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  • Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:52

    After explosions and fire rocked a Plum Creek MDF facility in Columbia Falls, Montana on June 10, the company announced that production has resumed again.

    Employees were all safely evacuated, with no reported injuries. An investigation determined that a mechanical failure caused the fire. There is also an estimated $8 to $10 million worth of damage at the plant.

  • Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:41

    U.K. timber customers will now be able to avail themselves of LP's SolidStart Simply Better Stud. 

    LP recently launched the product across the pond, touting its ability to minimize plasterboard cracks, nail popping, wall rippling and skirting & cornice gaps.

    The Simply Better Stud promises greater uniformity and consistency, greater dimensional stability and added performance. The straight design also reduces the need for a mid-height wall noggin that's normally used with timber studs, acccording to the company.

  • Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:29

    On Thursday, July 10, The Toro Company looked back on a century's worth of farm and ranch innovations during its 100th annivesary celebration.

    More than 2,000 employees, retirees, partners and guests came to the company headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead.

  • Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:39

    In accordance with its recent expansion in joining forces with Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. added five new members to its board of directors.

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  • Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:17

    Winona, Minnesota-based Fastenal Company reported steady progress for the second quarter of 2014, with sales and earnings both positive.

    Net sales for the three-month period ended June 30, 2014 were $949.9 million, up 12.1% from the same period in 2013.

    Net earnings came in at $130.5 million, an increase of 7.9% from last year's $121.0 million in earnings.

    The company largely attributed the boost to higher unit sales and its recent investment in leadership and training, as well as in distribution and internal manufacturing capabilities.

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  • Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:44

    Though sales were up 3% and income increased 1% for WD-40 Company in the third quarter, shares for the lubricants and cleaner supplier were down more than 6% Thursday morning after management narrowed the full-year guidance.

    Net sales for the quarter came in at $95.7 million, up from $93.1 million in the same quarter last year. This was largely carried by sales of multi-purpose maintenance products; sales of homecare and cleaning products decreased 1%.

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  • Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:55

    The most recent "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Kitchen Cabinets" survey by J.D. Power found IKEA to be a clear winner among customers.

    According to the survey, IKEA ranked highest overall, scoring 789 on a 1,000-point scale. 

    The study measures satisfaction according to design, ordering and delivery, price, operational performance and warranty. IKEA did best in the pricing and warranty categories.

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  • Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:39

    The National Retail Federation performed an internal shuffle, first by hiring Paul Martino as VP and senior policy counsel and second by promoting Beth Provenzano to VP for Federal Government Relations.

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  • Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:35

    WOLF has a new collection in its arsenal. Its Poly-Ash Moulding is a new line of exterior trim made with more than 70% recycled material that seeks to correct the limitations of wood and PVC.

    The mouldings are made with Boral TruExterior Trim and are manufactured entirely in the U.S. They're also covered by Boral TruExterior Trim's 20-year limited warranty once painted.

    Designed with durability in mind, the mouldings offer resistance to rotting, cracking, splitting and termites, and they eliminate the need for end-sealing or special adhesives.

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  • Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:25

    Kamloops, British Columbia-based Thompson River Veneer Products Ltd., a dry veneer supplier and plywood producer, has joined the APA - The Engineered Wood Association.

    The APA Board of Trustees approved the Canadian plywood manufacturer for membership, making it the fourth supplier of its kind to join the organization this year.

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