May 17, 2012

Michaels Stores has announced the establishment of an interim office of the CEO to provide ongoing leadership and continuity for the business in the absence of current CEO John Menzer. Sharing the interim CEO duties will be Lew Klessel, managing director with Bain Capital Partners, and Charles "Chuck" Sonsteby, the company's chief administrative officer and CFO.

March 14, 2012

The monthly sales tally from the U.S. Census Bureau showed gains in February – sales were up 1.1% from the previous month, and up 6.5% from the same month last year.

Leading the sales charge are businesses classified as building material & garden equipment and supplies dealers – NAICS code 444, inclusive of home centers and hardware stores. No other kind of business tracked by the bureau has grown faster in the first two months of 2012. 

February 28, 2012

She was formerly the Secretary of State in the George W. Bush Administration. Later this year she'll be the keynote speaker at STAFDA's Orlando Convention & Trade Show Nov. 4-6.

Condoleezza Rice, currently professor of political science at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., will speak on politics and the U.S. and global economies Nov. 5, the day before the Nov. 6 presidential election.

Previous year STAFDA speakers include Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (2011) and Sarah Palin (2010).


December 20, 2011

The Natural Marketing Institute’s (NMI) new white paper, "Is Sustainability Sustainable?" contains insights from the group's consumer trends study.

Written by Frank J. Lampe and Monica Emerich, Ph.D., the white paper on green attitudes is available here.

July 14, 2011

Graeber’s Lumber, a one-unit lumberyard and millwork shop in Fairless Hills, Pa., closed for business on July 11, according to a notice on its website. 

Located in Buck’s County, about 20 miles outside of Philadelphia, Graeber’s Lumber did $17 million in sales in 2009, according to the latest figures available. It sold roofing, flooring, kitchen and bath fixtures, windows and doors, in addition to lumber and other wood products.

June 20, 2011

Gaithersburg, Md.-based pro dealer TW Perry is promoting understanding of green building and environmentally friendly materials with a back-to-basics educational program.

The six-unit TW Perry has received chain-of-custody certification by both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and it recently hosted its third annual Green Building Workshop. According to CEO Michael Cassidy, as the company's green education programs grow, they will focus on product application.

March 9, 2011

Flooring manufacturer Wilsonart North America has announced the appointment of Kevin Sweeny as the new director of environmental health and safety.

In his new role, Sweeney will focus on developing streamlined policies and procedures that ensure environmental and safety performance, generate cost savings and promote sustainable business practices. 

February 23, 2011

Madison, Wis.-based Wolf Appliance introduced its largest grill to date -- a 54-in., 51,000 Btu unit with five stainless steel burners. 

An optional side burner for high heat and preparing side dishes is available and packs 25,000 Btu into the outdoor configuration.

The company says the product is a response to consumer demand for more variety in outdoor grills. 

February 3, 2011

Rocky Mountain Stone in Albuquerque, N.M., won first prize in the Artisan Group photo contest for an elaborate kitchen project using Artisan Stone Collection Gold Coast granite.

The kitchen in the winning photos was designed by homeowners Greg & Shana Levenson, and fabricated and installed by Artisan Group member Rocky Mountain Stone. The contractor was Brian Matteucci Construction, and the photographer was Jerry Goffe. 

The contest was open to all 35 Artisan Group member companies. Second place went to Top Master in Kansas City. 

December 10, 2010

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA), a Reston, Va.-based trade organization for manufacturers of kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, decorative laminate products, has revised the criteria for companies to attain certification under the association’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP).

November 29, 2010

Clifton, N.J.-based Forrest Manufacturing has introduced a Duraline Tenoning Blade for serious craftsmen....

September 9, 2008

Dave Fowlie with more than 20 years experience in marketing and sales of wood preservatives,...

April 21, 2008

The North American Wholesale Lumber Association has announced dates for its two regional meetings in...