January 27, 2015

Swiss bathroom products supplier Laufen has announced the opening of its first U.S. showroom, as well as new North American offices.

August 13, 2014

IKEA is prepping for the grand opening of its new Miami-Dade location, set to open on Aug. 27, 2014 to mark the company's second South Florida outpost.

“Construction work has advanced far enough to allow the interior build-up process and finishing details to be complete by August 27,” noted Selwyn Crittendon, store manager of the future IKEA Miami. “Now our primary goal is the final training of the more-than-350 local hires joining the IKEA coworker family.”

March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

January 14, 2014

Miami-based CGI Windows & Doors introduced Targa by CGI, a new vinyl impact window line designed to maximize security, protection and energy efficiency.

“CGI products are known for their superior strength, quality and beauty, and the new Targa line will blend in perfectly,” said Tom Riscili, president and CEO, CGI Windows & Doors. 

January 10, 2014

IKEA has appointed Selwyn Crittendon as the manager of its upcoming Miami-Dade store, opening this summer in Sweetwater, Fla.

April 9, 2013

“The way in which your company disposes of sensitive information can have significant consequences on your business,” said Al Saikali, an attorney and co-chair of Shook Hardy & Bacon’s Data Security and Data Privacy Practice Group, based in Miami.

March 12, 2013

The Miami-based producer of indoor plants plans to speak to more Hispanic gardeners.

February 21, 2013

The nation's single-family housing market is springing back to life, and the luxury market is budding right along with it.

Luxury homes have received a healthy boost from historically low mortgage rates, increased buyer confidence and burgeoning interest from foreign investors looking to capitalize on favorable exchange rates.

One bellwether of the recovery: Toll Brothers, the largest luxury home builder in the United States, reported that fourth-quarter revenues (ended Oct. 31, 2012) were up 48%, and new orders were the highest level seen since 2006.

October 18, 2012

Black & Decker is partnering with Richard Petty Motorsports and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose. The Black & Decker-branded No. 9 Ford Fusion will race at four primary races: Kansas on Oct. 21, Martinsville on Oct. 28, Phoenix on Nov. 11 and Homestead-Miami on Nov. 18.

October 5, 2012

The assets of cabinet maker Regal Kitchen, which operated a four-acre factory in Miami, will be sold in an online auction on Oct. 17, according to an announcement by Tiger Remarketing Services.

April 24, 2012

MarJam Supply Co. has acquired a Lainhart & Potter, a 119-year-old Florida hardware and LBM dealer, with locations in West Palm and Juniper. These two locations will expand MarJam’s current Florida yards, which include Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers and Wildwood.

February 29, 2012

Data through December 2011, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller1 Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S.

January 17, 2012

George’s Hardware, a home-improvement store in Gainesville, Fla., closed at the beginning of December, according to an article in the Gainesville Sun.

Owner Robert George, a second-generation dealer, helped his father and uncle run a Miami hardware store for 42 years. The family relocated to Gainesville and bought Glock’s Hardware in 1967. Eventually, George took over the renamed store from his parents.    

January 11, 2012

Amid signs of a stabilizing home market, Miami-based home builder Lennar reported fourth-quarter sales of $952.7 million, up 11% from the year-ago quarter. Net earnings for the quarter were down slightly from $32.0 million to $30.3 million.

For the full year, revenues were up 1% to $3.1 billion, as net earnings of $92.2 million slipped from $95.3 million.

December 2, 2011

The Hillman Companies has announced the purchase of certain assets of Micasa Trading Corp., a Miami-based based producer of the OOK brand of picture hangers and related products. Annual revenues of Micasa for 2010 exceeded $15 million.

Established in 1964 by David Weck, Micasa serves home centers and hardware retailers, as well as art galleries and the professional market.

October 25, 2011

The S&P/Case-Shiller Index, a leading indicator of U.S. housing prices, showed a 0.2% increase for its 10- and 20-city composites in August versus July 2011.  In addition, 16 of the 20 MSAs and both composites posted improved annual returns compared with July’s data; Los Angeles and Miami saw no change in annual returns in August, and Atlanta and Las Vegas saw their annual rates of change fall deeper into negative territory.

September 30, 2011

A Home Depot sales associate in Deerfield Beach, Fla. helped end an organized crime operation that defrauded the retailer of more than $97,000 in merchandise, according to an article in the Sun Sentinel.

September 30, 2011

A Home Depot sales associate in Deerfield Beach, Fla. helped end an organized crime operation that defrauded the retailer of more than $97,000 in merchandise, according to an article in the Sun Sentinel.

September 8, 2011

Banner Supply Co., the Miami-based drywall distributor, has agreed to pay $53 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming it sold defective drywall imported from China. The settlement offer, which is still subject to court approval, will be deposited into an escrow account for plaintiffs who claim their houses need remedial work after being built with toxic drywall.

Banner and its insurers deny any wrongdoing, pointing out that the company never manufactured the drywall it sold or delivered. 

June 28, 2011

The S&P/Case-Shiller Index, a closely watched indicator for the new housing market, has reported a monthly increase in prices for its 10- and 20-city composites for the first time in eight months. The composites were up 0.8% and 0.7%, respectively, in April versus March.

However, both indices are lower than a year ago, with the 10-city composite down 3.1% and the 20-city composite off 4.0% from its April 2010 levels.

March 29, 2011

Miami-based home builder Lennar Corp. posted a profit of $27.4 million in the first quarter ended Feb. 28. That compares with a loss of $6.5 million in the same quarter last year.

Revenues were down 3% to $558.0 million, as the company's gross margin on home sales improved 80 basis points to 20.0%.  

February 16, 2011


Police in Macon, Ga. have arrested two men they believe are part of a shoplifting ring that targeted Home Depot and Lowe’s stores throughout the state and also in Miami, according to an article in the Macon Telegraph.

January 23, 2011

A moving-truck rental deal with Penske Truck Rental has been expanded from its original pilot program in Richmond, Va., to include five Miami, Fla.-area Home Depot stores, according to a report from Dow Jones.

The Atlanta-based retailer has made no announcement regarding the potential roll-out of the pilot program to more stores.

January 11, 2011

Miami-based home builder Lennar reported a fourth-quarter net income of $32 million, down 9.8% from $35.5 million for the same period last year.

Revenues for the quarter ended Nov. 30 were $761.3 million, down 11.1% from $856.4 million for the same period in 2009.