March 16, 2015

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement today from senior VP government relations David French on the introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act. 

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.

February 12, 2015

LG Electronics USA has promoted one of its home appliances veterans to a more senior-level role.

February 2, 2015

Caterpillar executive David Bozeman has been elected to Weyerhaeuser's board of directors, effective Feb. 12, 2015.

January 29, 2015

Phil Garuccio will oversee more than 65 stores, one component manufacturing plant, three Engineered Wood Product (EWP) hubs, 11 Kitchen and Bath Design Centers, and then some.

January 8, 2015

The co-op says Lars Hybel has a wealth of experience leading multinational and global teams, having worked for more than 15 years at Electrolux.

January 7, 2015

All in all, the industry is seeing a relative burst of activity in bathroom technology, said Mike Hogenmiller, department merchandising VP at the Home Depot, in an interview with HCN.

January 5, 2015

In his new position, Saldana’s priority will be to grow the indoor furniture retailer segment by developing products that encourage more traditional retailers to embrace Agio’s outdoor line.

December 30, 2014

Based in Stamford, Connecticut, Revolution Lighting describes itself as a global provider of advanced LED lighting solutions. Fastenal is one of the largest MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) suppliers.

December 29, 2014

Whether you’re engaged in the distribution of heavy building materials to dusty job sites, or the display of stylish home decor in a well-lit showroom, the hardware and building supply industry is one giant exercise in human resources.

December 23, 2014

Dan Miller has been named VP retail operations and new business, while Brian Wiborg will assume the role of VP retail development and supply.

December 22, 2014

Caterpillar Inc. is experiencing some turnover in its VP ranks. Current VP Jim Johnson will be retiring as of Feb. 1, to be replaced by Raymond Chan.

December 10, 2014

Husqvarna Professional Products Inc. -- a division of Husqvarna Group and TEC International -- has sold its Bluebird International operations to TEC International.

"The decision to sell Bluebird International is part of the Husqvarna Group's strategic plan, a strategy that seeks to reduce operational complexity, improve efficiency and give additional focus to our end customers (consumers and professionals) and our core brands," said Jeff Dewosky, VP-general manager, North America, Husqvarna.

December 8, 2014

The home improvement industry has discovered the infographic – in a big way.

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 25, 2014

GE has appointed four new executives, three of which are brand new to the company. The move expands GE's total number of officers to 196 globally.

Harel Kodesh is now VP, CTO GE Software. He is joining the company from Nurego, where he served as CEO and founder. He has also held exeuctive roles with EMC Corp.’s Cloud business; Mozy, an EMC subsidiary; and Amdocs.

November 24, 2014

Reno, Nevada-based EP Minerals has introduced a new premium soil amendment to the market designed for golf courses, landscaping, sports turfs and rooftop gardens.

November 19, 2014

Highlights of the Home Depot fourth-quarter merchandise lineup include a remote-controlled, pre-lit Christmas tree that shines in 56 light and color options. The season will also bring stocking stuffers like carbide-tipped reciprocal saw blades from Diablo and 21 new Kohler SKUs.

"We look forward to driving excitement this holiday season," said Ted Decker, executive VP merchandising, during the Atlanta-based retailer's third-quarter earnings call.

November 17, 2014

 

NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), the parent company of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation, announced that its VP of aftermarket, Paul Laroia, has indicated plans to retire. Laroia will stay with the company through the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.

“As a well-respected industry leader and driving force in the success of the company, Mr. Laroia’s career has been marked by a passion for innovation and a dedication to quality service,” the company said. 

November 16, 2014

Oklahoma City-based building products distributor Cedar Creek named Mark Porter VP of operations. 

Since joining Cedar Creek in 2000, Porter has had a number of assignments including his current role as Regional VP – South Region. Successfully assimilating acquired companies and new locations into their legacy organization has become a critical part of running the Cedar Creek business. His skills in the operations area make him an excellent fit in assuring successful new branch integrations as they continue with expansion, according to the company.

November 12, 2014

Rayonier's director, Atlantic Region, U.S. Forest Resources Douglas Long has been promoted to the newly created position of VP U.S. operations, effective immediately.

November 10, 2014

Sean Fogarty is stepping into the role of president of the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association.

Fogarty is VP of Osborne Lumber in Newark, California, where he represents the third generation of the family business that opened in 1950. 

During the organization’s annul convention last week in Indian Wells, California, Fogarty encouraged the industry to stick together and stay involved.

November 5, 2014

Boise Cascade Company has named Tom Corrick to the post of COO. Additionally, it has named Dan Hutchinson EVP Wood Products (replacing Corrick) and Wayne Rancourt as EVP, CFO and treasurer.

Corrick will be transitioning from his most recent role as EVP Wood Products, which he has held since June of this year. Before that, he served as SVP since February 2011 and VP Engineered Wood Products before that.

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.