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Fasteners connect award-winning decks

BY HBSDealer Staff

National Nail Corp.’s CAMO hidden deck fasteners were used in two decks that took first place in NADRA’s National Deck Competition.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based fastener company’s CAMO fasteners were part of the 2012 Best Dock and the 2012 Best Covered Deck, the company said. The dock was built using CAMO Hidden Fasteners and materials, including Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Cedar and AZEK PVC decking.

The covered deck involved removing an existing deck and building a larger deck that includes a screened-in porch, outdoor kitchen and living area. The deck was built using CAMO Hidden Fasteners and Gossen Passport PVC decking. 

The awards ceremony for the third annual event took place last month. Finalists were selected based on creativity, use of space and functionality, use of materials and overall visual appeal.

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Toro, Sheffield sign installment financing services agreement

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Toro Co. signed a three-year installment financing services agreement with Clemmons, N.C.-based Sheffield Financial.

The Toro Company supports a variety of customer financing options and has agreed to endorse Sheffield as an exclusive provider of installment financing programs for its Toro and Exmark residential and contractor brands of outdoor power equipment sold by Toro and Exmark dealers throughout the United States.

"Toro is a market leader of innovative consumer and commercial lawnmowers and other lawn equipment," said Jack Snow, Sheffield Financial president. "Sheffield’s market share in outdoor power equipment continues to grow, and we are extremely pleased to collaborate with Toro in offering innovative financing products to its customers."

Sheffield, a division of BB&T FInancian, has specialized in the outdoor power equipment industry for its entire 20-year history.

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Menards breaks ground — again — in Omaha

BY Brae Canlen

Menards has begun building its fourth store in the Omaha, Neb., metro area, and this unit will sit right next to a sports facility. An article in the Ralston Recorder explains how the deal to bring the Menards to Ralston, a community at the southern edge of Omaha, spanned more than two years and required a state bill to allow the city to capture 70% of state sales tax on new businesses opening within 600 yards of the Ralston Arena.

Ralston Mayor Don Groesser even flew to Eau Clare, Wis. — Menards headquarters — to make a personal pitch to the home improvement retailer’s executives.

According to projections, Ralston will need about $50 million in annual retail sales inside a 600-yard radius to keep up with bond payments for the new sports arena. The average Menards store does $40 million in business annually, the article said. Other retail outlets are expected to open around the facility once the Menards is built.

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