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April 10, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- James Gillula said he expects the United States unemployment rate to fall below 6.5% by mid-year. He cautioned that a slowdown in China could impact the U.S. economy. And he expects the home improvement industry to recoup pretty much all of its weather-related losses from the hash winter.

Those were some of the macroeconomic ideas supplied by Gillula during the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute Spring Conference held here April 10. 

April 10, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- Here at the 2014 Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) Spring Conference, Sarah Catlett, VP of The Futures Company, took a high-level, continental look at consumer marketing.

Catlett kicked off the HIRI conference with a quick look at Target's disappointing venture into Canada. The Minnesota-based retailer's efforts to change the way Canadians shop has fallen short, she said, partly because the company missed consumer and cultural cues. 

April 1, 2014

The latest addition to the US LBM Holdings family is Jones Lumber Company of Boca Raton, Fla.

March 18, 2014

MoistureShield, the Springdale, Ark.-based composite decking manufacturer, has expanded its presence in the Sunbelt and West Coast regions by adding 12 new distribution locations to its network.

Among the new distributors are Huttig Building Products in Phoenix, Nashville, and Jackson, Miss.; BlueLinx in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Dixie Plywood and Lumber Company in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas; Universal Forest Products in Thornton and Riverside, Calif.; and Intermountain Supply in Spokane, Wash.

March 17, 2014

PGT Industries, a North Venice, Fla.-based supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors, has appointed Danielle Mikesell as its newest director of marketing.

In her new role, she will be responsible for the company's marketing strategies related to its window and door brands.

Mikesell has a strong background in marketing and sales within the building and consumer goods industries. In her most recent role, she served as marketing director at Masco Cabinetry, where she oversaw all marketing initiatives. 

March 13, 2014

West Palm Beach, Fla.-based GeoGlobal Partners, a leading North American provider of innovative water gardening brands, has been acquired by The OASE Group headquartered in Hörstel, Germany.

The transaction has been closed with immediate effect and the terms were not disclosed.

GeoGlobal brands include Gardenique, pond boss, smartpond and TotalPond.

March 7, 2014

Orlando, Fla. -- During its Spring Dealer Market hear, Orgill expanded its show floor to more than 750,000 sq. ft., including multiple model stores and a showcase area that introduced a new vivid Solutions paint area and a “Backyard Oasis” featuring outdoor living ideas.

Organizers said thousands of retailers from the United States, Canada and all over the world took part in the market, which drew to a close March 1.

February 28, 2014

Two Sears Hometown Stores opened in Colorado, Florida and Virginia and will be celebrating grand opening ceremonies this weekend.

In Florida, the new store is located in Ocoee at 8849 W. Colonial Drive. The new Virginia store is located at 6623 Richmond Road in Williamsburg. Both locations will be offering 10% discounts through the weekend, plus special grand opening giveaways.

The new Sears Hometown Store in Colorado is located in Longmont, at 700 Ken Pratt Blvd.

February 11, 2014

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has committed to a multi-year program in which it will fund environmental groups and academic institutions invested in researching solutions to Florida's water quality issues. Additionally, it will launch a multimedia consumer education campaign aimed at teaching homeowners to balance lawncare needs with water conservation.

February 5, 2014

Phil Kean, president of Phil Kean Design Group in Winter Park, Fla., has been named the Custom Builder of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The award was presented at a luncheon in Las Vegas during the International Builders’ Show.

Kean was nominated by the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando, Fla. In 2012, Kean’s company designed and built The New American Home, the annual show home for IBS.

January 28, 2014

Springfield, Mass.-based Rocky’s Ace Hardware collected more than 4 tons of pet food, along with beds, leashes, treats, toys and cleaning supplies and delivered them to local animal shelters. The final weight of pet food amassed totaled an amazing 8,776 pounds.

January 28, 2014

North Venice, Fla.-based PGT Industries, a national supplier of residential impact-resistant doors and windows, has hired Doug Ferrante and Jamison Eige to its sales team.

