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Menards to open near Dayton, Ohio

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Menards is planning to open a 240,000-square-foot store in Tipp City, Ohio, according to the Tipp City Herald. The grand opening is set for June 17.

The new store sits on 20 acres purchased by Menards, which also owns an adjacent parcel of 24 acres, according to the newspaper. The additional land is zoned for commercial use, the report said.

With a population of approximately 10,000 people, Tipp City serves as a bedroom community to Dayton, Ohio, ten miles to the south.

The third largest home improvement chain by sales, Menards now operates 239 big-box stores in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota.

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Green Building Council offers new educational tools

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has added new educational tools, including a review of the USGBC’s Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) course offerings.

Greenbuild365.org also offers courses, called “Green Bytes,” in green building education, including a number of videos, podcasts and articles.

In a statement from the USGBC, Peter Templeton, senior vp-research and education, said, “The building industry is changing; we are no longer designing and constructing buildings in the same way we have always done.”

The group also is offering a “media library” with videos of keynote speakers from the council’s recent Greenbuild conference.

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KraftMaid cuts 400 jobs in Ohio

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KraftMaid cabinets has cut approximately 400 jobs at factories in the state of Ohio because of the downturn in the housing market, according to a report by the Associated Press. The division of Masco cut work force at cabinet plants in Middlefield and Orwell, Ohio.

Aspokesperson told the news service that the plants could be reopened if the housing market improves.

In its first-quarter earnings statement in April, Masco reported net income fell to $2 million from $143 million in the same period last year. Masco’s companies include Delta Faucet, KraftMaid cabinets and Behr paints.

Net sales fell 13 percent to $2.45 billion from $2.8 billion in the same period last year.

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