February 4, 2015

As True Value dealers descend on Dallas for the Spring Reunion, the company's "Strategy in Action" is described in the current issue of HBSDealer.

December 11, 2014

Norfolk, Nebraska-based MP Global Products introduced an in-floor electric heating system.

The Perfectly Warm Peel and Stick Radiant Heat for Tile Floors complements the recently launched Perfectly Warm Radiant Heat Film for Floating Floors.

Both use a unique conductive ink technology embedded in a flexible thin film and generate gentle highly efficient supplemental heat from under the finished floor covering. 

December 8, 2014

In a retail environment that's so often transgenerational and longevity-oriented, there's something to be said about staying power.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores that have stayed in the family, weathered many storms and even expanded mightily beyond their initial outposts.

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

September 15, 2014

Four new units expanded the ABC Supply building products footprint around the country, including the company’s first location in Vermont. 

Beloit, Wisconsin-based ABC Supply opened branches in Omaha, Nebraska; Nampa, Idaho; North Clarendon, Vermont; and Charleston, West Virginia. 

August 14, 2014

Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton Corporation will be acquiring light tower company Allmand Bros. within the month, the company announced Thursday.

The projected cost of purchasing the Nebraska-based company is $62 million, though the number may change. Allmand Brothers brings in $80 million in sales every year from its light towers, arrow boards and industrial heating products.

April 29, 2014

Ferguson, the largest wholesale plumbing distributor in the U.S., acquired Factory Direct Appliances.

Factory Direct Appliance is a seven-location appliance dealer with five showrooms in Kansas City, Mo., and two outlying locations in Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb. 

The deal marks the second big acquisition of the year for Ferguson, which acquired Karl’s Appliance in February. Karl’s operates six showrooms in northern New Jersey. 

February 11, 2014

North Loup, Neb.-based DL Ripper has introduced what they describe as a revolutionary new product that'll change drywall projects for good.

The DL Ripper drywall cutting tool streamlines the rip cutting process, making cuts faster, straighter, smoother and more precise. According to the company, the tool reduces cutting time by up to 40%.

An easy-adjust precision guide-bar allows contractors and DIYers to step and repeat several scores before breaking the drywall for multiple precise cuts.

October 8, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm & ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Nebraska, Kansa and Iowa.

October 1, 2013

Effective today, Chris Borrego will assume responsibilities as president and CEO of Kearney, Neb.-based Builders, reporting to founder and owner Myron Andersen, who will become chairman of the company's board of directors.

September 11, 2013

Nebraska-based construction company Kiewit has promoted Lance Wilhelm to senior VP of its Hawaii operations.

Wilhelm will be leaving his post as area manager, wherein he oversaw the company's Hawaii vertical building operations, which included the construction of the Trump Tower in Waikiki. In his new role, he will oversee lead market, industry, operations and community involvement in the region, as well as continue to play a significant role in the construction of the Honolulu Rapid Transit System.

September 10, 2013

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

June 24, 2013

Not paying attention to big-box competitors seems to have worked out well for 85-year-old Walt Wenzl, who recently celebrated his 70th year working for Wenzl Hardware Store in Nebraska City. He has owned and operated the independent hardware store since 1954, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

June 19, 2013

Las Vegas — Ray Griffith kicked off the Golden Hammer retail awards presentation with a joke: "Does everyone have an hour? I have a long speech." He got an even bigger laugh when he called out a moderator for his use of the word "entertainment" to describe the panel discussion.

But the concepts that Griffith and the other retail honorees shared during the 29th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony held here during the National Hardware Show contained a serious tone as hardware stores appear to be poised to pounce on a swelling industry recovery.

May 29, 2013

Kearney, Neb.-based Builders is honored in Las Vegas.

May 28, 2013

Ray Griffith, recently retired CEO of Ace Hardware, enters the Home Channel Hall of Fame during the Golden Hammer Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

May 6, 2013

Everybody loves a winner. And there will be plenty on hand for the 29th annual Golden Hammer Awards in Las Vegas May 8.

The breakfast ceremony will honor the best-of-the-best in home improvement, by revealing the Golden Hammer Vendor Award winners in 30 categories

April 10, 2013

Kearney, Neb.-based Builders will accept the 2013 “Tools of the Trade Award” during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

February 26, 2013

On the site of a former Mead Lumber Co. location, a C&L Hardware opens in Ashland, Neb.

February 14, 2013

Norfolk, Neb.-based Zip-Up Ceiling System is promoting itself as a quick and easy alternative to drywall ceiling installations.

December 10, 2012

Omaha, Neb.-based Thomas Creek Wood Countertops introduced its custom wood countertop line to service home centers, cabinet dealers and manufacturers nationwide.    

Countertops are available in multiple thicknesses, species and configurations, including both end-grain and edge-grain. Hundreds of possible combinations are available, the company said.

November 26, 2012

According to an article in the Nebraska starherald.com, Menards has teamed with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program and the Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska. 

The goal for this year's toy drive, which runs through Dec. 14, is to beat last year's pace of toy donations. Last year marked the first year of the toy drive for the store, which resulted in 261 donations in the under $5 category, and 157 donations of toys priced higher than $5.

November 19, 2012

Scranton, Pa.-based AZEK Building Products signed a distribution deal with OrePac Building Products, a building materials wholesaler serving the West and Pacific Northwest.   

Under the agreement, OrePac’s Denver, Colo., and Salt Lake City, Utah, branches will offer the full line of premium, exterior AZEK products.  OrePac’s Denver branch covers Colorado, Eastern Wyoming, Northern New Mexico and the Scottsbluff area of Nebraska, while the Salt Lake City branch covers Utah, Southwestern Wyoming, Eastern Nevada and Southeastern Idaho.

November 1, 2012

Menards has begun building its fourth store in the Omaha, Neb., metro area, and this unit will sit right next to a sports facility. An article in the Ralston Recorder explains how the deal to bring the Menards to Ralston, a community at the southern edge of Omaha, spanned more than two years and required a state bill to allow the city to capture 70% of state sales tax on new businesses opening within 600 yards of the Ralston Arena.