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Kenneth Clark

Editor in Chief

Ken Clark has covered hardware stores, lumberyards and the building product distribution industry since 2006. He's a graduate of Indiana University and a supporter of the Embrace Kids Foundation. 

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August 2020

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Channeling inspiration from Coach Norman Dale and Herb Brooks.

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September 2020

This week's top three market insights, including retail sales.

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Sept. 17.

Three interesting facts about the no-spline screen porch system.

NAICS 444 estimates for August continue a double-digit run.

Hardware and building supply stocks showed more gains than losses on Sept. 16.

Incoming chair hails from San Antonio's Alamo Lumber Co.

The Do it Best Corp. CEO recounts a record year, and a year to remember.

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Sept. 15.

Football is back. So are other sports. What are you watching?

The digital issue of HBSDealer magazine looks at the worthy winners of Golden Hammers, and more.

Take a walk through a cool D.C. store, and a walk through history.

The co-op hammers on deals, education and vendor connections.

The weekly highlight reel of top stories for hardware and building supply dealers.

Based on reader response, expect a few more billion-dollar deals this year.

Congratulations to The Original Super Glue Corp.'s Total Tech construction adhesive and sealant.

Hardware and building supply stocks were up and down on Sept. 10.

A no-mess Rescue! solution to ants in the house.

Hardware and building supply stocks posted gains on Sept. 9.

Congratulations to the Decora Smart Voice Dimmer with Amazon Alexa Built-in.

The Oct. 12-15 National Hardware Show has gone virtual, in a big way.

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Sept. 8.

Orgill’s e-Volution Online Buying Event generated engagement.

Ecommerce: Hammering out the Future Part II is available for replay

More on a mega merger, plus ProDealers of the Year.

Evolution from discs to digital plays out profitably in Woodstock.

National Lumber and Townsend Building Supply share a prestigious LBM honor

Pennsylvania store will be one of the chain's largest when it opens in May 2021.

A mixed market for hardware and building supply stocks on Sept. 2.

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Sept. 1.

August 2020

Same day in-store pick up, and a Pick N Pack mobile app are among the turnkey features.

After a mega deal in the LBM ranks, are more billion-dollar deals to come?

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Aug. 31.

Survey shows there's a high percentage of right-now investments.

Ace Hardware International opens office in the city of Monterrey.

The video replay of some of the week's top stories at HBSDealer.com.

Shares of BMC and BLDR jump on merger news.

Dealers in Louisiana and Texas are bracing for the storm

During virtual event, the CEO describes supply chain responses and retail synergies.

Hammering out the Future, sponsored by Epicor

Hardware and building supply stocks went into retreat mode on Aug. 25.

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Aug. 24.

New and improved stains offer a variety of options on the shelves and at the project site.

When will your business make its next investment in ecommerce capabilities?

Bill Boltz, Lowe's EVP of merchandising, receives the Spirit of Life Award.

HBSDealer is looking for lessons learned from the armed services

Here's the highlight reel of the week's top stories, including Ace, Home Depot and Lowe's.

Yard work is the winner in the latest reader survey of home projects.

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Aug. 20.

PPE is the key to Carr's 'Round-up for the Schools.'

More statistics from two remarkable quarterly earnings filings.

Not a misprint: 35% U.S. comp-store sales gain for the blue giant.

Ace Hardware Corp. reports a 493% increase in its digital business.

Orange giant reports a 25% comp-store sales gain and a surge in earnings

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Aug. 18.

Expanded distribution, training and service on a 50-acre site.

Among closely-watched stats, most votes for consumer confidence.

Check out the top three insights of the week from the editors of HBSDealer.com.

Hardware and building supply sales momentum slips in July report.

'Pat-on-the-back-pay' is a response to unprecedented times for retailer.

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Aug. 13.

Five years ago, Builders FirstSource acquired ProBuild Holdings.

The co-op reports a new record for member rebates.

Fifty new cross-dock terminals over the next 18 months are part of the plan.

Here's how hardware and building supply stocks performed on Aug. 12.

Most hardware and building supply stocks showed gains on Wall Street Aug. 11.

Mill Road Capital makes a bid for the building products distributor.

It was another solid day on the markets for hardware and building supply stocks.

The Top 300 Industry Scoreboard rides again in the July/August issue of HBSDealer.

Forecasts, trends and insights that could lead the nation to recovery

Co-op announces a growth move: partnering with Nation’s Best Holdings.

Builders FirstSource CEO Chad Crow looks back at five-year-old game changer.

Retail excellence shines in Idaho, Ill. and Ind.

Big investment answers big changes in customer behavior, company says

Pricing strategy credited with navigating the pandemic.

A demonstration video of The Rescue! Reusable Fly Trap.

Combination of companies creates a single source supplier for fasteners, keys, signs and more.

The news is full of economic statistics: which metrics matter most to you?

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