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Hyne Group Expands with the acquisition of Rodpak

The Hyne Group is pleased to announce that pallet manufacturing will soon be a part of the broader Group operations, following the acquisition of Rodpak. The announcement comes just over two years after the Hyne Group's partnership with UK-based company, James...

PlaceMakers reduces plastic wrapping

PlaceMakers continues its mission to be more sustainable with a trial to reduce the amount of plastic wrap it uses as part of a broader waste reduction initiative. Starting with its stores in Auckland, PlaceMakers will only wrap orders if requested by customers or...

United Hardware and Do it Best announce intent to merge

In a historic move that reshapes the landscape of the home improvement industry in the United States, United Hardware and Do it Best have announced they intend to merge. This strategic merger creates one of the industry’s leading cooperatives, aimed at delivering...

New homes sales rose in February 2024

The HIA New Home Sales report is a monthly survey of the largest volume home builders in the five largest states and is a leading indicator of future detached home construction. “Sales of new homes nationally increased by 5.3 per cent in the month of February 2024,...

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Lowe’s projects that uplift women into skilled trades

Women around the Unites States celebrated Women in Construction Week recently – and with significant growth in the industry, there has been a lot to praise. According to a new survey by Yelp, women are diving into traditionally male-dominated spaces, such as...

Upcycling forestry slash with school community projects

An initiative supported by Soil Pro and the Mazda Foundation is seeing community projects in Auckland experiment with adding carbon to their soils. Made by upcycling surplus forestry slash, the project was initiated by The Good Carbon Farm to produce carbonised...

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Two Aussie icons team up for a duet

Jessica Mauboy has lent her voice and is hitting the ‘buy local’ high notes as the newly-named ambassador of Australian Made Week 2024. Running from 20–26 May, the annual Australian Made Week event aims to celebrate Australians and all that they create, with the...

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Higher Density building approvals lowest in 12 years

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows higher density approvals have hit their lowest monthly figure in almost 12 years. Master Builders Australia says this is despite the annual target of 240,000 new homes under the National Housing Accord. “Total...

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Apprenticeship data confirms labour shortage concerns

The latest apprenticeship and trainee data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) reaffirms building and construction industry concerns of a critical labour shortage amid the current housing crisis, says Master Builders Australia Chief...

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Lowe’s Foundation awards over $6 million to nonprofits

The Lowe's Foundation has selected 10 community-based nonprofits as Gable Grants recipients to enhance their innovative skilled trades training programs. These nonprofits expand the foundation's roster of grant recipients to 24 organizations in total, offering...

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