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March 11, 2014

3M was in attendance at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, where the company fostered an innovation brainstorm of sorts at its Idea Exchange Lounge.

Attendees were able to explore some of 3M's latest projects, including new LED lighting solutions, glass films and building adhesives.

August 7, 2013

Flooring Solutions, owned and operated by Brian Lamkin of Austin, is due to move to a new space in Austin as part of the company's overarching plan to expand its presence in Texas and Louisiana.

The new 51,000-sq.-ft. facility will serve as office and warehouse space for the company, which specializes in design, consulting, installation and everything else flooring.

December 13, 2012

Anyone in the LBM trade knows it’s all about keeping the customer happy, whether he be a remodeler with a pick-up full of plywood sheets or a purchasing agent with a spreadsheet. A customer will let you know he’s happy by bringing back more business or making a referral. Sometimes, he will even tell you. All you have to do is ask.

November 2, 2012

E-Verify has found a champion in presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who would make the federal electronic employee verification system mandatory nationwide so that U.S. employment would become less of a magnet for illegal immigration.

But while E-Verify has become less error-ridden and more popular among employers than it used to be, it remains easy to fool, costly and widely ignored in states where it is required, according to a Sept. 25, 2012, report.

Hodgepodge of state laws

August 29, 2012

When Ace Hardware injects a motivational speaker into its general session, that’s news.

Roy Spence is the “S” of Austin, Texas-based advertising agency GSD&M, whose client list includes Southwest Airlines, The PGA Tour, Popeyes and Ace Hardware.

July 13, 2012

In response to a noticeable gap in the marketplace, Lake Forest, Calif.-based Kwikset launched an Austin product family, described as a rustic option for traditional and modern homes.

The Austin line includes a stylish handleset, lever and deadbolt with a decorative swing cover. The new products embrace the aesthetic of transitional décor and provide sophisticated security features.

March 15, 2012

The list of housing markets that show improvement, as measured by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), expanded from 98 to 99 metro regions between February and March 2012.

November 1, 2011

A green-focused home improvement retailer called TreeHouse was born last month when the founders opened a 25,000-sq.-ft. store in Austin, Texas. 

The business owners said they recognized the growing demand for sustainable and healthy-living products, which are organized across the store in the categories of health, performance, corporate responsibility and sustainability.


One theme of the store: Being green doesn't always mean you have to pay more or change your lifestyle.

September 22, 2011

Residential remodeling activity hit a new high in July 2011, rising 24% in year-over-year comparisons, according to an index compiled by BuildFax, a national database of building permit data. It was the 21st  straight month of increases and the highest level of remodeling activity since the index was introduced in 2004.

July 18, 2011

The takeover battle for Temple-Inland continues to escalate as the Austin, Texas, wood products supplier issued a statement today urging its stockholders to reject an unsolicited offer from International Paper (IP). Temple-Inland’s board of directors voted unanimously to reject the $30.60-per-share offer because it undervalues the company. The timing of the offer is also “extremely opportunistic,” the company said in its official recommendation. 

June 22, 2011

Zinger Hardware of Austin, Texas, will be relocating to a vacant bookstore with an outdoor center where it can build a children’s playground and a butterfly garden, according to an article in the Austin American Statesman. 

February 8, 2011

Austin, Texas-based Temple-Inland reported sales of building products for the fourth quarter were $146 million, up 12.3% from $130 million in the same quarter last year.

The building products and packaging company posted total 2010 earnings of $168 million, down 18.4% from $206 million in 2009. Excluding special items, net income was $100 million for the year, up from $78 million in 2009.

January 18, 2011

The home improvement and home building industry remains a leading cause of statistics. And here's the latest industry metric: the BuildFax Residential Remodeling Index (BFRRI).

Launched by the BuildFax, the Austin, Texas-based provider of building permit data, the BFRRI reports residential remodeling activity across the nation based on building permit activity filed with local building departments.

September 29, 2008

The industry’s third largest pro dealer is supplying and installing metal studs and trusses in...

July 28, 2008

Each conference offers an extended session with president and CEO Lyle Heidemann, as well as...

April 24, 2008

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the market is performing “unevenly.”...

March 2, 2008

Robert Ross, a commercial builder from Austin, Texas, calls the Commercial Builders Council “the best...

February 14, 2008

The National Association of Home Builders promoted its new National Green Building Program, launched officially...

February 10, 2008

In Wolseley North America’s bid for growth, the company’s showroom strategy looms large. It’s here...

February 5, 2008

It’s unclear when construction could begin on the project, from summer 2008 to spring 2009....

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