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September 10, 2014

Denver-based PRO Group recognized Cherokee PRO Home Center in Cherokee, North Carolina, as the 2014 Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award Winner.

Candler Cooper, a local businessman, and Danny Wingate of Haywood PRO Builders Supply teamed up about three years ago to fill a need in the local community by founding Cherokee PRO Home Center, according to PRO Group. 

The store serves the Cherokee community, including the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

September 9, 2014

North Wilkesboro, North Carolina-based Window World, which operates a network of 200-plus franchised window replacement outlets, has sold its 10 millionth window.

Dana Deem, president of Window World said of the achievement, "Hitting the 10 million window mark is an incredible accomplishment. We're proud of the products, value and quality that Window World provides, and we are beyond excited about reaching this landmark because it indicates our customers agree."

September 2, 2014

Gaven Gregory, executive director of the Home Depot Foundation, announced last week that the organization's next focus would be on the American Legion -- in the form of a $1 million dedication, to be exact.

September 2, 2014

A Marin County California judge ordered Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s to pay a $1.6 million settlement over a lawsuit alleging the inaccurate description of structural dimensional building products.

One upshot of the settlement is the intention of Lowe’s to include the actual product dimensions of 2x4 lumber (1.5 inches by 3.5 inches) along with the description of the product as a “2x4.”

August 22, 2014

Lowe’s generated positive comp-store sales in all of its product categories in the second quarter. And even as it faced a strong comparison to the prior-year’s quarter, lawn and garden led the way.

Those were among the insights provided by Lowe’s executives during their second-quarter earnings report, in which the Mooresville, North Carolina-based company reported sales and earnings growth.

August 22, 2014

North Wilkesboro, North Carolina-based Window World is promoting its status as a seven-time recipient of the Good Housekeeping Seal.

Any product that has earned the Seal is backed by Good Housekeeping's limited warranty, meaning if it is found to be defective within the first two years after purchase, Good Housekeeping will replace or repair the product or refund its purchase price. 

Earlier this summer, Window World received the ranking of "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Windows and Doors" from J.D. Power for the second consecutive year. 

August 20, 2014

On Wednesday morning, it was Lowe's turn to deliver strong quarterly earnigns.

And the Mooresville, North Carolina-based retail giant did just that. The company reported net earnings of $1.04 billion for the quarter ended Aug. 1, marking a 10.4% increase over the second quarter last year. Sales for the quarter were up 5.7% to $16.6 billion, as comparable-store sales were up 4.4%.

"We were able to recover most of the outdoor product sales missed in the first quarter due to unfavorable weather conditions," said Robert Niblock, president and CEO.

August 20, 2014

Cary, North Carolina-based Ply Gem signed a deal with Fortune Brands Home & Security to acquire Simonton Windows.

The deal is valued at about 10 times Simonton’s earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortization — about $130 million — and is expected to take close in October. Simonton’s annual revenues are more than $300 million.

Ply Gem will also acquire SimEx, a vinyl and PVC foam extrusion manufacturing plant in West Virginia, as part of the deal with Fortune Brands.

August 19, 2014

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wastequip has hired Andrew Bardsley to the newly created role of VP retail for the Toter brand, in which he will be charged with leading the team's new Retail Business Unit.

With Bardsley in place, Toter's consumer business is poised to work toward its new long-term growth initiatives, including a move that will involve shifting all of its manufacturing operations to the U.S. Bardsley will be at the helm of Toter's "Made in America" initiative.

July 31, 2014

Huntersville, North Carolina-based impact driver company Irwin has unveiled the second phase of its Impact Performance Series line of accessories. This phase expands the line beyond fastening into extracting, drilling and power bits.

“The second phase of the Impact Performance Series expands our initial offering, which was originally focused on the fastener drive category only,” Irwin’s marketing director, John Schlosser, said. “Irwin’s expansion … provides the right impact accessory for nearly all impact driver applications.”

