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Nine chosen for Best Products awards at DA/PRO Group conference

BY Brae Canlen

Distribution America and PRO Group, Inc. presented the following awards during the Executive Planning Conference, held Nov. 12-14 in Tucson, Ariz. 

Best New Product awards went to:

Electrical: Designer’s Edge – Rechargeable Work Light w/ 24 Hi-Intensity LEDs

Hand tools: Goldblatt Tools – Ram Rod Impact Tool w/ 1” Chisel Bit

Housewares/seasonal: Newell Rubbermaid – 32 Gallon Brute Trash Can w/ Lid

Hardware: Hampton Products – 15’ Retractable Tow Strap

Lawn & garden/pet: H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Co. – Ortho Spray Sense 2 Gallon Sprayer

Paint: Louisville Ladder, Inc. – DeWalt 6’ Fiberglass Stepladder

Plumbing: PlumbConnect International – 4’ Burst Alert Washing Machine Hose

Power tools: Deltran Corporation – Battery Tender Junior

Overall product award: Jack Link’s Beef Jerky – All American Big Dippers

Distribution America also named its Vendors of the Year:

Electrical: Coleman Cable, Inc.

Paint and paint sundries: 3M Co.

Hardware: Midwest Fastener

Hand and power tools: Irwin Tools/Lenox

Plumbing: Genova Products, Inc.

Lawn and garden: Hudson

2012 Soaring Eagle Vendor Partnership Award: Midwest Fastener

PRO Group, Inc. Key Suppliers of the Year:

Tools: Custom LeatherCraft Mfg. Co.

Plumbing: Genova Products, Inc.

Hardware: Master Lock Company

Paint sundries: DAP, Inc.

Electrical: Dorcy International, Inc.

Seasonal: Ames True Temper

Key Supplier of the Year: Coleman Cable, Inc.

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Readers Respond: Rebuilding at the Beach?

BY HBSDEALER Staff

HCN Thursday raised the question: Is it wise to rebuild damaged or destroyed beachfront houses, in the face of unrelenting natural forces that are likely to reshape the coastline in coming years or decades?

HCN readers offered the following responses:

"I live on the upper Texas Coast. In recent years we have been visited by two storms: Rita and Ike. Both storms left a trail of debris for miles and miles. Anyone who owns beach front property must understand that the property and the home that is built on it are temporary. It may be 40 to 50 years permanent, but it is still temporary. Back in the day folks would have what they referred to as a beach camp. We didn’t put a whole lot of money into them, and if they were washed away by a high tide or storm of some kind you and some buddies would go back and shore it up and rebuild. We did all this because we knew it was temporary.

"If someone is going to build a fancy, expensive home on the beach, they have to make sure that they can afford to be able to let it float off into the surf. Folks in other parts of the country have different natural disasters waiting in line to strike, and those people realized this when they bought or built. They make sure they have food, generators, batteries and all that one should have to weather the situation.

"So, if the question is should someone rebuild; they should first ask the question, ‘How much can I afford to loose?’ "
— Hank Landry
United Unlimited Sales

"I have no problem with people having homes on the beach, but they should be responsible for the proper insurance to cover any loses.

"If they feel they can go without insurance, and a storm wipes out their homes, then they should be responsible on their own to rebuild, with no government support. 

"People should have the right to build were they want, but if they decide to build in an area that is prone to floods, mud slides, earthquakes, etc, then they should have insurance to cover those kinds of loses and not expect other people to bail them out.
— Steve Johnson

"Rebuild at your own expense and risk."
— Paul Gilpin

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Valspar inks major deal with B&Q

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Valspar Corp. is set to become the flagship paint for British retailer B&Q, according to an announcement from the Minneapolis-based manufacturer. Valspar will supply a full selection of its premium paint to all 350 B&Q locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Previously, B&Q’s stores offered primarily ready-mix Valspar paints in a smaller assortment of colors and textures. The new retail concept will be rolled out to all locations throughout 2013.

B&Q is an operating company of Kingfisher plc, one of the largest home improvement retailers in the world.

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