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Industry Dashboard for Sept. 6, 2011

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The "Consumer watch" section of the Dashboard shows gas prices rose a nickel last week, the unemployment rate was unchanged, and consumer confidence is plummeting.

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Lowe’s honored for hiring practices

BY Brae Canlen

The National Organization on Disabilities (NOD) has named Lowe’s as one of its “Fine Nine” companies that make hiring employees with disabilities a corporate priority.

The home improvement retailer utilizes both the NOD and the public vocational rehabilitation network to build awareness of the company’s job opportunities for people with disabilities, according to the announcement. "We draw on the strength of collaboration, bringing together many unique individuals in the workplace and the community to better meet the needs of our employees and our customers," said Steve Szilagyi, SVP distribution at Lowe’s.

The other companies named among the “Fine Nine” are Sam’s Club, JB Hunt, Tyson Foods, Aetna, Toys ‘R’ Us, Saint Barnabus Health Care System, Sodexo and ADP.

 

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T.SMART says:
Sep-09-2011 06:26 pm

I would like to strongly
I would like to strongly disagree in regard to Lowe's hiring the physically challenged. I have had a form of Muscular Dystrophy and wear leg braces. I have also worked in the hardware/paint/building materials industry for nearly 40 years at the retail, wholesale and manufacturer level. Since 2002 I have applied for jobs at Lowe's as well as Home Depot. I firmly believed that based on my experience I would have more than a good shot at employment. I spoke to a store manager on the pjone and he told me to come in with my resume and to make sure I spoke with him before proceeding any further. After I spoke with him, he told me to see one of the people in the back office where I was told that I had to apply online. I have kept track of the number of times that I applied via the online system, it is now over 40 times. Apparently Lowe's is not interested in having someone with a vast experience in their industry who is visibly challeged work for them. I was able to find employment with a company in an industry that I had no experience, but was willing to work within the POSSIBLE limitations that might be present. I find it very difficult to accept Lowe's acclamation for their hiring practices with the disabled. I will not even go in a Lowe's, nevermind making a purchase there. Tom Smart New Milford, CT

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Prairie dog wars outside HD

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Animal lovers and shopping mall owners are waging a stealth battle over a prairie dog colony next to a Home Depot store in Hutchinson, Kan. According to an article in the Hutch News, the colony of burrowing rodents, which has existed next to the store for years, recently began expanding into open land south of the mall. So the property management has been placing sandbags on top of the new holes for several weeks. 

But the sandbags keep disappearing. Mall security speculated that citizens have been removing them to open up the holes. At least two people have been caught doing so by mall security and asked to leave the property, the article reported.

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