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April 3, 2014

Hipp Modern Builders Supply of Mountain View, Ark., a fourth-generation family business in the Ozark foothills, has been named the 2014 Tools of the Trade Award winner by HCN. 

The award will be presented during the Golden Hammer Awards ceremony during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 6.

April 1, 2014

Arlington, Va. -- In a hotel conference room here filled with pro dealers about to make their lobbying rounds on Capitol Hill, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's Jonathan Paine and Ben Gann rallied the troops.

March 31, 2014

Arlington, Va. -- Three operators of successful and growing lumberyards put their fingers on the pulse of the LBM industry and offered a prognosis for opportunities and challenges.

March 13, 2014

Cologne, Germany -- In what is certainly not the last presentation on three-dimensional printing technology and its uncertain role in the future of commerce, a German technologist explained why we will someday be producing goods in the living room.

The revolution in 3-D printing -- the process of making a three-dimensional solid object out of digital information -- is likely to develop slowly, he said, as efficiencies in design compound over time, making 3-D-printing machines easier to own and operate.

March 11, 2014

3M was in attendance at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, where the company fostered an innovation brainstorm of sorts at its Idea Exchange Lounge.

Attendees were able to explore some of 3M's latest projects, including new LED lighting solutions, glass films and building adhesives.

March 7, 2014

Former Black Flag Brands president Steve Hill has been named president of Bedford, Mass.-based ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellents, a subsidiary of the Schawbel Corporation.

“We have grown ThermaCELL into the go-to solution for outdoor enthusiasts, and with Steve’s business building expertise, consumers everywhere will know the comfort of our bug-free zone,” said Bill Schawbel, chairman of the Schawbel Corporation. “We are proud to have an experienced consumer products leader who has a long track record of growing insect control businesses.”

March 6, 2014

Versatex Trimboard hired Chad Domrase to join the regional market development team for Michigan and Chicago.

Domrase will report to regional sales manager Chris Hedlund. Active in the building products industry since 2006, Domrase acquired specialized experience with both 84 Lumber and Wimsatt Building Materials in Lansing, Mich.

Versatex Trimboard products are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh. 

 

February 27, 2014

Andersen Corp. has promoted SVP and general counsel Alan Bernick to the post of chief legal officer.

In his new role, Bernick will maintain his current responsibilities within the Legal Department and Internal Audit Services and will take on additional oversight for the Real Estate Services department. He will retain his role as SVP and corporate secretary.

February 18, 2014

Beloit, Wis.-based ABC Supply Co. promoted Todd Buehl to the position of chief financial officer and treasurer, effective April 1. Buehl, who joined ABC Supply as vice president and chief administrative officer in 2012, succeeds Kendra Story, who is retiring as chief financial officer and treasurer after nearly 32 years with the company.    

February 18, 2014

Eco Building Products, Inc. issued a status update on Tuesday, affirming that shipping activity has remained high in the Western U.S., even while much of the country is heaped under ice and snow.

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.

December 19, 2013

“Would it be hard working for a boss younger than you?”

“Do you think our technology demands might be too much?”

“Why would you want this job, given all your experience?”

“People here work long hours; that probably doesn’t interest you.”

Such are the remarks interviewers make that, unwittingly or not, convey the message that an over-55 applicant is “too old” for a job.

December 16, 2013

Jared S. Littmann, a co-owner of K&B True Value in Annapolis, Md., was recently appointed to the board of directors for True Value Co. 

Formerly an associate county attorney, Littmann brings a wealth of experience to the board of directors, including his service on the Annapolis City Council as an alderman, chair of the Environmental Matters Committee, and member of the Housing and Human Welfare Committee.

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 4, 2013

ENAP’s Nov. 3-5 Forest Products Conference in Baltimore brought a record number of attendees to the table.

“This was the best attended Forest Products Conference we’ve ever had, and it revealed a great deal of enthusiasm about the outlook for the upcoming year,” said Duncan Facey, VP forest products for New Windsor, N.Y.-based ENAP.

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 19, 2013

Carpet One Floor & Home and its partner, Mohawk, have formed a new alliance with Building for America's Bravest, a program that builds custom-designed smart homes for injured service members.

The two companies will provide flooring and installation for the program, which has 49 new homes scheduled for completion over the next three years.

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 15, 2013

Lowe's has named former Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly to its board of directors, the company announced Friday.

“As former chair and CEO of a publicly traded company, Angela has strong executive leadership and strategic management skills that will be an asset to this board,” said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “She also brings a wealth of experience and insights in critical areas such as consumer marketing, communications and public relations.”

October 29, 2013

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) presented 2012 chair Cally Coleman Fromme, president and CEO of Zarsky Lumber Company in Victoria, Texas, with the 2013 Grassroots Dealer of the Year award during the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn. 

October 18, 2013

During the height of what some call the Great Recession, as the country was struggling to reverse the economic slide, Tom Hardman was looking for positive themes his hardware store could use to project an attitude that said: “We refuse to participate in the recession.”

“I wanted something to lift our employees’ and customers’ attitudes. One was to make them feel that individually they could make a difference,” said Hardman, co-owner of Hardman Supply Co., of Spencer, W. Va.

October 2, 2013

Chris Homeister has been named COO at Minneapolis-based specialty tile retailing company Tile Shop Holdings, Inc., effective immediately. In this newly created role, Homeister will be responsible for supply chain, retail operations and merchandising.

Previously, Homeister was general manager and SVP of Best Buy's Entertainment Business Group, which involved extensive leadership responsibilities.

September 18, 2013

Jim Ackroyd, CEO of Vision Ace Hardware in Naples, Fla., will assume chairman-of-the board status at Ace Hardware Corp. in June 2014.

Ace Hardware, which underwent a CEO transition earlier this year as John Venhuizen replaced the retiring Ray Griffith, delayed the transition of the chairman position to mitigate disruption, according to the co-op.

Ackroyd will replace Dave Ziegler of Ziegler’s Ace, which has nine locations in Illinois. Vision Ace operates 11 locations in Florida.

September 12, 2013

Home improvement industry manufacturers and vendors will have the opportunity to meet with Distribution America (DA) officials and Pro Group leaders during the 2014 Executive Planning Conference (EPC) Nov. 13-15 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort & Spa in Florida. 

Steve Synnott, CEO of Denver-based Pro Group Inc., said: "word is catching on about this year's event, as all vendor categories are showing growth - a sign that vendors have heard about success stories from companies increasing their business with the help of past EPCs."

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