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Inspectors dive into Depot’s dumpsters

BY HBSDealer Staff

Between 2013 and 2015, inspectors searched home center dumpsters in California, looking for violations of waste disposal rules. This week, a judge ordered Home Depot to pay $27.84 million in connection with allegations that the company unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman has ordered Georgia-based Home Depot to pay the amount to resolve allegations that Home Depot unlawfully disposed of hazardous wastes and discarded records without rendering private customer information unreadable.

A Home Depot spokesman told California TV station NBC 7: “We’re pleased to have settled this, and we remain committed to the responsible disposal of waste. We’ll continue to work with California officials to that end.”

According to the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, 45 Home Depot dumpsters were inspected. “Every one of these dumpsters contained hazardous waste, including pesticides, aerosols, paint and colorants, solvents, adhesives, batteries, mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs, electronic waste, key shavings, and other toxic, ignitable, and corrosive materials,” according to a release. “Many of the dumpsters also contained discarded records containing sensitive customer information that had not been shredded or rendered unreadable, including customer names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.”

Under the final judgment, Home Depot must pay $18.487 million in civil penalties and costs, and an additional $2.513 million to fund supplemental environmental projects furthering consumer protection and environmental enforcement in California.

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Busy Beaver opens in Grove City

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pittsburgh-based Busy Beaver has opened a 50,000 square-foot location in Grove City, Pa. The Grove City store is the first of five new Busy Beaver locations planned for opening in 2018.

The new home improvement center brings approximately 20 new full-time and 10-15 part-time jobs to the region. It features an expanded seasonal department, an indoor lumber yard, a farm and ranch department, and a designated contractor service center.

The company, a member of the True Value Company co-op, also announced plans for the new store’s neighborhood Grand Opening event, which will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Busy Beaver’s Ellwood City, Pa. location.

“We’re pleased to bring a comprehensive selection of products to Grove City for area homeowners, contractors, DIYers, farmers and all residents,” said Joe Kallen, CEO of Busy Beaver. “At the new store, our customers can expect to find what they need, get knowledgeable help, and experience legendary customer service each time they visit.”

The Grand Opening event will feature gift card and product giveaways, kids activities, with a charitable contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Currently, Busy Beaver operates 18 stores in three states: Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The staff count is about 350.

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Obituary: Glenn Ladison Hamm

BY HBSDealer Staff

Glenn Ladison Hamm, the second-generation owner of Hamm Hardware and Building Supplies in Prosperity, S.C., died recently. He was 87.

For 75 years, Hamm worked in the family business, which was a 2016 HBSDealer Hardware Store All-Star selection for the state of South Carolina.

The editorial feature included the following write up of Hamm Hardware: “It’s not unusual to find three generations of Hamms working alongside one another at family-owned Hamm Hardware & Building Supplies. Second generation leader Ladison Hamm’s engagement with the area’s emergency response teams has led to the store devoting a corner section of the sales floor to a selection of fire and rescue equipment and supplies.”

He is survived by a son, Ladison Lee (Paula) Hamm; grandchildren, Glenn Ladison (Kim) Hamm II and Rev. Adrienne (Matthew) Fink; great-grandchildren, Everett Lee Hamm, William Jefferson Hamm and Lydia Katelyn Fink. 

A full obituary can be found here.

 

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