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Porter-Cable router recalled over shock risk

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Stanley Black & Decker is recalling certain Porter-Cable routers after discovering that uninsulated handles present an electrical shock risk.

The fixed-based routers and router bases have not been responsible for any reported injuries or incidents so far, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Affected models include four 3 1/4 horsepower, electric, fixed-based production routers and one production router base. They are about 11 inches tall and 7 inches wide, and they include a black plastic top and a painted gray base with two side handles. The routers and base were manufactured and sold between 1990 and April 2014, with model numbers 7518, 7519, 7519EC and 22-7519-60. The base is model number 75361.

Consumers are being asked to immediately stop use, unplug the routers and contact Porter-Cable for a free replacement.

The recall affects about 100,000 units in the United States and 7,800 in Canada.

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TW Perry ranks high on top-place-to-work list

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Gaithersburg, Maryland-based pro dealer TW Perry ranked sixth in a recent Washington Post listing of top workplaces for mid-size companies. 

Following the unveiling of the list June 22, TW Perry president and CEO Michael Cassidy told employees that being a winning team helps morale.

“The big difference in our culture comes from your individual commitment to the culture at TW Perry where we support each other, are committed to excellence and to learning and act as family as much as possible,” Cassidy told employees. “The person who makes this a great place to work is the person standing next to you day in and day out.”

The list is based entirely on employee feedback and comes from a survey by research firm WorkplaceDynamics.

TW Perry is no stranger to industry awards and recognition, including the HCN Pro Dealer of the Year Award, which the pro dealer accepted in 2011.

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PPG acquires Masterwork Paint Company

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Continuing its trajectory of recent expansion, PPG Industries announced that its North American architectural coatings business has acquired Pittsburgh-based Masterwork Paint Company.

Masterwork is an independent architectural paint distributor with 13 stores throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

PPG also recently made headlines after it agreed to acquire Mexico City-based Consorcio Comex, which Sherwin-Williams had been trying to acquire for months but ultimately gave up after significant regulatory delays.

It also made a bid on Homax Group about a month ago, a supplier of decorative wall and ceiling texture repair products.

The specific financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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