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Stinger Cap Hammer finds space at HomeDepot.com

BY Ken Clark

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based National Nail Corp.’s Stinger Cap Systems’ CH38 Cap Hammer has joined the merchandise mix at HomeDepot.com.

“We are very excited for Stinger to be available at HomeDepot.com,” said Scott Baker, president and CEO of National Nail Corp. “With online purchasing on the rise, it provides customers with another outlet to access Stinger and presents us the opportunity to reach a larger audience.”

Stinger Cap Systems, manufactured and distributed by National Nail Corp., are designed for securing roofing underlayment and housewrap. Each Stinger pneumatic and non-pneumatic tool automatically delivers the holding power of a cap and staple or nail for best practice installation as recommended by manufacturers such as DuPont, Typar, Grace and Titanium.

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Window and door group adds new member

BY Ken Clark

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has announced that The Rodon Group, a company that promotes a “Cheaper than China” pricing policy, is its newest member.

The WDMA says it defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, doorand skylight industry, and advances these standards among industry members while providing advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ideas for members to provide greater value for their customers. 


The Rodon Group is a high-volume, small plastic parts specialist. The Rodon Group is an ISO 9001:2008 certified, landfill-free plastic injection molder. With more than 106 injection molding presses, Rodon is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States and serves a diverse group of industries, including windows and doors, consumer products, construction, medical and toys.


In business since 1956, The Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000-sq.-ft. facility. 

Rodon has been on the forefront promoting American Manufacturing, offers a "Cheaper than China" pricing policy and has reshored billions of manufactured parts back to the United States. Just two months ago, President Obama and White House Staff converged at The Rodon Group’s facility to show support for American manufacturing companies. 

"Our membership in WDMA provides us with an ideal resource to connect with the leaders in the window and door manufacturing industry," said Michael Araten, Rodon’s president and CEO. "We look forward to building relationships with these companies and expanding our footprint in the industry."

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Scotts Miracle-Gro Q1 sales rise

BY HBSDealer Staff

Scotts Miracle-Gro posted first-quarter net sales of $205.8 million, up 3% from $199.6 million during the same quarter a year ago. 

Sales in the Global Consumer segment in the quarter ended Dec. 29, 2012, were up 3% to $153.2 million, compared with $149.1 million a year ago, attributable to increased volume during the quarter. 

Scotts LawnService sales were up 19% to $44.8 million in the first quarter, compared with $37.6 million during the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to a 6% increase in customer count and a weather-driven delay of sales from the fiscal fourth quarter of 2012 to the fiscal first quarter of 2013.

"Continued consumer engagement, coupled with solid execution, leaves us well-positioned for the 2013 lawn and garden season," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO. "We are on plan with our initiatives designed to drive meaningful and sustainable growth in earnings and cash flow, while continuing to maintain a strong consumer focus."

The loss from continuing operations was $68.3 million, compared with a loss of $73.1 million, during the same quarter a year ago. The adjusted loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2013 was $68.5 million, which excludes impairment, restructuring and other charges. The company has historically reported a loss in its first quarter, due to the seasonal nature of the lawn and garden category. 

Scotts continues to expect company-wide net sales to increase by about 1% to 3% in fiscal 2013 on flat unit volume, modest price increases in its core business and the continued strong performance of Scotts LawnService.

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