December 29, 2014

Fiskars President Paul Tonnesen said: “As we reflect on our long-standing heritage, an emphasis on functionality and design has remained constant over the centuries, and it’s rewarding to see these efforts recognized with Good Design Awards.”

December 22, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin-based Fiskars says it is tripling the number of grant recipients for its Project Orange Thumb. 

The maker of lawn and garden products will award 30 applicants $3,500 in cash and tools to to help communities reach their goals for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration and healthy, sustainable food sources.

The company is accepting applications for 2015 Project Orange Thumb garden grants in the U.S. and Canada now through January 31, 2015. 

December 17, 2014

The 40-year-old Siding World has locations in 17 markets in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

December 3, 2014

Elm Grove, Wisconsin-based Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association elected Rod Gowett of Acme Construction Supply as president.

Gowett is Milpitas, California-based Acme’s VP of sales and marketing. He is also the founder of Bay Tool Supply, which he sold to Acme in the summer of 2014.

STAFDA announced its new slate of officers during its 38th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charlotte, North Carolina last month.

November 25, 2014

For an All-Star, business is a moving target. That's why the best of them are continually growing, expanding and trying their hand at new markets and departments.

HCN's fourth annual list of Hardware Store All-Stars recognizes hardware stores for their willingness to change and try new retail concepts -- as well as the classic traits of service, stock and old-fashioned know-how.

HCN Daily will profile the honorees, moving across the map of the United States from East to West -- continuing this week with Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri.

November 12, 2014

Installed Building Products, a major insulation installer based in Columbus, Ohio, is expanding its Midwestern presence through the acquisition of Installed Building Solutions, LLC ("IBS").

Farmington, Minnesota-based IBS is an installer of fiberglass insulation, spray foam insulation and waterproofing products that serves burgeoning markets throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

October 1, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries has promoted Rick Audsley to the post of senior director of engineering, Window Division.

“Rick is uniquely qualified to direct the engineering departments in our California and Wisconsin operations," said Sierra Pacific Window Division president Kendall Pierson. "We are counting on him to play a significant role in integrating the product lines of our plants and help streamline production processes to improve efficiencies."

September 15, 2014

Four new units expanded the ABC Supply building products footprint around the country, including the company’s first location in Vermont. 

Beloit, Wisconsin-based ABC Supply opened branches in Omaha, Nebraska; Nampa, Idaho; North Clarendon, Vermont; and Charleston, West Virginia. 

September 15, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products is making its sustainable brick line even more versatile with the addition of six new brick sizes.

The brick offerings are available as follows: Ambassador brick in a 2 1/4" by 15 5/8" size; Roman brick in 3 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 11 5/8"; Norman brick in 3 5/8" by 2 1/4" by 11 5/8"; King brick in 2 3/4" by 2 5/8" by 9 5/8"; and 8x16 and 4x16 facing units.

Both the Ambassador bricks and the facing units are available smooth or as a split-face unit.

August 14, 2014

Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton Corporation will be acquiring light tower company Allmand Bros. within the month, the company announced Thursday.

The projected cost of purchasing the Nebraska-based company is $62 million, though the number may change. Allmand Brothers brings in $80 million in sales every year from its light towers, arrow boards and industrial heating products.

August 11, 2014

Beloit, Wisconsin-based building products distributor ABC Supply Co., will open its first North Dakota location. 

The official opening date for the Fargo store is Aug. 18.

August 11, 2014

Anderson, California-based Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) hired Tom Takach as VP of operations for the windows division of Sierra Pacific Industries – a family owned and operated wood products business. 

In this new position, Takach will oversee manufacturing and operations for Sierra Pacific’s Red Bluff, California Windows Plant as well as the two newly acquired Hurd and Superseal Window and Door plants in Wisconsin. 

August 6, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products has made its first expansion to a new manufacturing facility, located in Columbus, Mississippi.

The new 100,000-sq.-ft. facility expands CalStar's geographic footprint from its existing facility in Racine, Wisconsin, located in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park near the Alabama border. The location also provides proximity to areas where brick and masonry are in-demand for residential and commercial facades, as well as raw materials for lighter color options.

August 5, 2014

US LBM divisions Green Bay-based Wisconsin Building Supply and Schenectady, New York-based Bellevue Builders Supply launched their own mobile apps, now available on the iPhone App Store.

The rollouts are part of a corporate intiative to bring the latest communication tools to US LBM customers. 

July 29, 2014

Briggs & Stratton announced Tuesday that Shaunna Balady had joined the Wisconsin-based company as SVP corporate development.

July 14, 2014

As of the 2016 lawn & garden season, Briggs & Stratton is trimming down on its production to help cut costs, which will include limiting its Snapper consumer lawn and garden equipment and consolidating its products manufacturing facilities.

The company will also close its McDonough, Georgia location and consolidate production into existing facilities in Wisconsin and New York. 

July 9, 2014

Mequon, Wisconsin-based Johnson Level launched a new website at johnsonlevel.com. The new site has a streamlined and modern look, and an "Advanced Product Search" for contractors to find precisely the right level, laser or square for the job. 

July 2, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products is now offering its brick and Thru-Wall units in a split-face option.

Split-face bricks have a textured face for a more natural, rustic look that mimics the appearance of natural stones. As per the name, the backside of the brick is smooth and straight for ease of installation.

The split-face option will be available for CalStar's 8"x24" facing units and Monarch bricks, as well as the new Ambassador brick.

June 12, 2014

Jane Blain Gilbertson assumed the role of CEO and sole owner of Blain Supply and Blain’s Farm and Fleet, taking over from her brother Robert Blain who will retire June 25. 

Janesville, Wisconsin-based Blain’s Farm and Fleet was founded in 1955 and operates 35 farm and ranch locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. The company employs about 4,000.

June 5, 2014

Kohler cut the ribbon on its 105,000-sq.-ft. addition to the company’s generator manufacturing plant in the Town of Mosel, north of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

June 2, 2014

Milwaukee Tool announced the acquisition of the Empire Level business based in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

With a history dating back to 1919, Empire Level is a fully integrated solutions provider in the layout and measurement product categories. It’s also described as the leading U.S. manufacturer of levels, squares, layout tools, and safety and utility tape.

May 29, 2014

Jack T. Jahntz, one of the original co-founders of the Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association when it formed in 1977 and the group’s first president, died at the age of 85.

Jahntz was a partner, former president and CEO of L.W. Meyer & Son of Wisconsin. He retired from Meyer in 1996.

May 13, 2014

Mike Schwarz has been promoted to executive director of purchasing and merchandising for Beloit, Wisconsin-based building products distributor ABC Supply Co.

Previously he had been director of marketing and business intelligence for the company. 

May 2, 2014

Continuing its hot acquisition streak, Green Bay, Wisconsin-based US LBM launched a West Coast operation, expanding its number of LBM divisions to 12.

US LBM, the 2013 HCN Pro Dealer of the Year, announced today the acquisition of Desert Lumber & Truss and Desert Fasteners & Supply of Las Vegas, and Integrity Truss of Cedar City, Utah.