June 4, 2015

Maytag has introduced its new Four-Door French Door Refrigerator with Maytag Steel Shelves, which aims to provide a durable solution at an affordable pricepoint -- with unusual looks to match.

May 20, 2015

A number of Sears Kenmore Elite slide-in ranges are being recalled over a reported laceration hazard.

May 11, 2015

WORX's new 56V Power Share program promises gas-like performance in an eco-friendly outdoor power equipment package.

April 9, 2015

Vital products with plenty of crossover potential.

March 13, 2015

With so many exciting developments happening in the world of building materials and smart appliances, it’s easy to overlook some of the more quotidian items kept in every contractor’s toolbox. But lest anyone’s forgotten, hand tools are a reliable small-ticket revenue source for hardware stores, and there’s a lot to talk about regarding innovation in 2015.

February 16, 2015

The narrow profiles of steel windows afford designers the luxury of allowing a larger amount of glass to enhance the architecture of the building, according to the SWI.

January 29, 2015

Cascade, Iowa-based Cascade Mfg Co has expanded with the opening of a new cold-formed steel truss production facility in Tyler, Texas.

December 17, 2014

WindowTex is recalling a number of its custom roller window shades, citing a risk of injury related to a steel pin inserted in the idler on the shades.

November 7, 2014

The Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group has announced its  new SnowShredder serrated auger on single-stage snow blowers, which allows the user to clear snow and ice. 

November 6, 2014

DeWalt's new Premium Tapes are "Guaranteed Tough" to withstand harsh jobsite conditions -- perfect for heavy-duting framing and other construction measuring tasks.

The tape measures are available in 16', 25' and 35' sizes and feature a reinforced housing and cast metal impact plate to absorb shocks.

Rubber over-molding covers add an extra layer of grip, and a five-screw design adds to its overall drop resistance.

October 20, 2014

Fasten your seat belts.

October 16, 2014

Dremel has expanded its offerings with the addition of the 506CU and EZ506CU Premium Metal Cutting Wheels and the MM730 and MM910 Multi-Max sanding accessories, which add greater versatility to Dremel's existing tool systems.

September 4, 2014

Starborn Industries has introduced the Deckfast Fascia System to the market, a fastening system designed to hold deck fascia boards together.

Aimed at solving the pain point of expansion and contraction, the Deckfast Fascia System is comprised of a pre-drilling and countersinking tool and color-matched stainless steel or epoxy-coated carbon steel screws.

An over-sized hole is created for the Fascia Screw, allowing the board to experience dimensional changes by "floating" along the deck's rim joist and taking pressure off the fastener.

August 11, 2014

US LBM Holdings has expanded its footprint yet again via the acquisition of Brooklyn-based Samuel Feldman Lumber Co.

Owners Robert and Kenneth Feldman will remain on-board, with Kenneth stepping in as president of Feldman Lumber.

“We are excited and proud to join the US LBM team and the opportunity it brings to provide our customers with continued enhancements to our product and service offering,” said Kenny Feldman. “This partnership with US LBM provides a platform for growth to our associates and partners for the future.”

August 8, 2014

DeWalt is back this season with a bevy of new tools designed to tackle common pain points around the job sitie, including several new products just released this summer.

One of these includes the first-ever pocket knife from DeWalt, a folding model featuring a stainless steel blade that's designed for on-the-job tasks like removing strapping from lumber. The knife, which features a combination straight and serrated edge, hit shelves this July.

July 31, 2014

Filed trip to Channellock HQ reveals new products.

July 9, 2014

In their latest round of back-to-back earnings call presentations, Home Depot and Lowe’s trotted out statistics for a weather-beaten first quarter, along with insights on what worked and what didn’t.

Michael Jones stepped into the role of Lowe’s chief customer officer by stepping up to the microphone. Jones, who replaced the retiring Greg Bridgeford earlier this year, walked analysts and investors through Lowe’s performance, which saw a comp-store sales increase of 0.9%.

June 18, 2014

Blanco, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks and faucets, earned a 2013 Good Design Award for its stainless steel Blanco Attika top-mounted kitchen sink. 

The sink with its elevated rim geometry won in the Kitchen/Appliances category.

June 17, 2014

Big Chill is known for its colorful, vintage home appliances. This time, the company is coming out with a Pro Range, Pro Kitchen Hood and Pro Refrigerator with a contemporary-meets-mid-century look.

"These new Big Chill Pro kitchen appliances blend sleekly modern looks, bold colors and serious performance coveted by design aficionados and dedicated home cooks alike," said the company in a statement.

May 28, 2014

The home improvement industry called Las Vegas home for three days in May. That’s when the National Hardware Show was in town, kicking off with a marching band and confetti explosion on Tuesday morning May 6.

The National Hardware Show cleverly promoted itself as 15 shows in 1 in 2014, with new areas of emphasis — emergency preparedness and energy efficiency among them. The event’s popular Tailgate section, which has grown steadily over the years, was back with more activities, and a soon-to-be announced Tailgate product of the year.

April 30, 2014

Eco Building Products is continuing its crusade against the damage left in Hurricane Sandy's path -- this time with the introduction of two new Eco Home models demonstrating the codified change needed in the era of defensive building practices.

March 4, 2014

Specialization in the cleaning industry keeps things interesting.

January 29, 2014

Whether we’re in a boom or a bust economy, there’s no shortage of luxury items in the home channel — and in fact, brand equity for many of the nation’s high-end companies has only improved in recent years, with well-heeled customers virtually shielded from the squeeze of the recession.

Then again, when it comes to home improvement retailing, luxury can mean anything ranging from prohibitively expensive building materials to upscale flashlights that may only retail for a little under $200 — attainable enough for many middle-class Americans.

January 20, 2014

The shoemaker of the FBI announced an expanded line of job-ready boots.

Portland, Ore.-based Magnum’s new “Work” collection consists of 6- and 8-in. lace-up boots, rugged pull-ons and mid and low hiker styles. 

The collection consists of steel and composite safety toe styles, Goodyear welt, direct attach or cement construction options, which are all backed by the Magnum 60-day comfort guarantee.