Competitors unite at City of Hope event
Orlando, Fla. — The stage of the 2012 City of Hope “Spirit of Life” event featured one brand new honoree, several more industry icons and 30 years of memories for the hardware/homebuilding group.
Convening for the good of the California-based cancer treatment and research center, executives and supporters filled a banquet room at the Rosen Plaza Hotel here on the eve of the International Builders’ Show to honor the man of the hour: Ace Hardware’s Ray Griffith. The president and CEO of the Oak Brook, Ill.-based hardware co-op accepted the 2012 Spirit of Life award.
Griffith drew applause with his comment on the importance of social missions for all business, beyond market share and profit margins. “[Corporations] should possess a soul and a commitment to leave something behind that has a chance to help make the world a better place,” he said.
The 30th Anniversary event included the appearance of many past honorees, and also a special master of ceremonies: The Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, who told the story of a former colleague whose life was extended by the work of the doctors and researchers at City of Hope.
Generally, it was a night were cooperation won out over competition.
Marcus called to the stage a host former Spirit of Life honorees and industry titans, with no clashes. Among those who posed together for a 30th anniversary photo were Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank and former Handy Andy chairman Ron Rashkow.
As the 2011 Spirit of Life honoree, Craig Menear welcomed attendees to the event and praised the work of City of Hope. “The progress that this organization makes continually, year after year, truly is remarkable,” said Menear, Home Depot’s executive VP merchandising.
City of Hope is a California-based treatment and research facility — soon to celebrate its 100th year — dedicated to finding cures and new treatments for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The 2012 event raised $770,000.
Other past honorees in attendance were Bruce Merino, former sr. VP for Home Depot; Pat Farrah, co-founder of Home Depot; Dave Hodnik, former CEO Ace Hardware; Bill Patterson, former president HomeBase; Mark Baker, Orchard Supply Hardware CEO; Alan Barry, Masco; Paul Hylbert, Kodiak Building Partners; William Foote, USG; and Willam Farrell, the American Hardware Manufacturers Association.
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3 a.m. lawn tractor ride ends in arrest
Michigan police recovered a lawn tractor allegedly stolen from Lowe’s after one of the suspects was discovered riding the vehicle at three o’clock in the morning, according to an article in the Grand Haven Tribune.
An officer from the Muskegon Heights Police Department observed a pick-up truck pulling a John Deere lawn tractor behind it early on Feb. 13. One 30-year-old male suspect was driving the truck, while a 40-year-old man was sitting on the tractor, according to police. After stopping the pair, police said they found price stickers and literature on both the tractor and a new generator in the back of the pick-up truck.
In a follow-up investigation, authorities claimed that the items had been stolen from a Lowe’s store in Muskegon. The items were on display in the front of the building, but security cables and a padlock had both been cut.
Both suspects were booked into Muskegon County Jail.
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Digital precision: Just one of the tool trends in Europe
Weight reduction, ergonomic improvement and digital precision are trends pushing the envelope of product development, according to organizers of Internationale Eisenwarenmesse, or the International Hardware Fair.
The March 4 to 7 event in Cologne, Germany, will bring together more than 2,600 exhibitors from 50 countries.
"Several years ago, a trend arose toward increasing products’ versatility so that they can be used for a broader range of applications," according to the Fair’s press office. "More powerful digital precision tools play a major role in this ongoing trend."
High-end electronic torque wrenches and angle-controlled wrenches that show measurement results on easily readable displays will be on the show floor. So will new multimedia pipe inspection cameras.
New products in the hand tool category at the fair will demonstrate far fewer vibrations, less noise and less dust during grinding than other systems.
Further information is available at eisenwarenmesse.com.