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DeWalt unveils new carbide bits

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Towson, Md.-based DeWalt announced the launch of a new full line of carbide bits used for drilling holes in hard concrete, reinforced concrete, block and pan decking. 

The new Solid Rock Carbide SDS Plus Bits are designed for mechanical and general contractors, electricians, forming and tilt wall contractors, glaziers and other professionals.  

The bits are manufactured using an innovative bonding system to affix the solid rock carbide tip to the flute, and the head of the bit features two times more carbide than traditional bits to endure daily job site abuse.

“We spent countless hours talking to end users about their frustrations with SDS Plus Bits, and inadequate bit life and lack of durability were the top concerns,” said Maurice LaPointe, product manager, DeWalt. “We addressed those concerns with the launch of our Solid Rock Carbide product, which further proves our commitment to providing contractors with long-lasting accessories that can stand up to the tough applications.”

The four-flute bit design strengthens the product to help reduce breakage when drilling into concrete. Additionally, the separate channels created by the four-flute design are optimal for debris removal and provide fast drilling speed.

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Lowe’s names new information officer

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Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s Cos., announced today the appointment of Michael Brown to EVP and chief information officer.

Brown replaces Steven Stone, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

Brown previously served as EVP store operations and lowes.com since 2006. He joined Lowe’s in 1984 and served in various positions, including SVP store operations for Lowe’s South Central and West Divisions, regional VP of the company’s Northeast Division, merchandising VP and VP specialty sales.

He will report to chairman and CEO Robert Niblock.

“The importance of new and enhanced technology is accelerating in every facet of our business and is essential to the way we interact with our customers today and into the future,” Niblock said. “Mike has a deep understanding of our customers, operations and the strategic initiatives that will propel our future growth. This background has prepared him well to assume this important new assignment.

“We thank Steve for his hard work and many contributions to Lowe’s over the years and wish him much success in the future,” Niblock added.

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Lowe’s to Guam: Send us your orders

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Lowe’s is offering to ship products to residents of Guam — a U.S. territory where it doesn’t have a store — through its international service, according to an article in the Pacific Daily News

Customers in Guam can e-mail the company for products they would like to purchase, and Lowe’s will have that item shipped to them, Mike Hsieh, Lowe’s International sales specialist, told the newspaper. 

The products don’t have to be from Lowe’s; almost any hardware product sold in the United States can be shipped.  

"It could be something they see at Home Depot or any other stores," Hsieh said. "We will be able to get it and give them a price."

Customers who order items from Lowe’s International will be responsible for the shipping costs. International sales are subject to review, and there are restrictions on what can be exported.

Interested customers looking for a certain product are asked to send an e-mail to Lowe’s international sales team; Lowe’s does not sell products overseas through its e-commerce site. 

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