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 10, 2014

Rayonier Inc. has named Mark McHugh to the role of SVP and CFO, effective Dec. 12, 2014.

November 21, 2014

3M has made some adjustments to its leadership team in the form of a new SVP supply chain.

Effecitve immediately, previous managing director 3M United Kingdom-Ireland Region Paul Keel will fill the role in lieu of Christopher Holmes, who is retiring.

“Paul is an accomplished leader whose strategic thinking skills, international experience and demonstrated record of success make him uniquely qualified for this role,” said Inge Thulin, 3M chairman, president and CEO.

October 20, 2014

Why aren’t things in the industry getting better faster?

October 16, 2014

Chicago -- October is the most exciting month for Wall Street, and that's often not a good thing.

Josh Rosenbaum, managing director of RBC Capital Markets, has led Wall Street-focused presentations several times during the month of October in years past -- including scary months from the depths of the housing and financial crises.

September 30, 2014

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Fall Conference will include a presentation from RBC Capital markets managing director Joshua Rosenbaum.

The event will take place Oct. 16 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

Rosenbaum, a frequent and popular presenter at HIRI conferences, will address: “The Economy, Wall Street and Deal-Making: Implications for Home Improvement.” 

September 29, 2014

Citing a threshold level of North American Demand, Swiss brand Laufen is adding two scaled-down versions of its popular Ilbagnoalessi One vanity basins -- known less formally as the "Tuna" -- to its U.S. product offerings.

August 25, 2014

Following a strong fiscal year report, Bunnings managing director John Gillam described across-the-board growth for the retailer “down under. “

“The all-around breadth of the trading performance was pleasing, with sales growth achieved in consumer and commercial areas, within all merchandising categories and across all regions of Australia and New Zealand,” Gillam said.

The company announced total store sales growth of 11.7%, and comparable-store sales gains of 8.4%.

July 11, 2014

In accordance with its recent expansion in joining forces with Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. added five new members to its board of directors.

May 1, 2014

The latest from the HIRI Spring Conference.

April 10, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- James Gillula said he expects the United States unemployment rate to fall below 6.5% by mid-year. He cautioned that a slowdown in China could impact the U.S. economy. And he expects the home improvement industry to recoup pretty much all of its weather-related losses from the hash winter.

Those were some of the macroeconomic ideas supplied by Gillula during the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference held here April 10. 

April 2, 2014

Plumbing, technology combine for stylish water-saving toilets with lots of features.

March 4, 2014

Peter Benedict discusses farm-and-ranch retailers and e-commerce.

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.

October 21, 2013

Fitch Ratings' latest Chalk Line report for Fall 2013 emphasized the continued strength of the housing recovery, despite recent setbacks such as the government shutdown and increased mortgage rates.

"Still low absolute mortgage rates and home prices well below former highs in most markets suggest that affordability is still attractive," said Fitch managing director Robert Curran. "Recent government struggles, negative equity and challenging mortgage qualification standards appear to be little more than short-term headwinds restraining the housing recovery."

October 17, 2013

Chicago -- The difficult task of looking into the future from the vantage point of a Wall Street investor -- and sharing that view with home improvement researchers -- fell upon Joshua Rosenbaum, of UBS.

And the key to the future, he said, is jobs.

September 18, 2013

Short of disclosing further details regarding the transaction, private equity fund Generation Growth Capital, Inc. has announced the sale of Martell Construction, Inc.

“We are very pleased with our investment in Martell and wish the ownership group continued success in taking the company to the next level,” said Cory Nettles, managing director of GGC.

September 5, 2013

Joshua Rosenbaum, managing director of the global industrial group for UBS, will lead an economic discussion at the upcoming Home Improvement Research Institute conference.

His presentation is titled: "A Wall Street View of the Home Improvement Market and Trends."

April 22, 2013

The Home Improvement Research Institute’s Spring Conference in Orlando, Fla., included a mixed message for future home improvement spending.

December 6, 2012

The board of directors of Masco Corp. has appointed Donald Parfet as a director, according to a Dec. 4 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He will serve on the board’s audit committee.

Parfet, 60, is the managing director of Apjohn Group, a business development company, and a general partner of Apjohn Ventures Fund Limited Partnership, a venture capital fund. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Kelly Services and Rockwell Automation.

August 1, 2012

LEED v4, the proposed update to the nation’s most prevalent green building program, has been under intense pressure to change its current wood certification rating system, which only recognizes one set of standards, those of the Forest Stewardship Council. But the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which oversees the LEED program and its current revision process, is now under fire for another part of the LEED update that has nothing to do with wood.

June 19, 2012

The State of the Nation’s Housing is, in a word, complicated.

Housing markets are showing signs of reviving, concluded "The State of the Nation’s Housing" report released by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. But we’re not out of the woods, yet. 

May 17, 2012

Michaels Stores has announced the establishment of an interim office of the CEO to provide ongoing leadership and continuity for the business in the absence of current CEO John Menzer. Sharing the interim CEO duties will be Lew Klessel, managing director with Bain Capital Partners, and Charles "Chuck" Sonsteby, the company's chief administrative officer and CFO.

October 19, 2011

September housing starts showed double-digit increases compared with both last year and last month, according to data released this morning by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 658,000, up 15% from the August rate of 572,000, and up 10.2% compared with September 2010.

The figure of 658,000 was the highest total housing-starts figure since April 2010, when starts stood at 687,000.