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May 21, 2014

An editorial in the Boston Globe lamented the loss of a local hardware store, and at the same time praised the virtues of all surviving stores in an age of Amazon.com and the big box. 

The article, “Hardware stores: Barometer of civic health,” appeared in the May 10 newspaper. 

December 10, 2013

It’s been a busy summer and fall for HCN: Its editorial staff was taken to many corners of the great United States in pursuit of emerging brands and game-changing products. We were happy to see many industry heavyweights at several of the big trade shows this year, as well as a few hidden gems in the home improvement aisle. From old favorites to promising newcomers, here are a few highlights from the reporter’s notebook.

December 1, 2013

Mansfield, Mass.-based distributor Boston Cedar brought in some star power to help relaunch its decking, railing and trim product lineup.

Hockey legend Bobby Orr was on hand at the event in Providence, R.I., as was Providence College basketball coach Ed Cooley.  The celebration was designed to launch the compan's new decking, railing and trim product line up, and it attracted many of the leading northeast lumber and building materials dealers, according to the company. 

October 18, 2013

The mailing address for US LBM Holdings is Green Bay, Wis. But don’t be fooled. The CEO lives in Ohio. The HR chief in Boston. The COO in New Jersey. And the marketing director is in Chicago.

The system of a permanent, floating headquarters is by design. “I don’t want to be handcuffed to a building,” says CEO L.T. Gibson. “One of the ways to avoid a big corporate culture is to avoid a big corporate office.”

September 10, 2013

BOSTON — When it comes to pricing, Orgill merchandising guru Paul Ohrberg has done the math, several times. And at the Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor’s Fall Market here, Orgill’s director of retail concepts shared some theories on price image.

Ohrberg’s presentation, titled “Merchandising Techniques: Increasing Your Add On & Impulse Sales,” covered a wide swath of store best practices. And it also hit on some specifics:

August 29, 2013

The city of Boston has approved plans to build more energy-efficient homes after the relative success of a pilot program in Roxbury, the Boston Globe reports. 

The initial four homes, which recently went up in Dudley Square and reportedly generate almost twice as much power as they consume, will be followed up by a development of 40 similar units in Mission Hill.

August 27, 2013

3M gave viewers a sneak peek of its latest Command Hook innovations at the Orgill Market in Boston. New outdoor, UV-stable and bathroom hooks, launching Oct. 15, were present at the 3M booth.

August 26, 2013

Boston -- Delta's innovative H2Okinetic Technology enjoyed its share of the spotlight at the Orgill Market. The innovation, launched a couple years ago and in the process of gaining traction, was prominently displayed at the Delta booth here.

National account manager Christopher Conlisk said that the company has increased advertising coverage of the new H2Okinetic Technology in an effort to increase its market presence.

August 24, 2013

Boston -- Orgill's Jim Wilson, VP of Worldwide Sourcing for the Memphis-based distributor, is philosophical about the role of house brands like MintCraft, Tool Basix and Vulcan.

"We're doing this because it adds value and our customers tell us it's a good thing to do," he told HCN during on the market floor of Orgill's Boston Dealer Market here. "If this was no longer a value, we would exit these categories and lines, but I don't see that happening  here or anywhere else in the retail environment."

August 24, 2013

Boston -- Brian Kilcourse, managing partner for Retail Systems Research, took some time out at the Orgill Fall Market Friday to deliver a primer on mobile technology as a driving force in the contemporary retail environment.

The seminar, titled "The New Rules of Retail: How Today's Consumer is Changing the Game," positioned mobile technology as a harbinger of a giant "reset" in retail comparable to the Industrial Revolution and onset of the Information Age. 

August 23, 2013

Boston -- Orgill merchandisers and store designers unveiled the Cobblestone Hardware concept store, one of the centerpieces of the market floor.

The store revealed a number of tweaks to previous market showpieces. In its 10,000 sq. ft. of selling space, Cobblestone packed in all the usual suspects, plus a healthy dose of Dollar Central program products and "As Seen On TV" merchandise.

