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Home Depot’s Menear honored by City of Hope

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Orlando, Fla. — A packed room of building industry executives and special guests of cancer and diabetes care center City of Hope set the stage for the charity’s Spirit of Life ceremony honoring Craig Menear, The Home Depot’s executive VP merchandising. 

The City of Hope’s Hardware and Homebuilding industry group raised more than $1 million for the City of Hope in connection with the Spirit of Life ceremony Jan. 11.

"I know for the past few years it’s been a very difficult time," said Menear. "But one thing that I’m very proud of is that this industry has always given back. And as business gets better, we are again stepping up and we are giving back."

Menear toured the City of Hope facility near Los Angeles late last year, and described the experience as an inspiration. "Being there on that campus, I know that we can make a difference and we are making a difference," Menear said.

The ceremony included an update from City of Hope research scientist Dr. Theodore Kroiatiris, who described the City of Hope as "an institution on the forefront of fighting cancer." The event also included a testimonial from cancer survivor Tammy Erebia, whose husband happens to be Rick Erebia, a regional merchandise manager for The Home Depot. 

Since it was founded in 1982, City of Hope’s Hardware/Homebuilding Industry has raised more than $140 million for lifesaving research, treatment and education programs. The group has grown to encompass a nationwide network of high-profile manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives and related members.

Karen Mendelsohn, of Masco served as master of ceremonies for the Spirit of Life event. "In one way or another, cancer and diabetes impact all of us," Mendelsohn said. She pointed to statistics showing 10 million people in the United States are battling cancer, and 20 million people are fighting diabetes.

 

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Johnson Level adds mobile codes to packaging

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Mequon, Wis.-based Johnson Level & Tool announced the addition of QR or quick response codes to its packaging and marketing materials.

According to the company, the codes can be found on Johnson Level’s packaging, advertising, promotions and even corporate business cards.

QR codes are two-dimensional, digital-patterned squares that contain information such as a website, telephone number, contact information or an e-mail address.  Customers need a smart phone or tablet, with a camera and a QR code reader application to use the codes.

When the code is scanned from a package or advertisement, the application will direct the user to the Johnson Level website or to a specific Web page for additional features, technical specs and a quick-start video demonstration.  Johnson Level will be using the codes primarily on its levels with special features and laser levels, which are more technical. 

“We are very excited about this new way to quickly put the power or our website into someone’s hand when they need it most,” said John Dwyer, VP sales and marketing.  “Johnsonlevel.com is an amazing tool for helping people find and learn about the level or laser level best suited for their project,” he continued. 

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Toro working hard to meet N.J. demand

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By this point in time, most outdoor power equipment manufacturers have switched production to lawn mowers, but Bloomington, Minn.-based Toro is still cranking out snow blowers in order to meet demand in the Northeast, according to NorthJersey.com.

An unusually large amount of snow on the East Coast has created increased demand for snow blowers this year, and Toro is moving inventory from other parts of the country to meet demand, according to the article.

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