"Expanding our sales leadership provides PGT with the ability to capitalize on the growth and momentum we see in the market place," said Todd Antonelli, VP sales and marketing. "Doug and Jamison have the strategic and team building skills to help develop new opportunities and facilitate key relationships."

January 27, 2014

Jacksonville, Fla.-based forest products company Rayonier is going through a bit of a breakup. The company announced Monday that it is spinning off its fibers business from its forest resources and real estate business, forming two separate publicly traded companies.

“With an improving U.S. housing market, strong timber export markets, and the successful expansion of our cellulose specialties capacity, we concluded that now is the optimal time to pursue the separation of these two non-integrated businesses,” said chairman, president and CEO Paul Boynton.

January 23, 2014

Nationwide Industries of Tampa, Fla., announced a product recall of a the Trident Pool Gate Latch. 

The company, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, said a potentially loose magnet could prevent the latch from securing a gate.

The recalled magnetic gate latches measure 10 ins. or 20 ins. and come in black or white. 

January 21, 2014

Miramar, Fla.-based kitchen remodeling company Granite Transformations has identified several trends for the upcoming year:

1. Going Green: Homeowners continue to be environmentally conscious by incorporating sustainable elements into their home design.

January 10, 2014

IKEA has appointed Selwyn Crittendon as the manager of its upcoming Miami-Dade store, opening this summer in Sweetwater, Fla.

December 11, 2013

The two winners of the 2013 BehrPro Experience Tour sweepstakes were announced Wednesday on the heels of an 18-week mobile tour around the country.

Doug Kinder, owner of Madisonville, Tenn.-based Kinder Painting Company, and Jeff McCaffery of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Tom Kelly Construction Inc., will both be honored at local ceremonies this week. Each, as well, will receive a custom-wrapped trailer and trade tools, worth over $10,000 in total.

December 10, 2013

It’s been a busy summer and fall for HCN: Its editorial staff was taken to many corners of the great United States in pursuit of emerging brands and game-changing products. We were happy to see many industry heavyweights at several of the big trade shows this year, as well as a few hidden gems in the home improvement aisle. From old favorites to promising newcomers, here are a few highlights from the reporter’s notebook.

November 25, 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 Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

November 21, 2013

Horizon Distribution, recognized by Denver-based PRO Group as the “Farm Mart Distributor of the Year,” says one of the keys to high performance is constant vigilance. 

“I think we just listen to our customers and try to fill their needs,” said Mike Dawson, retail division manager for Yakima, Wash.-based Horizon. “We try to provide them with ideas on how to move forward, whether its marketing, inventory control or new products.”

November 20, 2013

The American Rental Association (ARA) will recognize individuals for outstanding service to the association and the rental industry during the upcoming The Rental Show in Orlando, Fla. Among those to be honored is Alex Kouzmanoff, VP of Azteck Tents in Torrance, Calif.

November 18, 2013

At the Distribution America and PRO Group Executive Planning Conference in Marco Island, Fla., hardware distributors and 10-year vendor participants of the event pose for a photographer shooting from a sixth-story balcony.

 

November 15, 2013

Marco Island, Fla. -- George Hebert, president of Providence, R.I.-based Blackstone Supply Co., received the PRO Leadership Award during a luncheon ceremony. 

Steve Synnott, CEO and president of PRO Group, presented the award to Hebert during the Distribution America and PRO Group Executive Planning Conference here at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.  

Synnott described Hebert as an executive with a "zest for change" and a vision for the future. 

November 14, 2013

Marco Island, Fla. -- Home improvement product buyers and sellers are taking care of business here at the 10th annual PRO Group and Distribution America Executive Planning Conference.

The event brings together the nation’s top suppliers and distributors serving the independent home improvement industry. Event organizers calculate that a total of 2,791 business meetings will take place over two days, with each distributor conducting one-on-one meetings with key manufacturers.

Attendance is up, and so is optimism, organizers said.

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