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Ace Hardware recalls LED clamp light

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Citing a shock and fire hazard, Ace Hardware is recalling the Ace Clamp-On LED Work Light, sold at Ace locations and other hardware stores between September and December 2013.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the cord bushing inside the light base has exhibited a tendency to fail, which allows the cord wiring to pull out of the base and expose bare wire.

No injuries have been reported.

The recall affects approximately 15,000 units of the Work Light, which has a silver plastic lamp head with black rubber sides and eight LED lights on one side. It’s also identifiable by a black plastic cube-shaped lamp base and a silver clamp with black rubber grips. 

The model number for the affected product is "DC004" with the date code "08/13," both of which can be found on the back of the light base.

The CPSC is urging consumers to discontinue use immediately and to return them to a local Ace store for a full refund.

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Do it Best cuts the ribbon in Sikeston, Mo.

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Executives from Do it Best Corp. celebrated the grand opening of the co-op’s new Retail Service Center in Sikeston, Mo.

Bob Taylor, president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., and Sikeston Mayor Jerry Pullen cut the ribbon on the 550,000-sq.-ft. facility, which will serve as the co-op’s strategic hub for product distribution to members throughout the Midwest and central United States. 

The Sikeston RSC replaces a previous facility in nearby Cape Girardeau, which was built in 1971 and was the first Do it Best Corp. distribution center outside the co-op’s home in Fort Wayne, Ind. 

“Although our Cape location allowed us to effectively serve our members for more than four decades, we knew we could do even better. This new Sikeston facility brings additional efficiencies as we look to accommodate future growth in the region and serve even more independent entrepreneurs,” said Taylor. “With the integration of brand new technology and improved work flows built into this facility, the Sikeston RSC shipped its first product — on schedule and under budget — with a 98% fill rate on its very first day.” 

The Sikeston RSC represents a $34 million capital investment and stocks $22 million in inventory. The 67,000 unique products in the center are available to Do it Best Corp. member-owners in Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska and Tennessee.

Do it Best member Frank Blair, owner of of Schnarr’s Hardware Co. in Ladue, Mo., said he couldn’t be happier with the Sikeston opening.

“The Sikeston center will provide independent Do it Best hardware stores, home centers, lumberyards, e-tailers and industrial/commercial businesses with a wide selection of competitively priced products for our diverse customers.”

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Do it Best promotes Branigan and Morgan

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Do it Best Corp. has announced the promotion of John Branigan and Tom Morgan to retail performance managers, effective immediately.

Branigan and Morgan will lead co-op efforts in aiding the growth and enhancement of member stores through retail performance programs developed exclusively for Do it Best Corp. member-owners.

“Both John and Tom know that our number one goal is to help our members grow – and this is a great opportunity for them to do just that. Members who complete a comprehensive store improvement project, for example, see a 17% increase in sales in their first year,” said Jay Brown, VP sales and business development at Do it Best. “John and Tom are eager to help our members exceed their goals through our outstanding Retail Performance programs.” 

Branigan joined Do it Best in 2000 as a territory manager for central and western New York State. Overall, he has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Morgan joined Do it Best in 1999 as a territory manager serving portions of eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Overall, he has 35-plus years of experience in the industry. 

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