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After tornado, Lincoln Windows keeps working

BY HBSDEALER Staff

With its Merrill, Wis., headquarters and final assembly plant hit by a tornado April 10, Lincoln Windows issued a press release indicating the company is continuing operations.

The company said its Timeline, Wis., facility was not damaged by the tornado and is fully operational now that shared computer operations have been restored. Production has already resumed on existing and incoming orders, according to the company.

Lincoln stressed its production facilities have not been destroyed. "We are repositioning the departments that were affected to our other facilities and plan to resume production within the next three weeks. Communications are still limited, but should be reestablished soon."

The tornado that damaged the Merrill facility was one of 11 confirmed tornadoes that hit Wisconsin April 10. More than 60 homes and 12 businesses were either damaged or destroyed. Even though the area was heavily hit, only minor injuries were suffered in the community. The only injury at Lincoln was sustained by a security guard. The tornado impacted on a Sunday evening when most employees were not at work.

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Industry Dashboard for April 18, 2011

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Retail sales picked up slightly in February for NAICS code 444, but the subset of NAICS code 44413 — hardware stores — slipped compared with last month and last year.

Gas prices, meanwhile, pushed higher, finishing last week at a national average of $3.82 per gallon of regular. 

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Tornado damage still being tallied across the South

BY HBSDEALER Staff

As a state of emergency is declared in North Carolina, homeowners and retailers are picking up the pieces after a destructive and deadly series of tornadoes.

According to news reports, 243 tornadoes were reported in 13 states in the past three days.

Video of the damage in Sanford, N.C., includes images of a ripped up Lowe’s store, where the managers were described as heroes on an ABC World News broadcast Sunday night. The managers were able to move about 70 customers to the back of the store and thus protect them from flying glass and debris during the daytime tornado. A Tractor Supply and Big Lots store in Sanford also received extensive damage.

Across the country, the severe storms killed at least 45 people.

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