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Hurd is honored as U.S. exporter

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Hurd Windows and Doors has been named a 2012 Exporter of the Year winner for marketing its Made in America products in 20 countries worldwide. The award was presented by ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial News USA.

The Exporter of the Year award in the Building/Construction/Hardware category was presented to Hurd’s President and CEO Dominic Truniger and Director of International Sales Scott Klieforth during the Asia/Pacific Business Outlook conference in Los Angeles.

Medford, Wisconsin-based Hurd has a 90-year tradition of Made in America custom wood windows and doors that are built to the highest standards of excellence and quality. Hurd products, which are sold exclusively through more than 400 distributors in the United States and Canada, and in 20 countries worldwide, are manufactured by some 400 craftsmen.

“We are focused on dramatically expanding our international market presence,” Klieforth said.  “Export sales have helped us diversify our business during the current challenges of our domestic economy. We are extremely honored by the recognition our achievement have earned.”

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PACOA reports increased attendance at show

BY Ken Clark

Port Washington, N.Y.-based distributor PACOA reported a double-digit increase in attendance at its Annual Spring Dealer Market at the Queens College Fitzgerald Gymnasium. 

PACOA’s marketing manager Maria Lukac said 500 attendees took part in the March 24 to 25 event, an 11.5% increase over the previous year’s attendance.

PACOA introduced several new vendors this year, which were highlighted in the “New Products Zone.” Among the new vendors were Stanley/National Hardware, Sperian, Lansky, Ettore, Amturf, Cleveland Tubing and Plews.

The initials in the distributor’s name date back to 1974, when The Paint Applicator Corporation of America (PACOA) was founded.  Self-described as the “The independent distributor serving the independent dealer,” PACOA serves dealers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania with paint, hardware, lumber, janitorial and building supplies.

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Gema becomes part of Graco Corp.

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Indianapolis-based Gema, make of powder coating equipment, began operating as a new business unit of the Graco Corporation, effective April 2.

“The addition of the Gema Powder Finishing business to Graco’s existing finishing operations is highly strategic and complementary,” said Patrick J. McHale, Graco’s president and CEO. “It allows the Company access to attractive end markets; the global distribution base of Gema is strong and growing; the emerging market exposure is highly attractive; and the brand name is well established with end users as a high quality, technological leader.”

Gema will operate as a separate business unit and customers and industry partners will see no change in how the company conducts business, the company said. 

 

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