Lowe’s Bulking Up in the West

To meet growing demand for building products, Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers will invest $1.7 billion to update its supply chain—with much of the expansion centered in the western U.S.

Second-Hand Lumberyard Reopens in Flagstaff

After being closed for nearly nine years, E.R.I.C. Building Supply, Flagstaff, Az., has reopened with a new owner.

Vista Expands Distribution Networks with Snavely Forest Products

Vista Railing Systems Inc., is expanding its distribution network with the addition of Snavely Forest Product’s Liberty, NC branch. Snavely FP brings a 100-year tradition of service and marketing expertise to its customers. Snavely’s Liberty, NC branch, established in 1999, serves professional do-it-yourself retailers, home centers, and millwork manufacturers.

Remodeling Likely to Stay Strong

Moderate gains in homeowner spending for improvements and repairs are expected through much of next year as initial concerns of a possible pandemic-induced downturn have largely dissipated, according to the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity from the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Modern and Functional Railing Accessories

ALX post extensions for hanging string lights, ALX Contemporary aluminum deck gate solutions, and ALX Contemporary continuous top rail brackets help deck builders and homeowners create personalized outdoor living spaces.

UFP Buys FRTW Developer

UFP Industries’ UFP Retail Solutions business segment has purchased the equity of Fire Retardant Chemical Technologies, LLC, Matthew, N.C.

Wilsonart Expanding TFL in West

Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces has broken ground on a new thermally fused laminate (TFL) facility in Klamath Falls, Or.

Green Bay Adds Marina Division

Green Bay Decking, Green Bay, Wi., has launched a new National Dock & Marina Division to service the growing demand for dock and marina-based composite decking.

New SYP Mill Coming to Mississippi

Mission Forest Products is building a sawmill in Corinth, Ms., capable of producing 250 million bd. ft. of southern yellow pine lumber a year.

Huttig Remixes Sacramento DC

Huttig Building Products is re-configuring its Sacramento, Ca., distribution center to meet burgeoning demand for its connector and specialty building products lines, particularly Huttig-Grip fasteners.

Pair of Levels

Bosch Power Tools has added two new lasers to its lineup: the Bosch GLL100-40G Green Beam Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser and the Bosch GCL100-40G Green Beam Self-Leveling Combination Laser with Plumb Points.

Marmon Fastener Group Acquires Tenn-Tex Plastics

Based in Colfax, N.C., Tenn-Tex manufactures plastic injection molded parts for kitchen and bath cabinetry. It provides mounting brackets for drawer slides, shelf supports, corner braces, and related products to cabinet manufacturers, hardware distributors, and cabinetry dealers.

Dealer Profile: Michigan’s Alpha Building Center

If you haven’t heard of Shipshewana, In., in the corner of the state where it meets South Michigan, well, that makes two of us.

Stone Faced

STONEfaçade from CertainTeed is a stylish, easy-to-install product that faithfully replicates the look and feel of real stone with screw-in-place installation (no mortar necessary).

Build Margins on Power Tool Accessories

In the retailing and distribution of power tool accessories, what both consumers and the trade tend to refer to as “name brands” dominate the landscape. These brands have created significant consumer awareness through decades of advertising focused on their hand tools or power tools. They have then relied on the “branding halo” from those marketing dollars to indirectly translate to their power tool accessory offerings. 

Olsen on Sales: Beat-Around-the-Bush-It is

I work with many salespeople that are too tentative in their approach at every step of the sales process. This tentativeness is contagious. It infects the customer with a feeling of doubt, which causes them to hesitate and not buy. We, as salespeople, must accept our part in the process.

HPM Undertakes Big Expansion

HPM Building Supply is continuing one of the largest expansions in its 99-year history, which will include doubling its Oahu footprint, becoming Hawaii’s exclusive distributor for SCAFCO steel framing, and expanding its product selection to include CertainTeed acoustical ceiling panels and other commercial interior materials.