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Metabo unveils 9-in., lightweight grinder

BY Ken Clark

West Chester, Pa.-based Metabo Corp., a manufacturer of professional grade portable electric power tools and abrasives, introduced the W2000 9-in. angle grinder.

This new large angle grinder, featuring the same quality and performance as other Metabo tools, is lighter and more economical than other grinders in its class, according to the manufacturer.

The W2000 is equipped with a 9-in. wheel guard, delivers 115 in.-lbs. of torque and a no-load speed of 6,600 rpm.  This large angle grinder is one of the most efficient on the market, featuring a long-lasting 15 A motor with 2,000 watts of power, Metabo said.

The W2000 features an advanced ergonomic design with a three-position side handle designed to allow users to turn the tool 90 degrees to cut vertically, while still having a firm grasp on the grinder. 

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Maine governor issues green edict

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Maine Governor Paul LePage has decreed that equal recognition be given to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), American Tree Farm System, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification systems when incorporating green building standards into any new or expanded state buildings.

In a news release announcing the executive order, Gov. LePage said he hoped to protect and expand forestry jobs in the state of Maine. “By requiring state building projects to use ‘green’ materials under more certification programs, we are increasing the amount of Maine-produced wood available for public construction projects. This will have positive benefits for Maine wood products producers and our forest industry workers,” LePage said.

Commissioner Bill Beardsley of the Maine Department of Conservation noted: “[This order] will create an even playing field among the diverse forest certification groups both nationally and internationally. It means that the local community college will be able to build using the certified-wood products from the local sawmill.”

More than 7 million acres are certified to the SFI standard in Maine, according to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

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“Old-school” Crown Ace wins business award

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Orange County Business Journal honored Crown Ace Hardware as the winner of the 2011 Family Owned Business award in the large business category. 

Crown Ace, described in the retailer’s press release as "a throwback to the old-school community hardware store that won over its customers with friendliness and customer service," has been operating since 1949 and has grown to 17 stores. Crown took the name of its hometown, Corona del Mar, which translates to “crown of the sea.”

Crown has come a long way since 1974, when Jeff Schulein purchased the store and laid out a detailed expansion plan to serve communities needing local hardware stores. Crown Ace operates in 15 stores in Southern California, and two in Arizona. 

“Our model is about service, convenience and a helpful, knowledgeable staff,” said Mark Schulein, president and son of Jeff. 

Crown Ace Hardware was presented with the award at the 12th annual Family Owned Business awards luncheon hosted by the Business Journal and California State University, Fullerton’s Family Business Council at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. A crowd of more than 500 attended.

Among the other honorees was Anaheim Patio & Fireside in the small business category.

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