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.

August 1, 2012

Housing economists, reading the tea leaves of recent building permits and home sales, are not yet ready to say, “It’s over.” But certain states are definitely showing a pick-up in business at both the builder and LBM supplier level. They say one of these states, surprisingly, is Florida.

November 9, 2011

Bill Bollin, chairman and CEO of The Bostwick-Braun Co., was honored with a Lifetime of Achievement award on Nov. 3 by the PRO Group at its annual Executive Planning Conference in Naples, Fla.

Bollin joined the Toledo, Ohio-based Bostwick-Braun Co. in 1970, working in the warehouse and later moving on to shipping, office support, data processing, purchasing, management and all the way to his current position as chairman.

November 4, 2011

More than 350 distributors and manufacturers attended the Executive Planning Conference, hosted by Distribution America and PRO Group in Naples, Fla. from Nov. 2 to 4. Held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, the joint annual conference, designed to reduce reduce costs and increase value  for all participants, helped arrange 2,693 one-on-one sessions between sellers and buyers.

September 15, 2011

Ace Hardware has recognized four member stores with the company’s first-ever “Coolest Hardware Store” awards. 

The four winners, named during Ace’s annual Platinum Conference held in Las Vegas this summer, share common traits yet offer local flavor and product selection above and beyond most hardware stores:

May 14, 2011

There are great hardware stores in every corner of this country. Home Channel News has identified 50 -- one for each state -- in its May issue. 

Continuing the report of all-star hardware stores in order alphabetical, here are Florida, Georgia and Hawaii:

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.” 

November 21, 2010

Naples, Fla.-based Sunshine Ace Hardware’s newly renovated store incorporates new clean colors, family and community...

January 21, 2008

Robert A. Niblock, who was previously the vice chairman, takes over for Brad Anderson, CEO...

August 29, 2007

The company has manufacturing facilities in four locations in Washington and Idaho....

July 8, 2007

National home builder warns of land option write-offs totaling $75 million to $80 million....