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June 10, 2014

Boiler maker Weil-McLain of Michigan City, Indiana, announced a recall of its Ultra models 80, 105, 155 and 230 MBH Ultra Series Boilers.

According to a release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a cap on the boiler’s manifold can crack and release gas into the home, posing a risk of fire and explosion.

No injuries have been reported, but the firm has received 11 reports of manifold caps cracking.

April 18, 2014

 

In Canon City, Colo., Fontana True Value is carrying a new stamp of approval: “True Value Best Hardware Store in Town.”

Jim Fontana and Susan Palladino accepted the designation during a True Value Co. ceremony in Atlanta, during which 13 stores were honored.

In Canon City, Fontana True Value is known for empowering employees to make decisions, including returns and price matching. 

“Every day I get customer feedback about how friendly and helpful the employees are,” said Fontana. 

July 8, 2013

Red Lion Insulation, part of the Masco Contractor Services family of companies, has expanded into the Atlantic City, N.J., area. 

"The employees of Red Lion Insulation are very excited to be expanding operations into the Atlantic City area,” said Douglas Sorantino, division manager. “This new location will allow us to better serve our customers in Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and also provide a local base of operations to support the communities in need of our products from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

March 18, 2013

Kansas City, Kan.-based DaVinci Roofscapes, maker of roofing materials including polymer slate and shake roofing, launched a home exterior color contest open to all homeowners.

January 26, 2012

Ashland City, Tenn.-based maker of water heaters and boilers launched the A.O. Smith Warranty Check app for contractors and plumbers for use in the field. 

"The iPhone and Android have created a huge demand for on-the-go information from homeowners and professionals," said Matt Southards, senior manager of digital marketing and strategy for A.O. Smith. "As an industry leader, we want to provide our plumbing professionals with easy access to critical information from remote locations."

January 24, 2012

Bruce Gale, a 49-year-old lumberyard manager of Higginbotham-Bartlett Co. in Colorado City, Texas, passed away on Jan. 18.

Gale spent most of his life in Colorado City. He was very active in the 4-H association, loved playing golf and was a Tony Stewart fan. He also loved hunting and fishing.

January 11, 2012

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek plans to open a new location in Birmingham, Ala. The company said the site is ready, and employees are being hired in anticipation of a Feb. 1 opening.

“We are pleased to further expand our presence in Alabama and the Southeast, in general, as we believe these areas will be on the leading edge of the residential building recovery," said Bill Adams, CEO of Cedar Creek. 

November 7, 2011

Garden City N.Y.-based Lifetime Brands, a provider of kitchenware, tabletop, home decor and lifestyle products, has acquired Creative Tops Limited and Creative Tops Far East Limited (CTFE). 

Creative Tops is a wholesale provider of tableware, kitchenware and giftware products in the United Kingdom. CTFE is based in Hong Kong and provides sourcing and other services for Creative Tops and its customers.

October 12, 2011

Store design and the art of packing high-volume sales in a small space was one of the front-and-center topics at the True Value Market in Philadelphia.

The company's Destination True Value (DTV) initiative -- its store design and merchandising concept -- came to Philadelphia in a new package that measured just over 5,200 sq. ft. The concept store, on full display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, included 50% less lineal feet than the medium-size DTV format, but had 68% of the SKU count, according to the co-op.

September 22, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A. O. Smith launched a new line of XP Boilers and XP Automatic Circulating Water Heaters for large-volume commercial applications. Designed for versatility and energy savings, these units bring together touchscreen simplicity and high-efficiency operation and reliability, according to the manufacturer.

September 22, 2011

Chicago-based True Value Co.'s September market kicks off bright and early Friday morning with a 7:30 a.m. general session in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Sept. 23 to 25 event at the Philadelphia Convention Center also includes a Retail Best Practices Conference today, Sept. 22. 

One of the highlights of the event will be a display and demonstration of a small-format Destination True Value store, which will be open all hours of the market, with guided tours throughout the day. 

September 21, 2011

Owens Corning has added John Williams, the president and CEO of Domtar, as its newest director, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Williams was elected after the Owens Corning board decided to increase its size by one member. His term expires in 2014.

Williams will serve on the audit and finance committees.

Domtar Corp. is a Montreal-based producer of paper and pulp products. 

August 29, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A. O. Smith has entered into a contract with the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA). The new contract will allow the water heater manufacturer to easily interact with federal, state and local government agencies in need of commercial water heaters and boilers.

August 10, 2011

More than 35,000 trade visitors from 85 countries are expected to fill out the China International Hardware Show 2011 in Shanghai. Some 2,400 exhibitors from around 20 countries and regions are also expected.

The Sept. 21 to 23 event, organized by Koelnmesse and the China National Hardware Association, is described as Asia's leading trade fair for tools, DIY and building hardware, security systems and locks.

June 16, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced $1,939,000 in proposed penalties for Phenix Lumber Co., a sawmill in Phenix City, Ala., for safety violations that include exposing employees to amputation and fall hazards. 

June 14, 2011

Beijing New Building Material (Group) Co. (BNBM), China's largest new home and building materials manufacturer, is planning to open 10 new production facilities overseas by the year 2015, according to an article in China Daily. 

March 23, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A.O. Smith signed on as the Official Education Sponsor for Quality Service Contractors (QSC). 

QSC is a trade organization serving plumbing and HVAC service and repair contractors.

As sponsor, A. O. Smith will provide many of the tools and resources used to supply contractor education to QSC members throughout the year as well as at the upcoming QSC Power Meeting XXXIV April 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn. A. O. Smith will also provide bi-weekly tech training, QSC HR consulting, and other online resources to contractor members.  

March 17, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A. O. Smith Water Products Co. donated a 120-gallon solar storage tank to the Hurston family of Cocoa Beach, Fla., project of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  

March 13, 2011

Global construction supplier and retailer Saint-Gobain has closed its La Maison building material stores in China, according to a report in Agence France Presse. 

La Maison's 86,000-sq.-ft. flagship store and six design showrooms in Shanghai stopped operating during the week of March 10, a company spokesman told AFP. He blamed recent measures by the Chinese government to cool the housing boom and the change in construction practices, which are building more “finished” properties outfitted with electrical, plumbing and other “pre-decorations.”

February 22, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A.O. Smith is about to begin a cross-country journey called the High Efficiency Revolution Tour to promote its line of water heaters. 

The two-year long traveling show will begin this month, driving around the country in a custom-made RV dubbed the High Efficiency Mobile Marketing Vehicle. 

January 28, 2011

Home Depot's collection of Chinese stores has dwindled to seven, with the closing of a store in Beijing in January -- the fifth closing in a little more than two years. 

The moves reflect the retailer's strategy to adjust its focus on key markets, rather than scatter its attention around the country. The Atlanta-based retail giant operates seven stores in three Chinese cities -- four in Tianjin, two in Xi'an and a smaller, 50,000-sq.-ft. format pilot store in Zheng Zhou.

October 13, 2010

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