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Cooper Lighting lights up Tucson

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Officials in Tucson, Ariz., have replaced the city’s low-pressure sodium street lamps with energy-efficient LED luminaires from Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries.

Because the lighting was costing the city in both maintenance and energy costs, officials applied for and received approximately $425,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to convert 600 lighting fixtures to LED lighting. As of today, Tucson has saved approximately $3,000 monthly in electricity costs, and officials expect to see at least $30,000 in savings over the course of the year.  

The city chose LED Cobrahead luminaires, which were delivered in phases as the installation progressed, according to the manufacturer.

Headquartered in Peachtree, Ga., Cooper Lighting, a subsidiary of Cooper Industries, is a leading provider of interior and exterior lighting fixtures and related products to worldwide commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and utility markets.

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Stanley Black & Decker contributes $1 million to ToolBank

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It’s the largest pledge to date for ToolBank USA, the non-profit organization that provides tools — from hand tools to hoses — to volunteer organizations working to improve their communities.

Stanley will pay ToolBank USA $1 million over the next five years.

"This donation is about helping a strong, smart organization to bring its phenomenal work to even more communities across the country," said Tim Perra, global communications director, Stanley Black & Decker. 

ToolBank USA currently has affiliates in Atlanta, Charlotte and Baltimore, with expansion targeted to seven more cities over the coming year. ToolBank USA will continue to work collaboratively with non-profit organizations and their volunteers nationwide as partners working towards positive, effective community revitalization, it said.

"I am thrilled to count Stanley Black & Decker as an important strategic partner of ToolBank USA, one whose support has been integral since the national program’s inception in 2008," said Corky Martin, Board President of ToolBank USA and product development merchant with The Home Depot.

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Grilling survey: Don’t try desserts

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Desserts topped the list of “most challenging to grill” in the 22nd annual GrillWatch survey conducted by Weber-Stephen Products. Fish and pizza tied for second place, followed by shellfish and fruit.

Seven percent of Americans reported spending more than 10 hours each week cooking outdoors during their "grilling season," with almost half (49%) of all study respondents reporting that they grill or smoke-cook year-round, including 37% at or below freezing temperatures.

Not surprisingly, hamburgers were the favorite food to grill, followed by steak, chicken, hot dogs and ribs.

Currently, 71% of all Americans (21 and older) own an outdoor grill and/or smoker, based on the survey results, and the majority (67%) own a gas grill. But a sizeable number of the survey respondents — 46% — said they owned charcoal grills. Some households (36%) owned two or more outdoor grills and/or smokers.  

Headquartered in Palatine, Ill., Weber-Stephen Products makes charcoal, gas and electric grills, grilling accessories and other outdoor room products. 

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