September 10, 2015

Generational trends are on the menu in Chicago.

June 22, 2015

Here’s what follows a learning thermostat and a talking smoke alarm.

April 29, 2015

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s latest social media report has some surprising findings on the most useful room in the house. 

February 5, 2015

The new program opens the door to web sales while leaving the door open for distributors

December 29, 2014

Whether you’re engaged in the distribution of heavy building materials to dusty job sites, or the display of stylish home decor in a well-lit showroom, the hardware and building supply industry is one giant exercise in human resources.

December 18, 2014

Kwikset has expanded the reach of its Kevo automated smart lock to the Android market with the release of a new Android-compatible app.

December 11, 2014

Examining how the smart home may actually help.

October 20, 2014

General Electric buys Electrolux for $3.3 billion.

July 31, 2014

What Silicon Valley company is the reigning “Business of the Year,” as determined by the Campbell, California, Chamber of Commerce?

May 19, 2014

Carmel, Ind.-based Sclage hosted a virtual Great Brass Debate in an effort to shed light on the question: “Is it in or out?”

The virtual debate was hosted on Google Hangout. 

April 4, 2014

Nest Labs, the makers of the Nest Protect fire alarm and smoke detector, say the high-tech, home-of-the-future-type product could get confused, causing safety problems for homeowners.

The company, which was purchased by Google for $3.2 billion earlier this year, is suspending sales of the product until the problem is solved.

In a letter to customers, Nest explained that under the wrong conditions the alarm could interpret certain movements as the signal to stop emitting alarm sounds.

February 13, 2014

Smart thermostats, also known as programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs), offer integrated features that surpass the basic sensing and control functions of traditional thermostats. Although the market for smart thermostats has struggled to gain traction, recent developments – particularly the purchase of smart thermostat maker Nest Labs by Google, for a reported $3.2 billion – indicate that growth is likely to accelerate.

January 29, 2014

Google enters the world of home improvement with a thermostat and smoke detector. They're more exciting than they sound.

January 14, 2014

The biggest name on the Web is carving out a small sliver of the home improvement space.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Google agreed to pay $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs, which makes high-end thermostats and smoke alarms.

Since its launch in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has received strong reviews in various outlets, and so has the company’s new Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. The new alarm uses a recorded human voice to indicate low battery and other signals, as opposed to annoying beeps.

August 16, 2013

Having a social media policy -- and training employees to follow it -- are critical practices for every organization. Even if your company is not using social media, you still need a policy because your employees are using it in their private lives and they need guidelines to protect your interests and your organization’s reputation.

Before creating a social media policy, employers should decide what they want to get out of social media, advises Eric Meyer, a partner in the labor employment law group of Dilworth Paxson LLP.

June 24, 2013

Technology’s impact on the recruiting process is having both positive and negative effects on employers of all sizes. Bob Corlett, president of Olney, Md.-based recruiting firm Staffing Advisors, says subtle changes in job-seeker behavior have left many small businesses in the dust when it comes to catching the eye of top talent.

At the same time, employers large and small are missing out on connecting with qualified candidates by not embracing mobile applications, which are increasingly being used by those on the hunt for new gigs.

March 26, 2013

On Feb. 28, 2013, approximately 286 businesses and municipal employers filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

November 16, 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a $3 million grant from Google to be used to “catalyze the transformation of the building materials industry” by accelerating the creation of healthier indoor environments.

June 7, 2011

Not to pick on Fortune Magazine — after all, I want to be a billionaire someday, too — but who couldn’t come up with a list of 500 publicly traded companies? Not to disparage our competitor’s fine work, but their Fortune 500 issue almost writes itself. All they really need is Google and a spreadsheet.

February 17, 2011

Outdoor power equipment manufacturer Husqvarna announced a plan to boost online visibility through a partnership with WebVisible.

The manufacturer will make WebVisible’s platform available to participating dealers through its co-marketing program. For dealers, WebVisible will create online campaigns and place ads across networks and search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing -- helping local dealers reach millions of potential customers, the companies announced.

May 4, 2008

Johan van Tilburg, president and CEO of Tindell’s Building Materials in Knoxville, Tenn., took on...