January 20, 2015

WOLF Home Products is building up its Builders Mark line of cabinets with the addition of a Painted White finish and the expansion of the line's service area.

January 10, 2015

Carrie Meek of Meek's Lumber accepted the Pro Dealer of the Year award on behalf of her California and Missouri-based company during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit. 

January 10, 2015

The title has changed, but the focus on news analysis, product knowledge and market insights remains the same: Lebhar-Friedman’s Home Channel News is now Hardware + Building Supply Dealer.

January 10, 2015

At the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California, the spirit of the independent lumber dealer was on full display.

December 29, 2014

Professional Builders Supply, which operates three locations in North Carolina, was recognized as the fastest growing privately held company in the Raleigh-Durham area.

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 18, 2014

WOLF's Key Buyer Index dropped notably in November, though the measure of dealer sentiment is still several points higher than it was last year.

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 7, 2014

The Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group has announced its  new SnowShredder serrated auger on single-stage snow blowers, which allows the user to clear snow and ice. 

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 31, 2014

It’s the year 2025.

October 28, 2014

A slower-than-anticipated housing market hasn’t stopped Raleigh, North Carolina-based Stock Building Supply from growing sales and earnings in the third quarter.

The pro dealer reported net sales of $354.1 million, up 7.8% from the same quarter last year. Net income swung to a profit of $5.0 million, compared to a net loss of $5.5 million in the prior-year period.

October 21, 2014

At least one industry analyst thinks that the outlook for lawn and garden involves a lot of green, upward-pointing thumbs.

GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance business, which provides financing to the industry, predicts good things ahead. Even though 2014 saw its fair share of weather disruptions, dealer financing volume is up 9% year-over-year in the United States and 12% in Canada, according to company data.

October 17, 2014

Pro-sales lumber and building materials dealer TW Perry has opened the doors to its newly expanded Springfield store and office space, which now boasts a new showroom.

The Springfield location is now more than double the size of the original, with the office space moved up to a new second floor, complete with a conference room for meetings.

The 3,800-sq-.ft showroom features a range of windows, doors, moulding profiles, decking and architectural millwork on display from the TW Perry custom millshop.

October 9, 2014

The annonced merger of ENAP and Progressive Affiliated Lumbermen has plenty of support from each group’s lumberyard leadership. What the merger lacks currently is a name.

LBM buying cooperatives PAL and ENAP signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to merge. The companies enjoy strong dealer support in the Midwest and East markets, respectively.

October 8, 2014

Lumber and building material buying cooperatives PAL and ENAP announced they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to merge. The companies enjoy strong dealer support in the Midwest and East markets, respectively.

October 6, 2014

Knoxville, Tennessee-based House-Hasson Hardware is rolling out “Dollar House,” a merchandise and sales program to enable dealers to compete with Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree stores, the company said.

“Dollar House” will be introduced to House-Hasson dealers at the company’s upcoming Oct. 9-11 dealer market in Sevierville, Tennessee, at the Sevierville Events Center. 

October 1, 2014

Husqvarna has a complete new line of snow throwers to offer the North American market this winter, consisting of nine models in the 100, 200 and 300 series that will replace all previous models.

October 1, 2014

Monroe, North Carolina-based Monroe Hardware’s Fall Dealer Market showed strong sales and attendance gains, according to event organizers.

Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Sept. 20-21, the event spotlight fell on exhibit areas ranging from Made in the USA products to impulse-counter displays. 

Both customer attendance and sales were up over 40%, according to event organizers. Vendor and booth counts were up more than 15%

September 24, 2014

S.W. Collins Co. has seen many transformations since its creation in 1844.  And the Aroostook County, Maine, pro dealer continues to adapt to current conditions.

With that corporate mindset, the four-unit lumberyard company has been named the HCN Independent Pro Dealer of the Year. 

S.W. Collins, “The Pioneer Lumberyard,” serves Maine through four locations in Presque Island, Houlton, Lincoln and its headquarters in Caribou.

September 16, 2014

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association continues to offer guidance to pro dealer members in the wake of a$1.6 million Lowe’s settlement regarding alleged violations of dimensional lumber descriptions.

In a letter to members from WCLBMA executive director Ken Dunham offered advice on how to avoid run-ins with the state agencies when it comes to labeling and advertising products.

September 15, 2014

Port Washington, New York-based PACOA just got back from its Annual Fall Dealer Market in Queens, and according to the distributor, it was one for the books.

This year's event boasted "record-breaking" attendance and sales, driven largely by the attendance of some big names in paint, hardware and lumber, according to PACOA.

Several new vendors were also on-hand, including GACO, Dickies, Chapin, Frog Tape, ZEP and more.

More than 200 manufacturers participated in the Fall Dealer Market, offering competitive promotions and new product glimpses.