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100-year-old sawmill battles Miss. River

BY HBSDEALER Staff

It’s been two weeks now since the owners of JM Jones, a 100-year-old sawmill in Natchez, Miss., stopped running their equipment and started building levees instead. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, this family owned operation has been piling up dirt by the truckload as the water level continues to rise.

Last week, when the river broke a 73-year-old record of 58 ft. in Natchez, JM Jones began adding concrete highway dividers, lent by a local contractor, on top of the dirt levees, according to an article in the Natchez Democrat. This brought the barriers up to 65 ft. But owner Lee Jones was still worried about the stability of the makeshift levees. 

“At 63 ft., we are in good shape. At 65 ft., it’s a mess,” he said. Although the company was still working on the levees this week, it had moved out some equipment and sold off a lot of inventory. JM Jones exports southern hardwood to customers around the globe. The previous week, some of its trucks headed south to Mexico City.

The latest update of the mill’s fate, from a CNN news blog, was on Thursday, May 19, when the water level had reached 61.8 ft. The Jones family was still at the business, nervously watching parts of their levees crumble in the wake of passing tugboats and barges.

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C.KLUMB says:
May-20-2011 08:35 pm

Good luck to Lee. I flew
Good luck to Lee. I flew over the Anderson Tully mill, another 100+ year old hardwood producer, in Vicksburg yesterday, May 19, when the river crested there, and it appeared their levees were holding fast. Buddy Klumb

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Arrow Fastener introduces elite T50 staple gun

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Saddle Brook, N.J.-based Arrow Fastener Co. introduced its new T50 Elite professional manual staple gun and 1-in. (25mm) brad nail gun.

The most recent evolution of the company’s best-selling T50 heavy duty staple gun, the T50 Elite staple gun will arrive in stores in July.  

The T50 Elite staple gun is one of the first manual tackers on the market capable of firing up to a 1-in. (25mm) brad nail. It features patented Drive Technology that enables the user to set a staple or nail right on virtually any surface. The company said the product, introduced at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, also offers up to 60% more power than the T50 staple gun, which makes it more versatile on the job site.  

“It is a sleek, attractive product that elevates the chrome look of the classic T50 to a new level with patented drive technology, more power, easier squeeze and more versatility," said Bill Sokol, VP marketing for Arrow Fastener.

A jam-resistant mechanism means less downtime, and an ergonomic soft rubber grip delivers the highest standard of comfort.

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Kobalt to launch improved Mechanics Tools line in June

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With a little help from Nascar champ Jimmie Johnson’s team of mechanics, Kobalt is launching what it calls a "new and improved" Kobalt Mechanics Tools line in June at all Lowe’s stores nationwide.

Lowe’s tools merchandising VP David Vaughn said Kobalt started as a mechanics tools brand in 1998, and the launch marks a return to its roots. The No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team was involved in the redevelopment process, he said. “We leaned on our friends and ultimate car experts over at Team 48 to tell us what we could improve, and we made changes that will help take the Next Generation of Tough Tools to the next level of quality and greatness," Vaughn said. "We’re very proud of the new line.”

A few of the key features consumers will see in the new line include:

• Ratchets upgraded to 72 teeth count with 5 degrees of arc, recommended by Team 48 for ease of use in tight spaces;

• Each socket has the size laser etched on the socket, and each one is also color-coded with a red (SAE) or blue (Metric) band to delineate between Standard (SAE) and Metric (MM) sockets;

• Ratchets featuring new quick-release function for quick swap-out of sockets and accessories; and 

• Upgraded cases with improved tool retention and increased durability

Kobalt is a brand of Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s and is sold exclusively at Lowe’s.

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