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August 13, 2014

IKEA is prepping for the grand opening of its new Miami-Dade location, set to open on Aug. 27, 2014 to mark the company's second South Florida outpost.

“Construction work has advanced far enough to allow the interior build-up process and finishing details to be complete by August 27,” noted Selwyn Crittendon, store manager of the future IKEA Miami. “Now our primary goal is the final training of the more-than-350 local hires joining the IKEA coworker family.”

August 11, 2014

AV Homes is expanding its footprint into the Jacksonville market with the purchase of 80 acres in the metro, which deal closed Aug. 8 for an undisclosed price.

"This property is beautiful and truly unique," said David Smith, Florida division president. "The AV Homes team is committed to creating a community in harmony with its natural surroundings for future residents to enjoy."

The move puts AV Homes on the map in a community whose economic fundamentals have made a strong showing as of late, creating ripe conditions for new home demand.

August 1, 2014

Dallas-based Builders FirstSource has purchased West Orange Lumber Company. The deal closed on July 31, 2014. West Orange was represented by The JIAN Group of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Groveland, Florida-based West Orange supplies lumber, roof and floor trusses, custom windows and doors, as well as installation services, to residential home builders and commercial contractors in the Central Florida region. Sales were about $15 million for fiscal 2013. 

July 24, 2014

Homebuilder AV Homes has appointed Chris Cady as the new president of its Arizona division. Arizona is one of the Scottsdale-based company’s two main markets, with other developments focused on Florida.

"We are delighted to have Chris Cady join us at AV Home,” AV Homes EVP Carl Mulac said. “His vast experience in multiple markets and diverse market segments will be a valuable addition to the Arizona Team."

June 24, 2014

Ted offers fewer constructive contributions in meetings. Mary has become less interested in advancing at her company. Paul has started doing only the minimum amount of work necessary.

By themselves, these behavioral changes are not significant, but employees who exhibit a number of these subtle, but consistent, cues probably are planning to leave their job within a month or two, according to a Utah State University (USU) study.

June 19, 2014

Tampa, Florida-based VOLT Lighting, a direct-to-consumer e-commerce lighting manufacturer, is making moves on the West Coast via the opening of a new distribution center in Las Vegas.

The new facility, which is fully stocked and staffed, will make 1- to 3-day ground shipping possible for the company's West Coast customers.

June 13, 2014

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Ace Hardware Corporation made some updates to its corporate board of directors, not the least of which includes the planned appointment of Jim Ackroyd as chairman.

Ackroyd is the CEO of Vision Ace Hardware, an 11-store chain in southwest Florida. He was named vice chairman last year as part of a planned changeover within the chairman position. As a member of Ace's board since 2008, he was also re-elected to another three-year term as a member director.

June 11, 2014

Indianapolis-based appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg opened its new store in Kendall, Florida. 

The Kendall store measures 23,000 square feet and employs about 40.

June 9, 2014

Jacksonville, Florida-based Coastal Shower Doors the largest producer of American-made shower doors, has released its newest shower door collection—the Gridscape series.

May 20, 2014

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek entered into a lease agreement to open a new location in Long Beach, Mississippi, by Dec. 1.

According to Cedar Creek CEO Bill Adams, “This is a great strategic fit as it positions us to provide optimal service to customers along the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle across the southern tier of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.“

May 20, 2014

Aniel Wade, an employee of Vision Ace Hardware in LaBelle, Florida, rescued a family from a burning building in February, a feat that earned him a full-page writeup in the recent issue of Men's Health, in which he was dubbed an "Everyday Hero."

According to multiple media reports, 20-year-old Wade was busy making deliveries in Alva, Florida, when he came upon a burning house with an elderly woman out front, gasping for air.

May 1, 2014

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores opened its latest Florida Sears Home Appliance Showroom in Sunrise, Florida.

The store is is one of six Sears Home Appliance Showrooms owned and operated by Michael Myers.

May 1, 2014

At trade shows, at industry events or even over the phone, I like to promise retailers two things.

1) Our news products are guaranteed accurate or your money back; and

2) Someday I’m going to visit your store and buy something.

April 25, 2014

US LBM’s flurry of expansion announcements continued yesterday, with the addition of Coastal Roofing Supply to the US LBM family of companies.

Founded in 2009 by Tony Mila, Coastal Roofing Supply provides commercial and residential roofing materials to central Florida through its Clearwater and Rockledge locations. 

April 22, 2014

Roofing consultants group RCI named Sidney I. Hankins, as president of its board of directors.

Hankins, of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Roof Design and Consulting Services, was named president at the Annual Meeting of Members during the 29th International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif.

First VP is Jean-Guy Levaque of Halsall Associates, Burlington, Ontario. Second VP is Robert Hinojosa of RJH and Associates of Miramar Beach, Fla.

 

April 11, 2014

Wood-Mizer, a sawmill manufacturer, announced the opening of a new sales center for small mills located in Reddick, Fla. Cordwin Custom Sawmill, owned by Chad Cordwin, will join Wood-Mizer’s growing distribution network as the 22nd sales center located within the United States and Canada.

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.

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