March 24, 2015

The NLBMDA's rallying cry hinged on three priority-issue talking points: EPA lead rule reform, the Marketplace Fairness Act, and its signature issue -- the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act.

March 13, 2015

Rogers Hardware Do it Center has served the village of Sparta, Michigan, since 1928. And when the store’s fourth-generation owners Paul and Becky Rogers considered a move to the suburbs, they had the good business sense to ask their customers what they thought.

The answer was overwhelming.

January 5, 2015

In his new position, Saldana’s priority will be to grow the indoor furniture retailer segment by developing products that encourage more traditional retailers to embrace Agio’s outdoor line.

November 22, 2014

The family of John William Bacon announced his passing on Nov. 13 at the age of 84.

A native of San Mateo, California, Bacon was a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay area whose lumber-industry career began in the early 1950s at San Bruno Lumber Company. 

He later purchased South City Lumber & Supply, Economy Lumber Company of Oakland, and Piedmont Lumber. 

He died at his home in Atherton, California. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; seven children, 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

November 11, 2014


Barclay Simpson, founder of Simpson Manufacturing and a leading figure in the world of structural connectors, died in his sleep Nov. 9. He was 93 years old. 

"He was beloved by his family, friends and colleagues," reads the announcement of his death from Pleasanton, California-based Simpson Manufacturing.

The company's web site explains that Simpson entered the structural component business in a most unusual way:

March 31, 2014

Is it gossip to spread the news that Ted and Rachel are getting married before Ted and Rachel have announced so publicly?

Is it gossip to speculate whether Carol in accounting is expecting a child?

A December 2013 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling addressing workplace no-gossip policies raises this question: When does gossip cross the line from innocuous, garden-variety conversation to something so potentially hurtful, harmful or liable that companies are within their rights to forbid it?

March 27, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corporation, the industry’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative, recognized Les Orchekowsky of Sierra Vista, Ariz., with Ace’s first-ever Ray A. Griffith Retail Leadership Award.

Named after Ace’s former CEO Ray A. Griffith who retired in March 2013, the award will be given annually to the Ace retailer that most personifies Griffith’s outstanding leadership traits and exemplifies Ace’s core values.

January 6, 2014

Peace Tree Farm and Cultivaris introduced Lavender ‘Phenomenal,’ a new intermedia type lavender to the horticulture market. 

The companies describe the plant as hardy to Zone 5, with a winter survival and overall performance that surpasses all other hardy lavenders.

January 3, 2014

In Jefferson, Wis., a local mainstay is shutting its doors after 55 years. Though it wasn't suffering any extreme hardships, Punzel Hardware has announced its plans to close early this year after owner Jeff Punzel got a more lucrative job offer that will free up time for him to spend with his family, the Wisconsin Daily Union reported.

December 10, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and 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 Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

November 5, 2013

True Value Co. senior VP and chief merchandising officer Mike Clark will retire from the co-op after serving in an advisory role through the end of the year.

Clark's post will be filled by former Ace Hardware executive Ken Goodgame, the co-op announced Tuesday.  

October 31, 2013

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) has elected officers and directors for 2014, including Mark Ganahl as president. 

Ganahl is VP of Ganahl Lumber and general manager of the company’s Anaheim, Calif., location. Ganahl Lumber is the state’s oldest lumberyard, with a history that dates back to 1884. Today Ganahl Lumber has nine locations in Southern California.

August 12, 2013

Blume's Solid Surface Products, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of solid surface, quartz and granite countertops, celebrated its 25th anniversary recently.

The company took root in 1972 when Gus Blume and his wife, Dorothy, launched a laminate countertop fabrication shop called Topcraft.

They sold the business in 1988 and replaced it with the modern-day Blume's, which expanded to include stone operations in 2004 and is now a wholesale company selling to kitchen dealers, contractors, millwork houses and builders.

July 25, 2013

Marine Corporal Tony Mullis and his wife Jeanie received the keys to their brand new home, completed in June and built by Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), in Hawkinsville, Ga., and then helped to break ground next door on Tony's friend and fellow Marine, Cpl Michael Boucher's specially adapted home. 

July 8, 2013

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, found unconstitutional Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had prohibited the federal government from acknowledging marriages between same-sex couples. Same-sex marriages were recognized as legal by 12 states and the District of Columbia at the time of the ruling.

July 1, 2013

"Grill Sergeants" were turned loose on servicemen and their families during a charity grill-off this weekend at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

Lowe’s, which counts 16,000 military veterans on its payroll, and the USO treated hundreds of servicemen and women and their families to the charity grill-off. “Grill Sergeants” from each branch of the military put their grilling skills to the test during the all-star grilling competition.

May 28, 2013

Dan Russell Coleman was a lumber industry executive, community leader, Air Force veteran and father. He died at his home in Victoria, Texas, May 25 at the age of 82.

According to his obituary notice, he was born in Waxahachie, Texas on May 8, 1931 and moved to Victoria, Texas in 1936, when his father accepted a management position with Zarsky Lumber Co.

February 14, 2013

Stanley Works CEO John Lundgren and his wife Tamara Lundgren, CEO of Schnitzer Steel, appeared together on a CNBC video interview.

December 5, 2012

Bill Tucker, former president of the Florida Building Material Association and his wife Terri, previously CFO of Ro-Mac Lumber and Supply, have formed E to the Third Power Consulting -- e3 Consulting. 

Based in Leesburg, Fla., the company will offer leadership training as well as CFO-level services to companies unable to afford a full-time CFO. “E to the third power refers to the three E’s we bring to our clients: experience, expertise and empathy," said Bill Tucker.

October 26, 2012

Christian Miller Snavely, Jr., the chairman emeritus of Snavely Forest Products , World War II veteran and past chairman of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association died Oct. 24. He was 88.

Snavely is remembered by friends and colleagues as a generous and well-respected business leader. He was elected chairman of the industry trade association, NAWLA, which honored him with the prestigious Mulrooney Award for outstanding contributions to the forest products industry.

May 28, 2012

For the second year in a row, HCN has compiled a state-by-state list of high performers, innovative retailers and classic stores. It’s called the 2012 Home Chanel News Hardware Store All-Star list. Strong customer service is the common thread for all 50 retailers. From there, community involvement, company history, great products and interesting niches set these businesses apart from the competition. 

May 4, 2012

Last year, the original 50 Home Channel News Hardware Store All-Star honorees established a high bar and a hard act to follow. But the 2012 crop rises to the challenge. This year’s Hardware Store All-Stars, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, have at least one thing in common: Ask them what makes them special and you can bet they’ll include “excellent customer service” in the answer. From there, every path to stardom is unique.

April 25, 2012

New Jersey pro dealer Madison Township Lumber & Supply Co. passed the half-century mark this year. 

Serving the entire Garen State, the single-unit location in Matawan, N.J., was founded in 1962 by Anthony J. Martorana Sr., who remains as CEO of the family business. His wife, Louise Ann, is CFO and son Anthony Jr. serves as VP sales and operations.

The dealer distributes BlueLinx I Joist and Billet Beams, hardware, lumber, millwork, Silver Line Windows and Benjamin Moore Paint. 

January 9, 2012

Emmett Francis McCoy, 88, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away Jan. 7.