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In Las Vegas, a bigger outdoors

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The growing trends of outdoor rooms, staycations and grow-your-own gardening will be reflected on the show floor at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 10 to 12.

A larger Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living area is one sign of the times.

“Americans have expanded their living spaces to their backyards, and the Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living section at the National Hardware Show has grown right along with this trend,” said Rich Russo, event director, National Hardware Show. “The 2011 event will showcase not only the growing number of products for America’s outdoor rooms, but the latest in green and organic products.”

The event held in the Las Vegas Convention Center will offer the latest product innovations from more than 600 exhibitors.

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Readers Respond: Shutdown averted

BY HBSDEALER Staff

While legislators were able to head off a government shutdown, readers found very little to celebrate. Here’s what we heard.

“It disgusts me how our national politicians act and spend our money. The $38 billion was nothing to cut — a pathetic effort to correct previous run-a-way spending. The U.S. economy is like the Titanic. We haven’t hit the iceberg yet, but it’s visible through the fog.”
— Mike Uhl
Fatal Funnel, Inc.
 

“Partisan political grandstanding with the common good at stake can’t be very positive! It really makes you wonder what is going on inside the Beltway.”
— Richard Freund

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DeWalt launches its first line of hand tools

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Towson, Md.-based DeWalt is launching a line of hand tools that will hit the market beginning June 2011. 

The company, known for its power tools, is getting into the hand tool category for the first time with products that include utility knives, pliers, wrenches, tape measures, hammers, saws and toolboxes, among others.

The new hand tool line has been "rigorously tested on job sites across the country and incorporates feedback we’ve received from the people who use these tools every day to earn a living," said Tracie Gildea, director of global brand marketing.

Among the more than 100 products offered in the line, five of the most innovative tools include a 15-oz. Framing Hammer, a 1.25-in., 25-ft. Short Tape, a Power Tool Case with Tote, a Folding Retractable Utility Knife and multiple Heavy-Duty Adjustable Wrenches.

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