August 24, 2015

An historic storm and its regulatory aftermath

July 21, 2015

Additions to the GAF Certified Contractor Program

July 20, 2015

Data from the Home Improvement Research Institute Contractor Study.

May 28, 2015

Who gets to use the Forest Stewardship Council logo? The rules aren’t as simple as you might think.

March 13, 2015

With so many exciting developments happening in the world of building materials and smart appliances, it’s easy to overlook some of the more quotidian items kept in every contractor’s toolbox. But lest anyone’s forgotten, hand tools are a reliable small-ticket revenue source for hardware stores, and there’s a lot to talk about regarding innovation in 2015.

March 4, 2015

In the shadow of O’Hare Airport in a strip mall next to a Hobby Lobby, the Mount Prospect, Illinois, True Value store serves as a laboratory and a retail-testing zone for the co-op.

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 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. 

October 28, 2014

The Toro Company has agreed to acquire the BOSS professional snow and ice management business of Northern Star Industries, Inc. for $227 million.

August 6, 2014

What’s new in hardware stores? Plenty.

The HCN Big Four Report, published in the July/August issue, included several comments from independent retailers who were interviewed during recent markets and conventions.

The general question was some variation of “What’s new in your store?” Here are more answers from the field, in no particular order:


July 18, 2014

Denver, Colorado-based Johns Manville has earned the "Supplier of the Year" designation for the second year in a row by insulation contractor association Insulate America, Inc.

May 15, 2014

The makers of the MusselBound Adhesive Tile Mat announced the product is now at Lowe’s stores nationwide. 

The product, from Brewster, Massachusetts-based MusselBound, is for the contractor or DIY customer working on backsplash, countertop and shower wall projects. It’s described as an easily applied adhesive that can be affixed directly to drywall, cement board, plywood, old tile and existing laminate. 

April 25, 2014

A new Houzz study examines the many motivations behind landscaping projects in 2014, and they range from the purely practical to the pleasure-seeking.

Among the findings were that 56% are improving their yard for entertaining purposes, and 55% are seeking to problem-solve (that's 41% to protect against flooding, 25% to protect against sun exposure, and 23% to create more privacy). Additionally, 30% of homeowners in the West are attempting to find drought-related solutions.

April 25, 2014

US LBM’s flurry of expansion announcements continued yesterday, with the addition of Coastal Roofing Supply to the US LBM family of companies.

Founded in 2009 by Tony Mila, Coastal Roofing Supply provides commercial and residential roofing materials to central Florida through its Clearwater and Rockledge locations. 

April 1, 2014

BrassCraft Manufacturing is courting plumbing contractors with the new Zip-It tool, a cost-effective, chemical-free solution to common clogged drain problems.

"Zip-It could save the contractor time and is easy to use; it's always worth a try on a clogged drain," said channel marketing director Charles Pryde. "Every contractor should have one of these in his tool box and keep a ready supply on his truck."

March 18, 2014

Meyersdale, Pa.-based Estate Millwork, a manufacturer of wooden exterior shutters and custom doors, is offering a spring promotion to its professional remodeler and contractor customer base. The two-week turnaround time on custom millwork, offered through its Custom Express program, will be extended for current professional customers.

From now until April 30, the Custom Express will be applicable to exterior shutter, door and cabinet door orders.

January 30, 2014

Mike Holmes -- a well-known contractor and healthy home champion -- is teaming up with CertainTeed Gypsum to promote indoor air quality (IAQ) awareness among homeowners and building industry professionals.

His initial appearance will take place in Las Vegas at the International Builders' Show (IBS) on Wed., Feb. 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Booth C2127.

January 22, 2014

LG Electronics USA has expanded its LG Excellence Contractor Program, which helps independent HVAC contractors sell, install and service its residential HVAC products.

December 23, 2013

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Western Insulation will begin operating as part of the Masco Contractor Services of California brand.

"We are excited to announce this change to our customers," said Thomas Morris, regional sales manager for Masco's Builder Services Group, Inc. "We feel it will help our ongoing efforts to maximize efficiency and promote the best use of our resources to support and serve our customers."

October 30, 2013

Former hedge fund manager Jeff LaCava is setting his sights on the startup realm: specifically that of the remodeling industry, where there's opportunity to bring digital tools into the contractor selection process. is an Angie's-list type website where homeowners can go to find local home contractors, share their experiences and access an online forum related to home improvement topics. The site also features a dedicated blogroll, an evolving contractor FAQ and more.

October 25, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. -- Bradley Farnsworth, president of the eponymous research-based consulting firm (The Farnsworth Group), delivered an address to ProDealer Summit attendees Friday that outlined a progressively greener near-future outlook for remodeling.

In his presentation, titled "Emerging Trends in Remodeling: A Consumer and Contractor Perspective," Farnsworth detailed the experiences and expectations of architects, contractors and remodelers.

October 14, 2013

Williams Insulation, part of the Masco Contractor Services family of companies, announced its expansion into the Joplin, Mo., area. 

Williams specializes in insulation installation, including fiberglass batt, blown fiberglass and cellulose and spray polyurethane foam.

July 8, 2013

Red Lion Insulation, part of the Masco Contractor Services family of companies, has expanded into the Atlantic City, N.J., area. 

"The employees of Red Lion Insulation are very excited to be expanding operations into the Atlantic City area,” said Douglas Sorantino, division manager. “This new location will allow us to better serve our customers in Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and also provide a local base of operations to support the communities in need of our products from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

July 8, 2013

Western Insulation is expanding to the Bakersfield, Calif. area with a new store location that will service local homeowners and contractors. The California-based company will bring its insulation installation expertise to the area, in addition to services such as fireplace, garage door and gutter installation.