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Circular of the Week: Aco Hardware

BY HBSDEALER Staff

This week, Dearborn, Mich.-based Aco Hardware’s “Celebrate the Season Sale” is worth a look. The 10-page ad features deals on Christmas trees, lights, ornaments and decorations, with discounts ranging between 25% and 75%. Seasonal coloring and eye-catching phrases such as “Wrap up the savings at Aco,” help round out this circular’s holiday theme.

Hot Deals: • 30% off of all Christmas trees • 23-inch decorative live pine wreath for $12.99 • Choice of 75-feet pine garland, 20-inch pine berry wreath, or a 24-inch Canadian pine wreath for $3.99

 

The Skinny: Win this tree Page five of the circular features a contest with a prize of a Christmas tree professionally decorated by an award-winning designer. More than that, the page features many of the ornaments and decorations needed to help customers recreate that same special tree on their own. The page also features a 25% off coupon for all Christmas decorations, including those already on sale.

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Kleer Lumber gains distribution through iLevel

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iLevel by Weyerhaeuser is now distributing Kleer Cellular PVC Trimboard, sheet goods and other Kleer cellular PVC building products from its Baltimore, Md., and Easton, Pa., distribution centers.

iLevel is a new partner for Kleer as the company serves the key building markets of New Jersey, metropolitan New York and other Mid-Atlantic regions including Eastern Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

“iLevel is an ideal partner for Kleer Lumber because of its strong brand name, the products it represents in the marketplace and its commitment to outstanding service,” said Walt Valentine, president of Westfield, Mass.-based Kleer Lumber. “iLevel’s renewed commitment to focus on specialty product groups aligns perfectly with the core product development strategy at Kleer Lumber.”

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Construction industry loses more jobs

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The construction unemployment rate rose to 18.8% in November as the sector lost another 5,000 jobs since October, according to the Associated General Contractors of America, which just released an analysis of new federal employment data. The analysis indicates that the construction sector has been the hardest hit of any industry during the economic downturn, association officials said.

The industry’s 18.8% unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was the highest of any industry and roughly double the overall unemployment rate. The construction industry has lost 2.1 million jobs since employment in the sector peaked in August 2006, according to the association. Since November 2009, the industry has lost 117,000 jobs, while the private sector added 1,088,000 jobs.

“The unemployment report shows construction still has not broken free of the recession that has gripped the industry since 2006,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Other than the stimulus and other temporary federal programs, it has been a pretty bleak four yours for the industry.”

The only construction segment to add jobs in the past years has been heavy and civil engineering construction, which has benefited from federal stimulus, military base realignment and Gulf Coast hurricane-prevention projects, Simonson observed. Meanwhile, residential construction has lost 79,000 jobs over the past 12 months, while nonresidential specialty trade contractors and nonresidential building — the other two segments in the nonresidential category — have lost 62,000 jobs.

Association officials cautioned that the stimulus and other temporary federal programs would begin winding down in 2011, most likely before private, state or local demand for construction picks up. They urged Congress and the Obama Administration to act on a series of long-delayed legislative bills for water, transportation and other infrastructure programs.

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