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PPG is acquiring Homax Group

BY HBSDEALER Staff

PPG Industries’ North American architectural coatings business is acquiring The Homax Group, Inc., a supplier of decorative wall and ceiling texture repair products part of the Olympus Partners portfolio.

Beyond aerosol drywall and ceiling texturing applications, Homax also supplies epoxy finishes, patching, caulking and mesh tape repair products, and other painting tools and accessories.

“Homax products represent a new and unique offering for our customers,” said Scott Sinetar, VP architectural coatings, North America. “The acquisition supports our continuing commitment to providing professional and do-it-yourself customers with leading coatings and related home remodeling and repair products.”

The deal is expected to be finalized in the third quarter of this year, though specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Home channel brands gear up for Father’s Day

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If we didn’t know better, we’d say Father’s Day and the home improvement industry were practically made for each other. No other industry — aside from maybe the neck-tie market — has as much to offer during mid-June.

As it so happens, a few home channel brands are already warming up for the holiday with Father’s Day products and marketing campaigns.

For example, Lowe’s teamed up with well-known DIY personalities to come up with inspired "blueprints" for projects to do with Dad this Father’s Day. Jay Riordan of American Dream Builders, Bruno Bornsztein of ManMade, Timothy Dahl of Charles and Hudson, and Marty Csercsevits and Pete Fazio of DadAnd (among others) helped craft blueprints for creating a vegetable garden or building a DIY arbor, hosting an outdoor Father’s Day party and more.

Meanwhile, Craftsman is giving away a "MAKEcation" weekend, as well as coming up with its own "Dad" anthem and bacon wrapping paper.

The MAKEcation (self-described as "a fantasy camp for tool enthusiasts) is hosted by actor and comedian Rob Riggle, as well as a team of expert instructors. Through July 12, Craftsman Club and Shop Your Way members can enter for a chance to win a spot on the four-day trip, which takes place at Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa in California over Labor Day weekend. A spot on the trip can also be purchased for $5,000.

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AZEK adds new color to Arbor Collection

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AZEK Building Products’ Arbor Collection now offers an additional color.

The AZEK Deck collection now comes in a light shade called Hazelwood, which features subtle detail and a natural polish that responds to current trends in hardscapes and helps camouflage dirt.

"Hazelwood is the perfect addition to give breadth to our Arbor Collection to ensure we have versatile color options that can complement virtually any outdoor space or home," said Michael Gori, VP product management, CPG Building Products. "While AZEK Deck offers more colors than any other decking line, Hazelwood was formulated to answer the many requests we’ve received for light colored variegated decking."

Other colors in the Arbor Collection include Acacia, Morado, Silver Oak and Redland Rose.

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