November 11, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following online articles from the wide world of hardware and building materials: 

• Sears is developing a mixed-use retail project called Esplanade at Aventura. It could be the future of Sears Holdings Corp. (From Bloomberg) 

November 5, 2014

On a night when the Republican Party earned a majority in the Senate, and expanded their majority in the House of Representatives, candidates with deep ties to the home improvement and building material industry had mixed results.

July 22, 2014

Lowe's revealed its plans Tuesday to build a new Customer Support Center in Indianapolis, which is expected to reach completion by 2016.

The announcment was made with Lowe's officials in the company of Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. 

July 11, 2014

On Thursday, July 10, The Toro Company looked back on a century's worth of farm and ranch innovations during its 100th anniversary celebration.

More than 2,000 employees, retirees, partners and guests came to the company headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead.

January 6, 2014

Craig Danielson has been named CEO of WOLF, the York, Pa.-based supplier and distributor of building products. 

Danielson assumes the role from Tom Wolf, a sixth-generation member of the founding Wolf family who announced his retirement in June in order to run for governor of Pennsylvania. 

December 23, 2013

Indiana Governor Mike Pence presented the Sachem Award to Don Wolf, the longtime president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., at an event in Fort Wayne last week.

October 29, 2013

Consumer confidence took a big hit in October. 

At 71.2, the index was down 11.2% from September's upwardly revised figure of 80.2, the Conference Board reports.

Confidence had declined slightly in September as well (from August's 81.8), which suggests that the Congressional standoff wasn't the only factor driving October's figures down (though it was still one of the sharpest drops since last January, during the sequestration crisis).

October 21, 2013

Indianapolis -- Retired Do it Best Corp. CEO Don Wolf re-entered the spotlight Sunday night at the co-op's October market shareholder meeting.

Wolf received the state’s highest honor -- the Sachem Award for leadership and character -- hand-delivered by Governor Mike Pence.

October 16, 2013

A consumer survey conducted Oct. 10-13 by ORC International on behalf of ICSC and Goldman Sachs found that 40% of consumers have tightened their belts in the face of the federal government shutdown.

Of the demographically representative sample, lower-income households were more affected than their upper-income counterparts: Those with income of $35,000 or less were 15% more likely to curb spending than those making at least six figures.

August 23, 2013

With a goal of revitalizing U.S. manufacturing, the world’s largest retailer convened a domestic sourcing summit Thursday. 

Not only was the event a first for Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart, it was also unlike anything the retail industry has ever seen. 

June 26, 2013

Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett joined the Department of Environmental Protection in reminding residents to take advantage of the nearly $3 million remaining in solar rebates for the year.

Under the agency's Sunshine Solar Program, homeowners and small business owners are eligible for rebates of up to $7,500 and $52,500 for solar electric projects, respectively, until the program ends on Dec. 31 or when funds run out. Solar hot water projects can be reimbursed for up to $5,000 and $50,000, respectively.

April 4, 2013

Tom Wolf, the CEO of York, Pa.-based cabinet supplier WOLF, throws his hat in the gubernatorial ring.

March 26, 2013

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed legislation Wednesday specifying that rating systems used in green building projects funded by the state government "shall not exclude certificate credits for forest products certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or the American Tree Farm System."

February 1, 2013

With California’s controversial “lumber assessment” now being assessed on most lumber products sold in the state under so-called “emergency” regulations from the state’s tax collection agency, the State Board of Equalization (BOE), the next process for the state agency is to develop permanent rules including a permanent retailer set-up reimbursement.

November 21, 2012

Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears said it launched post Superstorm Sandy programs to bring supplies and discounts on appliances to the New York area.

Additionally, Sears along with its partner, non-profit Rebuilding Together, has made a commitment to rebuild 100 homes in the storm-affected areas.

The announcement came after discussions between the retailer and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said: "I am challenging other retailers to please step-up and get involved."

August 14, 2012

A bill signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month is starting to trickle down through local municipalities, which must now decide whether to adopt a tax exemption for buildings certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) or other green initiative standards.

July 16, 2012

The battle over online purchasing and sales tax might be winding to a close as more Republican governors are dropping their opposition to a mandatory state tax on Internet sales. The turning point may have been in May, when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cut a deal with Residents of New Jersey would pay a 7% sales tax on purchases, and the nation’s largest e-tailer would build two distribution centers in the state.

July 2, 2012

A proposed 1% additional sales tax on selected lumber products that was part of Governor Jerry Brown’s attempt to close a state budget gap has been dropped, much to the relief of California LBM dealers. The tax pitted retail lumber sellers against lumber producers by shifting fees the timber industry currently pays to its customers.

May 31, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie has announced an agreement with Amazon, the Internet’s largest retailer, that will levy state sales tax on purchases made by New Jersey residents. Saying it took “months of hard work and good faith discussions,” the governor said it will be Amazon’s “obligation” to track and collect the sales tax starting in July 2013.

A similar agreement was struck with Nevada earlier this month and Texas in April.

March 7, 2012

Facing a last-minute deadline, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a bill on March 6 that would have increased taxes on big-box retail stores. Senate Bill 9 would have slightly lowered New Mexico’ corporate income tax rate but raised the tax treatment of some multi-state corporations.

December 8, 2011

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that an 82-year-old hardware store in Mableton, Ga., will close at the end of the year.

The store was opened in 1929 by W. H. Barnes, the grandfather of former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes. The store is expected to close Dec. 31.

December 8, 2011

Maine Governor Paul LePage has decreed that equal recognition be given to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), American Tree Farm System, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification systems when incorporating green building standards into any new or expanded state buildings.

June 27, 2011

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Do it Best CEO Bob Taylor to the Indiana Economic Development Corp.'s board of directors.

The announcement was made earlier this month during an IEDC board meeting. 

The IEDC describes its mission as growing and retaining Indiana businesses, while attracting new investments to the state. It consists of 12 members appointed by the governor. 

June 24, 2011

San Francisco -- Gov. Jerry Brown, mired in the biggest battle of his new term as governor of California, took time to stop in at the PCBC show here to deliver a keynote address that touched lightly on housing but staked out his determination to pass a balanced budget for the nation’s largest state.

“We must continue to retrench, but it’s going to get ugly,” Brown said.