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March 31, 2014

Arlington, Va. -- Three operators of successful and growing lumberyards put their fingers on the pulse of the LBM industry and offered a prognosis for opportunities and challenges.

March 18, 2014

Appliance and electronics retailer h.h. gregg is giving away over $50,000 in prizes from LG in honor of its "March into h.h. gregg" event.

March 4, 2014

For the first time in the history of oriented strand board or any other product, the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) were under one roof this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 70,000 attendees stormed the castle for what will hereto forth be known as Design & Construction Week, a perfectly sensible synergistic meeting of two highly anticipated industry events.

March 4, 2014

Whirlpool has introduced the new 1.9 cu. ft. Over the Range Microwave with TimeSavor Plus True Convection, which features an AccuPop cycle that aims to take the guesswork out of making popcorn.

AccuPop "listens" to popcorn using sound sensors and automatically adjusts cooking time for optimal results.

February 25, 2014

Atlanta -- True Value Co.'s Special Order App for mobile devices is putting more power into the hands of retailers, according to the co-op.

What began as a concept about 18 months ago, the True Value mobile ordering app is now in its sixth month of operation. It's in use at about 1,800 retailers making thousands of orders, said Rosalee Hermens, VP and chief information officer for True Value. 

December 12, 2013

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton is continuing to deliver innovative solutions to end users with the launch of its new Universal Serial Bus (USB) Charging Station. Designed to meet both residential and commercial needs, the new product allows users to tap into four integrated USB ports rated at 5.0 total amperes (A) to quickly and easily charge any device. 

December 11, 2013

Kathy Hendricks, who had overseen ABC Supply’s information technology function for 28 years, most recently as VP and chief information officer, has been named to the newly created position of executive director of customer connectivity.

In her new role, she will lead ABC Supply’s strategic initiative to design, develop and implement the new information technology services and solutions that will connect ABC Supply to its customers and make it easier for its customers to run their businesses.

December 10, 2013

If you were hoping to launch your quick-drying spackle on Kickstarter last fall, you may have been out of luck. Or at least that’s how the story at Lockitron goes: In October 2012, co-founders Cameron Robertson and Paul Gerhardt took to TechCrunch to explain how their smartphone-enabled deadbolt was rejected by the crowdfunding platform for falling under the prohibited category of home improvement.

December 3, 2013

Lowe's has teamed up with State Farm to help give consumers greater access to its proprietary cloud-based platform, Iris, a DIY safety and security home management system.

Specficially, State Farm will be offering its customers special promotions on the Iris Safe and Secure kit and the Iris Smart Home kit. Some qualifying customers will receive discounts on their home insurance as well.

Iris allows users to monitor and control smoke alarms, water sensors and more using a smart phone, PC or tablet. It also notifies users of possible water leaks or fires.

November 14, 2013

Jenn-Air has partnered with 20-20 Technologies, a maker of 3-D interior design and manufacturing software, to extend the capacity for interior designers to incorporate Jenn-Air appliances in their 3-D renderings.

Users of 20-20 Technologies can now select products from Jenn-Air's appliance line to plan and conceptualize kitchens with realistic 3-D drawings.

November 6, 2013

Armstrong World Industries has announced several changes to its management structure, which are scheduled to go into effect Nov. 16.

Most notably, Armstrong Flooring Products CEO Frank Ready will be retiring after 30 years with the company. Armstrong CFO Thomas Mangas will take his place, who will in turn be succeeded by Armstrong Building Products VP finance David Schulz.

October 15, 2013

Honeywell has announced that its full line of Wi-Fi thermostats will enable homeowners to connect with their utility and receive incentives for cutting down on electricity use. 

"The same technology people purchase today to lower their heating bills can pay extra dividends in the summer months," said Tony Uttley, general manager of Home Comfort and Energy Systems at Honeywell. "Honeywell can easily link homeowners to these additional savings."

October 7, 2013

Trex Company has rolled out a newly redesigned website with enhanced content, navigation and user experience, as well as an upgraded mobile format.

The site also uses responsive design, with automatically optimizes the site for the visitor's screen.

September 19, 2013

Honeywell has released the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control, an innovative thermostat that is voice-activated and cloud-connected.

Using advanced far-field voice technology that breaks through the ambient noise in the home, users can switch on the thermostat from across the room simply by saying "Hello, thermostat." Further action can be taken through commands, such as "make it four degrees warmer" or "make it much cooler."

September 19, 2013

USG Corporation has made a couple of executive appointments in line with its overall growth strategy of diversifying the company's earnings. Effective Oct. 1, Christopher R. Griffin will leave his post as executive VP operations for the role of executive VP and COO. Additionally, Jennifer F. Scanlon will transition from VP and president, international to senior VP and president, international.

September 9, 2013

Homeowners will soon have a taste of what it's like to stream their favorite tunes while they shower. Residential plumbing and HVAC supplier Homewerks Worldwide LLC has announced what it claims is the first Bluetooth-enabled ventilation fan with wireless streaming capabilities.

September 3, 2013

Fort Worth, Texas-based ECi Software Solutions has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing U.S.-based companies.

It's the fifth year for ECi to make the list.

"Our commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of independent business owners is helping them to grow, and we are proud to be growing right along with them," said Ron Books, president and CEO of ECi.

July 31, 2013

Marking the latest entry in the booming smart home market, Kwikset (a brand of the Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) division of Spectrum Brands Holdings) has announced that its Kevo smart lock technology is available for pre-order.

In partnership with UniKey Technologies, Inc., Kwikset makes it possible to unlock a deadbolt using a mobile app and the touch of a finger. According to the company, users will be able to use the technology without taking their phone out of their pockets or purses.

July 16, 2013

VTech has just announced its new IS7121-2 video doorbell system, and in celebration of the product launch, it has released a new consumer survey that explores common sentiments related to front door visitations. The survey, sponsored by VTech and conducted by independent research firm Toluna, found that reliance on the doorbell has changed little since its invention in 1831 - and many long for "X-ray" capabilities.

June 19, 2013

In an effort to step up its commitment to energy efficiency and emerging technology, KB Home announced Tuesday that all of its new homes will be equipped with "smart" Wiser home management systems. The feature will allow homeowners to monitor their energy consumption in real time from their mobile devices or computers.

"This system is ... a sign of our times," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home. "Not only do consumers want 'smart' phones, they want 'smart' homes as well."

June 19, 2013

Contractors face the unknown when they tackle problems hidden inside closed structures. Stud sensors and electronic scanners — two still-evolving technologies that use radar to locate objects behind or embedded in materials — can help, but their ability to identify wood and metal framing, electrical wiring, broken or lost parts, misplaced tools, and other critically important objects is limited.

Fortunately, there's another category of electronic tools that can actually see into closed cavities.

April 5, 2013

Employer representatives have testified before a congressional panel that they support the expansion of the federal government’s E-Verify electronic employment verification system, which experts agree will be a central piece of comprehensive immigration reform.

March 1, 2013

Denver-based PRO Group said it is helping its affiliated stores through the use of QR (quick-response) codes.

February 26, 2013

The NLBMDA announced that Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) will be a featured speaker during the Washington Briefing breakfast at the Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference.

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