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Milwaukee develops heated jacket

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Milwaukee Electric Tools Corp. today announced it has added a new, unique feature to its M12 sub-compact battery system, with the new M12 Cordless Heated Jacket.

The new jacket features three sewn-in carbon fiber heating zones, strategically placed in key areas, to warm the user’s core. It can be set to high, medium or low with the touch of a button on the lapel. The jacket is also water- and wind-resistant to provide comfort and durability in harsh environments.

“The opportunities to use this product are endless,” said Robert Shaw, product manager, M12 Cordless Tools for Milwaukee Electric Tool. “Electricians, plumbers and service technicians are just a handful of industry professionals who face adverse cold weather conditions during the fall and winter months. Another great advantage of this product is its versatility on and off the job site. Users can go from wearing this jacket in the blistering cold of a winter job site to wearing it in their free time while hunting, fishing, skiing or tailgating.”

The battery remains hidden in a back pocket and provides heat for up to six hours.

The company said it will continue to grow its M12 cordless line with new innovative tools.

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Pittsburgh hardware store closes after 74 years

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South Side Pittsburgh hardware store T&T Hardware announced it is shutting its doors after 74 years, according to the Post-Gazette.

The store, which has been in business since 1936, announced it will begin its going-out-of-business sale this week after fighting off hard times for the past few years, the article reported.

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Handy Hardware Wholesale names new CFO

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Houston-based Handy Hardware Wholesale named former Moore-Handley executive Thomas J. Schifanella Jr. as chief financial officer.

“We are very pleased to welcome Tommy aboard,” said Mickey Schulte, VP merchandising for Handy Hardware. “With his knowledge of the hardware industry our members will have a person who understands their business from day one. His knowledge of the customer base in the Southeast will also help speed our growth as we open our new distribution center in Meridian, Miss., the first week of December.”

Schifanella spent six years as CFO of Alabama-based hardlines distributor Moore-Handley and more recently served as controller of Birmingham, Ala.-based Insight Card Services.

Moore-Handley filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2009, and was later acquired by Knoxville, Tenn.-based distributor House-Hasson.

Schifanella takes the post at Handy Hardware vacated by Lynn Bradley.

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