July 15, 2014

Benjamin Moore is expanding its line of Regal Select Exterior paint with a new product made to adhere better to vinyl siding.

Customers in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as New Englanders will be able to buy the company’s new Revive paint, which contains Vinyl-Lock technology, which prevents peeling and fading once the paint has been applied.

The new product comes after the company conducted a study that found that respondents considering painting vinyl siding would prefer a product made specifically for that purpose.

May 1, 2014

Six lessons learned from the exceptionally snowy season of 2014

April 22, 2014

Dropping 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million, existing-home sales largely flatlined in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. The March results are also 7.5% below year-ago levels.

The slight drop, which is down from 4.60 million in February, is the end result of sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest being canceled out by declines in the West and South.

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. 

March 18, 2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based National Gypsum named Rod Lopez as the new market development representative for the PermaBase brand cement board product line in the company’s Midwest and Central areas. 

December 10, 2013

Weather typically becomes a greater consideration around this time of the year in wood products markets. From snowfall in the Northeast and Midwest to rains in the Southeast, their impact on both production and demand can be significant. The following is what some weather forecasters are expecting this winter.

September 26, 2013

Roofing Supply Group has announced plans to open two new locations in Canton, Ohio and White Oak, Pa., marking the 18th and 19th branches to operate in the Rocky Mountain/Midwest region.

The branches will further RSG's overall expansion strategy and will operate under Jeff Willis, regional senior VP and Pat Jennings, Midwest District manager.

July 26, 2013

Chicago-based LBL Lighting hired Jeremy Friedman as Midwest regional sales manager. 

He joins Generation Brands, the parent company of LBL Lighting, with more than 10 years experience in marketing sales and business development.

"We created the incremental role of a third regional sales manager to provide an increasingly focused, concentrated service to our reps, and Jeremy is well qualified to help them with the knowledge and toos to service our mutual customers," siad Steve Hurley, LBL Lighting VP.

April 9, 2013

Roswell, Ga.-based Boral has named Steve Schulz as territory sales manager for the Upper Midwest region of the United States for the Boral TruExterior Trim product line.

March 19, 2013

Floor and Decor Outlets of America has announced plans to expand its Midwest presence with the openings of two more stores in the Metropolitan Chicago area.

March 8, 2013

The 86-store Midwest hardware store chain, recently purchased by Ace Hardware, spent the past year planning the new layout.

January 27, 2013

A price index of lumber and panels used in actual construction for Jan. 25, 2013

December 13, 2012

Sullivan Hardware & Garden of Indianapolis is no stranger to recognition in the local media. But its latest “best of” Indianapolis title marks what might be considered a strange departure.

The store won the Indianapolis Monthly’s “Best Retro Soda Pop” award.

April 19, 2012

Midwest hardware retailer Nuts and Bolts will open a new location in Overland Park, Kan., April 26.

As previously reported, the store in the Kansas City area will be the company’s fifth location, and will occupy a building vacated by a sporting goods retailer. The new, 16,000 square foot Nuts and Bolts hardware store will adopt the Destination True Value format, design and merchandising concepts. 

The store is planning an official grand opening ceremony May 26-28.

December 20, 2011

Data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau tell the story of two regions generating the lion's share of new residential construction in November: the Northeast and West.

October 19, 2011

Residential remodeling activity hit a record high in August 2011, rising 29% in year-over-year comparisons, according to an index compiled by BuildFax, a national database of building permit data. It was the 22nd consecutive month of increases and the highest level of remodeling activity since the index was introduced in 2004.

August 9, 2011

Anderson, S.C.-based Delta Power Equipment Corp. named four regional sales managers: Joe Brakhage, Northeast, Rick Carr, Midwest; Dennis Mickelson, Western; and Curt Thomas, Southeastern.

Carr started with Rockwell International’s power tool division in 1977 as a district sales manager and worked his way up through the Pentair Tool Group to become hardware channel national accounts manager from 1999 to 2003 with responsibilities for a number of their brands, including Delta. Most recently, he was hardware channel national accounts manager with Senco Brands. 

July 22, 2011

Midwest Gloves & Gear introduced new Ladies Garden Comfort Clogs. The lightweight, comfortable design is molded in advanced EVA material in the latest fashion colors. Removable insoles provide added comfort, and the clogs are easy to clean by rinsing off with a garden hose. 

Comfort Clogs is a registered trademark of MidWest Quality Gloves, based in Chillicothe, Mo. The company markets a full line of premium quality work gloves, including lined leather, unlined leather, leather palm, chemical resistant, chore, jersey and cotton.

July 18, 2011

The BuildFax Remodeling Index for May 2011 reported that despite high unemployment rates and falling home prices, remodeling activity has reached a new high. The index, released July 18, was reported to be up 22% with a value of 124.3 for May, the highest number since the index’s introduction in 2004. Furthermore, BuildFax reported, May marked the 19th straight month for year-over-year gains in the remodeling industry. Consumers, the data show, are continuing to invest in remodeling and are choosing to remodel rather than purchase new homes.

June 1, 2011

An article in the New York Times examined the impact of natural disasters on local economies, as the story in the tornado-ravaged Midwest turns to one of reconstruction.

Spending on building materials is a natural outgrowth of the horrible damage sustained by cities such as Joplin, Mo., headquarters of Tamko Building Products.

Tamko donated $1 million to the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross.

May 23, 2011

The May issue of Home Channel News compiled the first-ever state-by-state Hardware Store All Star list.

May 3, 2011

From New York’s Island to the Redwood Forests, the great American hardware store maintains a revered place in the commercial history of these United States. 

On the following pages, Home Channel News editors travel state-by-state to find examples of leading hardware store retailers. To those deserving candidates not on the list — and there are many — we offer this advice as consolation: “Keep up the good work. We’ll get to you eventually.” 

April 18, 2011

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek announced that the company closed the deal to acquire Epperson Lumber of Statesville, N.C. 

Cedar Creek is a wholesale building material distribution company with 12 locations covering 17 states in the Mid-South, Midwest and Southeast.  In May 2010, Cedar Creek was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners, with the goal of providing flexible capital for the company to grow beyond its current trade areas.

April 4, 2011

Home improvement chain Menards continued its Midwest expansion with a March 28 soft opening in Marshall, a town in southwestern Minnesota, according to an article in the Marshall Independent. The grand opening is scheduled for this week. 

Site preparation and construction for the store had been going on since August 2008, the article said.