June 2, 2015

It comes down to finding the retailer with a little extra -- be it exceptional service, an unusual market niche, or perhaps just a really great story.

June 1, 2015

Momentum generated the prior week carried over after the long holiday weekend, pushing SPF mill order files out and prices higher.

May 29, 2015

Brian McCoy, president and CEO of McCoy’s Building Supply received the Anita & Earl Maxwell Lifetime Achievement Award from the RecognizeGood foundation at the 13th annual Ethics in Business & Community Awards Luncheon.

May 28, 2015

Flooding and destruction in parts of Texas and Oklahoma have been described as “massive.” 

April 30, 2015

The 10-unit Victoria, Texas-based LBM dealer is the latest to join the fold of Kodiak Building Partners.

April 13, 2015

Shortly after announcing a string of Midwest acquisitions, Kansas City, Missouri-based Westlake Ace Hardware has expanded deeper into Texas.

March 8, 2015

John Hartmann opened the co-op's general session with a list of bullet-points showing momentum and strength for the Chicago-based co-op and its members.

February 10, 2015

Builders FirstSource, Inc. is continuing its acquisition streak with the purchase of Texas-based Timber Tech.

January 29, 2015

Cascade, Iowa-based Cascade Mfg Co has expanded with the opening of a new cold-formed steel truss production facility in Tyler, Texas.

January 8, 2015

Bob Mikulas is the president of the National Lawn & Garden Show (coming to Frisco, Texas, June 9-11). The event is more of a series of pre-arranged meetings between buyers and sellers than a traditional trade show.

January 5, 2015

The Evergreen Marketing Group, based in Farmers Branch, Texas, announced the addition of one new member and three new preferred suppliers.

Tool & Anchor Supply, based in Denver, joined the group as a new member. Tool & Anchor also has a location in Greeley. 

Evergreen is a cooperative made up of 70 distributors in the construction and industrial supply business.

December 23, 2014

Builders FirstSource, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Empire Truss, Ltd., a Texas-based supplier of custom roof and floor trusses, as well as a distributor of engineered wood products.

December 16, 2014

Crowdsourcing isn't just for Kickstarter -- even with a small and burgeoning stake in the home improvement market.

Hardware stores of All-Star caliber know how to survey their communities for feedback, play the social media channels and reflect their surroundings back at their customer bases through stylized exteriors.

December 9, 2014

Builders FirstSource is getting down to business in order to better serve various Texas markets: one, through the opening of a new distribution facility in Conroe, Texas; and two, through the relocation of its existing San Antonio facility.

The new San Antonio location is in Schertz, Texas, approximately 20 miles northeast of downtown. The 90,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and office space will be abutted by a few outside storage sheds. It will initially distribute dimensional lumber and lumber sheet goods, as well as doors and millwork in the near future.

December 8, 2014

The APA-The Engineered Wood Association recognized the Metriguard president with a Bronson J. Lewis award at its Annual Meeting this year.

Jim Logan, owner and president of Pullman, Washington-based Metriguard Inc., was honored during the event in San Antonio, Texas, this past November, where APA chairman Tom Temple introduced him as "[a true] pioneer in the engineered wood products industry."

Logan and Metriguard have been a part of the engineered wood industry for 42 years, providing equipment to aid in the production and testing of lumber, veneer and panels.

December 5, 2014

Larry Stone of former Lowe's fame has been elected to serve as an independent member of the board of directors for At Home, a home decor retailer based in Plano, Texas.

"Retail industry veteran Larry Stone makes the perfect addition to the At Home board of directors," said Lee Bird, CEO of At Home. "His proven experience operating large-format stores and growing a retail chain from regional to national scale brings unique and valuable perspective to our brand."

November 14, 2014

UFP Western Division, a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. has completed its acquisition of certain assets of Bigs Packaging and Lumber, LLC, an industrial wood and packaging solutions supplier.

Dallas, Texas-based Bigs was founded in 2011 and is already at an annual sales pace of $50 million. 

November 13, 2014

Oklahoma City-based building products distributor Cedar Creek will soon open a new location in Lubbock, Texas. 

The company already serves 32 states from 24 total facilities.

According to Cedar Creek's CEO Bill Adams, "Although we have serviced West Texas for many years from other locations, having a local branch will enable us to provide even better service to these important customers." 

October 20, 2014

DENVER — Some 4,000 people filed into the Bellco Theatre in Denver to hear the latest on True Value’s much-anticipated unveiling of its strategic plan.

As we settled into our seats, a stringed instrument quartet pounded out the heart-throbbing chords of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir. About two hours later, president and CEO John Hartmann was driving across the stage on a dirt bike. An uninvited fire alarm interfered with his closing remarks, but the point was made: engagement, growth, efficiency — three pillars of a new True Value.

October 13, 2014

Plano, Texas-based Rent-A-Center Inc. appointed Anurag Gupta to VP, enterprise project management office (EPMO).

Reporting to Doug Guziec, senior VP and chief strategy officer, Gupta is charged with broad oversight of Rent-A-Center’s portfolio of business initiatives. His responsibilities include the establishment of processes and controls designed to manage all phases of these initiatives. He's also tasked with the strategic evaluation of prospective business initiatives with an eye for determining which are green-lighted and when they are to be initiated.

October 13, 2014

Home Depot’s Marvin Ellison will leave the world’s largest home improvement retailer to take the top spot at Plano, Texas-based J.C. Penney. 

Ellison is currently executive VP stores at The Home Depot. 

October 13, 2014

Summit Materials has acquired ready-mix concrete company Southwest Ready-Mix in Houston, aggregates company Colorado County Sand & Gravel in Colorado County, Texas, and aggregates and ready-mix concrete company Concrete Supply of Topeka/Builders Choice Concrete in Topeka.

“We are very pleased to welcome these three companies and their employees to Summit Materials," said Summit Materials CEO Tom Hill. "They are a great cultural, geographic and business match with us and a furtherance of our strategy of growth through acquisitions.”

October 6, 2014

Lewisville, Texas-based Wayne Dalton rolled out four new designs and a new color option for the Wayne Dalton Model 6600 steel carriage house garage door. 

With the addition of Kingston and Westfield designs, each available in arched and square top choices, the Carriage House Steel Collection Model 6600 offers a combined 22 different carriage house designs, five colors (white, almond, taupe, brown and the new black), and a variety of window and hardware options.

October 2, 2014

Builders FirstSource, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Trim Tech of Austin, Inc., effective Oct. 1, 2014.

Hutto, Texas-based Trim Tech is a turn-key supplier of custom cabinets, interior and exterior doors, stair parts, and custom millwork and molding. It netted approximately $14 million in revenues in 2013.