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January 27, 2014

The Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut honored their 2013 Lumber Person of the Year, Robert A. Kelly, at their 2013 Annual Banquet in November.

Kelly says it was a Wall Street Journal ad, promoting a lumberyard for sale, that first inspired him to join the industry and leave his government job during the Watergate era.

"Immediately, I had a vision of a horse-drawn wagon delivering rough-hewn beams to the docks and thought, 'That's for me,'" he told the LDAC.

January 9, 2014

West Hartford, Conn.-based Legrand introduced the Wiremold Flat Screen TV Cord and Cable Power Kit as a solution to unsightly cords and cables.

The do-it-yourself kit allows for neat and easy installation in under 30 minutes with no electrician or hard-wiring involved, the company said.

The Wiremold Flat Screen TV Cord and Cable Power Kit includes all parts and tools to power up the TV and hide all the cords and cables.

January 7, 2014

Continuing its wave of expansion, The Tile Shop has opened its first retail locations in Connecticut: one in Danbury and one in Norwalk.

November 12, 2013

Farmington, Conn.-based Carrier signed an agreement with Robert Bosch North America Corp. to form a joint venture to develop and manufacture geothermal and water-source heat pumps for the North American residential and commercial segments. 

The transaction completion is pending necessary regulatory approvals. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

October 28, 2013

HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm and ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.

Now in its third year, HCN's annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores -- one from each state -- that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

October 8, 2013

Stamford, Conn.-based Revolution Lighting Technologies, an LED lighting technology company, announced it has acquired a portfolio of general illumination LED lighting products, including several product lines from CMG Energy Solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, Revolution Lighting acquired CMG’s Energy Star-listed architectural, PAR lamps and spotlights for indoor commercial applications. CMG’s LED products will be rebranded under Seesmart, Revolution Lighting’s brand for indoor LED applications.

September 11, 2013

Fiberon has tapped Consolidated Distribution Services (of Consolidated Lumber group) to distribute its PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing products.

Consolidated is set to begin distributing Fiberon's products to lumberyards in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, effective immediately.

September 10, 2013

Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.

September 6, 2013

St. Louis-based Huttig  Building Products will distribute AZEK in the Northeast. 

Calling AZEK “one of the best brands in our industry today,” Huttig will distribute the trim, deck and porch (among others) products from its branches in Hooksett, N.H.; Augusta, Maine; Newington, Conn.; and Selkirk, N.Y.

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 19, 2013

San Antonio -- Handy Hardware Wholesale has returned to normalcy -- or pretty close -- after a post-bankruptcy transition from a hardware co-operative to a for-profit wholesale distributor. 

August 8, 2013

Bethel, Conn.-based Duracell launched Duracell Quantum, a battery that the company calls its biggest innovation since CopperTop and “the world’s most advanced alkaline battery.”

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 26, 2013

Greenwhich, Conn.-based Littlejohn & Co. received court approval to acquire Houston-based Handy Hardware Wholesale out of bankruptcy.

Doug Miller, former president of Jensen Distribution, will take over as interim CEO of Handy Hardware. 

"This is an important milestone for the future growth of Handy Hardware and I am pleased to lead this organization, which has enjoyed outstanding support and loyalty from its members and industry partners," Miller said.

April 29, 2013

Back in March, Handy Hardware was a member-owned co-op intent on staying that way, even as it struggled through a reorganization under bankruptcy protection.

April 25, 2013

Handy Hardware Wholesale, the Houston-based co-op that filed for bankruptcy protection in January, announced that Littlejohn Management Holdings has agreed to acquire Handy.

April 25, 2013

New Britain, Conn.-based Stanley Black & Decker saw revenues grow, largely as the result of acquisitions.

March 11, 2013

New Britain, Conn.-based Stanley Tools is releasing a limited-edition series of five PowerLock tape measures.

February 21, 2013

The nation's single-family housing market is springing back to life, and the luxury market is budding right along with it.

Luxury homes have received a healthy boost from historically low mortgage rates, increased buyer confidence and burgeoning interest from foreign investors looking to capitalize on favorable exchange rates.

One bellwether of the recovery: Toll Brothers, the largest luxury home builder in the United States, reported that fourth-quarter revenues (ended Oct. 31, 2012) were up 48%, and new orders were the highest level seen since 2006.

December 20, 2012

Two New York men have been arrested and accused of stealing $257,000 from Home Depot stores in an elaborate shoplifting scheme involving two shopping carts containing identical items.

December 19, 2012

The shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has prompted a call for stricter gun control laws, and Larry Stone, former president and chief operating officer at Lowe’s, weighed in on the debate in a Dec. 19 interview with the Wall Street Journal. 

November 30, 2012

Most employers are reluctant to talk about unions and haven’t done it.

They should switch gears, however, and start encouraging supervisors to discuss unions to prevent their workforces from becoming unionized, as long as supervisors are trained on what they should and should not say, said Robert Brody, an attorney with Brody and Associates in New York and Westport, Conn., in a Nov. 8, 2012, firm webcast.

November 5, 2012

Voters in 38 states will consider 174 statewide ballot measures on Nov. 6, 2012, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). These proposals are wide-ranging, with a number of them having potential workplace implications.

Questions appear on the ballots in more than one state concerning:

• Medical marijuana use; • Legalization of marijuana; and • Same-sex marriage.

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