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Craftsman revamps woodworking line

BY Ken Clark

Las Vegas — Craftsman’s Eugene Kulig has one of the longest titles in hardware, for one of the biggest brands.

Kulig’s business card reads: "product manager, Craftsman work shop, stationary & bench top tools, power tool accessories."

It’s a job that keeps him busy in recent months. During a National Hardware Show media event here that showcased new Craftsman tools, including a line of revamped saw blades set to hit Sears stores in May, Kulig shared his mission: "We want to bring the woodworker back to Sears," Kulig said. 

The new line of Craftsman woodworking saw blades, made in Germany, are designed to create a smooth "almost sandpaper-like" cuts, he said.

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Video showcases high-end flashlight

BY HBSDEALER Staff

More powerful and more functional flashlights are hitting the market, including this one from Coast.

The product retails for about $175. 

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National Hardware Show kicks off in Las Vegas

BY Ken Clark

The three-day National Hardware Show kicks off Tuesday, promising a blend of new product exhibits. 

At the National Hardware Show, independent retailers will be able to see products beyond the spectrum of what typical wholesalers offer, according to the show organizers. 

Also on tap will be new niche opportunities, networking with other independent retailers from across the industry and educational opportunities geared toward helping them drive their businesses.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer meetings, receptions and other opportunities for home improvement retailers, manufacturers and buyers to get together and talk about what’s happening in the industry,” said Sonya Ruff Jarvis, VP attendee programs at the National Hardware Show. “With so many exhibitors, attendees and organizations under one roof, the National Hardware Show is a great time for everyone to get together.” 

There will be nearly 700 new exhibitors across multiple categories. Some of the new exhibitors include Kohler Co., Woodcraft LLC, Family Handyman, Millennium Lock and Frontline Products, among others.

The events include the 29th Golden Hammer Awards and the Home Channel Hall of Fame induction of Ray Griffith, sponsored by Safety Works. 

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