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Ames True Temper launches new website

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Camp Hill, Pa.-based Ames True Temper is bringing all of its brands to a single Web address — amestruetemper.com.

The new site features simple user navigation, with individual tabs for each Ames True Temper brand, including True Temper, Ames, UnionTools, Garant, Hound Dog, Dynamic Design, and tools from Jackson and Razor-Back

“Our new website provides one central source where consumers can find gardening tool product information, projects and retail locations for all of their gardening needs, including everything from decorative planters to eco-friendly shovels to classic gardening tools and more,” said Pete Brenneman, director of marketing services at Ames True Temper. “With our new site, information on all of our industry leading brands and products is just a click away, saving users time and energy with their online lawn and gardening research.”  

In addition to key product information, the site includes helpful tools, including “Projects & Solutions,” “What’s Happening” and “Customer Service.” Here users can find the information and resources for everything from their first gardening project to the more seasoned jobs, the company said.

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Irwin Tools appoints new president

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Irwin Tools, a leading maker of hand tools and power tool accessories based in Huntersville, N.C., has named Ross Porter as its new president. Porter has held a variety of positions during his 18 years at Newell Rubbermaid, Irwin’s parent company. He most recently served as president of EMEA Transformation, where Porter led the company’s European transformation efforts, including implementation of a new European business model, integration and implementation of SAP enterprise system, and relocation of its European headquarters.

Other positions held by Porter include president of Newell Rubbermaid’s hardware division, which includes the Shur-Line, BernzOmatic and Bulldog brands. He also served as president of office organization (Rolodex and Rubbermaid brands) and group VP finance for tools and hardware (Irwin and Lenox brands). This business is now called the tools, hardware and commercial products segment.

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Lowe’s scraps Florida store

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Lowe’s has canceled its plans to build a store in Land O’Lakes, Fla., according to a report by the St. Petersburg Times.

The proposed 117,000-sq.-ft. store with an attached 31,000-sq.-ft. garden center was first announced in 2007. It would have been located on State Route 54 near Route 41, two main arteries that run through town. The North Carolina retailer has put the 42-acre site up for sale, the newspaper reported.

A Lowe’s spokesperson said the company weighed “a number of factors” in making its decision. Lowe’s signed a $2.7 million contract in 2005 for the property, which is situated between an RV park and a fire station. Part of the acreage is wetlands, according to the report.  

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