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July 8, 2014

Anderson, California-based Sierra Pacific Industries signed a deal to purchase Hurd and Superseal Windows and Doors from Longroad Asset Management. 

Terms of the deal were not released.

According to SPI, the purchase will add manufacturing capacity, a skilled workforce, additional product lines, and immediate exposure to Central and Eastern U.S. and international markets for the Window Division of Sierra Pacific Industries -- a family owned and managed wood products firm.

July 7, 2014

Paul Johnson, president of Interiors One Inc., Carpet One in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been elected chairman of the board of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). He fills the role vacated by Janice Clifton of Abbey Carpets in Napa, California.

July 3, 2014

Irvine, California-based Insteon says its home automation and control technology products are now available in Microsoft retail stores.

The company’s connected-home devices are also available through MicrosoftStore.com and at such stores as Best Buy, The Home Depot, Walmart, Sears and Menards, among others. 

July 3, 2014

San Carlos, California-based Kelly-Moore Paint Company is continuing what it calls an “aggressive retail expansion” with the opening of its 5,400-sq.-ft. store in Petaluma, California.

The store at 905 Lakville St. marks the company’s 105th retail store in northern California.

July 2, 2014

It wouldn't be entirely accurate to describe Fluidmaster as a company that manufactures toilet tank parts. 

As David McFarland, director marketing for the San Juan Capistrano, California-based company explained to HCN, the company's commitment to giving back is so integral to its identity, it chose a heart-shaped logo.

July 1, 2014

AZEK, Home Depot and OrePac all teamed up Thursday, June 19th to help spruce up a garden for disabled vets in San Bernardino, California.

The Veterans Exploration Garden in Speicher Memorial Park received a new AZEK Paver walkway (which is made with 95% recycled materials) for smoother wheelchair access.

June 26, 2014

GE has donated $10,000 to HomeAid, a nonprofit that works to provide housing for the homeless. The 25-year-old, California-based charity is working toward building 32 projects in 2014.

GE -- which also donates appliances to HomeAid on an ongoing basis -- has donated some $750,000 to the charity since 1989 in money and in-kind donations.

June 23, 2014

Harbinger Group, the privately held holding company for Spectrum Brands’ wide assortment of home-related brands, is courting shareholders of Central Garden & Pet Co. to buy the company.

According to a letter from Harbinger to CGP shareholders, the offer is a $10 per share bid for the company or a $750 million acquisition of the pet segment.

Central Garden & Pet is a Walnut Creek, California-based pet and lawn supply company.  

June 13, 2014

KB Home opened a brand new KB Home Design Studio in the Sacramento area, 

The Roseville, California, facility is described as a retail-like showroom where home shoppers can explore design choices, energy-efficient features and sophisticated home automation technologies.

Roseville is also home to two new KB Home communities, Aria and Legato at Westpark, which both celebrated grand openings this spring.

June 13, 2014

LaMirada, California-based Makita has been recognized for outstanding battery recycling efforts with the Call2Recycle Leader in Sustainability Award.

Call2Recycle, North America’s first and largest battery collection and recycling program, created the Leader in Sustainability Award for companies that maintain a strong commitment to sustainability by steering hazardous materials away from local landfills. This is the second year Call2Recycle has distributed the award.

June 10, 2014

Fernando Madeira will succeed Joel Anderson as president and CEO of Walmart.com to help the retailer further a growth strategy focused on winning at the integration of physical and digital. Anderson left to become president of fast-growing teen and pre-teen retailer Five Below. 

May 30, 2014

San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply Hardware president Richard Maltsbarger said the future looks bright for the West Coast chain, especially after a $20 million investment in Northern California stores.

The investment includes a complete rebuild of the Orchard Supply Hardware San Jose – Midtown, which will serve as the flagship of the 73-store chain that stretches from Portland, Oregon, to Southern California.

May 28, 2014

Richard Fricklas, FRCI, of Centennial, Colorado, received RCI's Lifetime Achievement Award during its 29th International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, California.

Fricklas was honored for his lifetime of contributions to the education of three generations of roofing professionals.

