Tractor Supply embraces Chick Days
Tractor Supply Company is spreading the backyard hen gospel nationwide through a series of local Chick Days and other educational initiatives.
“Chickens naturally recycle food waste and they provide invaluable fertilizer for gardens,” said VP merchandise Marc Johnson. “What’s more, there’s not a better organic source of pest control than a backyard chicken. They naturally eat bugs, ticks, beetles and other backyard pests.”
The backyard hen movement has been picking up steam across the country over the past couple of years, and Tractor Supply is looking to spread the message even further, targeting gardeners with a certain self-reliant streak.
Among the benefits being touted are the cost-savings in soil and fertilizer supplies, as well as an all-natural form of pest control.
Screw Products adds white head, trim head screws
Gig Harbor, Wash.-based Screw Products has added a new fastener to its extensive product line: white head, trim head screws, an exterior/interior multi-purpose screw appropriate for a wide range of projects.
These fasteners may be used with ACQ and CCA pressure-treated lumber thanks to a proprietary coating designed to protect against corrosion, and that has withstood 1,200 hours of salt spray testing, the company said.
In addition, they are designed for materials with a white finish, including decking, fascia, fencing, siding, trim and more. Available in multiple sizes — 9 in. by 1 5/8 in., 9 in. by 2 in., 9 in. by 1/2 in., and 9 in. by 3 in. — these screws can also be ordered in various quantities, including jars, and pails, and each package includes a free T-20 drill bit.
Global Harvest Foods acquires Scotts U.S. wild bird food business
Seattle-based Global Harvest Foods, a manufacturer of wild and caged bird food and small critter feed and the producer of the Audubon Park brand, agreed to acquire the U.S. wild bird food business from subsidiaries of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition includes the Songbird Selections, Morning Song and Country Pride brands, and it expands Global Harvest’s production capabilities into areas that represent a significant portion of the U.S. market.
The company will acquire the Scotts bird seed manufacturing plant in Reynolds, Ind., and will continue production in Doland, S.D., and Uvalde, Texas. Now operating from eight facilities nationwide, the addition of these manufacturing plants supplements Global Harvest’s national footprint, giving the company new regional service capabilities that benefits retailers with lower ingredient and reduced freight costs, quicker fulfillment times and increased inventory turnover, the company said.
“Scotts is the world’s leading marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products,” said Ed Mills, co-founder and principal of Global Harvest Foods. “Acquiring their wild bird food business allows us to expand our retail relationships with a broader product offering, while maintaining our diligent customer service and product-quality focus. During this time, we strive to make the transition as smooth as possible for the retailers and customers of both companies.”
Currently, Global Harvest products are sold under the Audubon Park label and various store brands in more than 40,000 mass merchants, grocers, and specialty retailers throughout the United Sates.