COLE EXPANDS INTO TENNESSEE

Cole Lumber Co., Paducah, Ky., has purchased its eighth location and first outside of Kentucky—50-year-old Portland Builders Supply, Portland, Tn.

Longtime employee Aaron Whitten will take over as manager of the Portland location for former owner Bruce Reid. The name will change to Cole and it will cut back its hardware inventories, while increasing its stock of lumber, doors and windows.

Blue Ridge Expands Deeper into Pennsylvania Blue Ridge Lumber

Blairstown, N.J., now operates nine locations with its purchase of 97-year-old Gumble Bros. Home Centers, Tafton, Pa.

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PLM EXPANDS TO HARDWARE STORES

Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Group is launching an innovative insurance product tailored to the unique needs of hardware stores.

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Ready to Rail

In direct response to a growing call for a stylish railing system that ensures ease of installation, Deckorators has introduced Aluminum Rapid Rail, featuring a contemporary design with square balusters and simple installation.

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