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Readers Respond: Another reader offers his two cents

BY HBSDEALER Staff

An article about a hardware store that eliminated the penny from point-of-sale transactions generated several comments from readers. Here’s another with an interesting historical perspective. 

“My father received a personal citation from President Franklin Roosevelt for his idea to mint pennies out of zinc, instead of copper; thus diverting the copper to ammunition for our troops. Bus and streetcar drivers hated those zinc pennies, as riders often mistook them for dimes and they jammed the fare boxes. Several weeks after my father passed away, I received a letter from a former infantryman from WWII who read of my dad’s passing, who wanted to thank my father for probably saving his life. It seems that infantryman was saved by the fact his foe ran out of ammo, and he still had about 150 shells left to fight on. No one can be sure, but I thought about your articles on the passing of the penny and it’s meaning to my family and that soldier.”
— William A. Keller
Keller Mfg. Co
dba Gardex
St. Louis, Mo.
 

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Boral TruExterior Trim enters deal with Capital Lumber

BY Ken Clark

The distribution partnership expands Roswell, Ga.-based Boral’s poly-ash category exterior trim product to the West Coast.

Boral TruExterior Trim, a building product in the poly-ash category of trim, has announced a new distribution agreement with Capital Lumber, a distributor of specialty building materials serving the western United States.

The newly forged relationship will expand the availability of Boral TruExterior Trim across the West Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington, the company said. Capital Lumber’s Michael Darby, VP business development, said the product will generate response for its performance, sustainability and price point.

 

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California Faucets earn state stamp of approval

BY Ken Clark

California Faucets has earned recognition by the Made in California Program.

The program, supported by California Manufacturing Technology Consulting  (CMTC), a non-profit organization partly funded by the US Department of Commerce, is committed to retaining and cultivating as many jobs as possible of the 44,000 manufacturers that produce products within “The Golden State.”

California Faucets is among the manufacturers publicly recognized by CMTC that create American jobs. 

“When you purchase a fitting from California Faucets, you’re supporting one of the few faucet manufacturers that actually finishes and assembles its product right here in the California,” said senior VP marketing and sales Noah Taft.

He added that in the only U.S. state that ranks in the top ten — eighth, just behind Italy — of the world’s largest economies, California Faucets prides itself on employing local labor to hand-finish each of its made-to-order custom faucets. 

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