Williams Lumber opens eighth location
Williams Lumber & Home Center opened a new hardware store in Hyde Park, N.Y., the Poughkeepsie Journal reported. There will be a grand opening ribbon cutting at noon on Jan. 17.
An Ace Hardware affiliate, Williams Lumber is headquartered in Rhinebeck, N.Y., with locations in High Falls, Hopewell Junction, Hudson, Millbrook, Red Hook, Salt Point and Tannersville. In addition to traditional hardware departments, Williams Lumber has window and door, Carhartt Clothing and pet supply departments.
The Hyde Park location is a 12,000-square-foot hardware store in Park Plaza. The space was formerly occupied by a Champion factory outlet.
Worldwide DIY Council elects new board
The Worldwide DIY Council has elected Boake Paugh, president of Key-Bak, a division of West Coast Chain Manufacturing, as its new chairman for 2009. Paugh will take over for outgoing chair Sandra Pierce of Mr. LongArm.
Other board members elected for 2009 include Jayne Seagrave, Vancouver Tool; Jim Burton, Master Lock; Rod Walck, Protective Coatings; Patrick Murphy, Reid Industries; Phillip Ali, Ali Industries; Bill Marshek, DAP; and John Sullivan, Arrow Fastener.
The Worldwide DIY Council is a non-profit association of approximately 100 exporting manufacturers from the United States and Canada who sell their products in more than 140 countries around the world and who exhibit in a number of international trade fairs.
Zircon detects infringement, Stanley doesn’t
Zircon Corporation announced it has filed suit against Stanley Works for patent infringement on Zircon’s stud sensor technology.
Campbell, Calif.-based Zircon filed suit on Jan. 7 in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose, seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions and damages from Stanley Works, a New Britain, Conn.-based hand tools company.
The complaint is related to U.S. Patent No. 7,116,091, which covers Zircon’s CenterVision technology that detects both the edges and the center of a stud with one pass. Before the introduction of this technology, stud finders located only the stud’s edges, leaving users to determine the center point.
“Zircon has always taken great care to respect the proprietary rights of others and expects its competitors to do the same,” said Zircon president John Stauss. “We have also vigorously defended our intellectual property in the field of stud finders for over 25 years.”
When contacted by HCN, Stanley Works issued this statement from Ted Morris, the company’s assistant general counsel: “The patent that Zircon claims Stanley is infringing was specifically analyzed prior to manufacturing and marketing these stud sensor models, and a design was arrived at that did not infringe. Stanley informed Zircon of this pre-launch analysis on October 2008, but received no response from Zircon. Our attorneys are reviewing the allegations in the lawsuit, but at the present time, based on everything we currently know, the lawsuit appears to be without merit.”