August 14, 2015

A Q&A with the co-op’s John Surane

July 7, 2015

General Pipe unveils new weapon against clogged drains.

May 1, 2015

From the New Product Showcase Digital Edition Series, sponsored by the National Hardware Show.

March 31, 2015

New from General Tools & Instruments are the Express Ratchet Driver and Ratcheting T-Handle Express Driver.

March 18, 2015

General Tools & Instruments has sensed an opportunity created by the recent Lumber Liquidators controversy.

December 29, 2014

For the past year Woodcraft stores nationwide have promoted “upcycling” -- the repurposing of an item into something more valuable -- through monthly free demonstrations that show how easy it is to transform rather than trash furniture, doors, windows and other items.

November 6, 2014

In an effort to handle the expected double-digit package volume growth this holiday season, the Postal Service on Thursday announced that it would be delivering packages seven days a week in major cities and high-volume areas beginning Nov. 17 through Christmas Day.

October 24, 2014

Tide Marine Supply Co. is the PRO Hardware Retailer of the Year among Long-Lewis Hardware customers. 

Manager Carl Crenshaw and his staff were selected for their ability to adapt to what their customer base is looking for.

“Tide Marine is one of those rare perfect retailers that isn’t afraid of change, has a willingness to try new things and is motivated to take some sensible chances and investigate opportunities,” said Michael Brady, general sales manager with Long-Lewis Hardware. 

October 16, 2014

As part of a broad strategic plan, True Value unveiled a new approach to merchandising and pricing during the Chicago-based co-op’s General Session in Denver.

One takeaway: expect fewer opening price points in the True Value assortments. “No one makes money on opening-price-point product,” said Ken Goodgame, True Value’s senior VP and chief merchandise officer.

October 12, 2014

Denver -- The General Session at the 2014 True Value Fall Reunion in Denver opened with a few words of inspiration from chairman of the board Brent Burger.

"As you can see from the agenda card, we have a very full program this afternoon and I promise you that it will be one of most exciting General Sessions we have ever had," said Burger, the owner of five Campbell's True Value locations in Maine.

October 11, 2014

Denver -- During the True Value General Session here, with the co-op presenting details of its much-anticipated strategic plan, president and CEO John Hartmann painted a picture of the company building on the principles of “engagement,” “growth” and “efficiency.”

September 22, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- With Internet sales growing faster than other channels across the U.S. retail scene, Ace Hardware rolled out a new Web-embracing deal for dealers.

In essence, retailers that sign up for Ace’s In-Store Pick Up service receive 100% profit on Internet sales, up from 70%.

September 21, 2014

Frattallone's Ace Hardware of Minnesota was recognized by Ace Hardware Corp. as the co-op's All-Star Retailer of the Year for its contributions to the Children's Miracle Network.

Mike Frattallone accepted the award during a presentation at the Ace Hardware General Session in Orlando, Florida. The ceremony included an appearance on stage alongside Aiden Morales, the 10-year-old ambassador of Ace's fundraising programs across the country. 

September 18, 2014

Orlando, Florida – Ace’s current merchandise strategy is heavy on the paint department, but there were plenty of other categories making news in the 850,000 square feet of exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center.

Ace Hardware VP Merchandising Frank Carroll, speaking during the General Session here at the 2014 Fall Ace Convention & Exhibits, described the market as “a retail wonderland” with paint leading the way.

September 17, 2014

Orlando, Florida -- Financing and technology were among the new-and-improved tools that Ace Hardware executives rolled out onto the stage of the Ace Hardware general session here Wednesday morning.

At the same session, the co-op rallied around the morning's slogan "Building Momentum," and executives had statistics to back it up.             

May 8, 2014

New York City-based General Tools & Instruments is beginning a new chapter in its colorful (black and yellow) history.

The company was acquired by New York City-based investment firm Highroad Capital Partners in February. Terms of the deal were not released. But in an interview with HCN at the National Hardware Show, principals from Highroad Capital said they liked what they saw in the tool company, and vice versa. 

May 5, 2014

The Multi-Pro Screwdriver Series are available three versions, which offer a variety of bits. New Product Showcase is sponsored by the National Hardware Show, coming to Las Vegas, May 6-8.

May 2, 2014

A retractable in-handle bit cartridge is just one of the selling features of General Tools & Instruments’ new Multi-Pro Screwdrivers.

The made-in-USA products offer convenient bit storage, selection and changeover. Additionally, the Palm Saver Cap is described as “the largest cap surface in the hand tools industry. It remains stationary while turning the driver handle."

March 13, 2014

General Tools & Instruments, a Manhattan-based tool manufacturer with a storied history, has been acquired by private equity firm High Road Capital Partners.

Founded in 1922, General Tools & Instruments is a designer and developer of precision specialty hand tools and handheld test instruments for consumers and professionals.

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Retailers were privy to a number of below-manufacturing-cost "Power Buys" at the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, with the potential for added profit that "can pay for a couple of people to come to Houston," said general merchandise manager Frank Carroll at the opening General Session.

"The mindset here is a 'thank you'," he added. "Thank you for coming to Houston."

February 24, 2014

Houston -- Ace executives took the stage to deliver rousing speeches at the General Session of the Ace 2014 Spring Convention & Exhibits, congratulating retailers on a strong 2013 and outlining the co-op's vision for 2014 and beyond.

Ace even had a proprietary rock 'n' roll theme song dedicated to its strategic initiative, "20/20 Vision," which added a spirited component to a slide show presented at the session. "The view is worth the climb," crooned the singer.

December 17, 2013

Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp. hired Frank Carroll as general merchandise manager.

Reporting to senior VP merchandising, marketing and sales John Surane, Carroll will focus on merchandising strategy both domestically and internationally. 

October 18, 2013

True Value Corp. CEO John Hartmann’s first mission was to meet as many dealers as fast as possible. In his first three-and-half-months on the job, he talked to some 450 retailers at 13 roundtable events around the country.

October 8, 2013

New York City-based General Tools & Instruments’ Predator line of Thermal Imaging Cameras is expanding to include nine extended temperature range models. General’s GTi10, GTi20 and GTi50 are now available in models with temperature measurement ranges up to 600 degrees Celcius, 1,000 degrees Celcius, and 1,500 degrees Celcius.