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Porter-Cable rolls out two new corded products

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Towson, Md.-based Porter-Cable has launched two new corded products: a 7 AMP 1/2-in. two-speed hammerdrill (PC70THD) and a 7 AMP 4 1/2-in. small angle grinder/cut-off tool (PC60TPAG). Both the hammerdrill and small angle grinder are designed to offer aggressive performance and a compact, lightweight platform to professionals who are looking for corded power on the jobsite.

“These new corded models deliver performance and ergonomics at the value professionals have come to expect from Porter-Cable,” said Wil Granger, group product manager, Porter-Cable. “Both the two-speed hammerdrill and small angle grinder balance power with comfort and were designed to meet the needs of today’s contractors.”

The hammerdrill’s high output 7 AMP motor delivers the power and durability to complete tough drilling applications. Its dual-mode function operates at 0-1,100/0-3,100 rotations per minute (RPM), respectively, providing two-setting options to complete high-speed and high-torque applications. Available in October 2011 at Lowe’s, Amazon.com and the independent channel, the PC70THD will retail  for about $80 and comes standard with a side handle, depth rod and chuck key.

The new 4 1/2-in. small angle grinder/cut-off tool is ideal for contractors, welders, fabricators, masons and other tradesmen whose work includes grinding, metal cutting, polishing and tuckpointing. The grinder’s 7 AMP motor delivers up to 11,000 RPM for tough jobsite applications, while the cast metal gear housing helps to dissipate heat, ensuring that it will stand up to the demands of today’s worksite. The PC60TPAG is now available through Lowe’s, Amazon.com and the independent channel, and retails at about a $60 price point. 

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NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator

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The general perception of the U.S. economy in the eyes of the consumer is slightly better than last month, but slightly worse than last year.

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows that consumers remain concerned in September.

The September 2011 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, increased slightly to an index reading of 36.6, on a scale of 0 — "very concerned" — to 100 — "very confident."

The September reading is up from 35.1 in August. A year ago, the perception indicator index was at 38.6.

The NPD Group’s U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measures consumer beliefs about the current and near-term state of the U.S. economy. 

Source: The NPD Group Inc./The Economy Tracker

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Walmart named to Washington state green list

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Walmart announced that it has been selected as one of the Washington Green 50 list by Seattle Business Magazine as part of its annual Green Washington Awards competition. Walmart was a finalist in the retail category.

The Green Washington Awards program identifies and honors companies that are demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to making their business sustainable, according to a press release. Walmart was honored for its improved fleet efficiency by 65%; recycling more than 31,000 tons of materials last year in Washington; and commitment to sell more green products to customers — 52% of products have had a 25% reduction in energy consumption.

"Sustainability is a core element of who Walmart is," said Robyn Babbitt, senior manager of sustainability at Walmart. "We integrate sustainability throughout our entire supply chain in order to operate as efficiently as possible so we can continue to deliver everyday low prices to our customers."

Babbitt, who accepted the award on behalf of Walmart, participated in an event panel discussion on "Capital Strategies for Sustainability" with other industry experts from The Boeing Co., MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions and Unico Properties.

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