March 28, 2012

McDaniel's Do it Center, a family owned, single-store operator in Snohomish, Wash., will accept the Tools of the Trade award during the Home Channel News “Golden Hammer” event of the National Hardware Show.

The award recognizes a hardware and home improvement store that champions innovation and best practices across its operation to generate results and connect with customers.

Home Channel News based the award partly on the following:

January 9, 2012

The list of improving U.S. housing markets tracked by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) almost doubled in January 2012 with the addition of 40 new metro areas. The NAHB’s First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) now counts 76 improving markets, up from 41 in December, with 31 states and the District of Columbia represented by at least one entry.

December 2, 2011

How do you wrap up 2011? Here’s how: Take all the most popular stories — as measured by page views at — from each of the past 11 months and combine them in one, cream-of-the-crop editorial.

It’s an automatic, can’t-miss column, and it goes like this:

October 27, 2011

San Antonio -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) has announced its new leadership team installed on Oct. 26 at the ProDealer Industry Summit. 

At the association's annual meeting, the NLBMDA board of directors elected Cally Coleman Fromme, executive VP of Zarsky Lumber, as the association's new chair, replacing outgoing chair Joe Collings of Ferguson Lumber. Fromme is the first woman to lead the association in its 94-year history.

August 31, 2011

I’ve been in the home improvement industry for 25 years, and I cannot remember a time with so much divergent information on where we stand and where we are heading. 

July 6, 2011

The Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association Design Awards recognized a variety of projects featuring masonry veneer on the interior or exterior of the project.

The program was created to recognize the work of industry professionals who are setting trends by featuring manufactured stone veneer in their projects. 

June 9, 2011

From ballots sent out electronically earlier this year, Home Channel News received a record number of votes for Golden Hammer Winners, producing 32 winners in four categories. The Home Decor category -- subdivided into seven sub-categories, produced the following winners:

• Decorative Hardware & Locksets – Kwikset

• Decorative Lighting & Fixtures – Cooper Lighting (regent)

• Fashion Fixtures – Kohler

• Home Organization – Newell Rubbermaid

• Major Appliances – Whirlpool

May 18, 2011

Described as the industry's "most successful and innovative independent retailers," the Top Gun retailers this year hail from Texas, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts.

Organized by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and Hardware Retailing magazine, the 2011 Top Guns are: 

• Tony Brookhouse, representing Koopman Lumber Co. in Massachusetts;

• Cally Coleman Fromme, representing Zarsky Lumber in Texas; 

May 12, 2011

Continuing the state-by-state unveiling of hardware store all-stars, here are three more retailers selected by the editors of Home Channel News:

April 18, 2011

ABC Supply, the industry’s largest distributor of roofing, siding and other exterior products, has announced that eight former Bradco associates have joined ABC Supply’s Southeast region team.

ABC Supply acquired Bradco Supply in June 2010. ABC’s Southeast division includes nearly 100 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The new ABC Supply associates and their assignments are: