November 17, 2014

Bona US, a Colorado-based supplier and distributor of flooring products, is significantly increasing its distribution operations in Canada.

Bona has maintained a presence in several markets for the past few years, including its line of professional products in Canada, but the new move will increase its footprint and bring new products to the fore. 

September 17, 2014

Marvin's Integrity window brand is adding to its product offerings with new insert windows featuring the casement and awning design Integrity is famous for.

The new Wood-Ultrex Insert Casement and Awning windows are a combination of durable fiberglass exterior and warm wood interior, using Ultrex, Integrity's patented pultruded fiberglass.

June 13, 2014

Spectrum Brands' Kwikset is updating its SmartKey Padlock line with the addition of SmartKey re-key technology.

Now, customers will be able to use the same key to unlock their home and their SmartKey padlocks. In just three steps, homeowners can re-key their padlocks to work with any Kwikset Smartkey lock.

June 4, 2014

Home Depot will set the stage for the launch of a new 488-color palette from PPG Industries' Glidden brand.

As of June 1, the palette will be available to Home Depot customers nationwide as an intentional reflection of their preferences and behaviors.

May 30, 2014

Greg Wells, former brand marketing manager for Weyerhaeuser's Trus Joist engineered wood products division, has joined Caldwell, Idaho-based Best Bath Systems as director of marketing.

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 8, 2014

Scotts Miracle-Gro, together with Seltzer Licensing Group, the company’s exclusive licensing agency, has announced two new licensing partners and several new products. 

April 1, 2014

Thompson is introducing a brand new line of deck stains. Going by the name of WaterSeal, the new waterproofing stains are now available exclusively at The Home Depot.

"From the new packaging to the formula that's inside, this line-up offers multiple innovations to help homeowners get great performance with less effort," said Mike Kozlowski,director of marketing for the Thompson's WaterSeal brand. "This is the most complete exterior stain line that we have ever offered."

March 27, 2014

German company BLANCO has introduced the ONE Collection, a set of three sinks and five accessory kits that can be mixed and matched to form customized cooking, organizing and cleaning stations.

March 17, 2014

PGT Industries, a North Venice, Fla.-based supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors, has appointed Danielle Mikesell as its newest director of marketing.

In her new role, she will be responsible for the company's marketing strategies related to its window and door brands.

Mikesell has a strong background in marketing and sales within the building and consumer goods industries. In her most recent role, she served as marketing director at Masco Cabinetry, where she oversaw all marketing initiatives. 

March 4, 2014

It’s not just Tractor Supply that’s riding a wave of growth in the sector for hobby farmers and backyard ranchers.

This is not an article about Tractor Supply.

But let’s face it. You can’t write about the farm-and-ranch retail sector without referring to the Brentwood, Tenn.-based giant either as a competitor or as a role model.

March 2, 2014

 

Fargo, N.D.-based Integrity from Marvin Windows and Doors introduced a new Wood-Ultrex Insert Double Hung. 

The company says the instant-replacement-window product combines the strength of Ultrex pultruded fiberglass, beautiful wood interiors and a fit for any opening, 

Insert windows are designed for applications where an older window is not performing, but a full frame replacement isn’t needed.

December 26, 2013

Bona US donated more than $100,000 in 2013 to a number of charitable organizations, including Colorado flood relief efforts, NBA Cares, CASA (as part of the company's Mission Fund), Colorado Gives Day and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 

December 19, 2013

Gary Hartman was named director of marketing and new business development for Oakmont, Pa.-based Chelsea Building Products. 

Hartman began his career in the window and door industry 30 years ago and has accumulated experience in marketing, sales and product management. 

December 10, 2013

The stakes are high for the nation’s independent retailers. And the competition is fierce. Stores around the country are fighting for their share of the housingmarket recovery in a highly promotional shopping environment.

December 4, 2013

Scott Banda has been promoted to director of marketing for Bostik's Consumer & Construction Business Unit.

In this newly created role, Banda will be responsible for product management, marketing communication and strategic partnership efforts.

November 12, 2013

Personna is introducing the Flip Lock Carpet Knife to its product line, boasting a design said to cut carpet cutting time in half for contractors.

The knife's head is designed to easily change position, allowing the user to use both edges of the blade. 

October 1, 2013

Outlaw Fasteners is looking to raise money through "crowdsourced funds" to develop a new deck screw system.

The company is launching its screw and bit product on Kickstarter Oct. 1.

"Our team has created the first major innovation in screw technology in over 80 years," said Ron Elmore, director of marketing for Outlaw Fasteners.

September 23, 2013

Chicago -- Here is a statistic that is raising optimism within the True Value pet department: 72% of pet owners consider their pet a member of their family. And what's more, 70% of dog owners think their dog understands how they are feeling better than most people do.

It's no secret that home owners love their pets, but the category is attractive to independent hardware stores for more retail-centric reasons, according to panelists on a True Value seminar here at the co-op's 2013 Fall Reunion.

July 10, 2013

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed introduced a Brand Your Roof program, allowing contractors and distributors to add their company logo to roofing underlayment.

February 8, 2013

As Winter Storm Sandy -- described by the all-too-familiar phrase “hundred year storm” -- bears down on the Northeast, retailers are bracing for emergency storm sales.

August 29, 2012

Even though he’s appearing on a prime time, national television commercial, Beyond Hardware True Value owner Matt Shapiro hasn’t gone Hollywood.

“I have to admit, I did very little besides show up and read my lines,” he said.

March 20, 2012

DMT Diamond Machining Technology, manufactured in Massachusetts since 1976, reported an uptick in the interest of USA-made products and services. 

“We have seen in when people ask at trade shows around the country and also on inquiries here at the plant,” said Stacy Brandon, director of marketing for the Marlborough, Mass.-based maker of sharpening tools. “We are very proud of still being a ‘Made in the USA’ company and truly meaning it.”