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Retail Hiring Lifts Employment in December

The National Retail Federation issued the following statements from NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay and Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz on the December jobs report: “The nation’s retailers continued to add to their payrolls in December even in the midst ... Read More »

Handy Hardware Set to Launch ‘New Face’ in 2014

Moving forward into 2014, Handy Hardware plans to launch a retailer initiative and business improvement program called “Profit Plus, the NEW face of Handy” leading up to its Spring Market, to be held Feb. 13-15 at the George R. Brown ... Read More »

Ace Appoints Knox to CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware Corporation has appointed Tom Knox, 59, as President and CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware, Ace’s largest cooperative comprising 85 stores. Knox will be leaving his role as vice president, retail business development, training and supply at Ace’s corporate ... Read More »

52-Store Michigan Chain to Affiliate with Ace Hardware

ACO Hardware, Michigan’s largest independent home and hardware store chain located throughout the Detroit market and beyond, has plans to join Ace Hardware. ACO currently has 52 stores, all of which are located in Michigan. ACO, headquartered in Farmington Hills, ... Read More »

Home Hardware Contractor Trade Show Series Starts Jan. 9

Home Hardware Stores Limited plans to kick off its annual Tough as Nails contractor trade shows for contractors, renovators, builders and trades people Jan. 9 in Sudbury, Ontario. The series will stop in six cities across Canada, providing attendees with ... Read More »

Remodeling Activity Expected to Grow in 2014

Remodelers are expecting to have a solid 2014, according to Qualified Remodeler magazine’s annual online market forecast survey. Of those who responded to the survey, 78 percent reported having either an excellent or good outlook on the year ahead, an ... Read More »

Consumer Confidence Rebounds in December

Consumer confidence is making strides, recovering from pre-government shutdown levels, according to the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index®. The index, which had decreased in November, rebounded in December, now standing at 78.1, up from 72.0 the month prior. “Consumer confidence rebounded ... Read More »

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 »