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April 15, 2014

David R. Lumley, president and CEO of Spectrum Brands Holdings, has been elected to a one-year term on the nine-member board of directors of Husqvarna, the outdoor power products supplier.

April 14, 2014

Armstrong World Industries is kicking off construction at its Lancaster, Pa. facility, where it's spending $41 million to expand its manufacturing capacity to include luxury vinyl tile (LVT) for commercial and residential applications.

April 14, 2014

Owens Corning CEO Mike Thaman says the company is honored to receive a Green Cross.

The National Safety Council has awarded Owens Corning with the 2014 Green Cross for Safety Medal, the top honor given annually to an organization with an outstanding safety record and a proven commitment to its community.

April 7, 2014

Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale named Charles Smith as CEO of the company, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger, a manufacture of brick.

Smith is a 22-year veteran of General Shale and he previously served as president and COO. He succeeds Richard L. Green, who retired April 1.

"Charles has helped steer General Shale's operations through a major economic downturn, and he played an instrumental role in revitalizing the company's product development," said Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger.

March 28, 2014

Responding to what the company says is an increased demand for LED wall packs -- which are outdoor luminaires used to light walkways, building and parking areas -- Access Fixtures is rolling out new designs in this category.

"The demand for more modern style wall packs has increased, along with the demand for high-performing LED technology," said Access Fixtures CEO Steven Rothschild. "We are glad to be able to provide the newest LED wall packs that combine modern styles to complement the newest architectural designs with CREE LED technology."

March 27, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corporation, the industry’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative, recognized Les Orchekowsky of Sierra Vista, Ariz., with Ace’s first-ever Ray A. Griffith Retail Leadership Award.

Named after Ace’s former CEO Ray A. Griffith who retired in March 2013, the award will be given annually to the Ace retailer that most personifies Griffith’s outstanding leadership traits and exemplifies Ace’s core values.

March 25, 2014

Hundreds of Lowe's employee volunteers teamed up with Habitat for Humanity affiliates to build homes in 10 U.S. cities this Friday, kicking off the nationwide volunteer drive known as "Hammers for Habitat."

“Lowe’s has been one of the bedrock partners for Habitat for many years,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. “We’re so excited about our long-term partnership, the effort to get 100,000 new volunteers active in Habitat’s work and the ripples of impact that will come from that.”

March 21, 2014

RGS Energy, a Louisville, Colo.-based manufacturer of solar energy products, has named Dennis Lacey SVP finance.

In his new role, Lacey will be responsible for implementing and managing the company's residential lease financing program. 

March 21, 2014

Jerry Howard, CEO the National Association of Home Builders, will speak at the Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference. He will join Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) at the Washington Briefing Breakfast April 1.

Howard has worked as a legislative analyst at the National Association of Realtors, the chief lobbyist for the National Council of State Housing Agencies, and tax counsel  for the NAHB. He was promoted to NAHB's executive VP and CEO in February 2001. 

March 20, 2014

Tempur Sealy International, Inc. has announced the retirement of Sealy Corporation president and CEO Lawrence Rogers, effective April 5.

Rogers will join the company's board of directors, however, on March 27, comprising the board's 11th member.

March 17, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores (SHOS) took a swan dive on Friday following the release of its fouth quarter earnings report, which even its CEO acknowledged as disappointing.

March 13, 2014

General Tools & Instruments, a Manhattan-based tool manufacturer with a storied history, has been acquired by private equity firm High Road Capital Partners.

Founded in 1922, General Tools & Instruments is a designer and developer of precision specialty hand tools and handheld test instruments for consumers and professionals.

March 13, 2014

Cedar Creek has made a deal to acquire Reid and Wright, a lumber and building material distributor based in Bend, Ore., with a distribution center in Broomfield, Colo.

According to Cedar Creek CEO Bill Adams, “This is a key addition for Cedar Creek as it brings new customers, quality people and great products that we’ll merge into our current Denver location.”

The agreement is expected to be completed by March 31, 2014. 

March 4, 2014

Emery-Waterhouse CEO Steve Frawley anticipates changes now that Ace Hardware has acquired the 170-year-old regional wholesale distributor. Some will be subtle, some substantial, and some as yet unknown. 

The deal, terms of which were not revealed, also marks the beginning of a separation between Portland, Maine-based Emery and Distribution America, the co-operative of nine regional distributors that pool together as a buying group. 

March 4, 2014

On the heels of a financially sound 2013, Jarden Corporation has re-ordered and expanded its executive management structure in order to align the company with its current scale.

March 4, 2014

Darrell Wabschall is a man on a mission.

The founder and CEO of the Vendor Center, the business-to-business, password-protected Web service, believes that there is a better way to efficiently connect retailer buyers with vendors and their products.

March 3, 2014

Sears Holdings’ CEO Eddie Lampert strongly defended his company in his annual letter to shareholders, saying not only does he believe Sears is headed in the right direction, but that “the entire retail industry is headed to where we already are.”

The letter was released on Thursday, Feb. 27, the same day that the retailer posted its fourth quarter earnings report. Sears lost $1.36 billion last year as sales continued to fall and it closed stores as part of its plan to transform itself into a “member-centric” retailer.

March 3, 2014

The World Floor Covering Association has notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Association’s objections to new rules that have been proposed for work involving crystalline silica.

February 26, 2014

Citing a housing market recovery, Raleigh, N.C.-based Stock Building Supply saw net sales increase 21% in the fourth quarter to $305.2 million. 

Stock CEO Jeff Rea added that the future looks bright. “As we look ahead to 2014, we are encouraged by macro-economic trends that generally support growth in residential new construction and remodeling activity.”

The company reported fourth-quarter income of $2.96 million, compared to a loss of $4.88 million in the same quarter last year. 

February 25, 2014

Menck USA has appointed its senior executive and production team. This group of five officers will operate the company’s new expansion in Chicopee, Mass. The new Menck USA management team plans aggressive future growth for the company.

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Ace executives took the stage to deliver rousing speeches at the General Session of the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, congratulating retailers on a strong 2013 and outlining the co-op's vision for 2014 and beyond.

Ace even had a proprietary rock 'n' roll theme song dedicated to its strategic initiative, "20/20 Vision," which added a spirited component to a slide show presented at the session. "The view is worth the climb," crooned the singer.

February 23, 2014

Atlanta – An information-packed general session here at the True Value Reunion included up-close interviews with a new slate of senior executives and an update on the co-op’s long-running strategic planning effort.

And there was also a little comedy on the stage, as actors impersonated shoppers experiencing BBTSD, or “big box traumatic stress disorder.”

February 20, 2014

Ace Hardware Corp. announced today that it has acquired Emery-Waterhouse, the Portland, Maine-based distributor of hardlines products for independent lumber, paint, industrial and hardware outlets. 

“The acquisition of Emery-Waterhouse serves as a tremendous catalyst to leverage wholesale purchasing power,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware. “We are confident that both Ace retailers and Emery-Waterhouse customers will benefit from the additional scale and expanded assortments.”

February 19, 2014

Art's Way Manufacturing, an Armstrong, Iowa-based agricultural machinery and equipment manufacturer, has hired Bryant Phillips as group VP.

Reporting directly to CEO Carrie Majeski, Phillips will be charged with overseeing the P&L operations for the Ohio Metal Working Products/Art's Way Inc., Art's Way Manufacturing International LTD, Art's Way Vessels Inc. and Universal Harvester by Art's Way Inc. divisions.

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