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April 15, 2014

Acquisition-oriented US LBM is at it again, this time with an expansion in Wisconsin.

Following on the heels of two new Hines openings in Northern Illinois, US LBM’s Wisconsin Building Supply subsidiary announced the opening of two new locations in the Fond du Lac area.

April 9, 2014

Hines Supply, a subsidiary of US LBM, has opened a full-service building supply center and design showroom in Grayslake, Ill., north of Chicago.

The location, at 939 South Route 83 in Grayslake, is celebrating its grand opening today. It will be managed by 30-year industry veteran Ed Graafsma.

April 9, 2014

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners has agreed to purchase the assets of Factory Builder Stores, a large independent specialty distributor of appliances and cabinets based in Houston.

April 4, 2014

Albertson, N.Y.-based Marlin Lumber Sales Corp., which offers mill direct sourcing for hardwood flooring, welcomed industry veterans Kevin Kelly and Dave Nickodemus to the Marlin sales team.

"Both Kevin and Dave are key additions to the Marlin sales team," said Jan Schottenfeld, Marlin Lumber president. "We view these appointments as a sign of our commitment to continued leadership in the industry. I'm confident that Kevin and Dave will play key roles in provideing high quality solutions for our customers." 

April 1, 2014

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corporation is hoping to gain a sales and marketing boost from its 90th anniversary.

To commemorate the occasion, Ace is hosting a nationwide promotion April 2-7, during which time customers can get 20% off gallons of Clark+Kensington paint+primer in one, as well as special offers on a variety of lawn, garden and outdoor living items. Some home maintenance products will also be priced at 90 cents in honor of the milestone.

March 14, 2014

American Standard has launched a flagship luxury bathroom and kitchen brand -- called DXV, for "Decade 15" -- in celebration of its 150-year anniversary.

Starting this spring, more than 70 DXV products will be available exclusively in showrooms across the country. These collections will be curated according to the historical period they evoke: Classic (1880-1920), Golden Era (1920 - 1950), Modern (1950 - 1990) and Contemporary (1990 - present). Within each time period, there will be one or two bathroom fixture suites and complementary faucet collections.

March 4, 2014

Hardware Resources and Top Knobs hired Grant Lauterbach as VP of sales. Lauterbach has held several leadership positions during his three-decade career, including over 20 years with Masco Cabinetry and additional tenure with other cabinet makers.

"Grant is known in the industry as a results-focused executive leader," states Greg Gottlieb, president at Hardware Resources and Top Knobs. "We brought Grant on board to help take our two sales forces for Hardware Resources and Top Knobs to the next level in exceeding the expectations of our customers."

January 27, 2014

Cranbury, N.J.-based HBC Home & Hardware Products, the home products distributor formerly known as Howard Berger Co., has acquired the assets of Faucet Queen.

Faucet Queen’s Helping Hand brand of convenience-oriented home hardware is the market leader in serving the food and drug retail trade, the company said. The Faucet Queen business will continue to operate out of the current Vernon Hills, Ill., facility. 

January 22, 2014

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Tractor Supply Co. will open a 19,000-sq.-ft. store in Tucumcari, N.M., in September, according to local press reports. 

The store will be the 12th Tractor Supply location in the state, and one of the 1,245 stores in the nation's largest farm and ranch chain.

In the first three quarters of the company's current fiscal year, Tractor Supply opened 71 new stores and closed two stores. Late last year, the retailer established its first stores in the states of Wyoming and Nevada.

January 8, 2014

ACO Hardware, a 52-store chain described as Michigan’s largest independent home and hardware retailer, will join the Ace Hardware brand. 

Based in Farmington Hills, Mich., ACO will operate the new Ace Hardware stores under the name Great Lakes Ace, a nod to the retailer’s Michigan roots. ACO was originally founded in 1946 as Traskos Brothers Hardware Depot in Dearborn, Mich. All of the company’s stores are in Michigan. 

January 8, 2014

Walmart recently recognized Briggs & Stratton Corporation for its leading contributions to its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal, namely that of its work on the E Series engine.

December 26, 2013

Repeating the new tradition it established last year, Naperville, Ill.-based Opal Enterprises is engaging in a bit of a holiday bake-off for local charities.

