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Patio Living announces new reps

BY Ken Clark

Linn, Mo.-based Patio Living Concepts named four new independent representatives with a combined 100 years of sales experience to its sales team. 

Three representatives were announced for U.S. territories and one for the Ontario, Canada, region. 

“We are excited to expand the sales representation of our lines of outdoor lighting into areas across the U.S. and Canada,” said Douglas Orians, VP sales and marketing, Patio Living Concepts. “The depth of sales experience represented by these new members to our marketing team will benefit our company and our retail partners alike. We are now able to realize greater exposure within the specialty marketplace nationally and internationally.” 

Appointed to represent Patio Living Concepts in the Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida Panhandle region was Phil Spring. Spring has worked as a manufacturer’s rep for 23 years representing outdoor furnishings and accessory lines. Sam Velasquez, a 39-year veteran of sales and marketing, will represent Patio Living Concepts in the California, Nevada and Arizona region. For the Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky region, Andy Mucha has been appointed by Patio Living Concepts to represent its product lines. As the owner of Andy Mucha and Associates, Mucha has worked 24 years as a sales representative. For the Ontario and Western Canada region, Rich Causton has been appointed as an independent rep for the domestic lighting manufacturer. Causton has represented outdoor-related products for the past 24 years.

Established in 2001, Patio Living Concepts designs and manufactures in its Linn facilities weatherproof, portable outdoor lamps and accessories.

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Home Depot opens 100th store in Mexico

BY Brae Canlen

Home Depot has opened its 100th location in Mexico, according to an article in El Financiero. The Atlanta-based retailer now operates 95 stores in 60 cities in Mexico, where it generates annual revenues of $1 billion, the newspaper said.

In the final quarter of 2012, Home Depot will open stores in the towns of Coahuila, Sonora, Veracruz, Michoacán and Nuevo León.

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Report: Handy Hardware to close Meridian DC

BY Ken Clark

Houston-based distributor Handy Hardware will close its Meridian, Miss., distribution center, according to an Associated Press report

The Associated Press reported that Handy Hardware plans to close its Meridian, Miss., distribution center Dec. 31, and the state of Mississippi wants to recover $3.6 million in incentives for the project.

Handy Hardware operates a main distribution center in Houston, and had described the Meridian facility as a key to expansion into southeastern states.

According to the AP story, Handy CEO Ken White said the costs to run the Meridian facility far outpaced the business that was taking place in the region.

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