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WOLF CEO runs for governor of Pennsylvania

BY Ken Clark

Tom Wolf, CEO of York, Pa.-based WOLF, announced that he is running for governor of the Keystone State.

According to an Associated Press story, the 64-year-old former state revenue secretary emphasized his success in turning around The Wolf Organization in his initial announcement. Wolf is seeking the 2014 Democratic nomination and pledged to spend $10 million of his own money in pursuit of his goal, according to the AP. 

WOLF describes itself as the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the United States and a leading provider of composite and PVC decking, railing, trimboards and other building products.

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Hiring? AHMA members seem split

BY Ken Clark

The American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) released results of its monthly member survey, which showed uncertainty regarding hiring in the second half of the year. 

More than 40% of American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) members say they’re "not sure" about boosting hiring in the second half of 2013.

Responding to the question, “Do you have plans to do more hiring in the second half of 2013?" 26% answered "Yes;" and 32% responded "No."

AHMA members were also asked: “As a manufacturer, how important is it to your business that economic policy in Washington address the issue of our increasing national debt?” Seventy-two percent responded “Very important;” 22% responded “Somewhat important;” and 6% responded “Not important.”

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Kmart launches new lines for backyard

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Kmart says it is launching several new lines of "on-trend and affordable" patio collections for the spring selling season. 

The retailer points to collections from La-Z-Boy, Garden Oasis, Country Living and longtime legacy brand Jaclyn Smith, as well as home items from lifestyle TV star Sandra Lee.

"Nothing brings family and friends together like a spring or summer outdoor celebration, and Kmart wants to help make memories by offering affordable, stylish and accessible all-weather furniture and decor," said James Alt, VP seasonal and outdoor living, Sears Holdings. "We pride ourselves on offering outdoor patio collections that have been designed exclusively for Kmart by our expert design team, and inspired by current trends, cultures and textiles."

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