Lowe’s home improvement store acquires Stainmaster brand

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Lowe’s home improvement store acquires Stainmaster brand to add to its private label mix.

Lowe’s Companies Inc.

Lowe’s said Thursday it will be expanding its private label brands, another move it hopes will help in the competitive home improvement market.

The Mooresville-based company acquired the carpet brand, Stainmaster. Terms of the sale were undisclosed.

“Today’s announcement adds the most trusted and recognized brand in carpet to our lineup of private brands,” Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison said in a statement.

Lowe’s was the only home improvement store to carry the brand exclusively for over a decade.

Bill Boltz, executive vice president

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CEO of Friedman’s Home Improvement in Sonoma County reveals adventure of leading family business

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This June, Barry Friedman will mark eight years serving as CEO of Friedman’s Home Improvement, a family business that has grown from its flagship store in Santa Rosa to stores in Petaluma, Sonoma and Ukiah, as well as a distribution yard in Windsor.

The third-generation family operation this month is celebrating 75 years in business and is marking the milestone with a book about its history, called “The Friedman’s Way,” that will be given for free to team members and customers.

Friedman, 42, co-owns the home-improvement retail outfit with his father, Bill Friedman, who serves as chairman.

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Home Improvements Are an Investment in Happiness, Especially During COVID

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A recent conversation with my Treehugger colleagues revealed a common finding: Over the past year, we’ve all developed a new appreciation for having a comfortable space to call home. There’s nothing like being stuck in place to make you realize that investing time and money in one’s living space is a worthy investment. It has a profound impact on mental and even physical wellbeing.

Creating an appealing home and yard makes you want to spend time in it, and thus less inclined to travel — a convenient state of mind in COVID times. Paul Greenberg makes a related environmentally-minded suggestion

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Resurgent PPG Buys Greman Auto Paint Firm

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Like a host of other companies, top-ranked paint and coatings maker PPG Industries got slammed in the coronavirus crash a year ago. And like some others, it’s not only recovered but prospered in the subsequent recovery. In a welcome move, the Relative Strength Rating for PPG Industries (PPG) climbed to 72 on Tuesday, up from 69 the day before.


Pittsburgh-based PPG’s 72 RS Rating means it’s outperformed 72% of all stocks, regardless of industry group, over the past year. Top stocks typically have an RS Rating north of 80 as they launch their biggest climbs. See if

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7 Home Improvements That Cost a Lot More in 2021

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Many of us have been spending a lot more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, and that puts a magnifying glass on things we want to upgrade both inside and outside the house.

For a variety of reasons — scarcity of materials, tariffs, rising wages, demand for sustainable products — many remodeling projects are costing significantly more now, according to HomeAdvisor, an online marketplace that connects homeowners with prescreened home service professionals.

For its 2021 True Cost Report, HomeAdvisor took a look at home improvement projects that were popular in 2020 and how much

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City gets 6 bids to redevelop vacant Home Depot property; homeless housing not an option

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin could choose a new developer for the empty Home Depot property this summer.

The long-vacant property at Interstate 35 and St. Johns Avenue has been called a lot of names after it was a home improvement store. Many of them, not so kind.

“You just kind of look at it and go, ‘why aren’t they doing something more with the property?’” said Steve Felgate, who manages ABC Supply, a roofing store across the street.

In 2018, a KXAN investigation highlighted the city-owned property. Voters approved a bond in 2006 to turn it into a police substation

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