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Lebanon Seaboard launches new products

BY HBSDealer Staff

Lebanon Seaboard has launched a series of specialty fertilizers, to be released in January 2012, each of which will include a particular blend of fertilizer sources the company calls GreenSmart. Among the new products is a series of seven small plant fertilizers, which will contribute to the expansion of the company’s GreenView with the GreenSmart brand released earlier this year. The company will also introduce a “grab-and-go” fertilizer to be called “GreenView Plant Boost with GreenSmart.” Lebanon Seaboard said it expects the new line to benefit retailers by increasing store sales and to expand the category.

The company also plans to launch its “Twist’nShake Small Plant Food System” in 2012, which it said will simplify the process of fertilizing plants by eliminating the need for consumers to touch or measure plant food. Instead, consumers may use the system to deliver premeasured nutrients to plants using a plant feeding bottle.

Both the GreenView products and the Twist’nShake System are now available for order from local distributors. 

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Worthington acquires BernzOmatic

BY HBSDealer Staff

Worthington Industries has acquired BernzOmatic, a manufacturer and marketer of hand-held torches, solder and related items, from Irwin Industrial Tool Co. Specifically, the acquisition was made by the Pressure Cylinders segment of Worthington Industries. BernzOmatic manufactures from locations in Medina, N.Y., and Winston-Salem, N.C. 

The purchase is expected to benefit Worthington by expanding the company’s range of products, as well as contributing to the already established hand-held torch cylinder business of Worthington Cylinders. Additionally, the purchase of BernzOmatic will offer Worthington access to international markets and to the plumbing wholesale channel. Worthington Industries also expects to benefit from BernzOmatic’s strong brand recognition. 

John McConnell, chairman and CEO of Worthington Industries, said: “This acquisition accelerates our growth in the hand torch business with an established retail brand and gives us access to additional international distribution channels.” 

“We can now offer customers the benefit and opportunity to purchase Worthington’s hand torch cylinder and the BernzOmatic hand torch and accessories from the same manufacturer,” said Harry Goussetis, president of Worthington Cylinders. “In addition to its strong brand, BernzOmatic has a history of product innovation. We anticipate enhancing that legacy with our manufacturing capabilities and expertise to grow existing and new product categories.”

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Marvin’s plans store at former Walmart site

BY Ken Clark

Leeds, Ala.-based Marvin’s Building Materials and Home Centers is building a store in Eufaula, Ala. — the 27th store for the home center chain, and the second new store in 2011.

The company opened its 26th store in Monroeville, Ala., earlier this year.

Construction will begin soon at the site on highway 431 in Eufaula, where the company hopes to open a 34,000-sq.-ft. store in early October, or sooner. The site is a former Walmart.

The store will offer a complete line of building materials, electrical, plumbing, paint, millwork, hardware, tools, and lawn and garden products.

“We’ve been working toward the goal of opening a store to serve Eufaula and Barbour County for several years," said Darrin Gilliam, CEO. "The city has been very helpful throughout the process. All the pieces finally came together to make it happen. Our research indicates we will capture a great deal of sales that are currently being served outside of Barbour County."

Marvin’s, which operates mostly in Alabama but also in Mississippi and Georgia, was recognized by Home Channel News as Retailer of the Year in 2010. 

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