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Team Depot mobilizes for veterans

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Home Depot's Team Depot is taking on the home lives of U.S. military veterans and their families through a two-month-long campaign called Celebration of Service.

Now in its fifth year, the campaign aims to help aging and disabled veterans modify their homes for optimal safety and comfort.

Celebration of Service will kick off with 1,000 Team Depot volunteers touching down in more than 30 cities, including Anchorage, Atlanta, Dallas, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Staten Island.

"Safety and accessibility challenges can make it difficult for seniors and people living with disabilities to move around their homes," said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president of The Home Depot. "During Celebration of Service, our associates will roll up their sleeves to restore veterans' independence – something they very much deserve after the service they have provided to our country."

The event runs Sept. 10 through Sept. 13 and will benefit more than 100 veterans.

The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $105 million in veteran-related causes since 2011.

"The Home Depot is a tremendous partner in creating housing solutions for disabled American Veterans of all generations," said Dale Beatty, retired Staff Sergeant, Purple Heart recipient and co-founder of Purple Heart Homes. "As a combat-wounded Veteran myself, I can attest to the impact that regaining independence can have on a person. It restores your dignity and spirit. Team Depot's passion for serving veterans gives us confidence that we truly can help to restore independence for Veterans nationwide."

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Iris by Lowe’s joins the Z-Wave network

BY HBSDealer Staff

Lowe's has become the latest member of the Z-Wave Alliance, an organization of companies supporting the Z-Wave wireless IoT standard, through its suite of Iris smart home products.

"As the awareness of the smart home concept becomes more prevalent among consumers with big players entering the market, the demand for DIY smart home solutions grows," said Mitchell Klein, executive director for the Z-Wave Alliance. "As with construction and home repair, we need retailers like Lowe's to offer a combination model of do-it-yourself with knowledgeable staff and education to help consumers get started."

Lowe's first launched Iris in July of 2012 as a suite of smart home solutions allowing homeowners to monitor and control their home functions.

"Partnering with the Z-Wave Alliance is an important next step in offering an even more expansive array of smart home products and further advancing technology in and around the home," said Mick Koster, VP and general manager of Iris Home Systems. "Together, Iris, the Alliance and its diverse ecosystem of members have a larger opportunity to propel home automation forward, delivering innovative and smarter devices to consumers."

Alliance has also been undergoing its own growth spurt of sorts. Membership grew 20% in the first half of 2015.

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Throwback Thursday: Strike in San Diego

BY HBSDealer Staff

In the Sept. 1, 1980 issue of National Home Center News (the precursor of HBSDealer), the front page highlights unrest among San Diego lumberyard workers who were on strike over wages.

The protesting lumberyard workers came from a variety of companies and numbered at about 1,000, according to the article under the headline "San Diego dealers resist strking lumber workers." The labor action over contract disputes was about a month old at the time the article was published.

Though the workers were lobbying for better wages, the San Diego Lumber and Wood Products Association argued that San Diego was pricing itself out of the competitive marketplace.

It was also apparently a season of unrest for the local industry. The strike pictured above came just one week after settlement of a monthlong strike by area construction workers.

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