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At Golden Hammer event, Beal to enter Hall of Fame

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home Channel Hall of Fame will induct a new member in early May, as Orgill chairman, president and CEO Ron Beal joins the prestigious circle of industry leaders.

Beal will be inducted as part of the 2014 Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony slated for May 6 in Las Vegas during the National Hardware Show

The event’s sponsors are HCN and the National Hardware Show.

The award is presented annually to an individual who has shown dedication to the home improvement industry throughout his or her career, who has a made a difference for the companies and people he’s worked for and with, and who represents the best of the industry. 

Beal joined Orgill in 1985, and has been with the Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor of hardware and building materials during a period of significant growth. He was appointed president and CEO in January 2005. During his tenure with the company, Orgill made the transition from a mid-South regional wholesaler to a distributor on an international scale.

“It is a surprise to receive such an honor, which reflects the hard work of all the people I’ve worked with through the years at Orgill,” Beal said. “It’s a very humbling award when you consider all the great names in the Hall of Fame.”

Before joining Orgill, Beal was associated with the hardware division of Genuine Parts Company, including a role as president of Genuine Hardware Co., in Jacksonville, Fla. 

In the Home Channel Hall of Fame, Beal joins recent honorees Ray Griffith (Ace Hardware) and Bob Taylor (Do it Best), as well as the founding members Bernie Marcus (Home Depot), Arthur Blank (Home Depot), Joe Hardy (84 Lumber) and Joe Orgill, who preceded Beal in the role of Orgill CEO.

The 2014 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony will take place May 6 at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, immediately adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Festivities begin poolside at 4:30 p.m.

The Golden Hammer Awards ceremony will also recognize Sulphur, La.-based Stine Home & Yard as Retailer of the Year, plus high-performing home-improvement industry product vendors. 

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HCN Stock Watch: Down for the count

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Stocks took a nosedive on Wednesday following a brief uptick the day before, with several of HCN’s Top 30 taking multi-percentage-point hits.

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CertainTeed updates siding offering

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed has updated its Vinyl Carpentry siding accessory collection to provide more home exterior design options.

Specifically, a 3.5-in. Fluted Corner, available in Colonial White, is a new subtle corner upgrade that adds character to a home with true-to-wood dimensions at a reasonable cost, according to the company. And the Flexible J-Channel, which is useful around curved windows and ventilation treatments, has an improved design that has been modified to further enhance performance. It is also now being offered in white, clay, fray and beige. 

“We know that building professionals need to be equipped with outstanding exterior finishing options to wow their homeowner customers, and the newest updates demonstrate how we continue to challenge ourselves to provide the highest quality and innovative details that make a house a ‘home,’ ” said Robert Clark, product manager for CertainTeed Siding. “Each accessory is easy to install and adds distinction to windows, doors, corners, gables and frieze boards for a more personalized look.”

The 3.5-in. Fluted Corner is 10 ft. long with a ¾-in. pocket that gives a decorative corner option for standard-sized home construction or remodeling projects on a tight budget. The new Flexible J-Channel is now offered in the most popular hues, with a more rigid face that provides better aesthetics. Both are virtually maintenance-free, never need painting and are backed by a lifetime-limited warranty. Color-clear-through construction also means scratches won’t show.

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