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January 24, 2014

Montgomery, N.Y.-based Russin Lumber has added Scott Orr to the company’s executive team as VP market development.

A seasoned professional with a long tenure of success in building products, Orr comes to Russin having spent the past 25 years with Moulding & Millwork, most recently serving as group general manager heading up all sales and operations for the company in the northeast.

January 16, 2014

PPG Industries, the Pittsburgh-based coatings company, has promoted Kevin McDonald to the role of VP fiber glass.

Beginning March 1, McDonald will transition from his current role as PPG general manager, reinforcements and leader for fiber glass in the Americas and EMEA. He will succeed Thomas Kerr, who is retiring effective the same day.

November 1, 2013

Snavely Forest Products -- Dallas has expanded its product offerings to include TimberTech's full decking and railing collection, which it will distribute statewide in Texas in addition to a complete line of AZEK products.

"We only invest in high-quality products," said general manager Dave Adams. "TimberTech decking and railing is the option we are produ to carry and provide to our customers in Texas."

The company cites a robust housing recovery in Texas and increased demand for new products in the building materials industry.

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.

October 15, 2013

Honeywell has announced that its full line of Wi-Fi thermostats will enable homeowners to connect with their utility and receive incentives for cutting down on electricity use. 

"The same technology people purchase today to lower their heating bills can pay extra dividends in the summer months," said Tony Uttley, general manager of Home Comfort and Energy Systems at Honeywell. "Honeywell can easily link homeowners to these additional savings."

October 8, 2013

John Ward, formerly director of sales and channel marketing at Newell Rubbermaid Canada, has been appointed general manager of Acme United Canada. He will replace Harry Wanless, who has retired.

“We are excited to welcome John to our team," said Acme United president and COO Brian S. Olschan. "He has a very successful track record building and managing businesses, and we look forward to working with him.”

September 26, 2013

The International Housewares Association (IHA) has elected Dave Elliott to a second three-year term on its board of directors, as well as appointed him treasurer of the board.

Elliott, who will serve a one-year term as treasurer from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014, is currently general manager of small appliances at KitchenAid.

He joined Whirlpool Corp., the parent company of KitchenAid, in 2009. Previously, he worked for Jarden Corp. for 12 years as VP global marketing.

September 10, 2013

Guadalupe Lumber in San Antonio has a reputation for its eclectic product mix. “Jackets, boots and all sorts of stuff,” said Kyle Grothues, fourth-generation general manager of the three-store hardware home center retailer. “We ended up with a lot of statues of the Virgin Mary one year.”

And the results? “We sold all of them.”

The ability to seize merchandise opportunities is one of the common themes among the crop of 2013 Hardware Store All-Stars.

June 19, 2013

Las Vegas — Ray Griffith kicked off the Golden Hammer retail awards presentation with a joke: "Does everyone have an hour? I have a long speech." He got an even bigger laugh when he called out a moderator for his use of the word "entertainment" to describe the panel discussion.

But the concepts that Griffith and the other retail honorees shared during the 29th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony held here during the National Hardware Show contained a serious tone as hardware stores appear to be poised to pounce on a swelling industry recovery.

February 25, 2013

The new building center and showroom will occupy the site of the former Franklin Emery (F.E.) Wheaton Lumberyard.

January 7, 2013

Style Crest, the Fremont, Ohio-based distributor of building materials and manufacturer of vinyl siding, has appointed Jeff Buckley as president, Residential Housing Group.

Buckley spent his career in building products and distribution, most recently with Weyerhauser, where he held the position of general manager of the Eastern Division since 2006. 

June 11, 2012

Home Channel News selected 50 hardware stores -- one from each state -- for inclusion in the second annual Hardware Store All-Star list. The stores distinguish themselves with strong customer service, innovative approaches to retail and a connection to community and customers.

The alphabetical listing of All-Star stores, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, continues here with New Mexico, New York and North Carolina: 

March 8, 2012

Sales and marketing veteran Rick Brinton has been appointed as the general manager for the fence, rail and decking business at CertainTeed Corp. He will assume this leadership role in addition to his existing responsibility as the general manager for the company’s Restoration Millwork Exterior PVC Trim product line.

January 18, 2012

CalStar Products, a manufacturer of low-energy, low-CO2 masonry products, has hired Joel Rood as its new CEO. Rood has worked in the building products and materials industry for 15 years, most recently as general manager for CertainTeed Canada. He also served as general manager of the southern U.S. division at James Hardie Corp.

Rood’s previous positions also include assignments with Hilti and Schlumberger in the United States and internationally.

January 11, 2012

SieMatic USA, a maker of high-end kitchen cabinetry, has appointed Hans Henkes as its new general manager. Henkes will oversee operations in North America, serving as liaison to SieMatic’s corporate and independent partner showrooms, as well as leading the company’s commercial division.

Henkes, who has been with the company for four years, has a background in international management. He will be responsible for managing SieMatic USA operations and market development throughout the United States and Canada.

January 6, 2012

The Caribbean island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands is known throughout the world as a vacation destination with remarkable beaches and unbeatable sailing and diving.

For Micheal Thomas, the second-generation general manager of CTL Home Center, Tortola is also an island of home improvement opportunity. It is here where the company’s transformation from plumbing supply house to showroom to full-service LBM dealer and home center is under way.

December 9, 2011

The incoming chairman of the Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) spelled out his top 10 goals in a recent note to his membership. Among them: a double-digit percentage gain in FBMA membership and the introduction of a fishing and skeet-shooting event.

George Fishtorn II, general manager of Kimal Lumber & Hardware, with locations in Nokomis, Englewood and Venice, will begin his term Jan. 1. Fishtorn told Home Channel News he was "extremely honored" to hold the position with FBMA, which was established in 1921.

July 6, 2011

The Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association Design Awards recognized a variety of projects featuring masonry veneer on the interior or exterior of the project.

The program was created to recognize the work of industry professionals who are setting trends by featuring manufactured stone veneer in their projects. 

May 16, 2011

Philips Electronics will unveil the Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt light bulb today at the Lightfair International trade show.

Designed to replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb, while reducing energy consumption by 80% and lasting 25 times longer, the Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt marks another important milestone in LED lighting technology for everyday use, the company said.

March 31, 2011

A story under the headline “Sitting down on the job: The lawsuit” generated several letters, including the following:


March 15, 2011

An article about recent court cases in California that have given employees the right to sue their employers for "suitable seating" led to several reader responses:

February 23, 2011

Joel Key has joined Raleigh, N.C.-based Healthy Home Diagnostics (HHD) as general manager of the indoor air quality solution company.

Key brings to the company 20 years of experience as an HVAC, plumbing and refrigeration contractor and 13 years of experience as a state-licensed contractor. He developed a pilot training program for weatherization technicians that lead to the state-approved training procedure used in North Carolina.

February 16, 2011

Benjamin Obdyke has named Tara Murray as its new marketing manager, reporting directly to general manager Michael Coulton. In her new position, Murray will be responsible for the development and implementation of marketing plans supporting all Benjamin Obdyke existing and new products.

Murray comes to the company from CertainTeed Corp., where she worked in the ceilings division and held posts of increasing responsibility in product marketing and marketing communications. She began her career with the print and digital design services agency Warkulwiz Design Associates.

January 26, 2011

Royal Group, a manufacturer of decking, trim, pipe and other building materials, has announced three new promotions in its building products division.

Adrien Pilon was named general manager of distribution, where he assumes responsibility for Royal’s Boncor and residential divisions. Prior to joining Royal Group, he was VP and general manager with Emco Corp. 

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