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Golden Hammer to strike in Vegas

BY Ken Clark

The 29th Golden Hammer Awards event will strike May 8 in Las Vegas during the National Hardware Show.

The festivities will include a Hall of Fame induction, an award-winning retail panel discussion and recognition of excellence in 31 product categories of home improvement.

“We’re very proud to carry on the tradition of the Golden Hammer event,” said Ken Clark, HCN editor.

The Home Channel Hall of Fame will honor recently retired Ace Hardware CEO Ray Griffith. Griffith will also sit on a panel along with representatives from Retailer of the Year Rocky’s Ace Hardware, based in Springfield, Mass., and Tools of the Trade honoree Builders home center, of Kearney, Neb.

The Golden Hammer doors will open at 7:30 a.m. in room N253 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

 

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Spectrum considers North American manufacturing

BY Ken Clark

During the Spectrum Brands second-quarter earnings call, the Madison, Wis.-based company showed interest in bringing back some offshore production. 

Responding to a question about the rising costs of wages and freight for overseas small appliance manufacturing, Spectrum Brands CEO David Lumley said: “We are looking at that.”

He added that a first opportunity might be for North America manufacturing — Mexico or the Caribbean.

“We’ve actually moved products in the Home and Garden division into the Caribbean islands,” he said. “We’ve moved products into Mexicos, and we are aggressively pursuing it.”

He added that repositioning its manufacturing would take time because the infrastructure for appliance parts are all in Asia.

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Alpine Systems Corp. hires sales consultant

BY Ken Clark

ITW Building Components Group announced that Rob McIntyre joined the Alpine Systems Corp. sales support team as a sales and software consultant serving Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

McIntyre has worked in the building component industry since 1998, most recently in a sales support role with Mitek Canada. Previously, Rob has excelled in similar roles with both Jager Building Systems and Taiga Building Products.

“Rob brings a great deal of industry experience to fortify the Alpine team in Canada. His tremendous attention to detail, desire to exceed customer expectations and intimate knowledge of all current industry software platforms will go a long way to servicing the ongoing needs of our customers,” said Jeff Allan, national sales manager of Alpine Systems Corp. “Rob’s presence on the Canadian support team — along with other recent additions — Paul Pellerin, Leonard Chiasson and Jesse Van Duffelen will ensure that Alpine customers have the highest level of service possible, and will bolster our ability to support ongoing market growth coast to coast.” 

“I am excited to get started, knowing that Alpine has always proven to be an industry leader in delivering innovative products, software, service and equipment that are second to none," McIntyre said.

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