Irwin Tools rings the bell for tradesmen
Executives of Irwin Tools and assorted tradesmen collectively rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday morning, promoting National Tradesmen Day, which is slated for Sept. 16.
“Tradesmen aren’t typically the focus of the Stock Exchange, yet they are a vital part of our lives every day," said Ross Porter, president of Irwin Tools. "That’s why we invited several tradesmen to be a part of the notable tradition that opens the U.S. trading markets. If we don’t have a strong work force, America can’t function and thrive as it has for the last 200-plus years. We applaud what these skilled men and women contribute, often without the thanks that they deserve.”
Irwin is a division of Newell Rubbermaid, shares of which were trading on the NYSE at just under $14.
Among the honored tradesmen at today’s ceremony was Delwyn Thornton of Brandon, Miss., the North American Champion of the 2010 Irwin Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge. In ringing the opening bell, Delwyn stood shoulder-to-shoulder with tradesmen from across the nation, as well as leaders of Irwin Tools.
The inaugural National Tradesmen Day will celebrate the role of tradesmen in events across the country, with cookouts at local job sites and recognition at retail locations and schools, according to Irwin.
For brewers, a faucet described as “revolutionary”
Reaching out to home microbrewers, Milwaukee-based Perlick Corp. launched the patent-pending Stainless Steel Perl Faucet as the new standard on all residential beer-dispensing units.
Perlick describes its new faucet as a "revolution in residential beer dispensing." The product’s Perl ball and floating O-ring design eliminate the need for a valve shaft. The result is a system whereby contents are never exposed to air and with no space for mold and bacteria to grow. The Perl Faucet also has fewer internal parts, making it easy to use, easy to clean and remarkably reliable, the company said.
“Product wisdom, acquired through nearly a century of experience as the leader in the commercial beer dispensing industry, is what created the revolutionary Perl Faucet,” said Jeff Wimberly, VP sales and marketing for Perlick’s Residential and Hospitality Products. “Perlick strives to make only the best available for our customers. We are proud to make the innovative Perl faucet available as the new standard to consumers and beer aficionados everywhere.”
Lowe’s makes hurricane-relief contribution
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s pledged $1 million to disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Irene.
“This has been a record-setting year for disasters across the country, and Lowe’s will continue to provide funding, supplies and volunteers whenever possible," said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO.
The company also said the Lowe’s Command Center is working around the clock to obtain the essential products residents need to recover from the storm and is expediting those products to stores as quickly as possible.
This donation is in addition to the $1 million Lowe’s donated this spring in response to flooding and a series of tornadoes that devastated communities in Missouri, Alabama and North Carolina. Also, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation dedicated $1 million to rebuilding schools affected by natural disasters in 2011.