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FEATURED CONTENT                                                                         January 31, 2019
Is Valentine’s Day a Hardware Holiday?

Whether or not Valentine’s Day is a hardware holiday really boils down to: Is your significant other in need of or would they be appreciative of some new tools?
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Selling Plants to Millennials is Growing Business

While millennials may seem tethered to technology, they also have a sincere desire to connect to 
Mother Nature and be rooted in something beyond their immediate self-interests.
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U.S. Companies Stock Up to Beat Tariffs

The trade war with China is about to heat up and U.S. companies are anxiously awaiting the next wave of tariffs.
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Grainger Recognized as one of FORTUNE’s 2019 ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’

Grainger is again named to FORTUNE‘s annual list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” in 2019.
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$738K Grant to Fund Construction of Special-Needs Housing

Red River Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) awarded a $738,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to help fund the second phase of construction of nine group homes for 72 developmentally disabled individuals.
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New Construction Starts in December Declined 10%

New construction starts in December fell 10% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $708.9 billion, continuing to retreat after November’s 7% slide, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
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Lowe’s Named Official Home Improvement Retail Sponsor of the NFL

The National Football League announced on January 22nd that Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is now the Official Home Improvement Retail Sponsor of the NFL.
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Ace Honors 2019 ‘Coolest Hardware Stores’

Ace Hardware Corporation is proud to recognize two local Ace Hardware stores with the company’s eighth-annual “Coolest Hardware Store” awards. 
Read which two stores won the honors

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