New showrooms, new designer for Hancock Lumber
Hancock Lumber will open Home Again design showrooms at its Windham and Yarmouth locations.
Hancock Lumber said it will expand its Home Again brand with the opening of two new design showrooms at its existing Windham and Yarmouth, Maine yard locations.
“Connectivity to our lumberyard locations has proven itself with the expansion of the Home Again brand in Brunswick, Kennebunk, and North Conway over the last few years.” Hancock Lumber said on its web site. “We have assembled a team to make sure that we design and create a modern, innovative, effective showroom experience for our homeowners, builders, and employees.”
Both Home Again locations are expected to open in November of this year, the Casco, Maine-based pro dealer said. Hancock Lumber also operates a stand alone Home Again location in South Portland.
The dealer has also hired Danielle Cialino, Hancock’s newest kitchen designer, along with Laura Parks, who will provide kitchen and bath inside sales support.
Cialino joins Hancock Lumber’s Home Again kitchen design team with 9 years of experience in remodeling and renovations, including 4 years as a kitchen and bath designer.
Parks has the kitchen and bath team and will eventually move to Hancock’s new Yarmouth location when that facility opens.
In addition to its showrooms, Hancock Lumber operates 8 retail locations and 3 sawmills in Maine, along with a yard in North Conway, N.H.
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PrimeSource, Huttig end long court battle
PrimeSource claimed the Huttig-Grip business attempted to put an end to the Grip-Rite brand.
PrimeSource and Huttig have concluded their long court battle stemming from the formation of latter’s Huttig-Grip business division.
A stipulation for dismissal was reached in the U.S. District Court for the Norther District of Illinois Easter Division on July 3. The case originated in December 2016.
All of the claims, counterclaims, and defenses in the case have been dismissed with both companies reaching a confidential settlement, according to court documents obtained by HBSDealer.
PrimeSource took Huttig to court in 2016 following the creation of Huttig-Grip, which included the hiring of former PrimeSource CEOs Kenneth Fishbein, David Fishbein, Mona Zinman, and Robert Furio, who were also named defendants in the case.
In November 2016, St. Louis, Missouri-based Huttig Building Products formed a new division to expand its private label construction fastener and specialty building products line.
Fastener manufacturer PrimeSource, based in Irving, Texas, alleged that the four defendants’ actions violated non-use, non-disclosure, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements each had with PrimeSource. The suit also alleged that the Huttig-Grip hires downloaded PrimeSource information onto external memory devices or stole information from the company by emailing or downloading to cloud servers to facilitate Huttig competing with PrimeSource.
Additionally, PrimeSource claimed that the defendants were attempting to destroy its Grip-Rite fastener brand and steal business.
Reached for comment, PrimeSource vice president and general counsel Jeffrey Harvey told HBSDealer that, “the terms of settlement are confidential, but an end to all litigation among all parties.”
Huttig Building Products could not be reached for comment.
Fascinating. Why would the 800 lb gorilla take its foot off the neck of little ol' Huttig all of a sudden? Seems odd, especially since Huttig has been very clear that they are going to aggressively take market share away from Grip-Rite.
GE Appliances invests in Alabama
GE Appliances, a Haier company, is investing $115 million to expand its Decatur Refrigerator Plant in Decatur, Ala. The company says the move will help it meet increasing demand for its top-freezer refrigerators.
The expansion of the Decatur Plant – GE Appliance’s highest volume refrigerator plant — is the most recent investment made by the business since becoming part of Haier, which bills itself as “the world’s largest appliance brand.”
In 2018, GE Appliances’ major investments have included: a $55 million expansion of a distribution center in Northern Georgia, announced June 14; the June 19 opening of a $45 million expansion and enhancement of a “smart” distribution center in Dallas, Texas; and a $10 million plant expansion in Selmer, Tennessee, in May.
Haier acquired GE Appliances 2 years ago.
“Our announcement today is great news for our business, the GE Appliances family in Decatur and the state of Alabama,” said Kevin Nolan, president and CEO of GE Appliances. “Our $115 million investment in Decatur is a critical part of our plan to be the leading appliances business in the United States. We are already a huge part of the local Decatur community, and look forward to a continued partnership with Decatur and the entire state of Alabama for many years to come.”
The investment will significantly expand the plant and boost production capacity by 25 percent.
Part of the investment will be used to acquire new 3D scanning technology and other “smart” automation and sensor technology that will provide the operations team with real-time data visualization tools that help them make better and faster production decisions. These tools will provide the Decatur Plant with the flexibility to add future product innovations and build on its leadership in product quality.
. It manufactures both GE® and Hotpoint® brand products. Fostering a tradition of quality, excellence and quick response to customer needs, the Decatur Plant’s products are rated “number one in quality and dependability.”1 The investment provides the plant opportunities for continued growth for years to come.
The investment will add 255 new jobs to the plant, bringing the total number of full-time employees to nearly 1,300.
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