Stock Building Supply Opens New Facility

Stock Building Supply Opens New Facility

Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc. announced the opening of a new lumber and building materials distribution facility serving the Charlotte, North Carolina area. The company opened a full-service lumber and building materials distribution facility, design center and show room in Troutman, North Carolina, to serve growing customer demand. This facility will join the existing store in Rock Hill, South Carolina to serve the greater Charlotte ... Read More »

Small Business and Community Service Were Made for Each Other


From benefits such as brand exposure to less measurable returns such as providing morale boosts to staff, philanthropic efforts can benefit a business in a variety of ways. In May, independent home improvement retailers joined together through the NRHA to partner with The Fuller Center for Housing. The goal was simple, yet extensive—to initiate an industry-wide effort to marshal resources ... Read More »


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features an embedded microprocessor with a low-battery alert – the unit turns off when battery power is below minimum voltage requirements. BrassCraft® Safety+PLUST™ Portable Gas Leak Detector is powered for approximately 1,000 minutes of operation by two AA batteries. Green, yellow and red lights illuminate to indicate the degree of gas detected: a green light means that the air contains ... Read More »

Hidden Tax For Short-Sellers?


Down-on-their-luck homeowners who avoid foreclosure through short sales or loan forgiveness could owe the IRS big bucks because partisan wrangling is holding up extension of a popular tax break designed to help them. “We’re talking about people who are financially distressed and simply don’t have the wherewithal to pay this tax liability,” says Steve Brown, president of the National Association ... Read More »


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does not require digging or concrete. Toci Ground Anchor allows for fast and easy installation of outdoor structures and offers a secure and durable solution to meet semi-permanent and/or permanent anchoring needs. The Toci Ground Anchor can be used to anchor securely fences, sheds, decks, playground equipment, outdoor tents, lampposts, mailboxes, and many other outdoor structures.  The ground anchor is installed ... Read More »


Wildlife Photos

captures clear digital photos of the wildlife that visits your yard or every bird that visits your bird feeder. The WildlifeCam is a motion-activated camera that automatically takes photos of every animal visitor—even if you aren’t there to see them in person. The high-resolution, eight-megapixel digital photos capture candid moments of wildlife in stunning, full-color detail. The WildlifeCam’s infrared Smart ... Read More »

L&G Trends: From Greenspotting to Digital Gardening

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In just a few months, historic Cologne, Germany, will play host to the world’s largest lawn, garden and outdoor living trade fair, SPOGA/GAFA. The SPOGA/GAFA trade fair will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Koelnmesse exhibition center and include thousands of exhibitors from across 10 different lawn, garden and outdoor living product categories ranging from grills to farm and ... Read More »

Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate at 4.17 Percent


Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages eased slightly this week, remaining near historic lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year loan declined to 4.17 percent from 4.20 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage dipped to 3.30 percent from 3.31 percent. Rising prices and higher interest rates beginning in mid-2013 have made ... Read More »

Time Management Tricks for Small Business Owners

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If you always feel behind—and think the only way to stay on top of your business is to work non-stop—try these time management tips. Turn off technology. Yes, technology helps you get more done in less time, but emails, alerts, texts, Tweets and whatever else you’re linked to can be distracting. Unless you’re waiting for time-sensitive information, turn off technology ... Read More »


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produce large chocolate-colored, pollen-free flowers that look great in the garden and indoors as a cut flowers. Shock o Lat is a new sunflower variety is a deep chocolate brown flower highlighted by honey-gold petal tips and a gold halo around the big central seed head. Shock o Lat sets numerous flower stems rather than the single stalk of traditional ... Read More »


32 OZ Insect Killer HES

kills and repels more than 100 pests and can be used on lawns, around home perimeters, ornamentals, trees and shrubs with an environmentally safe, non-toxic formula. EcoSMART® Organic™ Insecticide Organic Insect Killer Concentrate for Lawns & Landscapes treats up to 5,000 square feet and is safe around children and pets. For more information, click here. Read More »


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keeps its color for one full year. Nature Scapes® Advanced Mulch with Water Smart™ can save up to 30 percent more water than ordinary mulch. A three-inch layer of Scotts Nature Scapes Advanced Color Enhanced Mulch also naturally prevents weeds by blocking growth and access to sunlight. Available in three colors: Sierra Red, Classic Black and Deep Forest Brown. For more information, ... Read More »

Home Hardware’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament Raises Money for Ray of Hope


More than 600 Home Hardware Dealer-Owners, Staff, suppliers and friends teed up for charity yesterday for the Home Hardware Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of Ray of Hope, a community organization that provides support services for troubled youth. Each year, Home Hardware makes a two-year commitment to a local charity and partners to plan and execute the annual golf ... Read More »



have curvier edges to increase aesthetic appeal and a sturdy, secure lock for mail protection. Mailboxes come in a variety of styles, each of which has its own unique features to increase style and functionality. For more information, click here. Read More »


bad air sponge

uses a patented formula comprised of natural ingredients that entrap and neutralize odor-causing molecules. The Bad Air Sponge works by neutralizing odor molecules in the air as well as pulling out and neutralizing odors from porous materials. It is non-toxic, non-flammable and safe to use as an odor removal product around pets and children. The Bad Air Sponge lasts anywhere from 30 ... Read More »

Dealing With Online Reviews


Nearly 90 percent of consumers check online reviews to learn more about a product, service or business, yet most businesses owners don’t know to garner the power of a positive review or mitigate the negative of a poor one. Use these tips to take the right steps when dealing with online reviews. Step 1: Accentuate the Positives. It’s important to ... Read More »

Group Merchandising Conference Unites Hundreds of Manufacturers, Distributors

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  The mid-year Group Merchandising Conference (GMC), which ran June 16-18 in Atlanta, focused on building relationships and previewing products. Distributors affiliated with PRO Group, Inc. and Val-Test met with manufacturers during 973 scheduled private 30-minute buyer/vendor appointments over the course of two days. Participants included 140 distributor and manufacturer attendees. The one-on-one focus on merchandising at the event allows vendors ... Read More »

House-Hasson Hardware June Dealer Market to Unveil Technology Advancements

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At House-Hasson Hardware’s June dealer market, the company will explore the company’s present – and future – technological advancements to help them be more profitable and efficient. These include e-mail via the “cloud”; virtualized computer systems, “Go Green” paperless warehouse operations; increasing warehouse bandwidth by a factor of 10; and other steps to ensure dealers have advanced technology serving them, says Don ... Read More »

NRHA Launches Retail Research Group to Deliver Information to Channel


The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce the launch of the NRHA Retail Research Group (RRG), which is dedicated to delivering quality, retailer-driven research to the home improvement channel. “Helping members and the channel at large gain a better and more in-depth understanding of the home improvement industry is a critical responsibility for our association and ... Read More »

Lowe’s Launches In-Store Holorooms


Last week, Lowe’s introduced Lowe’s Innovation Labs and the first concept to come out of the lab, the Lowe’s Holoroom. Lowe’s created Lowe’s Innovation Labs to build new technology to solve common consumer frustrations while working alongside start-ups, universities, specialized professionals and other companies. The Lowe’s Holoroom is a home improvement simulator which applies 3-D and augmented reality technologies to ... Read More »

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