January 9, 2015

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's Scotts LawnService business has expanded its stake in the pest control market with the acquisition of Action Pest Control, Inc.

January 5, 2015

Founded in 1883, and based in Spokane, Wash., Jensen Distribution Services is a wholesale hardware distributor with approximately $150 million in wholesale revenue that serves more than 2,000 customers in 11 western states.

December 23, 2014

Parksite, a Batavia, Illinois-based distributor of building materials, has hired Gregory Wilt as its newest director of human resources.

December 22, 2014

Caterpillar Inc. is experiencing some turnover in its VP ranks. Current VP Jim Johnson will be retiring as of Feb. 1, to be replaced by Raymond Chan.

December 14, 2014

The former FBI agent and current CEO of Chicago-based True Value Company went undercover on the CBS TV show "Undercover Boss" broadcast Sunday night.

December 11, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware reported November same-store sales were up 9.9% over November 2013.

December 11, 2014

Lisle, Illinois-based The Vendor Center, the business-to-business online tool for the hardware industry, is getting into the holiday spirit with charity-themed membership drive.

The company is making a $5 donation to a retailer’s charity of choice for every verified new retailer registered by Jan. 9, 2015.

December 5, 2014

The last quarter was a tale of two divisions for Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.

The company's Outlet division's comparable store sales jumped 9.3%. But the more hardware-oriented Hometown stores saw comp-store sales decline 6.2%.

Overall, the 1,257 locations of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores saw comps decline 2.3% for the quarter, in which its operating loss was $173.6 million.

November 26, 2014

Say “hello” to the Thanksgiving Tool Turkey.

The rare bird assembled here comes courtesy of Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Klein Tools.

Included in the Thanksgiving Tool Turkey are various Klein drivers, journeyman pliers, jab saw, wire stripper, stubby screwdriver, wire pulling grips, block and tackle, fiberglass fish tapes, a PVC cutter and replacement blades.

From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2014

The propensity for novelty is a unifying trait among retailers of all stripes, but of particular interest to us here is the many ways in which hardware stores continue to surprise us.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes these stores for their quirks and commitment to thinking outside the box, as well as other more traditional traits like service, inventory and community service.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

November 12, 2014

Describing its third-quarter performance as record-breaking, Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corp. reported total revenues of $1.13 billion for the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 9.1%, from the third quarter of 2013.

Net income was $37.3 million for the third quarter of 2014, up 8.4%.

November 10, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corporation hired Steve Locanto as corporate controller. Reporting to Ace’s Chief Financial Officer Bill Guzik, Locanto will oversee a broad range of financial matters, including internal and external financial reporting, internal controls, operational accounting and systems. 

November 4, 2014

Midwest building products distributor Arrowhead Building Supply is preparing for the grand opening of its new facility -- an 8,000-sq.-ft. showroom in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Located just 15 miles from St. Louis, the facility will be the seven-unit company’s easternmost distributor. Arrowhead serves contractors in Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas.

October 28, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware has been honored with an award from the Professional Association for Customer Experience (PACE). 

Ace has earned the Customer Experience Award for Corporate Customer Commitment. 

The first-ever award of its kind, this recognition is given to individual companies that demonstrate exceptional experiences for their customers, employees and community. It is designed to recognize the best and the brightest in the customer engagement industry, according to the announcement. 

October 22, 2014

Mt. Prospect, Illinois-based Skilsaw Power Tools has rebranded itself with a new logo and the introduction of two new direct drive Sidewinder circular saws.

The new brand identity draws on the company's heritage as the inventor of the circular saw in 1924: the logo design features an iconic "diamond knockout" from a worm drive saw blade.

October 22, 2014

Lisle, Illinois-based The Vendor Center announced an alliance with Val-Test Group.

Under the partnership, Val-Test Vendors will be able to use the secure business-to-business website to allow qualified independent retailers to access a wide range of vendor information, including pricing, catalogs, educational and demonstrational videos, and even order products online with all billing processing via their Val-Test distributors.

October 20, 2014

Illinois-based The Vendor Center will be attending the 2015 Executive Planning Conference hosted by Distribution America. 

The new business-to-business secure website will be presented to Distribution America member distributors and vendors.

“We are thrilled and look forward to demonstrating what a powerful tool The Vendor Center can be for Distribution America Member Distributors and Vendors,” said Darrell Wabschall, president of The Vendor Center.

October 15, 2014

Schaumburg, Illinois-based GRK Fasteners rolled out a new Trex Select approved product, the Kameleon Composite Deck Screw.

Kameleon screws blend with Trex Select composite deck boards and have treated lumber code-approved GRK Climatek coating for superior corrosion resistance. They have been approved by TREX Company, Inc., for use in their most popular colors of Trex Select decking, including Woodland Brown, Saddle, Pebble Grey and Madeira.

Kameleon Screws feature fiber-trapping rings that keep material from splintering and eliminates any mushrooming effect.

October 8, 2014

The International Housewares Association named Gary Seehoff as vice chairman and chairman elect of the Rosemont, Illinois-based industry association.

Sehoff is the CEO of Evriholder Products, which he founded in 1994 after inventing its first two products: the Twirl A Tie and the Twirl A Belt. Today, the company is one of the largest distributors of housewares impulse products in the kitchen, barware, cleaning, storage and bath and personal care categories.

September 30, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Fall Conference will include a presentation from RBC Capital markets managing director Joshua Rosenbaum.

The event will take place Oct. 16 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

Rosenbaum, a frequent and popular presenter at HIRI conferences, will address: “The Economy, Wall Street and Deal-Making: Implications for Home Improvement.” 

September 30, 2014

The International Housewares Association, the Rosemont, Illinois-based trade group for the housewares industry, announced that Dave Elliott, general manager, KitchenAid Global Small Appliances has been elected IHA chairman of the board.

Elliott joined Whirlpool Corp. in February 2009. Whirlpool is the parent company of KitchenAid and the largest manufacturer of major and small appliances in the world. Before joining Whirlpool, he worked for Jarden Corp. from 1997 to 2009, where he was VP of global marketing with responsibility for personal comfort and wellness products. 

September 29, 2014

George Leon, senior VP of research firm Naxion, will lead a discussion on the consumer market during the upcoming Home Improvement Research Institute’s Fall Conference.

The event will take place Oct. 16 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemnont, Illinois. 

September 17, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- Financing and technology were among the new-and-improved tools that Ace Hardware executives rolled out onto the stage of the Ace Hardware general session here Wednesday morning.

At the same session, the co-op rallied around the morning's slogan "Building Momentum," and executives had statistics to back it up.             

September 3, 2014

PPG Industries has completed the sale of substantially all the assets of its Mount Zion, Illinois, glass manufacturing facility to automotive glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fuyao plans to rebuild and retrofit the facility’s two production lines to manufacture automotive glass. PPG will continue to operate the plant for up to one year, producing Sungate coated glass and clear glass.