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A celebrity before-and-after

BY HBSDealer Staff

HGTV Celebrity Builders, the BroLaws, and Regal ideas joined forces to create the winning entry at the 2017 Remodeling Show for “Best Before and After project.”

The winning backyard transformation showcased an example of converting a typical residential yard into something special with materials readily available at any local home improvement retailer.

“This recognition is especially meaningful to us because it was an audience-voted award,” said Ernie Couillard, executive VP for Regal ideas Inc. “Recognition was given by the contractors and builders that represent one of our largest target audiences.” “Being able to work with the Brolaws on such an incredible backyard transformation, and to see how our brands brought this project together, was very inspirational.”

The BroLaws installed 11 sections of tempered glass railing in less than an hour. The BroLaws are brothers-in-law Joey Fletcher and David Kenny, whose remodeling work appears on home improvement shows such as “Decked Out,” “Deck Wars” and “Home to Win.”

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Lumber Liquidators appoints new director

BY HBSDealer Staff

Lumber Liquidators has appointed Famous Rhodes to its board of directors, effective Dec. 7.

"We are excited and pleased to welcome Famous to our board of directors," said Dennis Knowles, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Famous has a wealth of experience with digital technology and consumer experience.  We look forward to benefiting from the knowledge and insight he will bring to Lumber Liquidators' board as we continue to execute our business strategy."

Rhodes currently serves as an executive vp and the chief marketing officer Bluegreen Vacations Corporation, a vacation ownership company. Prior, he was vp of digital marketing and customer experience for AutoNation, Inc., an automotive retailer, from 2015 to 2017 and as vice president of eCommerce for AutoNation, Inc. from 2012 to 2015. He also served as senior director of eBay Motors 2011 to 2012.

With over 385 locations, Lumber Liquidators is one of North America's largest specialty retailers of hardwood flooring. 

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Correction: A previous version of this article ran with an incorrect headline, which confused Dennis Knowles with Famous Rhodes. 

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Acquisition in the tool aisle

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PacTool International, a Seattle-based manufacturer of siding tools and gauges, specialty hand tools, cutting tools and blades, was acquired by General Tools & Instruments, a portfolio company of High Road Capital Partners.

PacTool is known for products in the construction, renovation and remodeling segments. Their products include the Gecko Gauge, which holds fiber cement siding in place during installation and can reduce labor requirements by half; Snapper Shears, a collection of dust-free cutting tools; and the Roof Snake nail puller and shingle replacers.

The acquistion is described as a strong fit, with PacTool’s product line of exterior construction tools complementing General Tools’ collection of precision hand & digital tools used primarily for interior home improvement projects.

“The acquisition of PacTool strengthens General Tools’ market position as a leading provider of specialty tools and instruments. PacTool’s innovative niche exterior construction tools are an ideal complement to General Tools' portfolio of precision hand tools and instruments, which are used by DIYers, tradesmen, and craftsmen, almost exclusively for interior applications” said Jeffrey Goodrich, Partner, High Road Capital Partners. “In addition, fiber cement siding has several advantages over competing products and sales are growing faster than the overall exterior coverings market.”

“We’re excited for the tremendous opportunity to introduce PacTool products into our extensive distribution channels,” says Ralph Mallozzi, president and CEO, General Tools & Instruments. “And the interior and exterior construction professionals, renovators and remodelers who rely on PacTool’s products will gain access to General Tools’ exceptional knowledge base and broad portfolio of award winning products.”

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