May 28, 2014

La Mirada, Calif.-based Makita U.S.A. launched a new mobile app with a dashboard of options that includes a dealer locator, tool registration, an interactive sales tool for dealers, and more.

The app is the latest in Makita’s drive to provide more valuable and interactive content to both tool users and dealers.

May 9, 2014

Las Vegas -- Simpson Strong-Tie is reaching out to the DIY customer with easy-to-assemble work bench kits and also ideas to empower the typical homeowner. 

Here at the National Hardware Show, the Pleasanton, California-based fastener giant was displaying its DIY Done Right boxed kit work bench, as well as DIY-focused brochures and marketing materials to help connect retailers with consumers.

May 6, 2014

Las Vegas -- Weathering the storm of the digital revolution has been a major focal point here at the National Hardware Show thus far, where opting out is hardly on the table. Especially driving this point home were FunMobility's Pat Murphy; Linda Roark of Pete's Ace Hardware in Castro, California; and Jodie Larson of Brentwood Ace Hardware.

In a seminar titled "Using Mobile to Drive Real Business Results," the three discussed their own successes with FunMobility's mobile marketing campaign and the importance of the smartphone in today's retail landscape.

April 23, 2014

Garden Grove, Calif.-based Earth Friendly Products, the manufacturer of ECOS laundry detergent and other all-natural cleaning products, is increasing its minimum wage to $17 per hour in honor of Earth Day this year.

Additionally, the company will continue providing a bonus worth one week's pay for both Earth Day and Labor Day to all employees.

The move backs the company's ideal of a sustainable, fair and responsible work environment, first established by founder Van Vlahakis in 1967.

April 22, 2014

Roofing consultants group RCI named Sidney I. Hankins, as president of its board of directors.

Hankins, of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Roof Design and Consulting Services, was named president at the Annual Meeting of Members during the 29th International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif.

First VP is Jean-Guy Levaque of Halsall Associates, Burlington, Ontario. Second VP is Robert Hinojosa of RJH and Associates of Miramar Beach, Fla.

 

April 18, 2014

The latest Living Spaces home furnishings store in Phoenix features a collaboration between the California-based retailer and home improvement TV star Jeff Lewis.

As Living Spaces’ Creative Director, Lewis’ designs and curated rooms can be viewed in the store’s “Styled by Jeff Lewis” gallery. Lewis hosts Bravo’s Flipping Out and Interior Therapy. 

Located off the 10 freeway at the 67th Ave. exit in Phoenix, the Living Spaces Phoenix showroom is the company’s second location in Arizona. 

April 16, 2014

In an interview with the Contra Costa Times, third-generation California retailer Bill Wygal shared some of the keys to the success of his family business. A major ingredient: Family values.

Bill’s Ace has stores in the California cities of Concord, Martinez and Pleasant Hill, and has been in continuous operation since 1948.

Secrets to success, according to the article, include hiring the right people and retaining them -- not easy in the retail business. It’s also critical to maintain a culture of strong customer service.

April 11, 2014

True Value Co. recognized Foster True Value Hardware as one of its 13 honorees for its “Best Hardware in Town” program.

The store operates in Mariposa, Calif., where it has a strong reputation as a community supporter with sponsorships and other philanthropic efforts.   

Troy Foster, Monica Evans and Melissa Swank accepted the award during a ceremony in Atlanta earlier this year. 

April 8, 2014

A quick fix can go a long way to solving a problem, particularly when that problem is a payroll error.

“Payroll errors unfortunately occur from time to time even at the best employers,” said Chuck McDonald, an attorney in the Greenville, S.C., office of Ogletree Deakins, in an interview with SHRM Online.

April 2, 2014

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) elected Steve Donner of Weiland Sliding Doors & Windows in Oceanside, Calif., as the association's 2014-2015 chair.

He replaces outgoing Chair Mike Salsieder, of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork in Wausau, Wisc.

March 31, 2014

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie has made two executive appointments in the form of a new president and COO, effective July 1.

Roger Dankel will be the president, North America Sales, in which role he will be charged with the strategic leadership of the company's sales, customer support and distribution. He has been with the company since 1993 and has served as sales manager for the southeast branch since 1997.

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