May 1, 2015

An in-depth look into the 2015 Retailer of the Year: Orchard Supply Hardware.

March 5, 2015

Just ahead of International Women's Day this March 8, HBSDealer had an opportunity to talk to some prominent women in the hardware industry.

January 7, 2015

"During the quarter we experienced slow but steady growth of our multi-purpose maintenance products," said Garry Ridge, WD-40 Company's president and CEO.

December 11, 2014

The ProDealer Industry Summit is the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association’s annual Super Bowl — a national event combining advocacy, networking and education. If you’re in the business of moving building products, this is the conference for you — by definition, and by design.

[Full disclosure: The Summit is co-hosted by the NLBMDA and Home Channel News. Supplemental disclosure: The 2015 Summit is slated for Oct. 28-30 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.]

December 11, 2014

NLBMDA lumberyard operators answer questions on the future, service and current challenges.

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.

December 8, 2014

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025. 

November 3, 2014

San Diego -- Here at the Dixieline Lumber facility near the old sports arena, senior VP Joe Lawrence recently told a group of industry visitors that the 101-year-old California dealer has found success amid heavy competition by making the customer -- and the contractor -- feel comfortable. 

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- Scheduling business consultant Ken Wilbanks for the early morning slot was a strategic move at the 2014 Pro Dealer Industry Summit. His presentation served to rouse and inspire a room full of lumbermen -- or "woodpeckers," as he referred to them -- with notions of a tightly run ship.

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's board of directors appointed Jonathan Paine as the new president and CEO of the organization at its annual meeting on Oct. 28 at the ProDealer Industry Summit here.

Paine has been serving as the association's executive VP since 2012 and replaces outgoing president Michael O'Brien, who is assuming other responsibilities with NLBMDA's management firm, SmithBucklin.

October 31, 2014

San Diego -- "To get man on the moon, they were carrying less computing power than you have in your pocket right now." 

This was more or less the message imparted by Verizon Wireless vertical innovations architect Erik Varney during his presentation at the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit, titled "Using Mobile Technology to Advance Your Business."

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 29, 2014

San Diego -- Among the many granular insights delivered by Thomson Research Group CEO Kathryn Thompson at the ProDealer Industry Summit podium, this much was key: Pricing will continue to play a pivotal role in the construction sector recovery. 

"The momentum is improving somewhat, but pricing is still paramount," she explained. 

October 29, 2014

San Diego -- The 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit, hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and Home Channel News, kicked off last night with the recognition of some influential and dedicated lumberyard executives.

J.D. Saunders of Campbell, California-based Economy Lumber was officially installed as the incoming chairman of the NLBMDA.  

October 28, 2014

San Diego -- Roger Dankel, president of Simpson Strong-Tie, was recognized for his service to the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, here during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit.

Dankel served as the chair of the association's Manufactures and Services Council from 2012-2014.

September 10, 2014

Organizers of the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit are preparing for a three-day event to advance the cause of the LBM dealer, both individually and collectively.

The ProDealer Industry Summit will take place Oct. 28-30 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.

September 3, 2014

What is the deal with hiring anyway?

July 31, 2014

HCN and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association are beginning to warm up for the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit, taking place Oct. 28-30 in San Diego, California.

Among the four keynote speakers locked down for the event is Michelle Desiderio, VP innovation services for Home Innovation Research Labs, a market research, consulting, product testing and accredited third-party certification agency that serves the home-building space.

July 8, 2014

Kathryn I. Thompson, CEO and director of research at the Thompson Research Group, brings over 15 years of experience to analyzing, modeling and advising investors on the construction material industry. 

Thompson will share her thoughts on the industry with the ProDealer Industry Summit, Oct. 28-30 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.  

July 2, 2014

San Diego-based Eldorado Stone, maker of architectural stone veneer, has launched an experiential outdoor showroom, located at its Southern California headquarters.

The goal of the new showroom is to allow customers to experience first-hand how the company’s products transform spaces.

June 25, 2014

KB Home is launching a pilot program for a set of new energy storage solutions, developed in collaboration with SunPower Corp., in its Irvine, El Dorado Hills and San Diego markets.

The new high-efficiency solar power systems store solar energy by day and offer an alternative energy source for use during power outages or other situations.

June 17, 2014

EasyTurf joined NFL hero LaDainian Tomlinson at the 2nd Annual LaDainlian Tomlinson 5K 1-mile Kids Fun Run June 14 at San Diego’s Liberty Station.

“It’s great to work with LT and his organization again,” said David Hartman. “His Touching Lives Foundation is a charitable organization we love to support.”

April 9, 2014

San Diego-based WD-40 Company reported second-quarter net sales of $94.2 million, up 9% from the same quarter last year.

Net income, however, slipped 1% to $10.3 million. 

February 12, 2014

The Home Depot Foundation has awarded a $7,000 grant to San Diego's Veterans Community Services (VCS) for a community renovation project at their main office.

Veterans, Team Depot and VCS volunteers will paint walls, replace doors and build shelving units on February 27, preparing the space to host meetings and supportive services programs, as well as serve as a donation center.

VCS provides various services to low-income veterans, including rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, counseling, financial planning, employment search and referrals, and other aid.