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Senator to address WDMA and NLBMDA

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The 2014 Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, hosted by the Window & Door Manufacturers Association and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, will in include a presentation by Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). 

The conference takes place March 31-April 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Va. It will include education, networking and the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and lobby lawmakers. 

Johnson serves on the committees on Budget; Foreign Relations; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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Spectrum Brands acquires The Liquid Fence Company

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home and Garden division of Spectrum Brands Holdings has announced its acquisition of The Liquid Fence Company, a producer of consumer animal repellents.

“Liquid Fence gives us a new, complementary and leadership position in a rapidly expanding segment of the $1.5 billion U.S. retail lawn and garden controls market,” said Dave Lumley, president and CEO of Spectrum Brands Holdings. “We see excellent revenue growth potential, given our Home and Garden division’s strength in the lawn and garden category and the impressive growth rate of the animal repellents category. Liquid Fence fits well within Home and Garden’s many core strengths, including liquid production, regulated products and distribution overlap."

According to a Spectrum Brands release, the Liquid Fence brand is positioned at the forefront of the U.S. consumer animal repellents market, which is estimated to be growing at more than double the rate of the overall lawn and garden category. Its flagship product, Liquid Fence Deer & Rabbit Repellent, is number one of its kind.

"This textbook, tuck-in acquisition fits perfectly with our stated strategy to seek synergistic, bolt-on acquisitions that expand our product line with strong, complementary brands and categories, increase and extend our market penetration leveraging the Spectrum Value Model, and provide for quick and major manufacturing, distribution and SG&A synergies,” Lumley added. “The transaction is immediately accretive, and the synergies we expect quickly will result in an even more attractive multiple paid for the business.”

Specific financial terms of the all-cash transaction were not disclosed.

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Walmart recognizes Briggs & Stratton for emission reduction

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Walmart recently recognized Briggs & Stratton Corporation for its leading contributions to its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal, namely that of its work on the E Series engine.

"We are incredibly proud to be recognized by one of the largest retailers in the world," said Joe Wright, SVP and president, Engines Group, Briggs & Stratton. "Our E Series engines meet EPA emissions standards, which are 35% stricter than previous standards. They also use less material than previous models, thereby reducing the carbon footprint needed to build these engines in our Murray, Kentucky plant."

The E Series was designed specifically to reduce Briggs & Stratton’s carbon footprint, replacing the 450/500/550 Series as the company’s premier engine.

Walmart is aiming to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas from its global supply chain by the end of 2015, an effort that it began in 2010.

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