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Ames True Temper has a new name: The AMES Companies

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ames True Temper, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, has become The AMES Companies.

"While the company name has changed, our customers, suppliers and employees can rest assured that our manufacturing, sourcing and other core processes remain untouched," said Michael Sarrica, president of The AMES Companies. "The AMES Companies continue to offer a broad range of product categories that make work easier for homeowners and professionals, continuing a legacy the company has built upon for more than two centuries."  

The company’s history and legacy, in addition to the brand’s long-standing commitment to American manufacturing, helped reinforce the decision to change the corporate name. 

" ‘AMES’ has long been used as an informal, abbreviated company name, so officially changing the name minimizes certain brand identity confusion and also reinforces the AMES brand legacy," added Sarrica.

The AMES Companies provides lawn and garden tool offerings, professional jobsite tools, and outdoor lifestyle product categories under the brand names AMES, True Temper, Razor-Back Professional, Jackson Professional, Southern Patio, UnionTools, Dynamic Design, Garant, Westmix, Kelso and Northcote. 

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Daryl Hull rejoins Modern Group

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Modern Group’s Integrated Systems Division has rehired Daryl Hull as a sales specialist for Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties. Hull has over 40 years of material-handling industry experience, including 28 at Modern Group, and most recently with LTW Intralogistics specializing in automated warehousing solutions.

"Daryl’s decades of experience with warehouse products and integrated systems will be a vital asset to Modern Group," said Don Sherow, senior VP sales. "He understands that customers are focused on condensing and consolidating their operation to deliver the best return on investment. Their questions are no longer about how each square foot in their facility is being utilized, but how each cubic foot is factoring into their business’s success."

Modern Group is an equipment distributor, providing sales, leasing, short-term rental, service, parts, training and financing solutions through its forklifts, power systems, construction and warehouse products businesses serving Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. 

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New Sears Hometown store opens in Illinois

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Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores opened its newest Illinois location in Pekin.

The store is the first new Sears Hometown Store to open this year and the sixth opening of a new store across all Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores.

“We’re both proud and excited to fulfill high consumer demand for Sears Hometown Stores in the Pekin area and to become a staple in the community,” said Adam White, store manager of the new Sears Hometown store.

The store’s merchandise mix is heavy on appliances, plus a large assortment of lawn and garden, Craftsman tools, fitness equipment and electronics.

As of Feb. 1, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,260 stores.

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