The roofing contracting company baked 140 dozen cookies on Dec. 21, which were then giftwrapped for delivery to Childserve in Naperville, Ronald McDonald Family Room at Naperville's Edward Hospital, 360 Youth Services in the Lisle/Naperville area and Family Shelter Services in Downers Grove.

December 20, 2013

Denver-based Kodiak Building Partners expanded its footprint in the gypsum distribution market with the acquisition of Jones-Heartz Drywall Supply, also of Denver. 

Jones-Heartz Drywall Supply's team of 57 people will remain in place, with Greg Lyon leading the combined drywall operations of Jones-Heartz and Great West Drywall Supply, acquired by Kodiak in 2012. 

December 18, 2013

Online-led lighting retailer YLighting has launched a new corporate brand, YDesign Group, to reflect the expansion of its business to include furnishings and decorative plumbing.

December 3, 2013

Two board members have tendered their resignations at China Ceramics Co., Ltd., the company announced Monday.

"I would like to thank Paul Kelly for his leadership and experience in his role as Chairman and appreciate the active engagement of Cheng Davis in her role as a director," said Jiadong Huang, CEO. "We highly value both Paul and Cheng's contributions and believe that our company is stronger for their efforts. We will look to add qualified independent board members to our Board in the period ahead."

November 8, 2013

Sacramento, Calif.-based Blomberg Windows is closing down after nearly 60 years in the building materials industry.

Citing changes in the economy and building industry, the company has enlisted the services of Bluett & Associates to deal with going-out-of-business logistics, sell its remaining assets and properties, and to work with the staff to fulfill existing orders.

According to the company, the decision was reached "with sadness and only after careful and thorough deliberation."

November 5, 2013

In a town called Gypsum, Ohio, a USG Corp. manufacturing plant has been awarded the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star.

OSHA officials presented the award on Mon. during a ceremony at the plant, where USG Gypsum's 230 employees were present.

October 3, 2013

Whirlpool Corp. is the official home appliance sponsor of Homes for Our Troops (HFOT). For the next three years, HFOT’s homes will include a full suite of Whirlpool major appliances and KitchenAid brand countertop appliances. 

September 26, 2013

The International Housewares Association elected Keith Jaffee of 02 Cool as chairman.

O2 Cool designs, produces and markets “cool,” creative and fun battery operated misting and portable fans, water-cooling hydration products, outdoor accessories and novelty items. 

As an IHA officer, he will serve a one-year term from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014.

September 10, 2013

NEW YORK — In less than five years, Green Bay, Wis.-based US LBM Holdings has grown from a mere idea into a 55-unit pro dealer. It ranked 14th in sales on the HCN Pro Dealer Industry Scoreboard and showed year-over-year revenue growth of 15.7%.

With those numbers, and a corporate culture focused on improvement, US LBM Holdings was named HCN’s 2013 “Pro Dealer of the Year.”

August 26, 2013

New York -- HCN, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., selected US LBM Holdings as the 2013 Pro Dealer of the Year.

August 6, 2013

Littlejohn & Co., LLC has wrapped up the acquisition and recapitalization of Handy Hardware Wholesale, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last January and was sold in April.

Littlejohn, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, has a stake in wholesale distribution as well as hardware.

July 16, 2013

Natchez, Miss.-based Central Network Retail Group acquired Moore’s Hardware in Dahlonega, Ga.

The 11,500-sq.-ft. store at 550 Grove Street N in Dahlonega also has a warehouse and lumberyard. Moore’s features a broad assortment of lumber, building materials, millwork, hardware, paint, electrical, and plumbing products. Lamar Ricketts, Moore’s former owner and manager, has agreed to stay and consult with CNRG.

July 3, 2013

Frank Denny, a home center retailing pioneer, died July 2.

Credited for creating a sort of industry standard for warehouse home centers, Denny was president of W.R. Grace and Co.'s home center division. When Kmart bought Home Centers of America in 1984, Denny was tapped to oversee its expansion under the brand name Builders Square.

A message from Denny's family said he died Monday morning, "after the usual tough fight he was known for throughout his career." He was 79. 

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