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Domestic bliss: Manufacturers point to benefits

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Manufacturers responding to an article about Made in the USA products point to a variety of benefits of domestic manufacturing in today’s economy, including psychology and quality control.

For instance, the Delta Power Equipment Corporation purchased the DELTA brand of woodworking equipment and machinery from Stanley Black & Decker on Feb. 4, and transferred the equipment from their Jackson, Tenn. manufacturing facilities to the Delta Power Equipment Corporation facilities in Anderson, S.C. 

This new location continues the 90-year-old DELTA Made in USA tradition, according to President and CEO Bryan Whiffen. 

“Delta benefits from manufacturing in the US in many ways, including quality control, skilled work force, R&D and engineering in the same place, and lower transportation costs,” Whiffen said. “Perhaps best of all, Delta and its loyal customers are proud to be able to say "that’s Made in the USA" when talking about these Delta products.”

At Intertape Polymer Group, domestic manufacturing is increasingly sought out, said Gregory Yull, president and CEO.

“American consumers are highly sensitive to buying American-made products because they link ‘buying American’ to giving jobs not only to factory workers but to everyone involved in the supply chain,” Yull said. “They are willing to search out IPG’s US-produced pressure-sensitive tapes, recognizing these products as being higher quality than imported goods.”

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‘Homer Bandit’ gets seven-year sentence

BY Brae Canlen

A San-Diego area man will be sentenced to seven years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to nine felonies that include making fraudulent purchases at Home Depot stores. According to a story reported by the City News Service, Joel Booth, age 39, used counterfeit checks and identification cards to purchase items at a number of Home Depot stores in San Diego and Riverside counties. Police investigators nicknamed him “The Homer Bandit,” after Home Depot’s original mascot.

Booth used both real and fake names to manufacture checks, investigators said, using account information stolen from victims’ mail boxes and/or U.S. postal drop boxes. Almost 30 businesses lost thousands of dollars to Booth’s scam, authorities said. 

Police caught up with Booth on March 10, 2011 at a Ross Dress for Less store in Santee, just east of San Diego. He was trying to return items he purchased at a Ross store in La Quinta. 

Booth has agreed to plead guilty to burglary and multiple counts of unlawful use of someone’s personal identifying information. 

 

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Ideal Industries names vice chairman

BY HBSDealer Staff

Ideal Industries, a manufacturer of tools and suppliers for electrical contractors, has named Jim James as the vice chairman of its board of directors. James, who also serves as president and CEO, will assume these additional duties immediately.

James joined Ideal Industries in August 2008 as president and CEO. Previous to that, he served as president of ITW Building Components Group, a division of Illinois Tool Works.

Based in Sycamore, Ill., Ideal Industries has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. Ideal is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

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