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Whirlpool Moves Washing Machine Production to U.S.

Whirlpool recently announced it is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Monterrey, Mexico to Clyde, Ohio. Production of the font-load commercial washer platform is due to begin in the U.S. April 2014. “We continue to invest in advanced manufacturing processes in ... Read More »

Ace Hardware Corp. Celebrates 90 Years

In 1924, when four Chicago-area hardware retailers decided to combine their individual buying power to get better deals from suppliers, there was no way they could know their idea would grow into the home improvement industry’s largest distribution operation. That’s ... Read More »

Hot Commodities: Five Ways to Cope with Fluctuating Raw Material Costs

Most retailers know there are just some things beyond their control. For those heavily selling building materials and lumber, constant changes in commodities pricing are almost always at the top of that list of variables. Between slowed domestic new-home construction ... Read More »

Do You Have A Health Care Game Plan?

Health care is a big topic on every retailer’s mind right now, especially as more elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) come to fruition. The ACA comes with plenty of questions: What, in the way of insurance, is a ... Read More »

Retailers Tap into Sweet Sales

Two retailers recently teamed up with nearby nature centers to help some of their youngest customers tap into a local hobby: maple sugaring. Staff at Keough’s Do it Best Paint & Hardware in Connecticut and Orme Do it Best Hardware ... Read More »

Small Businesses Anticipate Breakout Year Ahead

Entrepreneur Bill Brown had scaled back his San Jose, Calif., construction firm as demand for new Silicon Valley homes and offices dried up in recent years, cutting his staff by two-thirds, to 50 by late 2011. But over the course ... Read More »

Blish-Mize Announces New CEO

Blish-Mize Co. of Atchison, Kan appointed Jonathan D. Mize as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding his father, John H. Mize. “I’m excited and honored to be appointed Chief Executive Officer & President of our company,” says Jonathan.  “Under my father’s leadership ... Read More »

Germany Plays Host to Industry Innovation Awards

If you’re looking for that little something different to make your operation stand out, the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany, may have just what you’re looking for. As home to the ‘EISEN Innovation Awards, the International Hardware Fair showcases ... Read More »