November 17, 2014

PECO, the electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, said it increased the rebate for customers looking to recycle their old refrigerators or freezers through the PECO Smart Appliance Recycling Program. 

The Philadelphia regional utility will pay customers $50 -- an increase of $15 -- for old appliances and offer a $75 rebate for customers to purchase a new, Energy Star refrigerator.

November 14, 2014

Environmental advocates and building industry pros have long circled each other in conflict and cooperation, but it seems that there's a loud and growing faction of activists putting a relatively new issue on the map.

November 10, 2014

Garden Media Group released its annual garden trends report for 2015, which includes nine gardening and lifestyle trends influencing the industry.

Among them is the increased awareness of backyard cannabis. 

“First it was ‘eat your garden.’ Then it was ‘drink your garden.’ Now, it’s ‘smoke your garden,’” says Susan McCoy, president of Philadelphia-basedGarden Media. “Marijuana is going to become a great ornamental plant as people continue to customize their garden and outdoor space to meet their needs.”

September 11, 2014

Ryland Homes is introducing eight new communities in the Philadelphia metro region, which will run the gamut from townhome hubs to enclaves of single-family homes.

Within the new communities, there will also be 15 new model homes open for the perusal of potential homebuyers by the end of the year.

May 16, 2014

Maplewood, New Jersey-based paint retailer Ricciardi Brothers is expanding its reach throughout the Philadelphia metro area with the purchase of Old City Paint & Decorating stores. 

The move brings nine Philadelphia-area stores to Ricciardi Brothers, increasing its total footprint to 29 locations. Ricciardi is the largest Benjamin Moore retailer in New Jersey.

December 18, 2013

Wayne, Pa.-based LMC hosted member dealers from around the country during LMC’s Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO last month in Philadelphia.

In the spirit of LMC’s philosophy of ‘Building Business Together’, key forest products suppliers participated in a forum with insights on the state of forest products manufacturing today and the forces that will impact production and availability in 2014.

October 7, 2013

Is it legal -- and if so, is it advisable -- to fire a worker if he or she is looking for another job?

“Yes, it is legal,” said Eric Meyer, a partner at Philadelphia-based law firm Dilworth Paxson LLP and author of the online law blog “The Employer Handbook.” “Whether or not it is advisable depends on the circumstances.”

October 3, 2013

Axalta Coating Systems is establishing its new headquarters in Pennsylvania for its corporate and North America operations.

The corporate offices, which opened Sept. 30, are located in Center City at Two Commerce Square. The North America offices are set to open Oct. 31 and will be located in Concord Township.

September 20, 2013

When it comes to poor-performing employees -- even those who’ve been put on notice, given an improvement plan and had plenty of time to turn around -- some managers are reluctant to show them the door.

It may be because a supervisor is too lenient, is afraid of being sued or doesn’t like giving up on employees, especially if someone’s having a rough time at home or has been with the company for years.

But sometimes, workplace experts said, the reason is that managers just don’t know how.

September 9, 2013

A little-noticed Aug. 15, 2013, decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may make big waves, enabling unions to organize tiny bargaining units called microunits, according to Jonathan Segal, an attorney at Duane Morris in Philadelphia.

The decision looks innocuous enough at first glance, but Segal said it may be the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “Trojan horse.” 

Deferential Decision

July 30, 2013

Before: Stanley's Hardware in Philadelphia started out as a mom-and-pop card, candy and smoke shop in 1948, later evolving into a hardware store after relocating a mile away in 1958. Years later, it's still in the family under third-generation owners Joe and Mark Jaconski, only now it carries the Destination True Value (DTV) seal.

July 22, 2013

Ryland Homes announced Friday that it has gone forward with the acquisition of Cornell Homes, marking a strategic move into the tri-state market for the homebuilder.

Cornell Homes is one of Philadelphia's largest private homebuilders and currently operates in 12 communities. The acquisition will provide Ryland with 97 homes that are sold and ready for delivery, eight decorated models and 1,716 lots for future projects.

July 1, 2013

Beloit, Wis.-based building products distributor ABC Supply Co., Inc. acquired the distribution assets of Sellmore Industries, a distributor of steep-slope roofing, siding and windows with locations in Baltimore; Philadelphia; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Hagerstown, Md.

“These four new locations will expand and strengthen ABC Supply’s existing presence in these markets,” said ABC CEO David Luck.

April 29, 2013

When an employee requires a period of leave because of a medical issue or disability, the situation is not always straightforward, and the best way to manage it is not always clear. Adding to the confusion is that employers face an ever-changing alphabet soup of federal and state laws and regulations, starting with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

April 22, 2013

US LBM Holdings announced the acquisition of seven-unit Shelly Enterprises of Telford, Pa., the company’s ninth acquisition since 2010.

April 22, 2013

There are so many legal pitfalls to avoid when using social media in the candidate sourcing and screening processes, some employers might wonder whether it’s worth all the trouble.

September 4, 2012

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Building Products donated to a project set to be YouthBuild Philadelphia’s first LEED Platinum-certified housing rehabilitation.

The recent rehabilitation of 4620 Greene Street benefited from CertainTeed insulation, gypsum, roofing, siding, fence and railing products -- all of which contributed to the lofty certification.

July 5, 2012

Worldwide building materials company Saint-Gobain helped The Philadelphia Chapter of Rebuilding Together hold a three-day community rebuilding effort at 62nd Street and Lancaster Avenue. 

The Valley Forge, Pa.-based company sent several employee volunteers to the site.

July 3, 2012

In downtown Philadelphia, Nexus EnergyHomes is bringing to market the first net-zero capable townhomes in the city while advancing the green building trend.   

June 20, 2012

We’re not making this up: The steamy, chick-lit best seller “Fifty Shades of Grey” has led to a niche market in at least one hardware store.

According to a segment on WCAU of Philadelphia, Penndel Hardware of Penndel, Pa., is seeing an increase in sales of products and materials used by characters in the novel about a relationship fueled by sadomasochism and bondage. 

January 9, 2012

The list of improving U.S. housing markets tracked by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) almost doubled in January 2012 with the addition of 40 new metro areas. The NAHB’s First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) now counts 76 improving markets, up from 41 in December, with 31 states and the District of Columbia represented by at least one entry.

November 8, 2011

An article on reveals that Philadelphia will have plenty of environmentally friendly projects to show off for GreenBuild when it comes to town in 2013. 

GreenBuild is the annual conference of the U.S. Green Building Council, and it will enter its 12th year in 2013. The event will take place Nov. 20 to 22. 

November 8, 2011

An article on reveals that Philadelphia will have plenty of environmentally friendly projects to show off for GreenBuild when it comes to town in 2013. 

GreenBuild is the annual conference of the U.S. Green Building Council, and it will enter its 12th year in 2013. The event will take place Nov. 20 to 22. 

November 4, 2011

Allied Building Products Corp. has recently completed three acquisitions: Ivan Supply Co.; the Smyrna, Ga., branch of American Wholesale; and Pacific Source.

Philadelphia-based Ivan Supply Co. is a privately held, four-branch distributor of roofing and siding. It was founded in 1981 by Ivan Tancredi.