June 15, 2015

The June issue of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer talks to leaders in domestic manufacturing. Here’s one voice.

March 13, 2015

The new VP of store operations discusses his future plans.

February 6, 2015

The way men are portrayed in advertising and on TV has changed a lot over the years.

December 29, 2014

Whether you’re engaged in the distribution of heavy building materials to dusty job sites, or the display of stylish home decor in a well-lit showroom, the hardware and building supply industry is one giant exercise in human resources.

December 11, 2014

The coating competition will heat up in March as Lowe’s rolls out HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams.

The HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams product line will feature what both companies describe as “a new and improved interior and exterior paint program.” The line will be available at both Sherwin-Williams' company stores and Lowe's stores nationwide, as well as exclusive line extensions available at Lowe's. 

October 15, 2014

Beacon Roofing Supply has completed its acquisition of Dallas-based Wholesale Roofing Supply, a distributor of residential roofing materials.

With projected sales of about $34 million in 2014, WRS maintains a nine-acre facility in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, serving the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.

WRS President Rick McLaughlin will remain onboard as leader of the unit after the transition is completed.

October 13, 2014

Owing to its ongoing efforts in the name of water conservation, Kohler has been honored with a Sustained Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for the second year in a row.

October 9, 2014

Debbie Tott, the longtime leader of the World Floor Covering Association’s Affiliate Flooring Association Northwest (FAN), retired after 19 years as FAN’s executive director.

Replacing Tott is Tish Gasparich, a seasoned business operations professional hailing from Boeing Corporation. Gasparich  began shadowing and training with Tott for the leadership role on July 8th of this year.

September 18, 2014

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) came out in support of reform of the National Labor Relations Board. 

RILA VP government affairs Kelly Kolb issued a statement in support in response to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introducing the NLRB Reform Act to the United States Senate. 

September 9, 2014

Leviton has been no stranger to BitWise Controls, a leader in design and manufacture of control and monitoring solutions for residential and commercial facilities. And now, after years of carrying BitWise automation controllers, Leviton bought the company.

June 13, 2014

LaMirada, California-based Makita has been recognized for outstanding battery recycling efforts with the Call2Recycle Leader in Sustainability Award.

Call2Recycle, North America’s first and largest battery collection and recycling program, created the Leader in Sustainability Award for companies that maintain a strong commitment to sustainability by steering hazardous materials away from local landfills. This is the second year Call2Recycle has distributed the award.

May 7, 2014

Restoration Hardware Holdings has appointed Dr. Leonard Schlesinger to its board of directors. He will also serve as the chairman of the board’s compensation committee.

Dr. Schlesinger has held executive leadership positions at various retail and consumer brands, including vice chairman and COO of Limited Brands from 1999 to 2007, and is an esteemed leader in academia having served for more than 20 years as a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, and as the president of Babson College.

March 24, 2014

Scotts Miracle-Gro is ushering in the arrival of spring with some resources and products to help the nation's lawns and gardens recover from the harsh winter, the company said.

March 20, 2014

Austin, Texas-based Artisan Group announced two new 2014 board members: 
Hunter Adams, owner of Trindco Inc. in Suffolk, Va.; and Scott Lardner, owner of Rocky Mountain Stone in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Artisan Group is a member organization of stone fabricators in North America that serves as a leader in the granite and surface fabrication industry.

February 11, 2014

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has committed to a multi-year program in which it will fund environmental groups and academic institutions invested in researching solutions to Florida's water quality issues. Additionally, it will launch a multimedia consumer education campaign aimed at teaching homeowners to balance lawncare needs with water conservation.

January 27, 2014

Cranbury, N.J.-based HBC Home & Hardware Products, the home products distributor formerly known as Howard Berger Co., has acquired the assets of Faucet Queen.

Faucet Queen’s Helping Hand brand of convenience-oriented home hardware is the market leader in serving the food and drug retail trade, the company said. The Faucet Queen business will continue to operate out of the current Vernon Hills, Ill., facility. 

January 20, 2014

Why do dark horse companies win -- and how do they win?

That topic is the focus of a new book by sales strategist and Elevation Forum founder Dan Mack: “Dark Horse: How Challenger Companies Rise to Prominence.” 

The best leaders and companies bring more than unique products or services to the market -- they consistently tap into the 10 key growth enablers Mack outlines in his book.

January 16, 2014

PPG Industries, the Pittsburgh-based coatings company, has promoted Kevin McDonald to the role of VP fiber glass.

Beginning March 1, McDonald will transition from his current role as PPG general manager, reinforcements and leader for fiber glass in the Americas and EMEA. He will succeed Thomas Kerr, who is retiring effective the same day.

December 9, 2013

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has turned to Velcro Industries to help it enhance packaging for its Scotts EZ Seed grass seed with Velcro-brand Press-Lok closure technology.

The leading marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products and Velcro Industries worked with manufacturer Peel Plastics Products, a recognized leader in product and process innovation, to integrate Velcro Industries' Press-Lok closure technology into Scotts' grass seed package. 

November 4, 2013

Masonite International Corporation has hired Mike Nelson as VP and business leader of Masonite Architectural Door Systems, as well as Tony Hair as VP and business leader, Residential Door Business.

In his newly created role, Nelson will oversee financial performance, strategic planning, customer support, sales, marketing, branding and product strategy for the segment, which was developed after a series of strategic acquisitions boosted Masonite's commercial and architectural doors portfolio.

October 29, 2013

Melville, N.Y.-based Leviton Tuesday announced the acquisition of JCC Advanced Lighting, a United Kingdom-based leader in LED lighting suitable for a wide variety of residential and commercial applications. 

The acquisition establishes Leviton in the U.K. market and affords the company growth opportunities internationally, according to the company. 

September 18, 2013

Workers will be confronting a changed benefit landscape in 2014. For one thing, all Americans will be required to have healthcare coverage or face a penalty. By Oct. 1, 2013, employees should have received a required notice about their options under federal- or state-run health care exchanges (marketplaces), notices that many will find more confusing than enlightening. Employers also may be making changes to rules that determine which employees are eligible for health coverage, perhaps excluding part-time workers who previously received coverage.

September 10, 2013

FoamPRO, the innovator and leader in Foam Painting Tools, offers value-driven, high-margin foam paint rollers and trim tools that perform extremely well with modern formulated low-VOC paints. They provide excellent paint pickup, paint release and fast coverage for a 100% lint-free finish on all surfaces.

July 2, 2013

Beazer Homes USA has been recognized by the EPA as a leader in energy performance. The home builder announced Monday that it received 15 2013 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Awards.

"I am very proud of the quality, energy-efficient homes we build in our communities across the country," said Beazer Homes CEO Allan Merrill. "100% of the homes we construct are Energy Star Certified, which demonstrates our commitment to providing each of our home buyers with one of the most energy-efficient homes on the market."