August 1, 2012

New Jersey-based, nine-unit pro dealer Kuiken Brothers completed a three-day volunteer commitment to Paterson Habitat for Humanity’s 2012 Corporate Challenge. Forty-five Kuiken Brothers employees, collectively, volunteered 360 man-hours on a new home construction project in Paterson, N.J.

The event was one way for Kuiken Brothers to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

July 26, 2012

Roofing distributor ABC Supply will open a new store in Carnegie, Pa., on Aug. 1. The 42,000-sq.-ft. facility will contain a warehouse and showroom space in two buildings. Designed to serve residential and commercial construction professionals, the new store will carry a complete assortment of low-slope and steep-slope roofing materials, siding, windows, doors, gutter, decking and related tools and equipment. 

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.

July 5, 2012

Gaithersburg, Md.-based lumberyard company TW Perry opened a Design Center in Gaithersburg, reflecting a major new design emphasis for the five-unit pro dealer.

May 2, 2012

A. O. Smith Corp. has posted first-quarter net earnings of $47.5 million, compared with $24.2 million in the prior-year quarter. Net earnings included an after-tax gain of $16.7 million, related to the sale of shares of Regal Beloit Corporation, which were received from the 2011 divestiture of the electric motor business.

April 15, 2012

Westminster, Mass.-based Aubuchon Hardware, a 121-store independent chain operating in the Northeastern United States, celebrated a grand opening of its Lake Placid, N.Y., location April 7.

The new store, a replacement of the previous Lake Placid location down the street, was built to reflect the style of an Adirondack mountain lodge, according to Bernard Aubuchon, Jr. “It’s really a good looking store,” he told Home Channel News. “It’s an Adirondack-style building with wooden beams and stone foundation work along the outside.”

April 14, 2012

According to an article in, a small-format Ace Hardware store is slated to open close to downtown Buffalo in a building next to a paint store. 

Owner Paul Leahey, president of Schuele Paint Co. in Buffalo, described the 3,000 square-foot store set to open by Memorial Day as a “first class hardware store.”


April 11, 2012

Marysville, Ohio-based The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. named more than 100 non-profit organizations as 2012 GRO1000 Grassroots Grant recipients. 

The grants will help build or enhance greenscapes in communities as part of the national GRO1000 initiative to create 1,000 community gardens and green spaces by 2018. 

A list of recipients can be found at

April 3, 2012

Home Depot plans to lay off 225 customer support and distribution workers in Baton Rouge, La., over the next 18 months, according to an article in The Advocate.

April 3, 2012

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s is in the early stages of bringing a store to South Dennis, Mass., on Cape Cod.

"The site Lowe's is pursuing has been designated in the Cape Cod Commission's Regional Policy Plan as being within an Economic Center," said Stacey Lentz, a Lowe's spokeswoman. "We will work with the town, Cape Cod Commission and stakeholders to make this a project the community and Lowe's can be proud of."

April 3, 2012

The April issue of Home Channel News included a review and analysis of, one of the most ambitious home improvement websites in the industry today. Our digital version (registration required) has even more analysis.

March 18, 2012

According to an article in the New York Times, Scott the Scot of Scotts Miracle-Gro’s new ad campaign was created to instruct and educate.

The ad campaign comes after the Marysville, Ohio-based lawn care giant expanded its advertising budget to about $135 million, up from about $85 million, according to the article. The character on the commercial, played by a Scottish actor named Phil McKee, provides expert advice in a Scottish accent.

March 14, 2012

AZEK Building Products has announced a distribution partnership with Gaiennie Lumber Co. based in Opelousas, La. 

Gaiennie Lumber will now offer the full line of AZEK's  exterior products to its dealer network in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi and 10 counties in Tennessee.

March 5, 2012

H&S Ace Hardware, an 80-year-old hardware store in Louisville, Ky., closed last month under pressure from its creditors, according to an article in the Courier-Journal.

Store manager Dave Phelps told the newspaper that the company's secured creditors ordered that the 135,000-sq.-ft. store be shuttered.

March 1, 2012

Boise, Idaho-based Boise posted fourth-quarter sales of $600.4 million, up 14.6% from $524.1 million in the same quarter of 2010.

"The past year was our most successful year since our inception four years ago," said Alexander Toeldte, president and CEO of Boise. "Our EBITDA excluding special items was a record $340 million, we generated $121 million in free cash flow, and returned $169 million of capital to our shareholders through share repurchases and dividends."

February 24, 2012

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) will return to Arlington, Va., for its annual Spring Conference geared toward professionals seeking home improvement data and ways to use it.

One of the new twists for the upcoming April 18 event at the DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City by Hilton is the inclusion of a presentation from the U.S. Census Bureau on The American FactFinder data tool.

February 22, 2012

A grand opening is planned sometime in March for Kennewick Ace Hardware and Sporting Goods store, according to an article in the Tri-City Herald.

February 20, 2012

When the President of the United States visits a factory, that's news. But there was even more to President Obama's trip to Master Lock's Milwaukee plant -- there was talk of jobs. 

After recognizing Master Lock several times in recent months for moving some jobs from China back to the United States, President Obama visited Milwaukee last week led a discussion on jobs and the economy. 

February 6, 2012

The Container Store, a specialty retailer in home organization solutions, has announced six new locations in the United States, including its first foray into Las Vegas and Long Island. It will bring the company’s store count to 59 by the end of 2012. 

February 6, 2012

According to an article in the Akron Beacon Journal, the maker of storage containers and Sharpie pens is investing in its plant in Mogadore, Ohio.

In addition to making physical improvements to its Ohio facility, Newell Rubbermaid is bringing in almost 140 jobs. The moves are partly the result of the closing of a company facility in Greenville, Texas.

February 3, 2012

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp. is bringing a modern twist to traditional picket fence by integrating its exclusive texturing process to the Bufftech Danbury product line.

Replicating the look and feel of wood, Danbury with Select Cedar is now available in seven colors that complement the entire Bufftech product line.

January 30, 2012

The Wichita Eagle reported that the Dondlinger family of Dondlinger and Sons Construction plans to add two more Williams Ace Hardware stores. 

The Goddard and Andover, Kan., locations are expected to open in the coming months. The family already owns the Williams Ace Hardware in Wichita.

January 26, 2012

Ashland City, Tenn.-based maker of water heaters and boilers launched the A.O. Smith Warranty Check app for contractors and plumbers for use in the field. 

"The iPhone and Android have created a huge demand for on-the-go information from homeowners and professionals," said Matt Southards, senior manager of digital marketing and strategy for A.O. Smith. "As an industry leader, we want to provide our plumbing professionals with easy access to critical information from remote locations."

January 23, 2012

Boise Cascade announced Jan. 17 that it was adding 40 positions to its Western Oregon Region mills in Medford, White City and Willamina, according to an article in the Oregon Mail Tribune.

Company spokesman R.J. Roberts told the newspaper that the Idaho-based wood products supplier has increased market share for its plywood and engineered wood panels, both in domestic and Canadian markets.