February 18, 2015

A retail conversation centers on security, plus Chip and PIN and tokenization -- terms you haven't heard the last of.

February 17, 2015

Describing cyberspace as the new "wild, wild West," President Barack Obama on Friday said that while everyone expects the government to be the sheriff, the private sector must do more to stop cyberattacks.

February 13, 2015

 At a Cybersecurity Summit, assorted advocacy groups are urging the White House to take steps to improve cybersecurity for retail transactions.

February 10, 2015

A West Coast hardware industry icon -- and a division of Lowe’s -- has named Bob Tellier as president, HBSDealer has learned.

January 23, 2015

Wagner SprayTech Corporation has named Greg McGuirk president of Wagner SprayTech North America, effective Feb. 1.

January 9, 2015

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's Scotts LawnService business has expanded its stake in the pest control market with the acquisition of Action Pest Control, Inc.

January 8, 2015

Bob Mikulas is the president of the National Lawn & Garden Show (coming to Frisco, Texas, June 9-11). The event is more of a series of pre-arranged meetings between buyers and sellers than a traditional trade show.

January 8, 2015

Darker colors are in the flooring forecast, according to Brenda Phillips, president of Smart Carpet and Flooring.

"In 2015, we expect the trend toward darker hardwood colors to continue," explained Brendan Phillips, president of SMART Carpet and Flooring. "January is always a good time to get a flooring project off the ground. The bustle of the holidays is over, and people are generally at home more often, avoiding winter's chill.”

January 6, 2015

Flooring America and Flooring Canada President Keith Spano said he has high hopes for the organization in 2015.

“The team is energized and ready to take more market share in 2015,” Spano said, during conneXtion, the bi-annual meeting of CCA Global Partners, of which Flooring America is a division. “We’ve built the road map, and we look forward to working with our members to continue to lead the industry with our innovative approach to home fashion.” 

January 5, 2015

Construction aggregates supplier Vulcan Materials Company is experiencing personnel changes at its top-most ranks.

December 30, 2014

Company president Don Hasson says the store-set increase is an acceleration of a trend that began in earnest in 2013.

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 29, 2014

The American Wood Council announced the election of Sierra Pacific President George Emmerson as the new AWC chairman for a one-year term.

December 19, 2014

Barry Sanders, president and COO, will be departing the company as of Jan. 31 in what Scotts described as "an ongoing effort focused on de-layering the company to improve operational efficiency and speed to market."

December 17, 2014

KB Home has opened its latest Design Studio in Centennial, Colorado, giving Denver-area homebuyers the opportunity to shop for home features in a retail-like setting.

December 16, 2014

US LBM Holdings has acquired Lumber Specialties of Dyersville, Iowa, a company described as the largest independent manufacturer of structural building components in the Midwest. 

US LBM bought the company from majority shareholders Carl Schoenhard, Bob Lex and Terry Bahl. Dennis Westhoff will become president of Lumber Specialties, managing the business with Bob Lex, Terry Bahl and their existing team.

December 10, 2014

In a move that's partially a response to its recent acquisition of Indesit Company, Whirlpool Corporation has made some changes to its leadership ranks in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region).

Whirlpool EMEA's president, Esther Berrozpe, will take over the company's integrated European business -- the combined operations of Whirlpool and Indesit -- beginning Jan. 1. 

Additionally, Marco Milani has announced his plans to step down from his position as Indesit's CEO, effective Dec. 31.

December 8, 2014

The APA-The Engineered Wood Association recognized the Metriguard president with a Bronson J. Lewis award at its Annual Meeting this year.

Jim Logan, owner and president of Pullman, Washington-based Metriguard Inc., was honored during the event in San Antonio, Texas, this past November, where APA chairman Tom Temple introduced him as "[a true] pioneer in the engineered wood products industry."

Logan and Metriguard have been a part of the engineered wood industry for 42 years, providing equipment to aid in the production and testing of lumber, veneer and panels.

December 8, 2014

The “Lumberyard of the Future” panel discussion during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California brought together three lumberyard executives to look ahead to the year 2025. 

December 3, 2014

Elm Grove, Wisconsin-based Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association elected Rod Gowett of Acme Construction Supply as president.

Gowett is Milpitas, California-based Acme’s VP of sales and marketing. He is also the founder of Bay Tool Supply, which he sold to Acme in the summer of 2014.

STAFDA announced its new slate of officers during its 38th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Charlotte, North Carolina last month.

November 26, 2014

LMC’s Forest Products & Building Materials EXPO brought dealers from around the country to Philadelphia, Nov. 11-12.

Highlights of the event included National Association of Home Builders president Jerry Howard’s breakfast speech and the Forest Products Supplier Forum.

Key topics of discussion and debate throughout the event included trends impacting housing, forecasts, consumer confidence and pinch points in the supply chain.

November 26, 2014

Maria Stapperfenne, a 23-year industry veteran, will become president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, effective Jan. 1. 

Stapperfenne, of Tewksbury Kitchens & Baths in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, started her career in kitchens and baths in 1992, becoming a Certified Kitchen Designer in 2005 and a Certified Bath Designer in 2006.

November 24, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid has named Joseph Arcuri president, Home Solutions and Jeff Hohler president of the Tools segment.

Arcuri is joining the company from Procter & Gamble's North American Beauty business, where he most recently served as VP and general manager. His 25-year career at P&G has included spades of global product development, marketing and general management experience, with work on brands like Vicks, Olay, Gillette, Old Spice, Secret and Ivory.

November 21, 2014

The National Retail Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform more comprehensive than that being offered by President Obama.