December 11, 2014

“Naught without labor.” That was one of the key super-secret-ritual themes of my cloak-and-dagger college fraternity (from which I’ll probably be expelled now that I revealed it). And it’s also one of the major themes of the year that was 2014.

November 14, 2014

Phoenix, Arizona-based building products distributor Capital Lumber is expanding its Denver and Salt Lake City facilities to make room for expanded product lines.

The Denver location will get 3,000 additional sq. ft. of covered storage in the form of a new cantileve-rack-supported shed.

Meanwhile, Capital is converting its warehouse in Salt Lake City to narrow isle racking for an added 720 pallet positions and 12,120 lineal feet of cantilever racking.

Capital was founded in 1948 and currently maintains eight regional distribution facilities focused in the West.

October 29, 2014

San Diego -- Three out of three pro dealers agree: Suppliers should do what they say they're going to do.

That's one of the takeaways from a panel discussion here at a meeting of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's Manufacturers and Services Council. The session, held here along with the ProDealer Industry Summit, examined the supplier-lumberyard relationship. 

October 10, 2014

Stanley Black & Decker is donating more than $120,000 worth of tools and equipment to four new ToolBanks this month, organizations that provide tools to nonprofits and volunteers and help them cut costs.

The donation will go toward building up an initial inventory of tools to be put to use in various community improvement projects in the four new locations: Houston, Portland, Oregon; Phoenix; and Richmond, Virginia.

September 4, 2014

Seven D Wholesale, a DeGol Organization company, has recently acquired a distribution facility in Phoenix, New York.

Formally operated for 37 years as Buttolph Lumber, this location encompasses 9.2 acres and over 50,000 sq. ft. of enclosed storage. The site also has a railroad siding that has direct access to the CSXT rail system. The purchase included the physical plant and all inventory, trucks and equipment. 

September 3, 2014

Phoenix, Arizona-based Western Window Systems has been included in Inc. Magazine’s 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. The designer and manufacturer of door and window systems made the list with three-year sales growth of 236%. 

June 9, 2014

Houston-based Mattress Firm Holding Corp., retailer of mattresses and accessories in the United States, announced the completion of its acquisition of the mattress specialty retail assets and operations of Mattress Liquidators, Inc., which operates Mattress King retail stores in Colorado and BedMart retail stores in Arizona.

April 18, 2014

The latest Living Spaces home furnishings store in Phoenix features a collaboration between the California-based retailer and home improvement TV star Jeff Lewis.

As Living Spaces’ Creative Director, Lewis’ designs and curated rooms can be viewed in the store’s “Styled by Jeff Lewis” gallery. Lewis hosts Bravo’s Flipping Out and Interior Therapy. 

Located off the 10 freeway at the 67th Ave. exit in Phoenix, the Living Spaces Phoenix showroom is the company’s second location in Arizona. 

March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

February 21, 2014

Beazer Homes USA has appointed Tim Little to the post of Phoenix division president.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Tim to Beazer Homes," said president and CEO Allan Merrill. "He possesses a strong track record of leadership and success in the Phoenix market, including extensive experience in land acquisition and development. We believe the Phoenix market is one of the most important and dynamic new home markets in the country and adding a seasoned executive like Tim underscores its importance to us."

December 23, 2013

Intech Equipment & Supply, a Phoenix-based roofing and insulation equipment provider, has hired Dennis Alter as southeast technical service manager.

Alter will be based in the company's Madison, Ga. location and will support its five full service branches in California, Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Arkansas, as well as coverage for some other southeastern states.

October 29, 2013

The BidClerk Construction Index (BCI) registered an 11.3% year-over-year increase in construction activity for major-metro regions in the Southwest U.S.

There was a vast disparity in the rate of progress depending on the type of construction, however; the uptick rides entirely on the shoulders of the public sector. Private construction was down 6.3%, while public construction increased 23.9%.

October 2, 2013

Phoenix-based Southwest Fastener announced that Bobby Ramirez has been promoted from within the company to help strengthen the outside sales force.

Ramirez has 10 years of experience at Southwest Fastener. Within the company, he has worked his way up the ranks from warehouse team member to assistant warehouse manager, and eventually becoming the warehouse manager at Southwest Fastener. 

August 21, 2013

Phoenix-area Republic West Remodeling helped out with a charity remodeling project for TGen's Center for Rare Childhood Disorders Clinic, involving some of the company's materials and labor in the construction of a new play area at the Center.

August 7, 2013

Phoenix-based fastener distributor Southwest Fastener named Vanessa McMurry-Cox as marketing director.

The Northern Arizona University graduate had previous experience with AOR Direct, Forever 21 and Chapter Two Communications.

Southwest Fasteners serves the construction industry, as well as solar and waterworks. 

May 28, 2013

Phoenix-area home repair companies Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen and The Sunny Plumber have reached out to local military organizations that are focused on finding employment opportunities for servicemen and women. The companies encourage similar organizations in Arizona to contact them to see what job placement opportunities can be secured.

May 28, 2013

Phoenix-based Leslie’s Poolmart, the nation's leading retailer of swimming pool supplies and related products, opened a store in Herndon, Va. The store will celebrate its grand opening May 31 to June 3, with specials and festivities throughout the weekend,

In total, Leslie's opened 48 new stores this year, between March and May. With these new stores and its recent acquisition of 24 Warehouse Pool Supply stores in the Houston area, Leslie's brings its total store count to more than 800 stores nationwide.

May 15, 2013

Phoenix-based Alliance Lumber of Arizona completed the acquisition of Central Arizona Truss (CAT). CAT, also based in Phoenix, designs and manufactures trusses for custom homes, remodels and additions in the Arizona and Southern California areas.

April 30, 2013

S&P/Case-Shiller index sees big gains for major metropolitan areas -- especially Phoenix, which is up 23.0% compared with a year ago.

April 8, 2013

It stands to reason: The pool of consumers willing to invest in home improvement projects dramatically swells when home prices are increasing. Under those conditions, not only does a new kitchen look nice, it promises a nice ROI.

That's why the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, released late March, was hailed by the industry as a positive sign. Not only did two widely watched indices of home prices climb to the highest marks since the burst of the housing bubble, but all 20 cities on the list posted year-over-year gains — eight of them in the double digits.

March 18, 2013

Phoenix-based Leslie’s Poolmart, the retailer of swimming pool supplies and related products, opened 13 new retail locations this month.

March 8, 2013

Phoenix-based Meritage Homes has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.

February 12, 2013

Rebuilding Together has teamed up with Lowe's through its Community Partners program to provide free home repairs to four low-income homeowners and to support the Friendly House in the Central City neighborhood of Phoenix on Feb. 20 and 21.

January 31, 2013

A blend of education, entertainment and relaxation highlighted the recently completed Do it Best Corp. Winter Conference held in Phoenix.