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Quikrete reaches out to smartphone users

BY HBSDealer Staff

Quikrete has announced the launch of new smartphone-friendly features, including a mobile website and Quick Response codes, which will be printed on advertisements and retailer bin tags wherever Quikrete products are sold. 

The QR codes are paper-based bar codes, and may be scanned with smartphone cameras, using a previously downloaded application that’s increasingly common.

With the QR codes, consumers will be able to access 18 new how-to videos on a variety of projects involving concrete through the company’s mobile website. Following the videos, consumers will also be directed through their smartphones to project directions, a calculator and a shopping list related to the project.

Quikrete’s mobile website may be reached on smartphone Internet browsers at mvideos.quikrete.com.  

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P.Banik says:
Apr-03-2012 11:07 am

This is exciting news for
This is exciting news for smart phone users. In fact that kind of mind blowing applications are being available on these phones, are truly awesome. I think, soon there would be a huge increase in the statistics of smart phone users. Mobile phones have helped create new concepts, Mass Texting is one of them.

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Lincoln Electric acquires Torchmate

BY Brae Canlen

Lincoln Electric Holdings, a manufacturer of welding and soldering equipment, has announced the acquisition of Applied Robotics, known in the welding industry by its brand name, Torchmate. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Based in Reno, Nev., Torchmate offers a wide selection of CNC plasma and oxyfuel cutting tables and systems to small and medium-sized fabricators. The company’s annual sales are approximately $13 million.

"Metal cutting is closely aligned with arc welding, and the addition of Torchmate will bolster our ability to provide cutting process solutions for our customers," said John Stropki, chairman and CEO of Lincoln Electric.

Lincoln Electric is a leading supplier of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Lincoln has 41 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. 

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Staten Island stores donate fans

BY HBSDealer Staff

Several retailers on Staten Island, including two hardware stores, have donated fans to low-income senior citizens who may be at risk because of the heat wave in New York, according to an article in the Staten Island Real-Time News.

The “Fans for Seniors” programs began with a call to the office of City Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore) by a non-profit senior agency asking for help in securing donated air conditioners. But local retailers were all sold out. So the councilwoman’s staff asked for fans instead.

Doody’s Home Improvement, Ace Hardware, Best Buy and Target all stepped forward with box fans, which are being distributed by Richmond Senior Services and Meals on Wheels of Staten Island. 

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