April 13, 2015

Valspar Corporation has finished construction on a new manufacturing center based in Tianjin, China, aiding the company in its move to meet growing demand in the region.

April 6, 2015

Eco Building Products is opening a new production facility in Washington's Port of Tacoma, with manufacturing expected to begin in mid-April.

March 30, 2015

Channellock, Inc. has named Michael Smith to the role of VP manufacturing & engineering, succeeding Jon DeArment, who is stepping into his new role as president and COO.

February 6, 2015

The unemployment rate backtracked a bit in January, though retail and construction both demonstrated job growth.

January 29, 2015

Phil Garuccio will oversee more than 65 stores, one component manufacturing plant, three Engineered Wood Product (EWP) hubs, 11 Kitchen and Bath Design Centers, and then some.

January 12, 2015

The unemployment rate is now down to a post-recession low of 5.6%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

January 9, 2015

Tom Corrick has officially been named the successor to current Boise Cascade CEO Tom Carlile, who has announced his pending retirement after 42 years with the company.

December 23, 2014

Builders FirstSource, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Empire Truss, Ltd., a Texas-based supplier of custom roof and floor trusses, as well as a distributor of engineered wood products.

December 22, 2014

As part of Chelsea’s Sales and Marketing Department, Moreland will focus on interfacing with logistics, manufacturing, sales and product design as it relates to improving service to our customers.

December 17, 2014

Concrete products manufacturer Smith-Midland Corporation has brought AJ Krick on board as its newest accounting manager.

December 10, 2014

There’s a new building products brand in town, and it has a familiar building industry name.

December 3, 2014

Simpson Strong-Tie has released the Strong-Drive SDWH Timber Hex-HDG screw, a fastener designed for use in heavy-duty marine and coastal applications such as piers, boardwalks, pilings and docks.

November 7, 2014

New Holland, Pennsylvania-based Superior Walls of America is now "of America" -- and then some.

The producer of precast concrete insulated wall systems has expanded its operations into Canada with two new licensees that will be manufacturing precast concrete foundation systems.

Superior Walls Alberta (located near Calgary) will be offering Superior Walls Xi products throughout Alberta, and Superior Walls by Magnis (based in Beausejour) will provide Superior Walls Xi Plus throughout Manitoba.

October 23, 2014

In comparison to its performance in the same period last year, Boise Cascade Company reported double-digit sales growth and double the income in the third quarter of 2014.

The growth was expected, given improvements in housing market fundamentals, according to CEO Tom Carlile.

October 21, 2014

CalStar Products' new CFO is Jack Barry, an experienced C-level executive with a wealth of experience in LEAN manufacturing principles.

“Jack’s diversity of experience, across a variety of categories and company sizes, brings key knowledge as CalStar continues its growth trajectory from startup to leading building products company,” said CalStar CEO Joel Rood. “In particular, his knowledge of LEAN principles and ability to maximize internal efficiencies will help CalStar maximize its high-volume manufacturing capabilities.”

October 13, 2014

Citing a recent decision to invest in the company's retail and leadership staff, Fastenal reported double-digit sales growth in the third quarter of 2014.

September 26, 2014

Family owned hand-tool supplier Channellock is keeping it in the family and promoting within its ranks, with Jonathan DeArment replacing his father William as the company's new president and COO.

Effective Oct. 1, 2014, DeArment will transition from his current role as VP manufacturing and engineering

September 26, 2014

GAF's Statesboro, Georgia, manufacturing facility has turned the levers to "on" in the production of Cornell ThermaCal Nail Base Roof Insulation Panels.

September 26, 2014

Kitchen and bathroom cabinet supplier Norcraft Companies is expanding its manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, Canada, citing increased demand for its Urban Effects product line in Canada and the U.S.

September 12, 2014

Providence, Rhode Island-based air management company Nortek, Inc. named Jeffrey Mueller as group president of its Residential Ventilation (RESV) segment.

"Jeff Mueller's deep expertise in global kitchen and bath product manufacturing, operational improvement and strategic growth for leading brands will serve our RESV business well," said Nortek president and CEO Michael Clarke. "He has a solid record of results in an impressive series of previous positions, and we are excited to welcome him to the Nortek team."

September 11, 2014

TOTO has officially begun operations at its new 645,834-sq.-ft. factory in Gujarat, India, the company's first South Asian plant.

The move comes ahead of the company's centenary in 2017, as well as a corporate vision plan to focus its resources on its international housing products business.

The new facility sits on a 44-acre lot and is set to produce 500,000 toilets a year to serve the burgeoning Indian market, as well as the company's subsidiaries in Europe and the Middle East.

September 5, 2014

National unemployment hedged down to 6.1% in August -- its lowest mark in several years -- making up for lost progress in July, when it ticked up to 6.2%.

However, the U.S. economy added a modest 142,000 jobs for the month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is well below the average monthly gain of 212,000 jobs per month in the past year.

Most of the job gains occurred in professional and business services, up 47,000 jobs in August. 

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.

August 28, 2014

Bowerston, Ohio-based L.J. Smith acquired Georgia based Universal Stair Parts, a company specializing in custom manufacturing and distribution of stair parts.