February 24, 2015

New from Ridgid is the B-500 Transportable Pipe Beveller, which promises speedy effectiveness in the form of a non-traditional beveling method.

November 5, 2014

Louisiana-Pacific has added three new colors to its CanExel prefinished hardboard siding collection, developed in collaboration with Valspar.

The additions -- dark brown Cliffside, light brown Sandalwood and gray Coastline -- bump up the color options to a total of 21.

October 20, 2014

A Q&A with the lumber and building supply distribution industry.

September 3, 2014

Parr Lumber says Aloha to Oregon.

August 19, 2014

Haier America announced Paul Riley has been appointed VP sales and marketing for major appliances.

Riley will be accountable for the creation and exectuion of the go-to-market strategy for all categories, the company announced.

Riley has held many sales and marketing roles throughout his 15-year career with GE Appliances, where he most recently worked as senior brand and product line marketing manager. He also led GE's efforts to redefine the Monogram brand through a preferred builder program, a consumer facing rebate program and brand distribution strategy.

August 12, 2014

Aloha, Oregon is the site of Parr Lumber Company’s new design center, serving up ideas through kitchen vignettes, appliance options and cabinet  styles, among other things.

Hillsboro, Oregon-based Parr Lumber Company will hold a Grand Opening Event for the new Parr Design Center Showroom Aug. 16.

The new 8,500-sq-ft showroom offers a stylish and comfortable environment where customers can compare and visualize the products they want to put in their homes. 

August 1, 2014

For a company whose fortunes are tied to up-and-down housing starts and remodel-and-repair activity, Boise Cascade has found a way to establish stability for itself in the marketplace.

Its steadfastness is noticed within the industry, because the Boise, Idaho-based lumber supplier and building materials distributor garnered enough nominations to win the 2014 Golden Hammer Award in the Lumber & Plywood category.

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 5, 2014

Kohler Co. has introduced the new Kohler Touchless toilet technology, which allows users to flush the toilet without making contact by using a sensor instead of the traditional flush lever.

"In a recent study of 800 U.S. consumers, we found that 51% of people surveyed are paranoid about germs in the bathroom. When looking at that same sample group but focusing on moms with children, that number jumps up to 65 percent," said Brian Hedlund, marketing manager of Kohler toilets and bidets.

April 2, 2014

Around the globe, sellers from country A who promote their products as “Made in country A” are quick to point out that country A products are known for their quality, even by buyers from country C.

Let’s call it “the universal theory of country-of-origin quality,” and it was on full display at the recent Internationale Eisenwarenmesse (International Hardware Fair) in Cologne, Germany.

March 18, 2014

Charlotte, N.C.-based National Gypsum named Rod Lopez as the new market development representative for the PermaBase brand cement board product line in the company’s Midwest and Central areas. 

December 10, 2013

During the recession years, a link emerged between rampant renovating and economic stagnation. You didn’t have to look too far to figure out why: More Americans were staying put in their homes, making the most of what they had with landscaping projects, kitchen remodels and redecorating sprees.

Now, with the industry poised on the brink of a housing recovery, yesterday’s home improvement trends continue to inform today’s market opportunities. In other words, America has begun the work of digging the skeletons out of its closet.

December 9, 2013

In time for the holiday season, Armstrong Residential Ceilings has unveiled two new design options for the kitchen.

“During the holidays, there always seems to be a group gathering in the kitchen sharing stories and tips," said marketing manager Lori Rowley. "We want to help make your kitchen a great place to create wonderful memories in. Armstrong has an array of products that can make a kitchen stunning and distinct."

October 22, 2013

Midwestern building materials distributor Amerhart has made three internal promotions to fill key management positions, including the appointment of Chad Warpinski to the role of marketing manager.

Most recently, Warpinski served as assistant branch manager of Amerhart-Milwaukee. In his new role, he will oversee companywide marketing initiatives for Amerhart and its suppliers.

Based in Green Bay, Wis., Amerhart is a prominent building materials distributor in the Midwestern United States with seven locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

September 13, 2013

With the heavy power requirements of commercial applications in mind, Briggs & Stratton has expanded its backup power solutions for its dealer network, which now total more than 60.

August 5, 2013

South Gate, Calif.-based CLC Work Gear hired Dina De Fazio as marketing manager.

De Fazio has more than 25 years of marketing and brand management experience in the fashion, sports and entertainment industries. 

“Dina has a proven track record and ability to consistently set the strategic direction for the company to ultimately achieve growth and continued success for all brands,” said Steve Phillips, VP sales and marketing.

July 18, 2013

Scotch Brand is brightening its wares in time for the school year with a new collection of patterned tape. Scotch Expressions Tapes will be availabe in more than 100 patterns and colors in four varieties: magic, washi, masking and shipping.

July 15, 2013

Legrand has just announced the addition of the Pass & Seymour Harmony Tru-Universal Dimmer to its product line, a light switch add-on that the company is touting as the industry's most advanced.

The universal dimmer is compatible with all lamp types and comes with a self-calibration feature to take the guesswork out of the installation process and to help eliminate flickering and poor performance. The dimmer has a green LED light to help locate the switch in the dark, and it works in Single Pole and 3-Way applications.

June 28, 2013

Klein Tools testified to the enduring nature of its products in a most unusual way: by hunting down the oldest pair of Klein side-cutting pliers in existence today. The winning pair, belonging to Dan Schmidt, dated back to 1904 and was valued at $5,000.

February 4, 2013

CertainTeed Corp. integrated its ceilings product line into ecoScorecard and SmartBIM online tools, a move the company says will streamline green building specification and documentation.

November 2, 2012

What keeps Mike Kangas up at night? For the president/general manager of Alaska Industrial Hardware, it’s not concerns about business or the prospect of another dark and foreboding winter in Anchorage. It’s about seizing the next opportunity.

November 2, 2012

Innovative new products engineered with the latest advancements in battery technology continue to fuel the power tools industry for the major brands — including DeWalt, Makita and Milwaukee Tool — as they introduce faster, lighter products that provide superior performance for users.

November 1, 2012

Klamath Falls, Ore.-based Jeld-Wen introduced the Madison Molded interior door, a one-panel design described as simple and clean.

"This beautifully crated, timeless design suits both traditional and modern looks because of its recessed panel and non-profiled sticking," said Derek Brosterhous, product marketing manager for Jeld-Wen. "Its crisp, clean lines are reminiscent of the handcrafted details found in traditional wood doors."

April 4, 2012

Port Washington, N.Y.-based distributor PACOA reported a double-digit increase in attendance at its Annual Spring Dealer Market at the Queens College Fitzgerald Gymnasium. 

PACOA’s marketing manager Maria Lukac said 500 attendees took part in the March 24 to 25 event, an 11.5% increase over the previous year’s attendance.