June 30, 2015

The All-Star saga marches on.

June 15, 2015

There is no use disputing the fact that “Made in the USA” has emotional appeal for the vast majority of red-blooded Americans. It’s even true that the visibility of the label in stores and around the industry is on the rise.

May 19, 2015

Multiple new member programs highlight the co-op’s May Market in Indianapolis.

May 15, 2015

The Indiana and Michigan dealers associations see economic and advocacy benefits in joining forces.

May 13, 2015

At Indianapolis this weekend: A 70th anniversary, BOGOs and e-commerce.

May 1, 2015

The 2015 InformationWeek Elite 100 list once again includes Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp.

April 3, 2015

Brandon Wolf is the e-commerce point man for Do it Best Corp. His dual-role position includes leading the co-op’s consumer-facing Web properties (about half his time), and consulting with members on ways to boost their online expertise (the other half).

March 31, 2015

Delta Faucet Company's president, Jai Shah, released a statement in response to the state of Indiana's recent ruling on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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.

December 17, 2014

The 40-year-old Siding World has locations in 17 markets in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

December 5, 2014

Hardware industry vendors descended on Fort Wayne, Indiana, Dec. 2 as Do it Best Corp.’s Open Buying Day kicked off at its headquarters.

December 5, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. has high praise for its vendors of the year.

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.

October 30, 2014

After a long career in the home improvement industry as a manufacturers rep, Frank (Bud) S. Howard III died last week.

Bud ran the Indianapolis-based Frank S. Howard Company after his dad Frank retired in 1968 until he retired in 1992. Bud called on accounts in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Southern Ohio for 35 plus years. 

October 18, 2014

Indianapolis -- Farm and ranch and home automation were included in a list of highlights and opportunities for retailers attending the Do it Best Fall Market, which includes 61 new vendors this year.

Back by popular demand on the show floor is a 5,000 sq.-ft. Farm & Ranch exhibit, said Steve Markley, VP of Merchandising for the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op.

“Farm and ranch is a fast growing segment for us,” Markley said during the co-op’s Merchandising Market Preview. “There are all kinds of opportunities in that area.”

October 12, 2014

 

Do it Best Corp. says it is bringing more resources to its INCOM Distributor Supply division. 

The Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op is expanding the team and dedicating additional resources to support INCOM Distributor Supply. The move reflects the business’ sustained growth and strategic importance, according to the co-op.

September 8, 2014

Elkhart, Indiana based Patrick Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of component products and a distributor of building products, has inked a deal with PolyDyn3, LLC.

PolyDyn3, which is also based in Elkhart, is a custom fabricator of simulated wood and stone products for recreational vehicles. It expects annual revenues of approximately $2.5 million.

August 13, 2014

Calling it a landmark occasion, Shelbyville, Indiana-based Knauf Insulation completed its acquisition of Guardian Insulation. 

The transaction includes Guardian Fiberglass, a leading supplier of insulation products for the construction market, and Guardian Laminated Building Products. Guardian Fiberglass will be integrated into Knauf Insulation and Guardian Laminated Building Products has become Silvercote, LLC.

The deal puts more than double the production capacity of glass mineral wool at Knauf’s disposal.

Terms of the deal were not released.

August 11, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. added Nick Talarico as a divisional manager, effective Aug. 1.

In his new role, Talarico will oversee the hand tools, plumbing, cleaning, housewares and InCom departments within merchandising. He had previously served as the co-op’s manager of internal audit since May 2011.

August 11, 2014

Syracuse, Indiana-based Poly-Wood, Inc. named Megan Pierson as the new director of sales and marketing for the designer and manufacturer of high-performance, eco-friendly casual outdoor furniture. 

August 4, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. announced the retirement of one of its senior leaders while also transitioning another proven executive into a new position.   

Effective Oct. 24, Do it Best VP of Lumber and Building Materials Quent Ondricek will retire his position, while Gary Nackers, currently director of program development for LBM, will move into that role, effective Sept. 15. 

August 4, 2014

Pennsylvania and Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Companies have launched a new website: plmilm.com.

The new site includes navigation and information improvements, and also reflects the affiliation of PLM and ILM, which occurred in the fall of 2013.

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 18, 2014

The Indiana Lumber & Builder’s Supply Association will host the 20th Sycamore Scramble Aug. 7 at Oak Tree Golf Course in Plainfield, Indiana.

This event benefits the Blair F. Collings Scholarship Program, which is one of the largest single scholarship granting programs in the LBM industry. 

The scholarship program is named to honor the memory of Blair Collings, the son of Ferguson Lumber owner Joe Collings, a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.