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Stanley rolls out limited-edition PowerLocks

BY Ken Clark

New Britain, Conn.-based Stanley Tools is releasing a limited-edition series of five PowerLock tape measures.

The release is part of the company’s 50-year celebration for the PowerLock tool, which introduced the coilable spring and sliding lock in 1963. 

"We are excited to celebrate our heritage of innovation and proud of the fact it continues to be manufactured with global materials in the original plant here in New Britain, Conn., USA,” said Tom Chang, global product manager. 

The five new deigns include: a replication of the original “Life Guard Yellow” Powerlock design; a celebration of “Made in the USA” with global materials; a testament to its inclusion in the Apollo 11 lunar landing gear; an homage to the famous Powerlock moniker “Badge of the Professional”; and a general innovation theme.

Stanley Tools, a division of Stanley Black & Decker, said the tapes will be "available at independent channel hardware stores." 

The price point for the tapes is about $9.99. each.

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Industry Dashboard for March 11, 2013

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Gas prices dropped five cents in a week and now stands at a national average of $3.70 for a gallon of regular. All 10 stocks on the roundup are ahead of last month and last year.

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Reliable Distributors names award winners

BY Ken Clark

Libertyville, Ill.-based Reliable Distributors recognized its “presidential award” winners during its 2013 Management and Marketing Conference. 

The national buying group, comprised of more than 100 agricultural, hardware, lawn and garden, janitorial and paint sundries distributors, kicked off its 2013 Management and Marketing Conference Thursday with its Annual Member Meeting. During the meeting, Allan Meyer, president of Reliable Distributors, stated: “It is because of your active participation and support that the group continues to grow." 

Reliable Distributors added 26 New Vendor programs last year. 

The Presidental Awards were given to members and vendors for their continued support and leadership to the group. 

Accepting the awards were: Hertz Equipment Rental (member), Tom Robinson; Laredo Hardware Co. (member), Peter Alvarez; MFA Inc. (member), Scott Harvey; Ames True Temper Inc., Chris Frew; and Great Neck Saw Manufacturers, Inc., Bruce Baum.

The conference is scheduled to conclude on Saturday night with its Member Dinner. 

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