August 23, 2013

Boston -- The phrase “price image” plays a key role in merchandising best practices, according to a seminar presented by Paul Ohrberg, Orgill's Director of Retail Concepts.

The presentation, titled "Merchandising Techniques: Increasing Your Add On & Impulse Sales," covered merchandising techniques for dump bins, rolling racks, stackouts, counter displays, check out areas, queing fixtures, endcaps, clip strings, wing panels and specialty fixtures. 

July 10, 2013

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors has just expanded its national presence with a new Boston showroom. The self-titled "epic wide plank floor company" will be hosting a grand opening on Thursday, July 11 at the Boston Design Center, Suite 541.

May 20, 2013

Melville, N.Y.-based Leviton received the 2013 Industry Award of Merit at the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ (NAED) national meeting in Boston. 

As part of NAED’s Annual Achievement Awards, which recognize individuals and companies that embody the industry's highest standards, Leviton was honored for the company’s active role in promoting and supporting the wholesale electrical distribution industry.

May 6, 2013

Kingsport, Tenn.-based Perennial Wood, maker of a modified and real wood product, expands in the Northeast.

March 26, 2013

On Feb. 28, 2013, approximately 286 businesses and municipal employers filed an amicus brief in support of a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

January 31, 2013

A company that described itself as Boston's leading purveyor of fine architectural millwork closed its doors.

November 28, 2012

Newell Rubbermaid, the Atlanta-based company that recently reorganized its myriad brands into six business units, down from nine, gave investors insights into how those units have performed.

The six business units in the streamlined structure are home solutions, writing, tools, commercial products, baby and parenting, and specialty.

August 1, 2012

Home prices across the nation rose for the second month in a row, according to the S&P/Case Shiller Index, a closely watched indicator for the housing market. The average price of single-family, residential homes in the United States increased by 2.2% in May 2012 compared with the previous month for both the 10- and 20-city composites. On an annual basis, both composites and 17 of the 20 MSAs saw increases in May compared with April 2011. The exceptions were Boston, Charlotte and Detroit.

May 4, 2012

Last year, the original 50 Home Channel News Hardware Store All-Star honorees established a high bar and a hard act to follow. But the 2012 crop rises to the challenge. This year’s Hardware Store All-Stars, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, have at least one thing in common: Ask them what makes them special and you can bet they’ll include “excellent customer service” in the answer. From there, every path to stardom is unique.

March 22, 2012

ProBuild Holdings, the nation’s largest pro dealer, has announced a restructuring that will eliminate several high level management positions, lay off a number of people, and institute a hiring freeze at its Denver headquarters. 

In an internal memo obtained by Home Channel News, ProBuild’s CEO Rob Marchbank outlined the new leadership and reporting structure of the Denver-based company. The executive VP operations layer of management will be eliminated, and all senior VPs of operations will report directly to Marchbank.

February 21, 2012

The Empire Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of New Zealand-based Tenon LTD, has been selected as the exclusive distribution partner for Eastman Chemical Company’s new Perennial Wood decking product into Lowe’s stores.

Eastman is a Fortune 500 company with more than 80 years of history in acetylating wood pulp, according to the announcement. In 2010, 13% of Eastman’s total revenues were derived from sales of raw materials to the building and construction industry. 

October 4, 2011

A survey conducted in September at the annual Shop.org Retail Summit in Boston showed that that almost half of all retailers surveyed planned to offer eGifting this holiday season and 44% were looking at location-based deals as a key element of their mobile marketing strategy.

September 27, 2011

Power Home Remodeling Group, an East Coast-based provider of exterior home renovations, has expanded its operations to Marlborough, Mass., where it will continue to serve the greater Boston metropolitan area. Power has already hired more than 50 employees in the Boston region and plans to create at least 100 jobs in 2011 and another 100 to 250 in 2012, the company said in a press release.

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