July 30, 2015

The relocation is slated for completion by the end of 2016.

June 25, 2015

HBSDealer's All Star spotlight series zeroes in on award-winning stores in two more states.

June 1, 2015

Central Network Retail Group (CNRG) has acquired LumberJack Building Centers, Inc., a small chain of home centers based in Algonac, Michigan.

May 27, 2015

The Grand Rapids-area tornado of 2014 took out a truss plant owned by Zeeland Lumber & Supply. Next week, the facility will reopen.

May 15, 2015

The Indiana and Michigan dealers associations see economic and advocacy benefits in joining forces.

April 20, 2015

The new CEO brings a wide rang of leadership experience, including private equity, manufacturing and distribution and a stint as VP at Empire Distribution.

March 13, 2015

Rogers Hardware Do it Center has served the village of Sparta, Michigan, since 1928. And when the store’s fourth-generation owners Paul and Becky Rogers considered a move to the suburbs, they had the good business sense to ask their customers what they thought.

The answer was overwhelming.

March 13, 2015

These stores have what it takes. Three stories from the front lines of retailing.

December 17, 2014

The 40-year-old Siding World has locations in 17 markets in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

November 19, 2014

The propensity for novelty is a unifying trait among retailers of all stripes, but of particular interest to us here is the many ways in which hardware stores continue to surprise us.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes these stores for their quirks and commitment to thinking outside the box, as well as other more traditional traits like service, inventory and community service.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

November 3, 2014

Klein Tools announced Roy Smith is the winner of its 2014 Head of the Class Award for instructor of the year.

[Watch video here.] 

October 8, 2014

In a new marketing effort, Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Whirlpool is celebrating the joy of chores with the launch of its “Every day, care” campaign.

The new campaign, according to Whirlpool, departs from the ‘feature wars’ and ‘one-upmanship’ common in the industry. 

September 30, 2014

US LBM Holdings has expanded its growing network of pro dealers with the addition of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Standard Companies, Inc.

"Standard is a great addition to the US LBM team, expanding our presence and capabilities in the Western Michigan market," said US LBM president and CEO L.T. Gibson. "Standard's dedicated and knowledgeable team of associates have succeeded by providing a local feel and focus to their customer needs, which aligns perfectly with the goals of US LBM. We look forward to continuing and expanding upon their success."

August 14, 2014

Kodiak Building Partners has agreed to acquire Dallas-based Barnsco Inc., a fabricator and distributor of rebar and concrete accessories for commercial construction and road-building applications in North Central Texas and Southeastern Michigan.

July 30, 2014

Muskegon, Michigan-based energy-efficient lighting company EarthTronics has named Tripp Smith to the post of VP sales. Smith brings over 30 years of lighting experience to bear on his new role, in which he will be charged with increasing sales opportunities and profit, as well as expanding market share in North America.

Over 22 years of his career were spent at GE Lighting, where he performed in various sales and leadership capacities in the company's retail and commercial lighting businesses.

July 29, 2014

Taylor, Michigan-based Masco announced that adjusted operating profit grew by 21% in its second quarter.

Net sales from continuing operations rose 5% to $2.3 billion, up from $2.1 billion for the second quarter of 2013.  North American sales increased 4%, and international sales increased 9% in U.S. dollars.

June 13, 2014

Joseph Harper, Sr. has retired from the board of directors at Sterling Construction Company, effective June 11.

Harper has been involved with Sterling since the days of its predecessor, joining the company in 1972, six years before its from from Sterling Heights, Michigan to Houston.

His roles at the company have ran the gamut from project management to executive roles such as CFO, treasurer, and most recently, president and COO.

May 19, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid opened a 40,000-sq.-ft. Design Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a move it says will boost its numerous brands.

April 18, 2014

Integrity Composites, the manufacturer of DuraLife Decking and Railing, signed a distribution agreement with Rochelle, Ill.-based Cedar Siding Inc. to distribute their products in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. 

April 2, 2014

Since 1904, Brown Lumber was a household name in northern Michigan. Not anymore.

March 18, 2014

A subsidiary of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Universal Forest Products acquired Container Systems, a manufacturer of crates and containers for industrial applications and the moving-and-storage industry, located in Franklinton, N.C. 

CSI produces a full line of moving and storage crates, specialized crates for niche markets and integrated packaging solutions, and is a wholesale cut-to-size panel and lumber supplier to the area’s industrial customers. Sales in 2013 were about $3 million. 

March 6, 2014

Versatex Trimboard hired Chad Domrase to join the regional market development team for Michigan and Chicago.

Domrase will report to regional sales manager Chris Hedlund. Active in the building products industry since 2006, Domrase acquired specialized experience with both 84 Lumber and Wimsatt Building Materials in Lansing, Mich.

Versatex Trimboard products are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh. 


March 4, 2014

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Universal Forest Products signed a distribution deal for the CAMO Hidden Deck Fastening System from National Nail Corp.

The product is now available through select UFPI affiliates and will be co-marketed with the National Nail's ProWood brand of pressure-treated decking.

CAMO is a hidden fastening system that easily and affordably attaches treated lumber, hardwood, cedar, composite or PVC deckboards directly to the substructure creating a fastener-free deck surface, according to the company.

February 24, 2014

Novi, Mich.-based BrassCraft Manufacturing is launching a new look for its retail line of water and gas plumbing products as it brings all of the line under the BrassCraft label.

Over two years of focused research and customer feedback has been considered in the design of the new packaging which consolidates the company’s line of plumbing supplies under the BrassCraft brand. The new packaging began hitting store shelves in mid-January, with a complete rollout expected by April 2014.