January 26, 2015

Educational content for LMC dealers was based on Wharton Executive Education’s Advancing Business Acumen program.

January 12, 2015

Pointing to increased demand, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-based CertainTeed Corporation expanded availability nationwide for its Patriot metric asphalt roofing shingle.

January 8, 2015

The deal is effective immediately, as Gossen Deck and Porch products will be distributed regionally out of Delanco, New Jersey.

December 16, 2014

After announcing new partnerships with HGTV and Lowe’s, as well as three consecutive quarters of record growth, Sherwin-Williams is celebrating another milestone.

December 12, 2014

York, Pennsylvania-based WOLF will carry Digger Specialties aluminum railing products.

The line includes railing, columns and other special order products, bringing new options and new styles to East Coast customers.

“We’re happy to be working with an industry leader like Digger Specialties,” said Dominick Pileggi, Vice President of Product Development at WOLF.  “Aluminum is one of the fastest growing categories in the railing category, and Digger expands our ability to provide that and other quality products to our customers.”

November 18, 2014

York, Pennsylvania-based WOLF, a supplier of cabinets and building products to dealers in 33 states, has hired Sean French as an outside sales consultant.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Sean’s experience and character join the WOLF team as we expand our building products sales penetration,” said Mike Sessinger, senior VP sales. “Sean represents another important step in our drive to bring superior products and services to dealers in the region.”

November 11, 2014

Home Channel News has gathered the following online articles from the wide world of hardware and building materials: 

• Sears is developing a mixed-use retail project called Esplanade at Aventura. It could be the future of Sears Holdings Corp. (From Bloomberg) 

November 7, 2014

New Holland, Pennsylvania-based Superior Walls of America is now "of America" -- and then some.

The producer of precast concrete insulated wall systems has expanded its operations into Canada with two new licensees that will be manufacturing precast concrete foundation systems.

Superior Walls Alberta (located near Calgary) will be offering Superior Walls Xi products throughout Alberta, and Superior Walls by Magnis (based in Beausejour) will provide Superior Walls Xi Plus throughout Manitoba.

November 5, 2014

On a night when the Republican Party earned a majority in the Senate, and expanded their majority in the House of Representatives, candidates with deep ties to the home improvement and building material industry had mixed results.

October 27, 2014

Armstrong World Industries, a designer and manufacturer of floors and ceilings based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, reported a slight decline in third-quarter sales.

The company said lower volumes in Europe and in resilient and wood flooring in the Americas more than offset favorable price and mix. 

Net sales of $728.3 million were down 0.2% from the third quarter last year. Net income was $31.8 million, down from $55.9 million a year ago.

October 27, 2014

Meadville, Pennsylvania-based Channellock -- long known for its made-in-USA pliers coated in distinctive Channellock-blue handles -- introduced a line of “Professional Screwdrivers. The line features slotted, Phillips, Torx and nut drivers designed and manufactured in the United States.

October 21, 2014

St. Louis-based Huttig Building Products hired Bob Kern Sr. as the new territory manager to cover southern New Jersey from the Huttig Wilkes-Barre branch in Pennsylvania. 

Kern has more than 20 years of experience in the building materials industry. He started his career with Peter Lumber Company in Pleasantville, New Jersey, where he was the operations manager for many years. Most recently, Kern was territory manager with Milliken Millwork.

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 7, 2014

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 New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

September 26, 2014

PPG Industries opened its regional headquarters for its architectural coatings business in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The facility is located in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles north of PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh.

September 2, 2014

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania-based CertainTeed Corporation is sharpening its skills via the launch of its new Academy of Continuing Education.

The Academy, which was developed in conjunction with McGraw Hill Construction, will provide high-level training in building science expertise, taught by subject matter experts and via live events.

August 20, 2014

York, Pennsylvania-based WOLF will be the newest distributor of Boral TruExterior Siding to independent dealers in its East Coast territory.

The move is part of a larger strategic shift at WOLF, which has been transitioning itself from a traditional two-step distributor into a sourcing company with its own products (in addition to those from other brands).

August 5, 2014

ShopVac wouldn't be a household name today if it weren't for its tendency to continually invest in its future -- a tradition it has carried out over its 40-year-plus history.

"We continue to invest back into the company," explained SVP sales & marketing Larry Tempesco, reflecting on ShopVac's methods of maintaining its edge. "From manufacturing improvements to engineering updates and product improvements, all aimed at being the best in market."

August 4, 2014

Pennsylvania and Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Companies have launched a new website: plmilm.com.

The new site includes navigation and information improvements, and also reflects the affiliation of PLM and ILM, which occurred in the fall of 2013.

July 18, 2014

Following its agreement last month to acquire Consorcio Comex, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based PPG Industries released what it called a record performance for its second quarter. 

PPG reported net sales from continuing operations of $4.08 billion, up 5.1% from $3.88 billion in the same quarter last year.

Net income increased 13.2% to $386 million. 

PPG announced June 30 it had reached an agreement to acquire Consorcio Comex, a leading Latin American architectural and industrial coatings company, in a transaction valued at $2.3 billion.

July 18, 2014

Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse, the hardlines distributor acquired by Ace Hardware Corp. in February, announced the new hire of Charles Chibante as VP of Sales.

Chibante comes to Emery-Waterhouse bringing over 20 years of experience in retail, operations, marketing and leadership, including 13 years with Wal-Mart in various leadership positions, as well as eight years as a partner in a family owned and operated construction company.  

July 18, 2014

Michael H. McGarry, currently executive VP of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based PPG Industries, has been appointed to the post of chief operating officer.

McGarry will have executive oversight responsibility for all of PPG’s strategic business units and operating regions and for the information technology (IT), environment, health and safety (EH&S), and purchasing functions. He will remain based at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh and will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch.

July 15, 2014

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.-based CertainTeed Corporation has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation.

The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company is contributing roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the United States.

July 2, 2014

Continuing its trajectory of recent expansion, PPG Industries announced that its North American architectural coatings business has acquired Pittsburgh-based Masterwork Paint Company.

Masterwork is an independent architectural paint distributor with 13 stores throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.