August 13, 2015

New states and core markets perform well, says CEO.

July 20, 2015

More on what it takes to be an All Star.

June 18, 2015

Here's what's happening with AZEK, Timbertech and a Louisiana distributor.

June 1, 2015

With the acquisition, McKinney, Texas-based SRS will operate 149 locations in 38 stats.

December 29, 2014

Whether you’re engaged in the distribution of heavy building materials to dusty job sites, or the display of stylish home decor in a well-lit showroom, the hardware and building supply industry is one giant exercise in human resources.

December 2, 2014

Commerce City, Colorado-based Atlas Copco Construction Equipment added two new professionals to its growing rental channel. The company named Marty Molthen as district sales manager of the company’s Southwest rental channel and DeAnna Wells as its area sales manager for East Texas and Louisiana territory.

Atlas Copco provides rental customers a breadth of products and a range of consulting, selling and financing services, as well as equipment servicing and refurbishing.

November 12, 2014

The times they are a'changing, and the best of them have rolled with the punches and provided a model for the rest of the industry to follow.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for their ability to embrace modern technology, expand to meet growing demand and find ways to connect with younger consumers.

November 3, 2014

CatchMark Timber Trust has purchased the Beauregard properties, approximately 21,300 acres of timberlands in Southwest Louisiana, from Hancock Natural Resource Group.

The transaction, which came at a price tag of $38.5 million, officially closed Oct. 30.

It includes about 947,000 tons of merchantable timber inventory, the addition of about 90,000 to 100,000 tons per year to CatchMark's harvest volumes, and a diversified product mix composed of 76% convertible pine upland acres and 65% sawtimber by tons.

August 28, 2014

Canton, Ohio-based Schumacher Homes has opened a new Model Home and Design Studio in Shreverport, Louisiana, which will showcase a variety of options for homeowners in the planning stages of their new homes.

July 31, 2014

Ivey’s Building Materials Center found a new home in Haughton, La.

June 17, 2014

Being yourself never worked so well.

May 20, 2014

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek entered into a lease agreement to open a new location in Long Beach, Mississippi, by Dec. 1.

According to Cedar Creek CEO Bill Adams, “This is a great strategic fit as it positions us to provide optimal service to customers along the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle across the southern tier of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.“

April 1, 2014

A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products has purchased a 50% ownership interest in Upshur Forest Products, which owns sawmill operations in Gilmer, Texas.

According to a statement released by UFPI Monday, the acquisition will help expand the company's footprint in East Texas and western Louisiana, supplying raw material to nearby UFPI affiliates and to new industrial operations that will be established at one of the mill locations.

March 25, 2014

There is strength in unity. That’s one reason pro dealers in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi will soon see a merger of two regional lumber associations.

The boards of the Construction Suppliers Association and the Mid South Building Material Dealers Association voted to merge the organizations into one group. The merged group will be called the Construction Suppliers Association and will be headquartered in Tyrone, Ga.

March 24, 2014

Stine Home & Yard will accept the prestigious Retailer of the Year Award during the 2014 Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony at this year’s National Hardware Show in Las Vegas on May 6.  

October 18, 2013

ELKIN, N.C. — The Weyerhaeuser mill in Elkin, N.C., is a classic Made-in-the-USA manufacturing story.

Raw material in the form of “stumpage” — the mill executive’s term for “logs”— lines up at one end of the 186 million-sq.-ft. facility. Rolling out at the other end are neatly stacked and wrapped pallets of Weyerhaeuser Edge OSB, as well as Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold (photo 1).

October 16, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.

September 10, 2013

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

August 7, 2013

Flooring Solutions, owned and operated by Brian Lamkin of Austin, is due to move to a new space in Austin as part of the company's overarching plan to expand its presence in Texas and Louisiana.

The new 51,000-sq.-ft. facility will serve as office and warehouse space for the company, which specializes in design, consulting, installation and everything else flooring.

July 29, 2013

Cerritos, Calif.-based Palfinger Liftgates has hired Ricky Richardson as field service technician, effective July 15, 2013.

His territory includes New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina.

November 28, 2012

Edison, N.J.-based Super Stud Building Products said it is collaborating with Drywall Specialties on the Patrick Taylor Science and Technology Regional Academy expansion in Jefferson, La.

Nearly $300,000 worth of steel framing products, including The EDGE Steel Framing System, is being used to create the expansion.

November 6, 2012

Weyerhaeuser has added the capability to manufacture specialty oriented strand board (OSB) using high-performance MDI adhesives at its OSB plant in Arcadia, La. The mill can now produce Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold floor panels, a subfloor product designed to resist edge swell for smooth, even floors. The MDI capabilities also enable potential production of furniture grade OSB and rimboard. 

November 2, 2012

E-Verify has found a champion in presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who would make the federal electronic employee verification system mandatory nationwide so that U.S. employment would become less of a magnet for illegal immigration.

But while E-Verify has become less error-ridden and more popular among employers than it used to be, it remains easy to fool, costly and widely ignored in states where it is required, according to a Sept. 25, 2012, report.

Hodgepodge of state laws

October 3, 2012

Monroe, La.-based LBM buying group Allied Building Stores appointed Dale E. Mercer, 50, as president, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Mercer will succeed David Stiles, a 16-year veteran of Allied, who will continue to serve as president until the end of the year. Mercer joined ABS, a dealer-owned building materials buying group in October 2008, and most recently has served as its chief operating officer. Prior to joining ABS, Mercer was VP manufacturing for Bancroft Bag at its facility in West Monroe.