Home Depot will phase out Hilti departments
Tool maker and distributor Hilti will end its in-store relationship with The Home Depot, according to an article in the Tulsa (Okla.) World.
The store-within-a-store Hilti departments had been a fixture at Home Depot for about 13 years.
The Tulsa World quoted a Hilti director of communications, and reported that the Hilti ProShops will be removed over the course of the next 180 days as part of a mutual decision between the two companies.
The world’s largest home improvement retailer will continue to sell Hilti products online. They will also be available for custom-order at the stores’ pro desks and for rental at rental desks.
Hilti headquarters are in Tulsa.
Toro elects Mosaic executive to its board
The Toro Co. has elected James “Joc” O’Rourke to its board of firectors, effective immediately. The addition of O’Rourke brings the number of board members to 10.
O’Rourke, 51, currently serves as executive VP operations and chief operating officer at The Mosaic Co., an $11 billion global producer and marketer of phosphate and potash crop nutrient for the agricultural industry based in Plymouth, Minn. O’Rourke joined Mosaic in 2009 as executive VP operations and was promoted to chief operating officer in August of this year. Throughout his career, O’Rourke has held various other senior management positions in the mining industry in Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea, including with gold producers Barrick Gold Corp. and Placer Dome Inc.
"Joc brings significant international experience in managing operations around the world, including his current role leading all of Mosaic’s global operations," said Michael Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and CEO. "As we continue to pursue growth in irrigation and equipment markets worldwide, Joc’s leadership, experience and innovative thinking will be valuable. We are very excited to have him join our board.”
O’Rourke holds a bachelor’s degree in mining and mineral engineering from the University of British Columbia, along with a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Bosch launches new line of standard duty impact drivers
Bosch Power Tools is launching a new line of 18-volt, ¼-in. hex standard duty impact drivers, the IDS181 Impactor line.
Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, HVAC professionals and other tradesmen are the target audience of the ultra-compact product.
Tools in the new IDS181 Impactor line feature a compact head length of 5.4 ins. and a lightweight design of 2.9 lbs. to deliver the best balance and control for 18-volt small- to medium-duty applications. The tools’ compact size also facilitates work in hard-to-reach spaces.
Optimized impact performance provides the best runtime and control, and optimized torque limits stripping and cam out of screws and shearing off of screw heads. In fact, the IDS181 line delivers 42% more runtime compared with similar in-class competitors, and 10% more speed for the best application control.
A Bosch patented, three-LED white light system provides shadow-free illumination for visibility in low-lighting applications.
The tools’ Flexible Power System is compatible with every 18-volt Lithium-ion Bosch battery – both FatPacks and SlimPacks.