Home Star may be dead, but that's not the end of home improvement companies' interest in weatherization. Far from abandoning the idea, an increasing number of companies are remaking themselves as “energycontractors.”

Panelists on "Made Over: Understanding the Value Add Marketplace" at the 2011 Multifamily Executive Conference see the pace of redevelopment increasing in 2012.

Small-business optimism gained 0.8 points in September, but NFIB’s chief economist cautions that in spite of this uptick, there is little among the 10 Index components that can be considered “positive.”

Owens Corning has announced that it EcoTouch insulation has been certified as a biobased product by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is the first fiberglass insulation to receive this designation, according to the company.

Hammond Lumber Co. announced it will acquire three construction supply stores in Maine from New England Building Materials.

A spokeswoman for the Denver-based pro dealer, ProBuild Holdings,announced it would close its Yorkville, Ill., and Westmont, Ill., facilities by Dec. 16.

Joseph Todd has left ProBuild Holdings. He was the Denver-based pro dealer's executive VP specialty distribution and pricing.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Universal Forest Products posted third-quarter net earnings of $5.6 million, up from net earnings of $2.6 million in the same quarter last year.

Universal Forest Products Inc. will consolidate its operations into two divisions from three.

Kott, owner of Magnolia-based Structural Wood Components, supplies many local builders with heavy timber trusses used in custom home and commercial construction.