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Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell was an assistant editor of Hardware Retailing and NRHA. Amanda regularly visited with home improvement retailers across the country and attended industry events and seminars. She earned a degree in magazine journalism from Ball State University and has received honors for her work for Hardware Retailing from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

Global Harvest Foods Acquires Scotts U.S. Wild Bird Food Business

Global Harvest Foods, Ltd., the producer of the Audubon Park brand, announced that it reached an agreement to acquire the U.S. wild bird food business from subsidiaries of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company for an undisclosed sum. This includes the Songbird …

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Home Hardware Named to ‘Canada’s Best Managed Companies’ List

Home Hardware Stores Limited was recently named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the second year in a row. Having initially received the designation in 2012, the company successfully re-qualified and retained its status for 2013. The designation comes …

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Ace Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Ace Hardware is celebrating the organization’s 90th anniversary with a national promotional event. Founded in Chicago in 1924 by five independent hardware store owners, Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke, Oscar Fischer and William Stauber, these entrepreneurs made the …

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A Guide to Good Advice: How to Find the Best Outside Counsel for Your Business

When Jeff Dyson first purchased M&D Supply, he knew he needed some outside help if he was going to make his business a success. That’s when he began to research the idea of an advisory board. He reached out to …

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Three Ways to Keep Your Store Active in the Community this Spring

Use the many activities associated with spring and summer to keep your business top-of-mind in the community. Become involved with established local events or partner with other business owners to create your own. An event can bring in a crowd …

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Waterborne Stain

Superdeck® stain gives beauty and protection to decks, fences, siding, trim, outdoor furniture and all-exterior wood. The waterborne formula covers in one application with excellent water repellency and is formulated to resist growth of mildew and algae on the coating’s …

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Universal Dimming Switch

The VRMX1 supports the latest dimmable LED and CFL technologies, as well as legacy incandescent and halogen bulbs while incorporating the Zensys 4.5.4 Z-Wave library.  The VRMX1 supports a universe of lighting applications including local and remote dimming control for …

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MagnaLatch is a rust-free, magnetic self-closing gate latch that can be used with TruClose self-closing hinges to increase the safety of a gate. A patented magnetic latching mechanism ensures no jamming, and it is key lockable for peace of mind. Tested to …

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