September 9, 2015

New face on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce board of directors

August 21, 2015

This final installment marks the conclusion of the All Stars web series.

July 13, 2015

For safety's sake, Ergodyne promotes cutting-edge designs.

May 28, 2015

David M. Lilly, the fourth president of The Toro Company and the former Dean of what is now the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, has been honored by both establishments.

March 13, 2015

Dealers united by growth, opportunity and execution

March 2, 2015

The latest acquisition by US LBM Holdings is its biggest yet -- 33-location Lampert Lumber of Minnesota.

February 6, 2015

Tom Mahlke is CEO of Mid-States Distributing Co. Inc., which just unveiled a new logo (a red and brown M in a circle), a new slogan (The heart and soul of farm, ranch and home), and moved into a new headquarters (in Mendota Heights, Minnesota).

He spoke with HBSDealer shortly after Mid-State’s “Rendezvous,” the co-op’s semi-annual market and trade show for its farm-and-ranch retailer membership. Here’s the edited conversation:

February 4, 2015

What happened at “The Rendezvous?” One answer: A new branding effort for the farm-and-ranch distributor.

December 4, 2014

In its 100th anniversary year, a year of abundant snowfall and a key acquisition, Bloomington, Minnesota-based The Toro Company saw net sales increase 6.4% to $2.173 billion.

Net earnings for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31 were $173.9 million, up from $154.8 million in fiscal 2013.

December 1, 2014

Every community is a living organism -- and existing as an integral part of its body, there's almost always a hardware store of All-Star caliber.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores that are a reflection and outgrowth of their surroundings -- so much so that they often anticipate the needs of customers before being asked.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

November 25, 2014

A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. has acquired an 80% interest in certain assets of Packnet, Ltd., an industrial packaging and services supplier headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota.

The deal includes the option to purchase the remaining 20% of interest in three years. Packnet owner and CEO Mike Nyberg will remain in place at the head of the operation.

November 13, 2014

The Valspar Foundation is donating $40,000 to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation in support of the state's sixth annual "Give to the Max Day" this Nov. 13.

The donation is a matching gift for the Zoo's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, which include educational resources, classes, tours and special event days.

November 12, 2014

Installed Building Products, a major insulation installer based in Columbus, Ohio, is expanding its Midwestern presence through the acquisition of Installed Building Solutions, LLC ("IBS").

Farmington, Minnesota-based IBS is an installer of fiberglass insulation, spray foam insulation and waterproofing products that serves burgeoning markets throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

October 29, 2014

Stewart Mills, the vice president of Brainerd, Minnesota-based Mills Fleet Farm, rolled out a new campaign commercial.

October 24, 2014

Stewart Mills is fed up with Washington.

September 21, 2014

Frattallone's Ace Hardware of Minnesota was recognized by Ace Hardware Corp. as the co-op's All-Star Retailer of the Year for its contributions to the Children's Miracle Network.

Mike Frattallone accepted the award during a presentation at the Ace Hardware General Session in Orlando, Florida. The ceremony included an appearance on stage alongside Aiden Morales, the 10-year-old ambassador of Ace's fundraising programs across the country. 

September 3, 2014

What is the deal with hiring anyway?

August 15, 2014

Chicago -- Ideas for loyalty in a competitive climate came fast and furious during an educational session here at the Orgill Fall Market.

The session, called "How to effectively use a customer loyalty program," was led by Theresa Neal, head of new business development for Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Pro/Phase Marketing. The company's RepeatRewards program has a business relationship with Orgill, providing a menu of real-time loyalty services.

August 14, 2014

Manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry Norcraft Companies reported sales and earnings gains for its second quarter.

The Eagan, Minnesota-based company posted net sales of $97.6 million, up 8.1% from the previous quarter. It also saw net income increase from $9.1 million to $11.2 million.

July 23, 2014

St. Paul, Minnesota-based EcoWater Systems, a Marmon Water/Berkshire Hathaway company, is transforming how consumers interact with their water treatment systems with the introduction of HydroLink Plus Wi-Fi web-based technology. HydroLink Plus makes it possible to monitor and manage EcoWater water treatment systems and water usage via a smartphone, tablet or computer from virtually anywhere inside or outside the home.

July 11, 2014

Winona, Minnesota-based Fastenal Company reported steady progress for the second quarter of 2014, with sales and earnings both positive.

Net sales for the three-month period ended June 30, 2014 were $949.9 million, up 12.1% from the same period in 2013.

Net earnings came in at $130.5 million, an increase of 7.9% from last year's $121.0 million in earnings.

The company largely attributed the boost to higher unit sales and its recent investment in leadership and training, as well as in distribution and internal manufacturing capabilities.

July 11, 2014

On Thursday, July 10, The Toro Company looked back on a century's worth of farm and ranch innovations during its 100th anniversary celebration.

More than 2,000 employees, retirees, partners and guests came to the company headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead.

May 16, 2014

Warroad, Minnesota-based Marvin Windows and Doors launched six new offerings to its contemporary line, including a 90-degree corner window. 

May 12, 2014

A 42-year veteran of Annandale, Minnesota-based Malco Products, Don Schmidt announced his retirement from the company, effective June 26.

Schmidt has held positions as national sales manager, director of sales and promotion, VP sales and marketing and, for the past 18-years, executive VP.