May 1, 2015

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

April 28, 2015

D.R. Horton, Inc. has acquired the homebuilding operations of Seattle-based Pacific Ridge Homes for a cash price tag of $72 million.

December 22, 2014

Several hardware and building supply dealers were in the running, but Mike’s Community Cup, of SeaTac, Washington, took the crown.

December 11, 2014

Examining the way weather effects sales.

October 20, 2014

Fasten your seat belts.

September 16, 2014

Joy Seitz, CEO of Scottsdale-based American Solar & Roofing, is joining the ranks of Seattle-based minimum wage advocates by making bold moves with the company's family-leave policy.

The residential roofing and solar services company is now extending one month of paid family leave to its employees, placing it among the 17% of U.S. employers that offer any level of paid family leave.

August 27, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Company has announced its plans to move its headquarters from its current Federal Way, Washington location to Seattle.

April 29, 2014

Lowe's and Porch have been busy since announcing their strategic partnership last January. Now, the companies are making the alliance known in all 1,700+ Lowe's stores nationwide after first introducing the service in the Carolinas and Seattle areas.

That means Porch is the in-store resource at every Lowe's store in the country, there to help homeowners link up with home improvement professionals for just about every project outside of Lowe's current installation services.

April 2, 2014

Seattle-based Global Harvest Foods, a manufacturer of wild and caged bird food and small critter feed and the producer of the Audubon Park brand, agreed to acquire the U.S. wild bird food business from subsidiaries of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

February 13, 2014

Pope Resources is selling $4.6 million worth of land to Seattle-based conservation organization Forterra, including 535 acres of forestland and 1.5 miles of shoreline in Kistap County, Wash.

January 29, 2014

The fine line in debating the $15 minimum wage in Washington.

January 28, 2014

Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber Co. posted fourth-quarter earnings of $40 million, down from $79 million in the same quarter last year. 

Sales in the fourth quarter were $331 million, down 6.9% from $354 million.

Results for the fourth quarter include $12 million of expenses directly related to the completion of the company’s December acquisition of timberland, real estate, and subsurface resources from MeadWestvaco Corp.

January 14, 2014

Bona opened a Regional Training Center near Seattle. It is one of six regional training centers launched by Bona over the past few years and is located between Seattle and Tacoma in the West Valley Business Park in the city of Kent, Wash.

November 25, 2013

Shawn DiGruccio has joined the Advisory Council of Catalyst Kitchens, a network of nonprofits launched by Seattle-based FareStart that provide training and employment resources to the homeless.

DiGruccio is currently VP of CDN, a manufacturer of thermometers and timers that has been a donor to Catalyst Kitchens for two years.

In her new role on the Council, she will work to secure sponsorship and to help foster relationships with other food service and retail companies.

June 19, 2013

No matter how you slice them, the numbers of the HCN Top 300 Industry Scoreboard reflect the rising housing market, increased spending on the home and an easy comparison with the previous year's performance.

Of the leading 300 home channel retailers, 277 show positive sales in the most recently completed finished fiscal year, and 12 show declines. Eleven others are listed as flat.

March 26, 2013

On Feb. 28, 2013, approximately 286 businesses and municipal employers filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

February 6, 2013

Zillow has launched an iPad app and a website focused on the home improvement marketplace to provide inspiration, price transparency and lead generation for contractors.

January 29, 2013

The Seattle-based timber company expects to grow during what the company's CEO calls an "emerging recovery."

January 10, 2013

Dunn Lumber, an 11-unit pro dealer based in Seattle, has added Parker Lumber to its chain of  lumberyards. Now called Parker Lumber East, the Bothell, Wash., unit is located near Dunn’s Mill Creek location.

Founded in 1869, the company is owned and operated by the third and fourth generation of the Dunn family. It ranked No. 63 on the 2012 Pro Dealer Scoreboard.


November 14, 2012

An Ace Hardware store will open in downtown Seattle in the first quarter of 2013, according to an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The 7,500-sq.-ft. store will be located next to a Bed Bath & Beyond and a paid parking lot. Delivery service will be offered for downtown residents.

October 10, 2012

Parr Lumber will open a cabinet design center on Oct. 18 in Tukwila, near Seattle, in the space that was formerly Basco Appliances. Grand-opening festivities include a celebrity appearance by Mariel Hemingway, daughter-in-law of Ernest Hemingway. A cookbook author and health eating advocate, Hemingway will discuss her latest project, Mariel’s Kitchen.

August 1, 2012

Seattle, Wash.-based Dunn Lumber is now stocking a full line of Maze Nails, distributed by International Wood Products in all 10 Dunn stores.  

Maze Nails, based in Peru, Ill., is the largest manufacturer of specialty nails in the United States. Offerings include a full line of double hot dipped galvanized and stainless steel nails for fiber cement siding, decking, fencing, cedar shingles and shakes, cedar siding, post frame building, PVC trim products and other building applications. 


June 1, 2012

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May 29, 2012

A man who claimed his friend’s hardware store was being driven out of business had been arrested for torching a Home Depot in Shoreline, Wash., a town 9 miles north of Seattle.

As reported in the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Randol Stebner, 53, started two small fires near the Aurora Avenue North store on May 14. According to police documents, Stebner admitted to lighting the fires and said he’d do it again.