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Lowe’s recommits to Habitat for Humanity

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lowe’s has renewed its partnership with Habitat for Humanity in a five-year, $23.5 million deal that will continue the decade-long collaboration between the entities.

Additionally, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers will continue supporting Habitat efforts via the donation of volunteer hours.

"Habitat for Humanity has created a remarkable legacy by building and strengthening communities across America and around the world," said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. "We have been honored to be a part of those projects over the past 10 years and are excited about the opportunity to broaden our reach and serve more families in the coming years."

The new donation, which is its largest to date, brings Lowe’s total contributions to over $63 million since 2003.

"Lowe’s has been an integral part of Habitat’s work to strengthen families and revitalize communities nationwide," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "We’re so grateful to Lowe’s for its past support and renewed commitment, and we look forward to this exciting new chapter of our partnership."

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Bosch promotes sealant knife

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Mount Prospect, Ill.-based Bosch believes caulk and sealant removal in tough masonry and industrial applications can be a difficult and time-consuming job.

The Bosch Industrial Sealant Knife is designed to speed up those demanding projects by using the versatility and power of the multi-tool for what has traditionally been a hand-tool task.

The industrial sealant knife uses a one-piece design and industrial-grade steel honed to a continuous cutting edge for maximum precision. This material and design combination gives the blade greater durability, even in harsh silicone and urethane removal jobs. The extra-thick blade design increases rigidity; the blade can be resharpened for even longer life. 

"The Bosch Industrial Sealant Knife is designed for the worker who needs to remove caulk and sealants quickly, but precisely," said Luca Pugina, group product manager for oscillating tool blades, Bosch-North America, accessories. "We have engineered this blade from the perspective of the user, thinking about their requirements and the nature of their job. So the one-piece design, the greater blade length, the sharpness of the blade edge and the best-fit OIS interface work together to deliver a superior sealant-removal tool versus hand tools." 

The Bosch Industrial Sealant Knife provides a longer blade surface (3 in. versus 2 in. for a conventional multi-tool blade) to maximize the cutting power of the blade. The sharpness of the blade and the additional cutting length means the user is cutting material with each movement of the blade. And less wasted motion means a faster job.

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Dave Kuehneman named VP at Cordova

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Safety Products brand Cordova announced the appointment of Dave Kuehneman to the role of VP sales and marketing for its Consumer Products Division. He will report directly to Himanshu Varma, president and CEO of parent company International Sourcing Company.

Kuehneman comes to Cordova with more than 25 years of progressive management experience in retail sales.  Most recently, he served as VP sales and marketing at Wells Lamont (a Berkshire Hathaway company), preceded by VP sales roles at other leading companies, such as Fiskars, and Newell Rubbermaid’s Window Furnishings division.

“We are delighted to have Dave lead the Cordova Consumer Products team,” said Varma. “He brings best practices learned across several retail channels and has consistently enhanced consumer business and relations in every position he has held.”

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