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January 21, 2014

Jonas Kelly, of JAY-K Independent Lumber Co. Inc, is now presiding over the NRLA as its 2014 chairman.

Jonas is the grandson of JAY-K founder Joseph Kelly and has played an active role in the family business since the age of 13, interrupted only by his college years at Hobart College and year-long tenure at Somerville Lumber shortly thereafter.

January 6, 2014

Peace Tree Farm and Cultivaris introduced Lavender ‘Phenomenal,’ a new intermedia type lavender to the horticulture market. 

The companies describe the plant as hardy to Zone 5, with a winter survival and overall performance that surpasses all other hardy lavenders.

January 3, 2014

In Jefferson, Wis., a local mainstay is shutting its doors after 55 years. Though it wasn't suffering any extreme hardships, Punzel Hardware has announced its plans to close early this year after owner Jeff Punzel got a more lucrative job offer that will free up time for him to spend with his family, the Wisconsin Daily Union reported.

January 2, 2014

Atchison, Kan.-based hardware distributor Blish-Mize Co. announced that Jonathan D. Mize has been appointed CEO, succeeding his father, John H. Mize. 

For the past few years, the younger Mize has served as president and COO and previously served in other officer capacities. He will be the fifth generation of the Mize family to hold the title of CEO. He also serves as president & COO of Hardware House, a subsidiary of Blish-Mize Co.

December 19, 2013

Roswell, Ga.-based Xlyem Group, maker of a variety of bath products for the home, named John Weinstein VP sales and marketing for the Xylem brand. 

"We're pleased to have someone with John's diverse industry background, as well as his keen sense of product design and sales experience with premium brands," said Xylem Group president Hal Weinstein, John's brother.

December 10, 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 Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

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.

November 15, 2013

Shortseller Gotham City Research claimed Thursday that Tile Shop Holdings had exaggerated its earnings in its most recent financial report.

November 14, 2013

For $1.6 billion, Toll Brothers has agreed to purchase Beverly-Hills-based Shapell Industries, a family-owned luxury home-building business founded by the late Auschwitz survivor Nathan Shapell.

The deal, which seeks to greatly expand (more than double) Toll Brothers' burgeoning California presence, includes Shapell's land portfolio of roughly 5,200 home sites in many lucrative coastal communities that are difficult to obtain.

November 5, 2013

True Value Co. senior VP and chief merchandising officer Mike Clark will retire from the co-op after serving in an advisory role through the end of the year.

Clark's post will be filled by former Ace Hardware executive Ken Goodgame, the co-op announced Tuesday.  

October 31, 2013

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) has elected officers and directors for 2014, including Mark Ganahl as president. 

Ganahl is VP of Ganahl Lumber and general manager of the company’s Anaheim, Calif., location. Ganahl Lumber is the state’s oldest lumberyard, with a history that dates back to 1884. Today Ganahl Lumber has nine locations in Southern California.

August 12, 2013

Blume's Solid Surface Products, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of solid surface, quartz and granite countertops, celebrated its 25th anniversary recently.

The company took root in 1972 when Gus Blume and his wife, Dorothy, launched a laminate countertop fabrication shop called Topcraft.

They sold the business in 1988 and replaced it with the modern-day Blume's, which expanded to include stone operations in 2004 and is now a wholesale company selling to kitchen dealers, contractors, millwork houses and builders.

July 25, 2013

Marine Corporal Tony Mullis and his wife Jeanie received the keys to their brand new home, completed in June and built by Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), in Hawkinsville, Ga., and then helped to break ground next door on Tony's friend and fellow Marine, Cpl Michael Boucher's specially adapted home. 

July 1, 2013

"Grill Sergeants" were turned loose on servicemen and their families during a charity grill-off this weekend at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

Lowe’s, which counts 16,000 military veterans on its payroll, and the USO treated hundreds of servicemen and women and their families to the charity grill-off. “Grill Sergeants” from each branch of the military put their grilling skills to the test during the all-star grilling competition.

May 28, 2013

Dan Russell Coleman was a lumber industry executive, community leader, Air Force veteran and father. He died at his home in Victoria, Texas, May 25 at the age of 82.

According to his obituary notice, he was born in Waxahachie, Texas on May 8, 1931 and moved to Victoria, Texas in 1936, when his father accepted a management position with Zarsky Lumber Co.

March 20, 2013

Leeds, Ala.-based Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers announced plans to open its 28th store, and its second in Tennessee.

February 14, 2013

Stanley Works CEO John Lundgren and his wife Tamara Lundgren, CEO of Schnitzer Steel, appeared together on a CNBC video interview.

January 8, 2013

A canine officer helped capture a suspected thief at a Lowe’s store in Chico, Calif., according to an article in the Chico Enterprise-Record.

A Chico police officer patrolling the area at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, noticed a damaged chain-link fence in the store’s garden center. Merchandise was stacked nearby.

December 13, 2012

A Phoenix businessman who sold two stores six years ago has opened Carl’s Ace Hardware Store, according to the Peoria (Ariz.) Times. 

The businessman, Steve Herrgesell, sold Ace Hardware Stores in Tempe and south Phoenix about six years ago. He also co-founded Peter Piper Pizza. He opened the new store, at 75th Ave. and Cactus Road with his son Carl and daughter in law, Faith.

December 5, 2012

Bill Tucker, former president of the Florida Building Material Association and his wife Terri, previously CFO of Ro-Mac Lumber and Supply, have formed E to the Third Power Consulting -- e3 Consulting. 

Based in Leesburg, Fla., the company will offer leadership training as well as CFO-level services to companies unable to afford a full-time CFO. “E to the third power refers to the three E’s we bring to our clients: experience, expertise and empathy," said Bill Tucker.

October 26, 2012

Christian Miller Snavely, Jr., the chairman emeritus of Snavely Forest Products , World War II veteran and past chairman of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association died Oct. 24. He was 88.

Snavely is remembered by friends and colleagues as a generous and well-respected business leader. He was elected chairman of the industry trade association, NAWLA, which honored him with the prestigious Mulrooney Award for outstanding contributions to the forest products industry.

October 10, 2012

Parr Lumber will open a cabinet design center on Oct. 18 in Tukwila, near Seattle, in the space that was formerly Basco Appliances. Grand-opening festivities include a celebrity appearance by Mariel Hemingway, daughter-in-law of Ernest Hemingway. A cookbook author and health eating advocate, Hemingway will discuss her latest project, Mariel’s Kitchen.

October 8, 2012

Knotts Hardware, a Tampa, Fla., area hardware store, shut down for good on Oct. 12, according to an article in The Tampa Tribune. Johnny Knotts, whose grandfather Ben founded the store in the 1950s, blamed a poor economy, competition from home improvement chain stores and declining commercial accounts.

May 28, 2012

For the second year in a row, HCN has compiled a state-by-state list of high performers, innovative retailers and classic stores. It’s called the 2012 Home Chanel News Hardware Store All-Star list. Strong customer service is the common thread for all 50 retailers. From there, community involvement, company history, great products and interesting niches set these businesses apart from the competition. 

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