House-Hasson makes a splash in the paint aisle
Hardware distributor House-Hasson Hardware added some 2,500 new items to its paint sundries inventory, allowing paint store-within-a-store concepts for its members.
House-Hasson president Don Hasson said an example of the store-within-a-store concept will be set up at the company’s upcoming dealer market, scheduled Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the Wilderness Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
“We’ll construct a small model paint store at the market to show dealers what they can do with these new items,” Hasson said. “A hardware store can sell anything a paint store can sell. Whatever makes it more convenient for customers to shop with our dealers makes our dealers a stronger destination for customers.”
The new products are available out of House-Hasson’s two warehouses, located in Knoxville, Tenn., and Prichard, W.Va.
Cabot Stains and Old Masters are the two largest vendors added to House-Hasson’s product inventory. House-Hasson already carried three complete paint lines: Gray Seal, Valspar and PPG.
Other brands in the paint supplies inventory include Wooster Brush, Purdy, Hyde Tools, Minwax and Tyvek, to a name a few.
In California, pernicious regulation rides again
The California State Water Resources Control Board is proposing new regulations on stormwater runoff and containment that the Lumber Association of California & Nevada (LACN) has called "controversial, costly and unfair."
According to Ken Dunham, LACN executive director, the regulations affect lumberyards and any business with a physical outside yard. LACN Government Affairs Chair and LACN Second VP Augie Venezia presented his views and those of the LACN at an Aug. 17 workshop organized by the Water Resources Control Board.
"The irresponsible, arbitrary, unscientific and flawed proposed storm water runoff regulations could well be the final straw for many California businesses," said Venezia, president of Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Co., located in Fairfax, Calif.
Read Venezia’s full statement here.
Dunham further objected to the rules on the grounds that they were arbitrary, unproven and unsound.
"It is interesting to see the number of California municipal governments that are telling the board much the same as private business — that the rules are too costly, not clearly drafted and without clear benefits," Dunham told members in the LACN’s newsletter. "It was disconcerting to see the chair of the Water Board and one member, whom you would assume are listening objectively to the comments, make statements that they didn’t care about the cost and they ‘intend to move forward’ on the rules. So much for objectivity."