,100 home sites. It is located next to Lake Wylie, Charlotte's second largest lake and a popular recreational destination.

April 10, 2012

Boise Cascade’s Building Materials Distribution has closed its facility in north Dallas and moved the operations to another expanded Dallas location. The Duncanville Road expansion includes an additional six acres of concrete paving for outside storage, an additional 10-car rail spur, and a nearby 154,000-sq.-ft. fully enclosed warehouse.

January 6, 2012

Nucor Corp. will close its Nuconsteel division and no longer fabricate light gauge steel framing used in residential and commercial structures, the company has announced. Nuconsteel has operations in Denton, Texas, and Dallas, Ga.

Nucor entered the light gauge steel framing business in November 2001 with the acquisition of Itec Steel, which became Nuconsteel shortly thereafter. Nucor expects to close Nuconsteel's facilities in the spring of 2012, after meeting current customer contractual obligations.

December 13, 2011

San Marcos, Texas-based McCoy’s Building Supply promoted Meagan McCoy Jones to the position of VP field support.

In her new position, Jones will continue to focus on improving the efficiencies of the 83-store lumber and hardware retailer.

Jones is the fourth generation to work in her family business, who joined the business in 2005. She was named a 2011 San Marcos Shining Star Under 40 by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.

November 9, 2011

One lumber executive was from the Washington, D.C.-area. Another was based in San Marcos, Texas. One ran six units, the other 83, but they both share a common award -- the Home Channel News Pro Dealer of the Year award.

November 9, 2011

Home Depot has begun construction on a 1.18 million-sq.-ft. warehouse in South Dallas, according to an article in the Dallas Business Journal.

November 9, 2011

An index by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) designed to track improving housing markets across the country has added nine more metro regions while dropping two cities. The November additions -- Cheyenne, Wyo.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Davenport, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colo.; Hinesville, Ga.; Lima, Ohio; Monroe, La.; Tyler, Texas; and Williamsport, Pa. -- raise the number from 23 to 30 metro areas.

November 1, 2011

A green-focused home improvement retailer called TreeHouse was born last month when the founders opened a 25,000-sq.-ft. store in Austin, Texas. 

The business owners said they recognized the growing demand for sustainable and healthy-living products, which are organized across the store in the categories of health, performance, corporate responsibility and sustainability.

One theme of the store: Being green doesn't always mean you have to pay more or change your lifestyle.

October 28, 2011

Temple-Inland is planning a new display and graphics facility, scheduled to open January 2012 in Chicagoland. Temple-Inland Display and Packaging Chicago will offer the services and expertise of the Elgin Corrugated Box and Mack Packaging brands from a single, newly renovated plant in Carol Stream, Ill.

Temple-Inland will provide corrugated packaging, displays and fulfillment to current Mack, Elgin and Temple-Inland customers, plus new customers throughout the country.

October 25, 2011

KB Home and Build San Antonio Green (BSAG) have announced the start of their partnership by recognizing KB Home's first BSAG-Certified home, located in San Antonio, at an event at KB Home's La Fontana community. The first certified home, named ZeroHouse 2.0, is KB Home's first net-zero energy home and goes beyond the BSAG program's guidelines. 

October 25, 2011

The 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit began Wednesday night with a keynote address on the “Forces of Change” in the distribution industry.

The Oct. 26 to 28 event, hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News, will feature several educational sessions as well as networking opportunities for leaders in the lumberyard industry.

October 18, 2011

Ferguson Enterprises, one of the nation’s largest plumbing and HVAC wholesalers, has leased industrial space at the port of Houston, according to the Houston Business Journal.

The Newport News, Va.–based company, which has several locations in the Houston area, has leased about 206,000 sq. ft. of industrial space at the Port Crossing Commerce Center in La Porte.

October 18, 2011

PulteGroup has named Kevin Meuth as the new division president for its Houston operations, where he will oversee the 27 communities and about 100 employees throughout the Greater Houston area.

Meuth has 22 years of diversified home-building experience, all in the Houston market. Previously, he served as division president at Meritage Homes for the past five years. 

October 12, 2011

Conshohocken, Pa.-based IKEA announced plans to expand its Round Rock, Texas, store, adding 54,000 sq. ft. and more parking.

The Round Rock store in central Texas will expand from 252,000 sq. ft. to 306,000 sq. ft. Construction activity will begin this month, with an expected completion in summer 2012. The store will remain open during construction.

The size of the store's warehouse capacity is "less than ideal" currently, the company said.

September 28, 2011

The 2011 ProDealer Industry Summit is responding to the building downturn with a healthy lineup of business-building educational sessions.

This year’s event, sponsored jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and Home Channel News, will take place Oct. 26 to 28 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio. 

“This industry is ready to break out of the doldrums,” said Jim Reynolds, PDIS managing director. “The best minds in the industry will gather again this year in San Antonio to share their ideas.”

August 31, 2011

The Tuttle Lumber True Value store on San Antonio Street in historic Lockhart Texas — straight down the road from one of the prettiest courthouses in the state — has a colorful past.

And the owners, with an assist from the Chicago-based co-op, are working to ensure that it is well designed for the future.

Originally a 1950’s-era grocery store, then a True Value hardware store, then an Ace hardware store, then a vacant shell for three years, the site was finally converted to its current form as Tuttle Lumber True Value in mid-2010.

July 21, 2011

FLOR Inc., a retail chain offering design-it-yourself modular floor coverings, has opened its fifth retail location in Dallas. Other stores are located in Chicago; Santa Monica, Calif.; Atlanta; and the SoHo district of New York City.

June 22, 2011

Zinger Hardware of Austin, Texas, will be relocating to a vacant bookstore with an outdoor center where it can build a children’s playground and a butterfly garden, according to an article in the Austin American Statesman. 

May 26, 2011

Members of the Houston-based Handy Hardware co-op received an e-mail message Thursday afternoon from Kenneth White, a partner at consulting firm Tatum, announcing that White will assume the post of CEO.

Several weeks ago, Handy's board of directors hired Tatum to "assess the critical operating, financial and IT related issues currently facing Handy Hardware," according to Thursday's letter. The board voted to accept Tatum's action plan. 

May 19, 2011

Just one day after announcing the opening of a distribution center in Denver, BMC is at it again -- this time with a new lumberyard in Houston.

BMC announced the opening of the Houston yard today, describing it as a boost to its Greater Houston capacity, which now extends to a 100-mile delivery radius.

April 8, 2011

Fort Worth, Texas-based Pier 1 Imports saw comparable-store sales increase 8.9% in the fourth quarter ended Feb. 26.

March 20, 2011

Oklahoma City-based distributor Cedar Creek will purchase distribution company Epperson Lumber of Statesville, N.C. 

The two companies signed a "letter of intent" for the deal, expected to close in about 60 days.

Located near Charlotte, N.C., Epperson Lumber’s sales coverage area ranges East along the coast of the Carolinas; South to Charleston, S.C.; North to Richmond, Va.; and West to Knoxville, Tenn.

March 9, 2011

Sparks, Md.-based Lufkin has launched Hi-Viz 600 Series Power Tapes measuring tools for professional and do-it-yourself projects. The 600 Series Power Tapes are marketed as offering durability and a full-length blade coating for long-lasting markings. A double-riveted end hook with steel reinforcement enhances the tapes' longevity.

Lufkin is a brand of the Apex Tool Group.

March 7, 2011

Elliott’s Hardware is downsizing in Dallas but staying in the same neighborhood, according to an article in the Dallas Morning News.