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Home Depot meets YouTube in viral marketing push – UPDATED

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Home Depot concluded a unique Internet-based promotion this week, tapping user-generated content to promote DIY goods and services consumers can find at Home Depot stores.

The page drew 264 video entries for a chance to win a $25,000 Home Depot holiday gift card. Twenty second-prize winners will receive a $200 gift card.

The promotion also received significant consumer news coverage across the country. Additionally, as of Dec. 12, the consumer-produced YouTube videos had collectively been watched 80,000 times.

The winning video, titled “The Long’s Rap,” featured a Houston, Texas family rapping about the retailer, with lines such as “Home Depot – it’s orange not yellow.” Second place winners included titles such as “The Home Depoverture” and “Angelos and Jason’s Ho, Ho, Home Depot Contest.”

This is Home Depot’s first attempt at a YouTube-based viral marketing campaign.  To view the video entries visit www.homedepot.com/youtube.

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PPG Industries receives approval for major acquisition

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PPG Industries will sharply expand its worldwide offerings when it acquires SigmaKalon Group, a Netherlands-based producer of architectural, decorative and protective coatings, as well as coatings for the marine and industrial markets.

The total transaction value, including assumed debt, is approximately 2.2 billion Euros (US$3.22 billion). PPG said it anticipates the acquisition will close within the next 45 days. The deal was approved this week by European Union regulators.

PPG employs more than 34,000 people worldwide with manufacturing facilities and other operations in 25 countries. SigmaKalon employs approximately 10,000 people and sells coatings in more than 40 countries worldwide.

SigmaKalon Group is owned by Bain Capital Partners, a private investment firm with interests in a number of home improvement companies. Bain Capital, along with Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, this fall purchased Home Depot’s HD Supply unit for $8.5 billion — the LBM unit of HD Supply has since been sold to Pro-Build. In October, Bain Capital also purchased the kitchen and bath assets of American Standard for $1.76 billion.

SigmaKalon makes decorative coatings under several international brands, including Avi, Eureka and Prominent Paints. SigmaKalon products are sold throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Asia. PPG brands include Pittsburgh Paints, Olympic, Monarch, Porter Paints and Manor Hill.

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Idaho Veneer cuts back production

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Poor market prices will lead Idaho Veneer to cut back lumber production at its Post Falls and Samuels facilities, according to a report in the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review.

According to the report, company officials said the cutbacks won’t affect the approximately 100 workers at the Post Falls facility and 50 at the Samuels facility. Those employees will switch to veneer production.

Dan Malloy, company co-owner, said the veneer market has been stable while the demand for lumber has gone down sharply, due to the fact that fewer new homes are being built.

Idaho Veneer produces lumber, white pine, cedar and Douglas fir veneer for furniture at the two facilities.

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