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What’s Your Health Care Strategy?

The Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate now goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015, giving employers more time to consider their options before making a decision on their employee health care coverage. But with so many options to consider, where do you even begin? The delay is certainly ... Read More »

Three Tips to Make Your Wholesale Market Trips More Profitable

The time comes once, if not twice, a year when you return from your wholesaler or co-op’s market and you have a decision to make. To do or not to do? The pile of market materials has found its way ... Read More »

Home Hardware Announces Recipient of Paul Straus Public Relations Award

Ian and Tara McNaughton, the dealer-owners of Gravenhurst Home Hardware, were awarded the 12th annual Paul Straus Public Relations Award during Home Hardware’s fall Shareholders’ Meeting in St. Jacobs, Ontario last week. Gravenhurst Home Hardware was recognized for its dedication ... Read More »

Home Depot’s Redbeacon Expands to 6 More States

Home Depot is accelerating the national rollout of its online referral service Redbeacon to tap demand from homeowners who don’t want to do fix-it projects themselves, Bloomberg reported last week. Redbeacon, which connects consumers with painters, plumbers, carpenters and maids, ... Read More »

Feds Raid Lumber Liquidators Headquarters

Federal investigators raided the offices of Lumber Liquidators on Thursday and sealed search warrants were executed at the company’s corporate offices in Toano and Richmond, Va., by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Fish ... Read More »

House-Hasson Product Managers Address Upcoming Plumbing, Lighting Changes

Major changes are bearing down on plumbers, electricians and consumers as plumbing fixtures and light bulbs will soon have to meet new government-mandated environmental requirements, say product managers with House-Hasson Hardware. House-Hasson is working with its 2,000 hardware store and ... Read More »

True Value Reunion Focuses on Changes, Establishing Consumer Connections

At last week’s True Value Fall Reunion, the message from the co-op’s leadership was clear: Change is here. The company’s new CEO, John Hartmann, and chairman of the board, Brent Burger, were formally introduced during the Reunion’s general session Sept. ... Read More »

Frank Tooke, Former AHMA Chairman, Passes Away

Former American Hardware Manufacturer’s Association (AHMA) chairman Frank Tooke passed away Thursday. Tooke was from Raleigh, N.C., and was born on July 5, 1939 in Windsor, Ontario. He died Sept. 19 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Tooke lived in Canada ... Read More »