February 13, 2015

Construction aggregates supplier Vulcan Materials Company has named two new directors to its board.

February 1, 2015

The board of directors for Lowe's Companies has welcomed James Morgan, chairman of Krispy Kreme, to its ranks.

January 13, 2015

The National Retail Federation has a new chairman in Kip Tindell, who is also chairman and CEO of The Container Store.

January 12, 2015

The Home Depot's board of directors has officially elected CEO and president Craig Menear to the role of chairman, effective Feb. 2.

January 5, 2015

Construction aggregates supplier Vulcan Materials Company is experiencing personnel changes at its top-most ranks.

December 29, 2014

John Grob, founder of J. Grob Associates and chairman of the International Housewares Representatives Association (IHRA), will receive the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award from Gift for Life during the organization’s Party for Life Feb. 2 in New York City. 

December 29, 2014

Year after year, the chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association plays a role that is part organizer, part motivator. This is year’s chair is no different, and his induction speech included several memorable gems designed to boost involvement.

December 29, 2014

The American Wood Council announced the election of Sierra Pacific President George Emmerson as the new AWC chairman for a one-year term.

December 22, 2014

Frank Blake, former CEO and current chairman of The Home Depot, will receive the National Retail Federation’s prestigious Gold Medal Award at Retail’s BIG Show in New York City next month, NRF announced today.

December 16, 2014

Armstrong World Industries has elected Gregory Spivy to its board of directors, effective Dec. 15, 2014. His appointment bumps the total number of Armstrong directors to 12.

December 15, 2014

Dr. BJ Yeh has been named chairman of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) 1369 Technical Committee on Wood-Based Panels.

The Committee puts out four national consensus standards on plywood and oriented strand board in Canada: CSA O121 Candian Douglas Fir Plywood, CSA O151 Canadian Softwood Plywood, CSA O153 Poplar Plywood and CSA O325 Construction Sheathing.

Yeh is also director of technical services for APA-The Engineered Wood Association, which sponsors CSA standards on wood structural panels and structural glued laminated timber.

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

Cemex has resumed work at its Tepeaca cement plant in Mexico, where work had already begun on an expansion.

“We are encouraged by our industry’s positive outlook in Mexico," said Cemex chairman Rogelio Zambrano. "With this investment, Cemex reaffirms its confidence in the country’s future. We are proud to contribute to our country’s development.”

December 5, 2014

The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) approved a logo.

According to Kim Oderkirk, committee chairman for the Communication and Cooperation Committee, “the logo represents various aspects of flooring including tile, carpet, resilient, stone and wood. We also wanted the name to be written out and avoid simply using the letters FCLC, as there are so many acronyms currently being used in the flooring industry.

November 13, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid has elected Christopher O'Leary, EVP and COO, International, of General Mills, to its board of directors.

"Chris's consumer products and strategic experience will add a unique perspective to the board to help drive our Growth Game Plan into action," said chairman Michael Cowhig. "I believe he will be an extremely valuable resource to the company and we look forward to his contributions."

Effective Nov. 11, O'Leary is now serving on the company's Nominating/Governance and Organizational Development & Compensation committees.

November 4, 2014

Style Crest, a distributor and manufacturer of specialty building products based in Fremont, Ohio, has reorganized its leadership team.

Under the new executive structure, former CEO Tom Kern will stay on-board as chairman, Bryan Kern will fill his shoes as CEO, and Bill Vogel will serve as EVP sales.

In his new role, Bryan Kern will lead the company together with CFO Ty Frantz. He has been working for the company since 2005, serving in roles such as engineering manager, plant manager and VP operations (his most recent role).

October 29, 2014

San Diego -- The 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit, hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and Home Channel News, kicked off last night with the recognition of some influential and dedicated lumberyard executives.

J.D. Saunders of Campbell, California-based Economy Lumber was officially installed as the incoming chairman of the NLBMDA.  

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. 

September 25, 2014

Christopher Cook has been elected as the newest member of Tile Shop Holdings' board of directors, effective Sept. 22, 2014.

"Chris is a great addition to The Tile Shop's board of directors," said chairman William Watts. "His experience and leadership in establishing and growing a successful retail business will be a great asset as The Tile Shop continues to expand."

Cook is a founder of Texas-based mattress retailer Sleep Experts, where he served as CEO from 2004 until April of this year, when it was acquired by Mattress Firm. 

September 19, 2014

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) pointed to a significant milestone for builder confidence, which reached its highest level since November 2005 this month.

Confidence in the market for new, single-family homes reached 59 in September, a four-point gain since August.

[The news followed shortly after the Commerce Department reported August housing starts fell sharply from the prior month.]

August 11, 2014

Mathias Klein III will retire as chairman of the board of Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Klein Tools  in June, 2015 but will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.  

July 23, 2014

Julie Lyle, chief marketing officer for Indianapolis appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg, has been named the 2015 chairperson for the Global Retail Marketing Association (GRMA) Advisory Board.

As chairperson, Lyle will lead the GRMA Advisory Board and play a key role in the development of the organization’s strategic initiatives and thought leadership. Lyle succeeds Brian Beitler, EVP and chief marketing officer, David’s Bridal, who served as chairman from 2012 to 2014.

July 23, 2014

A report from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) states that the second quarter saw an increase in remodeling market indicators.

The 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) survey demonstrated growth compared to conditions in March, at which time market indicators had just declined.

On a scale of 1 to 9 -- where 1 is "much worse than a year ago," 5 is "about the same as last year" and 9 is "much better," -- current business conditions increased from 6.07 to 6.29. 

July 18, 2014

The Indiana Lumber & Builder’s Supply Association will host the 20th Sycamore Scramble Aug. 7 at Oak Tree Golf Course in Plainfield, Indiana.

This event benefits the Blair F. Collings Scholarship Program, which is one of the largest single scholarship granting programs in the LBM industry. 

The scholarship program is named to honor the memory of Blair Collings, the son of Ferguson Lumber owner Joe Collings, a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.