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Orgill signs distribution deal with BMC

BY Ken Clark

Las Vegas — Memphis, Tenn.-based distributor Orgill recently signed a distribution agreement with BMC, supplying hardlines to the Boise, Idaho-based pro dealer.

The distribution and services deal was signed late last year, and replaces BMC’s similar distribution agreement with True Value Corp. The transition is in its early stages, according to both Orgill and BMC.

Orgill is making its first appearance at the BMC National Meeting and trade show in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11.

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Regulations may tighten on battery shipments

BY Brae Canlen

U.S. manufacturers of devices that use lithium batteries may face stricter regulations this year because of safety concerns over the shipment of damaged and overheated batteries. According to some air safety experts, lithium batteries can combust while aboard cargo planes and have already caused a number of incidents, including plane crashes. Pilot unions are calling for tighter shipping controls that include protective packaging, flame-resistant containers and warning labels. But these regulations could substantially raise costs for tool companies and others that make or use lithium batteries, according to the Rechargeable Battery Association, a trade group.

A rule change in January by the International Civil Aviation Organization has implemented new global safety standards for shipping lithium batteries. The U.S. Department of Transportation is now considering a proposal that could also affect domestic shipments. A 60-day comment period opened on Jan. 7.

 

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Elmer’s partners with NineSigma

BY Brae Canlen

Glue manufacturer Elmer’s Products of Columbus, Ohio, and NineSigma of Cleveland have announced a collaboration that will focus on job creation and building competitive advantages for Ohio on a national and global level.

The Ohio Third Frontier Open Innovation Incentive (OII) Program will be led by NineSigma, which was selected by the State of Ohio to help middle-market companies, with revenues from $10 million to $1 billion, accelerate their adoption of open innovation to drive growth.

The Open Innovation will attempt to use “outside” new technologies, solutions and ideas to accelerate the development of new products and increase speed to market. Through the Open Innovation incentive, NineSigma is working closely with middle-market solution seekers to complement their internal R&D capabilities and create custom external networks of innovation providers with viable solutions, filtering responses for their quality and fit. The State of Ohio will assist by funding a portion of the transactional costs.

“We are excited to collaborate with [Elmer’s] innovation team as they look to the future and find new ways to deliver value through enhanced product features and solutions,” said Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma.

Elmer’s, a 65-year-old company, produces a range of products that include Elmer’s Glue-All, Instant Krazy Glue and X-ACTO.

NineSigma connects organizations with external innovation resources to accelerate innovation in private, public and social sectors. The company provides services to organizations worldwide, including Kraft Foods, Philips, Siemens and Unilever, to solve immediate challenges, integrate new knowledge, fill product pipelines and stay ahead of the competition.

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