May 13, 2015

At Indianapolis this weekend: A 70th anniversary, BOGOs and e-commerce.

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 14, 2015

Mansfield Plumbing, a Perrysville, Ohio-based supplier of sanitaryware and bathware products, has tapped Gary Pember to serve as its VP marketing.



December 12, 2014

Could the atmosphere inside the home be the next frontier of home improvement sales? Or is it a category as elusive as breath into the wind?

One thing is for sure, people spend a lot of time breathing in their home. And according to a national survey from Broan-NuTone and Kelton, 9 in 10 homeowners realize poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can contribute to certain health issues, yet only one-quarter of Americans are worried about the air quality in their homes. 

November 18, 2014

It's that time of year again for Irwin Tools, which is gearing up for its fourth annual National Tradesmen Day by opening up the polls for its Ultimate Tradesman Contest.

October 17, 2014

Irvine, California-based Smarthome has added the Wink hub, a platform that makes it possible to control a variety of devices from the same integrated control center, to its suite of connected home products.

“Here at Smarthome, our goal has always been to offer the largest inventory of connected home devices to our loyal customers,” said Scott Holder, VP marketing, Smarthome. “Adding the Wink hub to our extensive line demonstrates our continuing commitment to offering the widest variety and highest quality home automation products.”

August 19, 2014

Kwikset is adding a couple more modern options to its collection of levers and deadbolts: Halifax, a square lever and deadbolt, and Milan, a sleek, round lever and deadbolt.

August 7, 2014

Pinterest and other home design-related websites are tremendous new tools for home improvement, but there’s still no substitute for the homeowner’s own imagination. 

July 31, 2014

Orgill’s executives say the company is focused on improving distribution efficiencies in order to allow its customers to profitably compete on a price basis in a brutal retail environment. Of course that’s easier said than done.

July 28, 2014

As HCN editors have explored more formally in a former print edition, home storage is hot and getting hotter: a category well worth paying attention to in home improvement retailing.

Of note in this burgeoning market is ClosetMaid, winner of the 2014 Golden Hammer Award in Home Organization.

July 22, 2014

When a local television station in Chicago broke a story earlier this month about workers picketing over a company’s bathroom policy, John Fitzgerald, VP marketing at Chicago Faucets found the story interesting.

“The company was the WaterSaver Faucet Co.,” Fitzgerald said. “We compete with them in a niche area of faucets, and I’m always interested in what my competitors are doing. I had no idea that a few days later, our own company would mistakenly become the subject of that story.”

June 17, 2014

Being yourself never worked so well.

May 28, 2014

Former Home Depot marketing executive Frank Bifulco was named executive VP marketing for Framingham, Massachusetts-based Staples.

In the newly created role, Bifulco will lead marketing across the office supply company's operations.

May 23, 2014

Andersen is making some personnel moves within its Renewal by Andersen division. The company's leadership team now includes Troy Barrow as VP marketing, Grant Davis as VP company owned retail operations and Jeanne Junker as VP affiliate retail operations.

“This is an exciting time for Renewal by Andersen,” said Renewal president Paul Delahunt. “These key leaders have helped us deliver strong growth over the past few years with a keen focus on customer satisfaction. I look forward to their continued leadership and passion for success.”

April 2, 2014

Self-help kiosks, supported by research data, prove to be useful in the key manufacturing industry.

April 2, 2014

Quikrete wants you to be creative with concrete.

March 27, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. promoted Rich Lynch to the position of VP marketing.

March 20, 2014

Delta Faucet is introducing its latest suite of bathroom products, set to hit shelves later this year. Among the offerings is an affordable digital shower technology and complete product suite with an easy-to-install widespread faucet.

March 20, 2014

Concrete projects tend to conjure images of big guys in trucks. But executives at Quikrete are taking steps to make sure DIYers have plenty of project ideas for themselves.

And the work is paying off in places like Pinterest and Facebook, according to Frank Owens, VP marketing for the Atlanta-based concrete industry leader.

During a media tour of New York this week, Owens helped spread the word that there are plenty of projects in and around the house for Quikrete products.

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.  

February 4, 2014

Rinnai, manufacturer of tankless water heaters and home heating products, appointed Susan Mittelbrun as its new VP marketing, Rinnai America Corp.

“With extensive experience in consumer durable marketing and multi-tiered distribution networks, Susan Mittelbrun is well poised to lead our strategic marketing efforts. With responsibilities for strategic development, marketing, advertising and communications, her vast experience will help drive aggressive growth of Rinnai in the United States,” said Takashi Sonoda, president of Rinnai.

January 29, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. announced that Tim Miller will replace John Snider as VP retail logistics.

The executive tranistion officially takes effect March 24, with Snider's retirement date set for June 30.

November 13, 2013

Joseph Liotine, who currently serves as VP marketing for the company's North American region, has been promoted to president of Whirlpool Corp.'s U.S. operations, as well as to the corporation's Executive Committee.

In this newly created role, effective Dec. 1, Liotine will oversee the company's ascendant U.S. business operations, which has delivered strong financial results in the wake of challenging market conditions a couple years ago.

November 7, 2013

In addition to its title as the "Official Paint of NASCAR' -- a multi-year partnership that the company signed this past May -- Sherwin-Williams will also become the 'Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR' effective Jan. 1.

The company said that it was "leveraging its recent designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR's intellectual property to activate at its more than 3,500 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers -- many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport."