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Chick magnets at Coastal Farm and Ranch

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Pacific Northwest farm and ranch retailer Coastal Farm & Ranch is using chicks to entice customers this weekend.

The 15-location retailer plans to give away thousands (one report puts the number at 6,000) baby chicks at its stores to customers who buy 25 pounds or more of chick starter feed.

Chick and chick-related products are one of the clear growth areas for distributors and retailers, based on showings at recent hardware and farm and ranch-focused distributor shows.

About 500 chicks per store are expected to be distributed March 29, while supplies last.

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Meadows named to PRO Group board

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Denver-based PRO Group board of directors has a new member — Laurence H. Meadows, the founder and former board chairman of American Exteriors. 

Meadows joined the board as the same time as Chris Beach, president, CEO and chairman of the Bostwick-Braun Company. 

Meadows has managed the strategic direction and growth of American Exteriors to its position as one of the larges specialty contractor firms in the United States, with a presence in 13 states. He has over 30 years of experience in the residential replacement remodeler category.

Meadows is also serves on the steering committee for the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard.

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HCN Stock Watch: LPX has a good day (but largely stands alone)

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) gained 3.31% on Thursday, but it was a solitary bright spot in an otherwise downward-trending day for HCN Stocks.

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