Benjamin Moore to expand distribution center in Pell City
Paint maker Benjamin Moore will expand its distribution facility in Pell City, Ala., according to the [Talladega County, Ala.] Daily Home newspaper.
The company is planning a 100,000-square-foot addition to its 128,000-square-foot warehouse in the city, with construction of the first phase expected to be complete by next year.
The plant will expand from its current 800,000-gallon capacity to 1.5 million gallons. The facility is expected to further expand over the next 10 years.
Benjamin Moore, a Berkshire Hathaway company, manufactures paint, coatings and sundries under the Benjamin Moore, Moore’s and Moorcraft brands.
Home Depot to test female-friendly format in two states
Home Depot plans to build two showroom-style “Home Depot Design Centers” in Concord, Calif., and Charlotte, N.C., according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The stores will include lower ceilings and a showroom layout with an eye to total project design, according to the report.
Rather than building materials for pros and a selection of power tools, the new format will include a large, upscale furnishings showroom and more decorative items catered to residential consumers, particularly women.
Further additions include decorative home organization products, a more sophisticated gardening center, broader kitchen and bath assortments and more home decor products.
Conrad to leave NLBMDA
Shawn Conrad, president of the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association (NLBMDA), has left the organization just prior to the start of its annual convention. NLBMDA chairman Steve Kelly told HCN that Conrad departed “to pursue other professional interests.”
The Washington, D.C.-based trade group notified its members via e-mail on Monday. The NLBMDA board of directors will discuss Conrad’s position at a meeting on Thursday, at the start of the organization’s three-day convention in Las Vegas.
“We’ll have more information then on the direction we want to go,” Kelly said.
In the interim, Conrad’s duties will be handled by Russell Snyder of SmithBucklin, a trade association management group, according to Kelly.