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Handcuffed suspect goes shopping for bolt cutters

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A 19-year-old man in Pensacola, Fla., was arrested on May 8 after he escaped police custody and ran into Home Depot looking for bolt cutters to cut his handcuffs, according to a report on Fox 10 TV and other media accounts. 

Michael Scott was first arrested early Sunday morning on battery charges, and police took him to a hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during the altercation. Scott escaped from the hospital and managed to find his way to a Home Depot nearly a mile away. Store employees, who saw the suspect trying to remove his handcuffs with a pair of bolt cutters, called police. But Scott left through a back exit door by the time authorities arrived.

Law enforcement officials, including K-9 units, found the suspect hiding in a trailer, according to the news report. He was arrested and charged with several counts that include the initial battery, resisting an officer, escape and burglary.

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Leviton played a role in disaster relief

BY HBSDEALER Staff

While most people think of water, food and shelter when it comes to emergency relief efforts, Leviton provided areas of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee with another essential product in the aftermath of recent storms and tornados: watertight locking plugs and connectors, 50 amp generator plus, and a wide assortment of other temporary power supplies.

The Melville, N.Y.-based manufacturer enacted its Emergency Response Procedures (LERP), which in this case meant immediately opening its 500,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Lebanon, Tenn., to ensure adequate supply of products in demand. 

“Leviton’s catastrophe preparedness policy is to always overstock our selected lines of commercial and industrial products,” said Ken Wallace, who manages Leviton’s distribution center in Lebanon. “We are always ready for such occasions, and the emergency response protocol helps us to make sure we can react quickly to get our products to where they are needed most.”

Wallace worked with Leviton manager Rodney Coots and Leviton Southeast  regional sales representative Keith Wiemann in the days following the April 27 storms and over the weekend of April 30 to manually pick items from the distribution center shelves to fill orders. Wiemann also took the extra step of driving the products more than 70 miles to meet distributors and contractors closer to affected areas to get much-needed connection products to disaster sites faster.

“There are no ‘hours of operation’ when it comes to helping communities in need and our valued customers. This team went above and beyond — some of them leaving family events and working through the weekend to make sure vital electrical products were available when needed,” said William Marshall, Leviton senior VP sales and marketing.

Diane Corso, a Leviton veteran of 35 years, coordinated the efforts of the Tennessee team through the weekend and made sure all customer orders were fulfilled. 

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J.Collins says:
May-13-2011 01:03 pm

This is a great story. I wish
This is a great story. I wish more companies did business like this. I have their products in our home and have never had an issue for over 30 years!

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Golden Hammer vendor winners unveiled in Vegas

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Las Vegas — Thirty-two home channel industry suppliers were recognized as Golden Hammer winners during a ceremony Wednesday in Las Vegas at the National Hardware Show.

The event also produced five vendor winners selected by the Golden Hammer retail committee in five retail disciplines. The Golden Hammer Committee Choice winners for 2011 are:

• Scotts Miracle-Gro, New Product Innovation;

• Irwin Tools, Inventory Management;

• Andersen, Serving the Pros;

• 3M, Category Management; and

• Weber Stephens, Quality Control.

The Home Channel News Golden Hammer Awards are based on an electronic balloting process that in 2011 generated a record number of votes for winners in 32 categories. The complete list of winners follows:

Hardware, tools and supplies

Cleaning Supplies – 3M

Electrical Supplies – Leviton

Fasteners – Midwest Fastener

Floor Care – Bonakemi

Hand Tools – Irwin

Gloves and Apparel – Wells Lamont

Home Security – First Alert

Paint Supplies & Tools – Purdy

Plumbing Supplies and Equipment – Fluidmaster

Power Tools – DeWalt

 Home decor

Decorative Hardware & Locksets – Kwikset

Decorative Lighting & Fixtures – Cooper Lighting

Fashion Fixtures – Kohler

Home Organization – Newell Rubbermaid

Major Appliances – Whirlpool

Paint Wall Treatments & Stains – Valspar

Small Appliances – KitchenAid

• LBM and durables

Bathroom Vanities & Procelain – Kohler

Building Materials – Quikrete

Insulation – Owens Corning

Caulking & Sealants – DAP

Doors – Clopay

Lumber & Plywood – Georgia Pacific

Windows – Anderson

• Outdoor living

Barbeque – Weber Stephens

Decorative Landscaping – Pavestone

Garden Accessories – Design House

Lawn & Garden Organics and Chemicals – Scotts

Lawn and Garden Tools & Irrigation – Ames True Temper

Outdoor Furniture – Palmetto Furniture

Outdoor Power Equipment – STIHL

Pools Supplies – ARCH

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