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NASCAR champ teams up with Lowe’s for tornado relief

BY HBSDealer Staff

Six-time NASCAR Spring Cup champion Jimmie Johnson put his considerable resources to work in the relief effort following the 2013 tornado in Oklahoma.

Together with Lowe’s, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation helped fund the reconstruction of three school gyms at Highland East, Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary in Moore, all of which are now ready for the 2014-2015 school year.

“We’re extremely grateful to Lowe’s and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for the generous donations to help us rebuild these gyms for nearly 1,600 students this year and for all those in the years to come,” said Dr. Robert Romines, superintendent of Moore Public Schools. “Without their donations, the school district would not have been able to complete these projects.”

Lowe’s has been conducting a wider tornado-relief effort since the May 2013 storm, donating $1 million toward immediate relief and long-term rebuilding efforts. Lowe’s disaster relief partners provided search and rescue assistance at Plaza Towers, and Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers helped distribute supplies in surrounding neighborhood.

Johnson also hosted a relief event at Lowe’s of Moore, where he helped distribute food and supplies to local families.

Johnson joined more than 40 Lowe’s employees at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Highland East Junior High, celebrating the opening of the gym.

“In the weeks following the storm, Lowe’s and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation reached out to officials to find out what we could do to help rebuild Moore,” Dennis Knowles, Lowe’s executive of U.S. stores, said at the ribbon-cutting. “We’re proud to help these three schools and their students rebuild, move forward and move past the damage inflicted by the tornado."

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King Metals to distribute Feeney rail products

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Feeney Inc. is partnering up with King Architectural Metals to distribute its CableRail and DesignRail products across the United States.

King Metals has offices in Dallas, Baltimore and Los Angeles, and it brings an expansive territory, large inventory and same-day shipping to the table. 

“Instead of working directly with hundreds of small businesses and contractors, we will be able to service them through the distribution base of King Metals, a company with an excellent reputation in the industry," said Feeney VP business development Del Leutbecher. "Feeney will directly benefit from the prolific marketing efforts performed year-round by King Metals, including both digital and direct marketing campaigns in the form of quarterly and annual product catalog and catalog update mailings; and newsletter distribution to tens of thousands.” 

On Feeney’s part, CableRail and DesignRail will be King Metals’ first foray into distributing cable railing products and will fill an existing style, design and price gap. 

King Metals will offer a range of Feeney products, including CableRail stainless steel railing assemblies, Quick-Connect auto-locking cable fittings and DesignRail aluminum railing systems.

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Pet food company adds capacity

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Pet food supplier the Honest Kitchen is consolidating and adding capacity to distribution of its line of FDA-Approved, 100% Human Grade whole foods for pets, throughout the Eastern Seaboard.

“This expansion in distribution is an important move for The Honest Kitchen, as we continue on our current rapid growth trajectory,” said The Honest Kitchen’s VP sales, Steve Donzelli. “The move will allow us to add a significant number of new doors, improve our already exceptional service and help more pets on the road to good health, through good quality, whole-food nutrition.”

The major additions to the company’s distribution network include Phillips, which will provide brand-managed distribution services along the entire east coast and southeast, and Summit (Animal Supply Company), which will expand their reach throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Pet Food Experts (Rhode Island) will continue to provide distribution coverage with an expanded territory in the Northeast. Holistic Pet Source will also maintain its entire distribution footprint in select eastern states, including Tennessee, Kentucky and the Carolinas.

“We’re excited to offer The Honest Kitchen’s line of dehydrated whole foods to our customers on the East Coast,” said Blaine Phillips of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies. “We have a large number of retailers for whom this innovative product is an excellent fit. The Honest Kitchen is dedicated to high-quality ingredients and nutrition, and we are thrilled to partner with them."

George Ristevski, Animal Supply Company CEO, stated, “We have enjoyed a strong partnership with The Honest Kitchen in multiple regions throughout the United States, and we are pleased to add the company’s products to our offerings in this expanded territory on the East Coast, through our Southeast Region company, Summit Pet.”

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