July 25, 2012

GAF, one of North America’s largest roofing manufacturers, has announced plans to open a new asphalt roofing shingle manufacturing facility in eastern Missouri or southern Illinois, with an anticipated start-up in 2015. 

June 29, 2012

As the economy begins to improve, employers across the board are finding it more difficult to retain key talent -- employees who are the strongest performers, have high potential or are in critical jobs. That’s among the findings revealed by a survey of primarily U.S.-based mid-level to senior-level rewards professionals, as reported in Retention of Key Talent and the Role of Rewards, a report published in June 2012 by WorldatWork, an association of total rewards professionals.

May 11, 2012

Oldcastle Architectural, a leading producer of concrete masonry products in North America, has renamed its high-density, pre-finished architectural concrete masonry unit Cordova Stone, according to a company announcement. The rebrand is part of the company’s research and development in artisan stone veneers.

April 16, 2012

Renewable Resources (Energy Solutions) Ltd launched operations in North America to provide roof-mounted solar technology for residential & commercial customers across New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

As a result of Renewable Resources origins in Scotland, the launch is timed to coincide with Tartan Week 2012, a series of events in New York City celebrating Scottish culture and innovation in the United States.

March 7, 2012

SFI Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program, has issued a statement criticizing the third and latest draft of LEED 2012 for only issuing LEED points or credits for certified wood that is “FSC or better.”

SFI maintains that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which administers the LEED program, continues to put up artificial barriers, shutting out 75% of North America’s forests that are certified by programs other than the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

February 23, 2012

After surveying its membership across North America, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has released its kitchen and bath trends for 2012, based on the results of 350 K&B designers who participated in the fourth-quarter 2011 survey.

Listed below are some of the top trends:

February 7, 2012

The recent national upturn in job growth has not reached the construction industry, where unemployment rose from 16% in December to 17.7% in January. Those looking for work outpaced the 21,000 new construction jobs created, according to a statement released by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).

February 6, 2012

Fastener maker Simpson Manufacturing Co. reported net sales of $130.7 million for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2011, a 9.3% increase over sales of $119.6 million for the same quarter of 2010. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based  company had income, net of tax, of $4.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to a loss, net of tax, of $4.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.

January 31, 2012

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed said it has achieved significant milestones in reducing the environmental impact at its 60-plus manufacturing facilities in North America.

Specifically, CertainTeed has reduced energy consumption by 15% and water usage by 24% over the past four years. In addition, it has decreased the amount of waste going to landfills from its facilities by 33%.

January 11, 2012

SieMatic USA, a maker of high-end kitchen cabinetry, has appointed Hans Henkes as its new general manager. Henkes will oversee operations in North America, serving as liaison to SieMatic’s corporate and independent partner showrooms, as well as leading the company’s commercial division.

Henkes, who has been with the company for four years, has a background in international management. He will be responsible for managing SieMatic USA operations and market development throughout the United States and Canada.

December 20, 2011

Knipex Tools has announced the promotion of Todd Shumate from the position of sales manager to VP sales, North America. All field operations will report directly to Shumate, including channel managers, regional managers and the KTLP nationwide manufacturers' representative network.

Prior to joining the Arlington Heights, Ill., company in 2008, Shumate held regional sales manager positions at Minerallac/Cully, Progress Lighting/Hubbell Lighting and Klein Tools. He also held management roles at Dalloz Safety and Chase Ergonomics.

October 28, 2011

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Manufacturing reported third-quarter income of $19.4 million, up 5.4% from $18.4 million in the third quarter of 2010. Net sales for the quarter increased 10.9% to $162.4 million, compared with net sales of $146.4 million in the year-ago period.

October 28, 2011

Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool Corp. posted third-quarter net earnings of $177 million, compared with net earnings of $79 million in the same period last year. Sales in the quarter were $4.6 billion, up 2% to $4.5 billion reported in the third quarter of 2010. 

October 11, 2011

Wayne, N.J.-based GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has announced an update of its GAF Green Central microsite -- the destination for sustainability information on all the company’s product lines.

September 28, 2011

Encompass Parts Distribution has finalized an agreement with Haier, the manufacturer of home appliances and consumer electronics, to manage the company’s end-to-end parts supply chain.

Under the agreement, Encompass will procure, warehouse and distribute replacement parts for Haier’s full line of consumer electronics, appliance and HVAC products in North America. Encompass has developed a special Web portal for Haier servicers and distributors to search for and order parts, as well as track order status, initiate returns and more.

September 14, 2011

San Diego-based HD Supply Facilities Maintenance announced the opening of its newest distribution center in Jacksonville, Fla. 

The new DC is the 39th in the company’s operations network in North America. The company also operates a DC in Lakeland, Fla. HD Supply Facilities Maintenance is a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products.

“The location of our newest distribution center will allow us to better service the area," said Anesa Chaibi, president and CEO of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance. 

September 13, 2011

Weyerhaeuser announced that it has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, which tracks companies in terms of their economic, environmental and social performance. 

August 30, 2011

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has announced the appointment of John Crowe as president and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corp. in North America and CertainTeed Corp.

According to Crowe, the move comes at a time when the company is investing in research and innovation across all its businesses to improve buildings, making them more efficient, durable, sustainable and healthy.  

August 22, 2011

Milwaukee-based A. O. Smith Corp. has named Ajita Rajendra president and chief operating officer, effective Sept 1.

Rajendra will be responsible for A. O. Smith’s water heater operations in North America, China, Europe and India, as well as the company’s water purification business in China. The $1.5 billion business has 17 manufacturing plants around the world and employs approximately 10,000 people.

August 22, 2011

Organizers of the Internationale Eisenwarenmesse -- or, International Hardware Fair -- are seeing growing industry demand in worldwide hand-held power tools.

According to Koelnmesse, the 2010 growth rates in Europe matched the ones in Asia with 8%. Europe is currently the world’s largest market for handheld power tools (EUR 3.2 billion) followed by North America (EUR 1.9 billion) and the Asia Pacific region (EUR 1.5 billion).

August 17, 2011

BlueLinx Holdings, a leading distributor of building products in North America, announced that its indirect subsidiary BlueLinx Building Products Canada has entered into a revolving credit agreement with CIBC Asset-Based Lending. The new credit facility provides for borrowing capacity of up to $10 million and has a term of three years, maturing on Aug. 12, 2014.

July 27, 2011

New York-based Haier has redesigned its Haieramerica.com website.

“Over the past several months we have globalized the Haier brand through a consistent logo and company tagline, Smarter Life-Better Planet,” said Richard Block, Haier’s VP marketing, North America. “The next component of that strategy is our website, which now has a new look and much more consumer-friendly navigation.”

July 19, 2011

GreenFiber natural fiber blown-in insulation was installed as part of Cherokee Studios, a project recently named as a Top 10 Green Build Project for 2011 by The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA’s) Committee on the Environment (COTE). 

July 14, 2011

Kevin Peters, a former Home Depot executive, has been named president, North America of Office Depot. This new position combines North American Retail (NAR) and North American Business Solutions (BSD) divisions. He will be responsible for all customer-facing sales channels (retail, contract, direct and e-commerce) and P&L in North America.