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Florida Ace to host hurricane discussion

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sunshine Ace Hardware of Bonita Springs, Fla., will host a Hurricane Preparedness Seminar & Expo July 17, being presented by the Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in partnership with several governmental agencies.

The one-hour presentation will include panelists, including officials from Lee County Emergency Operations Center, City of Bonita Springs, WINK-TV, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Bonita Springs Fire & Rescue.

The SBDC will bring its Small Business Mobile Assistance Center Bus, which is used to help small businesses during a natural disaster.

“We are very excited to take part in this important event,” said Efrain Torres, store manager for the Bonita Springs Sunshine Ace Hardware. “We are stocked and ready for this hurricane season and want our customers and business owners to know that they can purchase many of their hurricane supplies here.”

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DeWalt launches 12-volt Lithium Ion platform

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Towson, Md.-based DeWalt announced the launch of a new 12-volt Lithium Ion platform it calls 12 Volt Max.

The new line includes a 1/4-in. screwdriver, 3/8-in. drill/driver, 1/4-in. impact driver, 3/8-in. impact wrench, LED work light, inspection camera, infrared thermometer and two combo kits.

According to the company, the new line was designed to provide a compact and comfortable design that power contractors and remodelers need on the job site.

The company said it paid extra attention to the design of the tools’ grips.

“To achieve the desired grip for these tools, our team spent time constructing prototypes and studying Anthropometric guides that detail the different hand shapes and sizes,” said Dan Lopano, industrial design manager for DeWalt. “This effort, combined with our advanced CAD technologies and focus on user satisfaction, has produced a line of products that exceeds the comfort and balance of other tools in the market today.”

The new 12 Volt Max line also combines new features into the design: • The screwdriver has three LED lights; • The impact driver and impact wrench provide visibility without shadows; • A new 1/4-in. hex chuck on the impact driver and screwdriver allows users to simply push the bit in with one hand to lock it in place, and it accepts a 1-in. bit tip to fit into the tight spaces; and • The inspection camera features a wireless, removable screen to aid in accessing tight areas.

The company said the tools will retail from $139.00 to $299.00.

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New York Aubuchon damaged by fire

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An Easton, N.Y.-based Aubuchon Hardware caught fire Sunday night, and several fire companies spent the overnight hours fighting the blaze, according to wten.com.

The cause of the fire at the store located on Route 29 is still under investigation.

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