March 15, 2012

Rialto, Calif.-based Bull Outdoor Products Inc., manufacturer of outdoor grills, carts and outdoor kitchens will begin manufacturing a line of Coleman BBQ Grills, including Carts, Outdoor Kitchens and their components.  

“We are excited to combine the strength of the Coleman brand with our manufacturing and retail knowledge to introduce a quality grill program into the marketplace,” said Frank Mello, VP sales and marketing, about the licensing deal.

March 5, 2012

Ray Schlosser, founder and president of Aero-Tech Light Bulb Co., of Schaumburg, Ill., did not build his “Made in the U.S.A.” campaign because it was the fastest route to profitability.

December 2, 2011

Sure Fit Inc., a New York-based manufacturer of slipcovers, furniture covers and other home accessories, has acquired the assets of the Patio Armor brand of covers for patio furniture, barbecue grills and other outdoor products from Trilink Global. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

November 21, 2011

The United Soybean Board (USB) is promoting some of the sustainable products that use soy as opposed to oil.

"Many people don't realize that soy can replace petroleum-based chemicals in building products," reads a statement from the USB.

Among those products with soy are:

June 29, 2011

Channel analysis

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows the market size for barbecue grills held steady at about $1.373 billion during 2011*, down 0.1% from the prior-year period.

Warehouse home centers clearly dominate the barbecue market, accounting for more than half of the sales.

May 26, 2011

More than 75% of home entertainers prefer the more laidback approach and spacious feeling they get from entertaining in the great outdoors, according to Outdoor Entertaining Trends 2010: Consumers Bring the Indoors Out, a report from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group.

May 2, 2011

Like most of the vendors in the Inventors Spotlight section of the 2010 National Hardware Show (NHS), Kalvin Vogt was confined to an 8-ft.-wide space that ran approximately 4 ft. deep. But he was right at the entrance with his crystal doorknobs, which are illuminated from inside with LED lights.

“We had Home Depot come in the first 15 minutes of the first day,” said Vogt, CEO of Krystal Touch of New York Inc. This being his first time at the show, Vogt and his associates were stunned. “We were ready to leave right after that,” he joked. 

April 5, 2011

Do it Best Corp. has extended its contract with DemandTec, a provider of software for sales promotions. The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op uses two of DemandTec’s products, DemandTec's Promotion Planning & Management and Promotion Execution.

"With 4,000 member stores to support, it is very important for us to give each location as much autonomy as possible in communicating to their customers," said Tim Miller, VP marketing at Do it Best Corp.

February 2, 2011

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse appeared at the 2011 True Value Spring Market to promote Emeril Outdoor Grills at the Viking Culinary Group booth.

Distributed and designed by Viking, the Emeril Outdoor Grills were added for the first time to the True Value warehouse program. 

Lagasse signed autographs at the Viking booth on Monday at the co-op's market in Orlando.

The Emeril Outdoor Charcoal Grill has 424 square inches of primary cooking surface, a heavy-duty construction and an easy-to-read thermometer.

November 9, 2010

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June 17, 2010

This editorial is 16 ounces of cold, refreshing, liquid gold.

I’m talking about beer. The beautiful blending of barley, hops and water, and of course yeast. More specifically, I’m talking about homebrewing, the craft beer industry, ancient Sumerians and a hardware store owner.

Allow me to explain.

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