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Rona acquires staircase maker

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Canadian retailer Rona has purchased Boiseries Signees, a Quebec-based manufacturer of made-to-measure and prefabricated staircases, according to a report by The Canadian Press.

The operation was acquired by Materiaux Coupal, a Rona subsidiary that specializes in sales of building materials and hardware to residential and commercial builders as well as remodelers.

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Wisconsin store closes due to fire

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Ahardware store in Madison, Wis., has closed indefinitely after a fire caused an estimated $500,000 worth of damage Oct. 17, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

According to the article, no one was hurt during the Sunday night blaze, but Hillsdale Ace Hardware’s 2,000-sq.-ft. warehouse was heavily damaged by fire, and its 14,000-sq.-ft. retail space suffered extensive smoke damage.

Owner of this and four other area hardware stores, Bob Lochner said he was unsure how much of the stores inventory could be salvaged, and it would remain closed until at least the end of next week.

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Sales up 153% at Stanley Black & Decker

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New Britain, Conn.-based tool giant Stanley Black & Decker says its corporate integration is moving ahead faster than expected, and will lead to $125 million in “cost synergies” in 2010 — $35 million more than planned.

Stanley Works and Black & Decker completed their merger in March. In its third-quarter earnings statement released Wednesday, Stanley reported net earnings of $123.2 million, up from $60.4 million in the pre-merger prior-year quarter.

Sales increased to $2.369 billion, up from a pre-merger $935.5 million, an increase of 153%.

New products and a smooth integration fueled the strong performance, according to Stanley Black & Decker president and CEO John F. Lundgren.

“We are very pleased with the organic revenue growth achieved across many of our businesses in the third quarter, which was driven by the launch of a number of successful new products and the impact of our commitment to outstanding customer service,” he said in a prepared statement. “The integration of Stanley Black & Decker is proceeding ahead of plan and based on our execution and experience to date, we now expect to realize $125 million in cost synergies in 2010, $35 million more than originally forecast. In addition, as we continue to analyze the revenue synergy potential for the combined company, we have reason to believe that execution of these initiatives will drive significant additional top-line growth in the coming years.”

The earnings report was the second since the company’s merger.

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