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Digital precision: Just one of the tool trends in Europe

BY Ken Clark

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.

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More details on Lowe’s staff reductions

BY HBSDealer Staff

Lowe’s corporate downsizing, initially reported as a reduction in customer service employees, will apply to corporate staff as well, according to an article in the Charlotte Observer.

A letter sent to Lowe’s employees on Feb. 10 by Maureen Ausura, the company’s executive VP human resources, said the retailer wants to streamline processes and identify cost-savings opportunities. Buyout notices were given to eligible employees on Feb. 13, the newspaper reported. Employees who take the buyout will receive a lump-sum payment, based on how long they’ve been with the company.

If enough people do not take the “voluntary separation agreement,” layoffs could follow, Ausura’s letter said. Lowe’s employs 5,200 in its Mooresville and Wilkesboro, N.C., locations. It is not known how many layoffs the company is planning.

Ausura also said the company is restructuring the way it provides bonuses to "reward teamwork and collaboration." Lowe’s is eliminating commissions for most sales positions in stores, according to the letter.

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Obama visits Master Lock

BY Brae Canlen

President Obama traveled to Milwaukee on Feb. 15 to visit a Master Lock factory where the company brought back approximately 100 jobs from China. The visit also included a discussion of the economy and American manufacturing. 

Obama gave a callout to Master Lock in his State of the Union address for moving jobs back to the United States, and company president and CEO John Heppner participated in the January “Insourcing American Jobs” forum at the White House. 

Since mid-2010, Master Lock has brought back approximately 100 union jobs to its Milwaukee factory. The decision to bring these jobs back was partially motivated by economic reasons related to increasingly higher labor and logistics costs in Asia, as well as ongoing labor availability challenges, especially in the coastal areas of China. Advantages of moving the jobs to Milwaukee include a more competitive overall cost structure, greater control and the ability to provide better service to customers — in addition to the overall economic benefit to the company’s home state of Wisconsin. According to Heppner, Master Lock would like to bring more jobs back from overseas should the underlying economics support the move.

As part of the Insourcing Forum, Heppner stressed two key challenges that he recommends government and business officials address to continue the insourcing of jobs: One was improved access to skilled labor in North America. The other was innovations in the supply chain structure to improve efficiencies and productivity. 

“We are happy that the issue of manufacturing and insourcing continues to be a priority for President Obama,” Heppner said. “We support meaningful dialogue on this important topic and look forward to continued work with the government, educational institutions and fellow businesses to help improve the climate for manufacturing in the U.S.”

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