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  • Attention OSH Shoppers!

    Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) recently declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Lowes came in with an offer.

     
  • No, it’s not your eyes

    From the department of boring corporate news: Stanley does something for only the third time in 170 years.

     
  • What's Good for US Housing is Good for Horst Pudwill

    According to a recent article in Forbes, the recovering US housing market and reconstruction of areas hit by Hurricane Sandy have made the chairman of tool manufacturer TTi into a billionaire.

     
  • Treat Every Gun As Loaded – Nail Guns Included

    Evidently, this UK carpenter did not get the message.

     
  • Suit Against Home Depot and Power Tool Companies Dismissed – For Now

    Late last year Orchard Supply sued Home Depot, Makita, and Milwaukee for running what it says was an illegal group boycott.

     
  • Depot vs. Lowes

    More from the department of boring corporate news: Home Depot stomps Lowes. If you shop in those stores you may have contributed to the following not-so-boring statistic.

     
  • Fixing the Chinese Drywall Disaster

    Carelessness led to Florida’s problems with defective Chinese drywall.

     
  • 18-Volt Ryobi Batteries Recalled

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with One World Technologies has announced the recall of 4.0 Ah 18-volt lithium-ion Ryobi tool batteries after several reports of packs busting into flames on the charger.

     
  • Chinese plywood is about to go up in price

    In response to an unfair trade petition by U.S. manufacturers of hardwood plywood, the U.S. Commerce Department is going to impose up to a 27% duty on imported Chinese plywood.

     
  • The Hilmor Brand Joins Irwin and Lenox

    Newell Rubbermaid, the parent company of Irwin and Lenox, is launching a new brand of tools aimed at the professional HVAC mechanic.

     
  • No More $9.99 or $99.99 Tools

    Canada has done away with the penny and Home Depot announces...

     
  • Apex Tool to Close Its North Carolina Plant

    The Apex Tool Group announced it will be closing its Gastonia, NC, plant in June 2013 and moving those jobs to facilities in Texas and China. Among the tools made at the plant are sockets sold under the Craftsman brand label.

     
  • New Tax on Wood Creates Confusion in California

    As of January 1, California retailers have been required to collect an extra one percent tax certain lumber products. Plywood, framing lumber, and unfinished decking are among the products subject to the tax. Doors, windows, trim, and other more heavily processed items are not.

     
  • Home Depot Loses $257K to Double-Cart Scheme

    A New York duo has been arrested and accused of using a double-cart scheme to steal $257,000 from Home Depot stores in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. They allegedly loaded two carts with identical items, paid for one, and stashed the other in the store.

     
  • Bill Bans Use of Sulfur-Tainted Drywall

    Congress passed a bill that limits the amount of sulfur allowed in drywall and directs the administration to press Chinese manufacturers to compensate victims of tainted Chinese wallboard products.

     
  • OSHA Extends Temporary Fall-Protection Enforcement Once Again

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decided to push its toughest enforcement measures for its new fall-protection rule back to March 15, 2013, according to a memo released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

     
  • Wages on Hold

    Most of the remodeling company owners we spoke with for this article had to cut wages during the recession. But many are reporting that in the past two years they have started to increase pay. As Craig Huseby, owner of Huseby Homes, in Nashville, Tenn., put it, 'You can only go so long without...

     
  • OSHA Extends Temporary Fall-Protection Enforcement Once Again

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decided to push its toughest enforcement measures for its new fall-protection rule back to March 15, 2013, according to a memo released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

     
  • Hardware Chain Sues Home Depot and Power Tool Companies

    Orchard Supply Hardware, a California hardware chain, is suing Home Depot, Makita, and Milwaukee Electric Tool in federal court for restraint of trade. Orchard claims Makita and Milwaukee cut off its supply of power tools shortly after Home Depot announced plans to lock up the supply of key...

     
  • Helper on Home Remodeling Project Sues Supervisor over Stairway Collapse

    Texas lawsuit faults co-worker for failing to provide a safe workplace, inadequate supervision.

     
 
 
 
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