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Service Team acquires California business

BY Ken Clark

Park, Calif.-based Service Team, a provider of warranty repairs for electronic products and household appliances, has agreed to acquire Trade Leasing of South Gate, Calif.

Trade Leasing is a South Gate, Calif.-based manufacturer and repairer of trucks and truck bodies.

“I am very pleased to expand our company into the trucking industry,” said Carlos Arreola, president of Service Team. “This enables us a larger market place to develop our service business.”

Trade Leasing and its Delta Stag division have a full product line of truck bodies for both the dry freight and the refrigerated trucking industry. Trade Leasing’s fabrication plant in South Gate, Calif., is a complete facility for manufacturing and modifying truck bodies.

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Home Depot recalls CE Tech Riser Cable due to fire hazard

BY Ken Clark

The CE Tech 1,000 ft. Riser Cable sold at Home Depot is being recalled, according to an announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The riser cable does not meet fire-resistance standards for riser cable, posing a fire hazard, according to the announcement. No injuries have been reported. 

Home Depot stores nationwide sold the Chinese-made product from January 2013 through February 2013 for about $100. 

This recall involves 1,000-ft. CE Tech riser cable sold in boxes of 1,000-ft. lengths. It is intended to run between floors of a building as data cable. This type of cable must self-extinguish in a fire. The cable is gray and marked (UL) E316395. The cable’s box is blue and black and is marked CE Tech 1,000 ft. riser cable, Cat 6 23-4.

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Versatile Nebraska home center earns Golden Hammer

BY Ken Clark

Kearney, Neb.-based Builders will accept the 2013 “Tools of the Trade Award” during the National Hardware Show, to be held in Las Vegas May 7-9.

Builders operates a professional lumberyard/home center and full-line countertop manufacturing facility in Kearney, Neb.; a  professional lumberyard with design center and truss plant, in Grand Island, Neb.; and a contractor/pro sales office and truss plant in Denver. 

The company, a member of the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best co-op, has demonstrated an ability to reach both homeowners and home builders in its various formats. A specific hit with customers has been a recent Ladies Night event that attracted more than 600 people. The company also reaches out to customers as the host of a Traeger Nationals grilling competition.

The Tools of the Trade award recognizes a hardware and home improvement store that champions innovation and best practices across their operation to generate results and connect with customers.

“Builders is a small company that clearly has ambitious formats,” said HCN editor Ken Clark. “There are lot of larger companies that can learn from how Builders successfully combines its pro and DIY businesses.” 

Past “Tools of the Trade” honorees include McDaniel’s Do it of Snohomish, Wash. (2012); Price Hardware of Atlanta, Texas (2011); and Cole’s Home Solutions of Millington, Tenn. (2010). 

The Golden Hammer Awards breakfast will take place during the National Hardware Show on the morning of May 8. For more information about the National Hardware Show, click here. 

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