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William Farrell retires from AHMA

BY HBSDealer Staff

The 30-year AHMA veteran will retire as vice chairman of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA), but will remain as a liftetime honorary member of the board.

After more than 30 years of service to the AHMA, Farrell will assume the title of vice chairman emeritus, according to the Schaumburg, Ill.-based industry group. He will continue to represent the association at various industry events.

Farrell, who is the father of the AHMA’s current president and CEO Timothy Farrell, joined the AHMA in 1980 as executive director. In a prepared statement, he said: "I’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have been part of an organization and an industry of so many wonderful people, and to have had the opportunity not only to work with them, but to build life-long personal relationships with many of them as well."

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Firepot manufacturer halts sales after accidents

BY HBSDealer Staff

After reports of numerous burn injuries, Duluth, Ga.-based Napa Home and Garden issued a "precautionary hold" on sales of its gel burners and gel fuels. 

According to the company, the decorative firepots made by Napa and other suppliers are sold in most major mass market retailers and thousands of independent stores.

"My wife KC and I decided to take this step when we learned about recent reports of serious injuries," said owner Jerry Cunningham. "We have sold tens of thousands of Fire Burners and fuel during the last two years and have always considered them safe products."

After numerous reports of burning injuries in the New York Times and other media outlets, the company said it is taking the following three steps:

• Requesting all customers temporarily remove gel burners and gel fuel from the shelves as a precaution;

• Using a third-party safety expert to review the product’s safety, warning labels and "Care and Use" information to make sure it provides accurate and complete safety information to the consumer; and

• Investigating the accidents to determine if there was anything wrong with any batch of fuel.

"I don’t know what the other suppliers are experiencing," Cunningham said. "But we’re a small family owned business, we care very much about our customers, and we want to help assure our products are used safely."

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Golden Hammer vendor winners: LBM and durables

BY HBSDealer Staff

From ballots sent out electronically earlier this year, Home Channel News received a record number of votes for Golden Hammer Winners, producing 32 winners in four categories. The LBM & Durables category — subdivided into seven sub-categories — produced the following winners:

• Bathroom Vanities & Procelain – Kohler

• Building Materials – Quikrete

• Insulation – Owens Corning

• Caulking & Sealants – DAP

• Doors – Clopay/Holmes Garage Door Co.

• Lumber & Plywood – Georgia Pacific

• Windows – Andersen

The Golden Hammer Awards ceremony took place at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas May 11. 

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