August 21, 2015

The investment is expected to create 410 new jobs.

July 6, 2015

The state-by-state profile series moves on to the South and Pacific Northwest.

February 3, 2015

Completion of this transaction makes Cox one of the country’s largest providers of treated wood utility poles.

October 24, 2014

You don't have to be a fourth-generation hardware store operator to earn a spot in the HCN All-Star list. But it certainly doesn't hurt.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for outstanding service, as well as growth, innovation and the values of the hardware industry.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

October 20, 2014

Corrections to errors and omissions made to the Top 100 Distributor Scoreboard.

September 29, 2014

The HCN Top 100 Distributor Scoreboard, measuring two-step distribution sales for building material and hardlines distributors, included multiple errors and omissions. 

• Chicago-based True Value Company’s wholesale sales should have been listed as $1.90 billion, up 1% from the previous year. The original figure published in the September issue was incorrect. HCN regrets the error.

August 18, 2014

Chad Price has joined Fort Mill, South Carolina-based Frieling USA as VP sales and marketing, a new position created to accelerate the expansion of the company’s sales and support. 

August 8, 2014

Red Bank, New Jersey-based Homebuilder Hovnavian enterprises announced this week that it plans to build a community in Summersville, South Carolina. The gated community, Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay, will contain 800 homes.

May 14, 2014

Electrolux is making a $30 million investment in its Anderson, South Carolina manufacturing facility, where it produces top-mount and under-the-counter refrigerators.

May 12, 2014

D.R. Horton has announced its $210 million acquisition of the homebuilding operations of Crown Communities, a major builder based in Atlanta with a geographic footprint spanning Georgia, South Carolina and eastern Alabama.

April 8, 2014

A quick fix can go a long way to solving a problem, particularly when that problem is a payroll error.

“Payroll errors unfortunately occur from time to time even at the best employers,” said Chuck McDonald, an attorney in the Greenville, S.C., office of Ogletree Deakins, in an interview with SHRM Online.

February 5, 2014

Pittsburgh-based Snavely Forest Products said it’s not going to let the “modified” lumber movement lose its momentum.

In response to Eastman Chemical’s recent announcement that it would cease the manufacturing of Perennial Wood products -- the trade name for acetylated wood -- Snavely Forest Products announced today that it will continue to market the high-performance decking product.  

January 30, 2014

Companies that make their open-and-closed policies clear for inclement-weather seasons -- such as snowy winters and falls full of hurricanes -- can keep employees informed, instead of in the dark.

“An employer does not have to have a policy and can simply tell employees that they must report to work when the business is open, regardless of what other businesses choose to do and are reported on the news,” Richele Taylor, an attorney in Fisher & Philips’ Columbia, S.C., office, told SHRM Online.

December 23, 2013

Spartanburg, S.C.-based Merit Distribution Group hired Paul Van Noy as category manager, responsible for the direct management of vendor lines including sales growth, profitability and inventory rationalization.

"We are very pleased to have Paul joining the Lancaster team," said Mitch Jolley, CEO of the Merit Distribution Group. "As an industry veteran, Paul has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will bring immediate benefits to our customers and vendors."

Merit operates the Lancaster, Merit Supply, Merit Trade Source and Marit Pro trade names.

November 18, 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 North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

October 29, 2013

Electrolux hit a 25-year milestone at its refrigeration plant in Anderson, S.C.

The plant’s 1,800 employees manufacture 9,300 top-mount refrigerators each day, or 2 million annually.  Each year, the company manufactures one out of every two top-mount refrigerators sold in the U.S. market. 

September 30, 2013

Boise Cascade Company has purchased Wood Resources LLC's Southeast Operations for $102 million.

The acquisition deal includes Chester, S.C.-based Chester Wood Products LLC, a producer of softwood plywood panels and veneer, as well as Moncure Plywood LLC, a flexible specialty plywood mill in Moncure, N.C.

Wood Resources had previously acquired the two entities in 2004 from Weyerhaeuser, at which time their prospects were uncertain. Financial performance and output has since improved.

September 11, 2013

Georgia-Pacific and U.S. Lumber have announced they are entering a distribution agreement for engineered wood products (EWP).     The agreement, effective Nov. 1, 2013, provides for U.S. Lumber to distribute Georgia-Pacific engineered lumber in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, the panhandle of Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Both companies are based in Atlanta.

September 10, 2013

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

July 29, 2013

Cerritos, Calif.-based Palfinger Liftgates has hired Ricky Richardson as field service technician, effective July 15, 2013.

His territory includes New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina.

July 1, 2013

Coastal Living Magazine's 2013 Showhouse, which opened Friday, is shaping up to be a prominent showcase of Azek Building Products' deck and porch products.

According to the company, the Showhouse's designers selected Azek Deck and Porch planks in Slate Gray to complement the home's exterior and idyllic Daniel Island, S.C., location.

June 26, 2013

Masonite International Corp., manufacturer of interior and exterior doors, recently opened a 200,000-sq.-ft. door manufacturing facility in Denmark, S.C. 

Located in Bamberg County, the Masonite manufacturing facility will help it improve product quality and safety while distributing its interior residential door products to the southeast market faster, according to the company.

June 19, 2013

Costello's Hardware, Home & Garden of New York's Long Island has three stores ranked in the top 20 of Ace Hardware's leading gift card sales stores.

It helps having high-traffic stores in densely populated areas, said David Faulhaber, marketing coordinator for the 19-store chain based in Deer Park, N.Y. It also helps having a high-ticket, "giftier" merchandise mix that includes outdoor living, holiday-related products, power tools and housewares.

June 12, 2013

NEW ORLEANS -- Employers should make sure that any background check they perform is job-related and consistent with business necessity, Stephen Woods, an attorney in Ogletree Deakins’ Greenville, S.C., office, told attendees at the firm’s 2013 Workplace Strategies seminar May 9-10. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), worker advocacy groups and plaintiffs’ attorneys are now giving employee and applicant credit and criminal background checks particularly intense scrutiny, he said.