January 22, 2015

Behr Paints is building on the solutions and services it offers to professionals with the introduction of the Behr National Architectural Program, Behr Pro professional-grade paint line, and enhanced Color Services.

January 7, 2015

Elkay's American Cabinetry Collection has expanded heading into the new year with the addition of three new finishes (as well as a few other new products).

January 5, 2015

Founded in 1883, and based in Spokane, Wash., Jensen Distribution Services is a wholesale hardware distributor with approximately $150 million in wholesale revenue that serves more than 2,000 customers in 11 western states.

December 22, 2014

Times are tough, economically speaking. But that hasn't stopped the shrewdest of hardware stores from investing in their operations.

December 15, 2014

Sherwin-Williams released its full-year guidance for the fiscal year, but its estimates fell below those of Wall Street expectations, causing shares to fall shortly following the news.

The company also pointed out that the guidance takes into account ongoing costs related to its acquisition of Comex, as well as the new HGTV paint partnership with Lowe's. 

The paint giant placed 2014 sales at a 9% year-over-year growth rate -- or $11.1 billion.

December 11, 2014

The coating competition will heat up in March as Lowe’s rolls out HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams.

The HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams product line will feature what both companies describe as “a new and improved interior and exterior paint program.” The line will be available at both Sherwin-Williams' company stores and Lowe's stores nationwide, as well as exclusive line extensions available at Lowe's. 

December 3, 2014

 

Glidden is revving up its brand with an NFL-themed marketing campaign. The paint company is asking football fans to share their favorite team's colors in exchange for a chance to win some matching paint and Home Depot gift cards.

November 26, 2014

A new survey by Lab42 points to a dominant percentage of tile and drywall contractors who desire the ability to do their jobs more efficiently.

The majority -- 58% -- said they wish they could cut holes in porcelain tile more efficiently. Half -- 50% -- said the same for drywall.

Another finding: contractors rated the three most time-consuming tasks as cutting granite tile, cutting holes in porcelain tile and removing rust, paint and grout (in that order).

November 26, 2014

Lowe's has bestowed Valspar with an Innovative Partner of the Year Award, owing to the introduction of its Valspar Reserve paint product.

The award, which typically goes to a number of Lowe's vendor partners who have made significant strides in product development, recognized Valspar Reserve's HydroChroma coloring system.

November 20, 2014

Tampa, Florida-based Anvil Paint & Coatings promoted Glenn R. Roth to the position of CEO. 

Roth has worked to develop the Anvil brand for 16 years, and in that time has been present for Anvil’s most recent expansions as the company now occupies more than 55,000 square feet on five acres to produce for national paint sundries and market channels. 

November 18, 2014

For Sherwin-Williams, 2015 is looking decidedly peachy.

The paint company has crowned Coral Reef (SW 6606) as its 2015 Color of the Year -- in its words, an "uplifting, vivacious hue" that's "perfectly suited to celebrate a mid-decade year that's poised for revitalization." 

November 4, 2014

True Value Company reported sales gains during the third quarter of 2014, lifted partly by seasonal and paint departments.

Net revenue of $350.6 million were up 1.0% over the third quarter of 2013. The company's gross billings came in at $466.4 million, up 2.4%.

Net margin fell 35.3% to $12.1 million, a decrease True Value blames on the timing of the Fall Reunion.

October 24, 2014

Benjamin Moore's Natura, Ultra Spec 500 and zero-VOC waterborne colorants have earned the supplier a Silver-level certification from MBDC's Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

This marks the first premium paint manufacturer to earn the designation from MBDC. It also means the products qualify for credit under LEED v4.

Cradle to Cradle was part of an effort to encourage the development of products that influence the environment for the better -- not just avoid harming it further.

October 23, 2014

Los Angeles-based paint company Dunn-Edwards bolstered its How-to-Paint YouTube series with a few new videos for the slightly more advanced do-it-yourselfer. 

October 21, 2014

PPG Industries has agreed to acquire Westmoreland Supply, a Pittsburgh-based architectural paint distributor with 12 stores in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Upon completion of the deal, Westmoreland will be rebranded under the PPG Paints store brand.

October 14, 2014

The future, according to Benjamin Moore, is understated -- and agreeably silvery green. The paint company announced that Guilford Green HC-116 would be its 2015 Color of the Year.

Benjamin Moore also released Color Trends 2015, a palette of 23 complementary colors in various green, blue, blush and berry shades.

October 14, 2014

It takes a little more to be an "All Star" hardware store performer. 

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for outstanding service, as well as growth, innovation and the values of the hardware industry.

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

October 1, 2014

Natchez, Mississippi-based Central Network Retail Group expanded further into the Southeast, bringing Hiawassee Hardware of Hiawassee, Georgia to its portfolio of stores.

The new addition to CNRG marks the network's fifth store in Georgia, and its 47th in the United States. 

September 18, 2014

Orlando, Florida – Ace’s current merchandise strategy is heavy on the paint department, but there were plenty of other categories making news in the 850,000 square feet of exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center.

Ace Hardware VP Merchandising Frank Carroll, speaking during the General Session here at the 2014 Fall Ace Convention & Exhibits, described the market as “a retail wonderland” with paint leading the way.

September 15, 2014

Port Washington, New York-based PACOA just got back from its Annual Fall Dealer Market in Queens, and according to the distributor, it was one for the books.

This year's event boasted "record-breaking" attendance and sales, driven largely by the attendance of some big names in paint, hardware and lumber, according to PACOA.

Several new vendors were also on-hand, including GACO, Dickies, Chapin, Frog Tape, ZEP and more.

More than 200 manufacturers participated in the Fall Dealer Market, offering competitive promotions and new product glimpses.

September 10, 2014

Central Network Retail Group and Elliott’s Hardware are pleased to announce that construction has begun on a new store in northeast Dallas at 9540 Casa Linda Plaza, near the corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard. The 14,500-sq.-ft. store will feature a broad assortment of hardware, lawn and garden, grilling and outdoor living, paint, electrical, plumbing, and home organization products. It will also feature Hardware Plus, Elliott’s decorative plumbing and door hardware showroom.

August 28, 2014

Benjamin Moore is putting a “Monster Green” coat on its 12-year partnership with the Boston Red Sox with the launch of The Fenway Collection, a limited-edition collection of paints featuring the colors of Fenway Park. 

The Fenway Collection is now available exclusively at select New England-area Benjamin Moore retailers.

The Fenway Collection encapsulates the spirit of Fenway Park by bringing together the ballpark's five most iconic colors, including Green Monster, Boston Blue, Boston Red, Baseline White and Foul Pole Yellow. 

August 26, 2014

The Merit Distribution Group will acquire Dynamic Paint Products, a 40-year-old family-owned distributor and manufacturer of paint-related products based out of Toronto, Canada.

The companies announced the deal early Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Originally named Mumby and Associates, Dynamic mainly served the Toronto area, but over the years has seen exponential growth throughout Canada. Dynamic’s brand of paint-related products are currently sold throughout the world. 

August 13, 2014

With heavy investment in its Paint Studio and a corresponding media blitz to promote it, wholesale sales at Ace Hardware Corp. jumped double digits in the second quarter, the co-op reported Wednesday morning.