July 23, 2014

Exterior building products manufacturer Ply Gem appointed Eric Spence senior VP sales and marketing for the Ply Gem Windows group.

In this newly created role, Spence is responsible for expanding Ply Gem Windows’ sales and marketing efforts, aligning the two functions under one common structure. He reports to Ply Gem Windows president Art Steinhafel, and is located at the Ply Gem corporate and windows group headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. 

July 14, 2014

Professional Builders Supply has expanded its North Carolina footprint with the addition of Benchmark Supply, a specialty window and door supplier located in Monroe.

Jake Krieg, the founder and owner of Benchmark, and his team will join forces with Professional Builders Supply’s Charlotte operation.

July 3, 2014

Tammy Whitworth, CEO of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina-based Window World, is featured in this month's Forbes Magazine in the "Southeast Women Business Leaders" section. 

With more than 200 locations, Window World is described as America's largest replacement window and home remodeling company. 

June 25, 2014

Mooresville, North Carolina-based Lowe’s CFO Bob Hull added color to the company’s effort to maximize its multichannel efficiencies and move away from a build-stores-and-they-will-come approach to growth.   

[Read about Lowe's first quarter earnings here.]

June 23, 2014

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Stock Building Supply has opened up a new lumber and building materials distribution facility in Troutman, which will serve the nearby Charlotte metro area.

June 13, 2014

Further cementing what is now a long-standing tradition with roots dating back to 1922, The Toro Company has renewed its commitment to Pinehurst Resort of Pinehurst, North Carolina, for an additional 10 years.

The decade-long agreement prolongs Toro's role as the preferred supplier of golf course maintenance equipment and irrigation solutions to Pinehurst.

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.

June 9, 2014

James H. (Jim) Dudley, a veteran of 20 years in the treated lumber industry, has been named president of Fortress Wood Products, Inc., a division of The Lester Group based in Martinsville, Virginia.

Dudley joins Fortress from Culpeper Wood Preservers in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he was vice president.

Fortress is a wood treating company producing wood for residential and commercial use from three plants in North Carolina--High Point, Henderson and Elizabeth City.

May 29, 2014

A Lowe’s spokeswoman told HCN that various blogs covering the story about a Lowe’s data breach inaccurately implied that consumers were affected. 

That’s not the case, said Karen Cobb, manager of corporate public relations for the Mooresville, North Carolina-based retail giant.

“This situation affected only documentation of employees approved to drive Lowe’s-owned vehicles and in no way contained any customer data,” she said.

May 28, 2014

Electrolux is helping out those in need in its Charlotte, North Carolina locale by way of $50,000 worth of donated appliances.

The first part of the delivery was made last Thursday to two recipients, both of whom are formerly homeless veterans who are now moving into their own apartments through a program with Builders of Hope.

May 21, 2014

Bad weather for retail dampened sales at Lowe's, but earnings surged well into the double digits for the first quarter, the company announced Wednesday morning.

Lowe's sales increased 2.4% in the first quarter, rising to $13.4 billion. Comparable-store sales increased 0.9%.

The Mooresville, North Carolina-based retail giant reported a net earnings surge of 15.6% to $624 million for the quarter ended May 2.

May 15, 2014

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Stock Building Supply opened two new structural component plants, one in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, market and the other near Salt Lake City. 

In Middlesex, North Carolina, production of roof and floor trusses recently began in a 36,000-sq.-ft. location. This facility will join existing store and distribution locations in Raleigh, Apex, Johnston County and Franklin County to serve Raleigh-Durham and adjacent markets in North Carolina. 

April 29, 2014

Raleigh, N.C.-based Stock Building Supply posted double-digit sales gains in the first quarter, as the company's loss narrowed. 

Net sales were up 12.6% to $280 million, compared with $248.7 million in last year's first quarter. The company's net loss of $3.3 million compared with a net loss of $4.1 million in the same period last year. 

Stock's sales growth was heavy on repair and remodeling, which accounted for sales gains of 17.3%. Sales to single-family home builders increased 9.0%.

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