March 24, 2015

WD-40 Company has expanded its board of directors with the appointment of Melissa Claassen.

March 13, 2015

With J.D. Power scores in its sights, the Chicago-based co-op rolls out in-store chats, along with a national training program.

February 27, 2015

In addition to having Tom Corrick step in as its new CEO, Boise Cascade is also having current (but soon-to-be-retired) CEO Tom Carlile take Duane McDougall's place as chairman of the board.

February 27, 2015

“It’s not about the paint that goes on the wall,” says Blake Fohl, senior VP and chief customer officer. “It’s the feeling you get when you walk into the baby’s room for the first time.”

February 10, 2015

Tractor Supply Company's board of directors has welcomed its newest member, Keith Halbert, a former Home Depot executive.

February 9, 2015

Leviton has added to its Decora product line with the introduction of Decora Rocker Slide Controls, which include a new line of Universal Dimmers and a Quiet Fan Speed Control.

January 27, 2015

Consumer confidence steamrolled ahead in January to its highest level since 2007, breaking 100 to its current standing at 102.9.

December 18, 2014

Dr. Christopher Herbert will step in as managing director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies next year, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

December 15, 2014

Delta Faucet Company has shared its design outlook for 2015, which will see a particular focus on streamlined design, a natural look and bold motifs.

December 4, 2014

NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), the parent company of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation, promoted Pat DeSutter, Director of Fleet Management, to Vice President of Fleet, Service and Aftermarket, effective January 1, 2015.

In his new role, DeSutter will oversee all sales, operations and management for the fleet, service and aftermarket divisions of Hyster Company and Yale Materials Handling Corporation. 

December 3, 2014

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has named Brian Finn to its board of directors, replacing Stepanie Shern, who resigned from the board in October. Finn will serve on the Audit and Finance Committees for a term expiring in 2017.

Finn has been retired since last year, when he left his post as chairman and CEO of Asset Management Finance Corporation and as senior advisor to Credit Suisse. He held various other roles at Credit Suisse, including president of Credit Suisse First Boston and CEO of Credit Suisse USA.

December 2, 2014

Pope Resources has officially appointed Thomas Ringo to the role of permanent CEO following a six-month stint as the company's interim chief executive.

"We are pleased to announce that we have selected Tom to lead the organization," said lead director Douglas Norberg. "He has a thorough knowledge of the timber industry, and his experience with our real estate portfolio and fund investors is exceptional. We are fortunate to have an internal candidate of Tom's caliber."

November 26, 2014

Troy-Bilt is introducing the Vortex, a three-stage snow thrower designed to take on the heavy, wet snow anticipated this winter season.

November 25, 2014

The Conference Board reported that consumer confidence dipped down to 88.7 in November from its recent high of 94.1 in October, running contrary to more optimistic expectations by many economists.

November 18, 2014

For Sherwin-Williams, 2015 is looking decidedly peachy.

The paint company has crowned Coral Reef (SW 6606) as its 2015 Color of the Year -- in its words, an "uplifting, vivacious hue" that's "perfectly suited to celebrate a mid-decade year that's poised for revitalization." 

November 12, 2014

Rayonier's director, Atlantic Region, U.S. Forest Resources Douglas Long has been promoted to the newly created position of VP U.S. operations, effective immediately.

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

The equipment rental industry in the United States is expected to show significant growth of 7.3% in 2014 to reach $35.7 billion, according to the American Rental Association’s (ARA) latest forecast from the ARA Rental Market Monitor.

The revised figures, compiled by IHS, formerly IHS Global Insight and recently released by ARA, are slightly below ARA’s previous July forecast of 7.6% revenue growth in 2014 to reach $35.8 billion.

October 28, 2014

After taking a step back in September, consumer confidence rebounded again in October, now standing at 94.5 (wherein 100 represents 1985 levels).

According to The Conference Board, the boost in sentiment comes as a welcome omen for the impending holiday retail season.

October 9, 2014

True Value has hired Jean Niemi, a former Home Depot communications executive, as the Chicago-based co-op’s new senior director, corporate communications. 

A veteran communications executive with more than 15 years of experience at Fortune 500 corporations and leading public relations agencies, Niemi will lead and oversee all media relations, executive engagements, employee and retailer communications, and manage the corporate communications team.

October 8, 2014

In a new marketing effort, Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Whirlpool is celebrating the joy of chores with the launch of its “Every day, care” campaign.

The new campaign, according to Whirlpool, departs from the ‘feature wars’ and ‘one-upmanship’ common in the industry. 

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 30, 2014

Consumer confidence fell from its recent high of 93.4 in August to 86.0 in September, breaking a string of four consecutive monthly gains.

September 25, 2014

Becky Karam, director of risk management for Installed Building Products, recently won a Key Person Award from the Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA).

"I was very surprised and honored to receive this award," said Karam. "The ICAA is an excellent resource for our industry and membership's active participation is what makes this association special."