December 4, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following noteworthy articles from the wide world of hardware, retail and building materials.

• A man in Louisville, Kentucky, stands accused of threatening store employees with stolen hammers and hatchets. (Source: Wave 3 News.) Read here.

November 16, 2014

US LBM Holdings acquired K-I Lumber & Building Materials of Louisville, Kentucky, bringing  the US LBM footprint to 90 locations across 14 states.

The move pushes the number of US LBM divisions 15, and brings into the fold a territory with which US LBM CEO L.T. Gibson is familiar – Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

August 25, 2014

PulteGroup, Inc. has acquired the real estate assets of Dublin, Ohio-based Dominion Homes, a homebuilder with a significant presence in the Ohio and Kentucky markets.

The deal involves an initial acquisition of about 6,500 lots, with 1,600 additional lots slated for purchase within the next 45 days upon completion of additional due diligence. These lots are spread throughout 27 open communities in Columbus, 11 in Louisville and three in Lexington. The specific financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

March 21, 2014

RGS Energy, a Louisville, Colo.-based manufacturer of solar energy products, has named Dennis Lacey SVP finance.

In his new role, Lacey will be responsible for implementing and managing the company's residential lease financing program. 

May 23, 2013

Insolroll Window Shading Systems, of Louisville, Colo., announced a recall of its Insolroll Solar Powered and Rechargeable Motor Roller Shades due to a fire hazard. 

The voluntary recall affectes about 1,500 units sold at independent window covering installer retailers nationwide from June 2012 through March 2013 for $400 to $700 per window shade. 

April 9, 2013

As home building begins to rebound after a five-year slide, the National Hardware Show is celebrating with an expanded Building Products category that calls out exhibitors with special signage to make them easy to pick out on the show floor. Among those scheduled to represent this enhanced category are GRK Fasteners, Louisville Ladder, CoverGrip Corporation and Dumond Chemicals, and pro dealers planning to attend include Gahahl Lumber and BMC.

April 8, 2013

New categories, products and trends take the stage in Las Vegas.

January 15, 2013

Three suspects who allegedly stole approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other retailers were apprehended on Jan. 8 and 9 in Louisville, Ky.

November 16, 2012

Distribution America and PRO Group, Inc. presented the following awards during the Executive Planning Conference, held Nov. 12-14 in Tucson, Ariz. 

Best New Product awards went to:

Electrical: Designer’s Edge – Rechargeable Work Light w/ 24 Hi-Intensity LEDs

Hand tools: Goldblatt Tools – Ram Rod Impact Tool w/ 1” Chisel Bit

Housewares/seasonal: Newell Rubbermaid – 32 Gallon Brute Trash Can w/ Lid

April 5, 2012

Louisville Ace Hardware, a Nebraska dealer that closed after a fire destroyed the store, has decided not to reopen due to the costs imposed by various government regulations.

March 5, 2012

H&S Ace Hardware, an 80-year-old hardware store in Louisville, Ky., closed last month under pressure from its creditors, according to an article in the Courier-Journal.

Store manager Dave Phelps told the newspaper that the company's secured creditors ordered that the 135,000-sq.-ft. store be shuttered.

February 10, 2012

GE Appliances has opened its GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater manufacturing facility at Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky. -- the first to open there since 1957. The new product and a revitalized facility, a $38 million investment, is the first of GE’s commitments to invest a total of $1 billion ($800 million in Louisville) and create more than 1,300 new jobs in the United States by 2014.

November 21, 2011

An education tour that kicked off June 20 hit its final stop this month, as the BehrPro  Experience Tour rolled into a Louisville, Ky. Home Depot.

Since June 20, the tour has traveled to more than 400 Home Depot stores, educating customers on Behr's professional products and services. 

April 11, 2011

Brownsboro Hardware & Paint of Louisville, Ky. opened its second location, according to a report in the Louisville Biz Journal. 

The new store is located in the former site of a Vance's True Value Hardware in the Prospect Pointe shopping center in Prospect, Ky. 


March 30, 2011

Line-X, a maker of protective coatings, recently provided the Louisville Metro Police Department’s K-9 Unit with a $10,000 contribution toward the refurbishment of its kennel facility, which is in dire need of repair and upgrades. The money will be used to provide the materials and manpower to spray the facility with LINE-X, which will help protect the kennel against decades of peeling paint and rust. 

December 5, 2010

Bill Dieruf, owner of Dieruf Hardware in Jeffersontown, Ky., is not the first businessman-turned-elected-official. But...

November 2, 2010

Bill Dieruf, owner of Dieruf Hardware in Louisville, has won the mayoral race in Jeffersontown,...

October 21, 2008

The industry’s third largest pro dealer has closed 20 stores in 13 states this week...

March 2, 2008

Robert Ross, a commercial builder from Austin, Texas, calls the Commercial Builders Council “the best...

December 16, 2007

In recent years, many independent hardware stores have begun to emphasize the holiday category in...

November 25, 2007

The $2.7 billion deal reportedly is the largest ever for Philips....