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LATEST NEWS, EVENTS & FEATURES                            April 9, 2020
True Value to Manufacture Hand Sanitizer Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The wholesaler, which has one of the largest paint manufacturing facilities in the country, is converting part of its space to begin the production of hand sanitizer and cleaning products to help aid in the nationwide shortage.
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Granite’s Marty McNamara Named Chair of NAPA Committee for Asphalt Research and Technology

CART advances research needs and project requirements to represent practitioner interests in forums including the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and state agency meetings.
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Northern Tool + Equipment Has Appointed Suresh Krishna as CEO and President

Northern Tool noted that Krishna’s hiring is another representation of investing in top-tier talent, furthering the position as a leader in its category.
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Small Business Administration Offers Emergency Funds to Combat COVID-19

Passage of the Act enabled the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Alert to Keep Retail Workers Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic

Safety measures employers can implement to protect employees working in pharmacies, supermarkets, big box stores and other retail establishments include:
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Lowe’s Announces Stores Will Close on Easter Sunday

Today’s announcement builds on previously shared updates in response to COVID-19, such as temporarily increasing wages through the month of April and providing a special payment for hourly associates.
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CoreLogic Reports February Home Prices Increased by 4.1% Year Over Year

Homes that settle during March will largely reflect purchase contracts that were signed in January and February, before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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Granite Awarded $79 Million Segment of a Multi-Phase CMGC Project

This project is one of five segments that will be constructed as part of an overall effort to reconstruct 10.9 miles of Highway 101.
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The Strength of Digital in a COVID-19 World

Then there are those retailers who have avoided or at least not leveraged the digital world. They haven’t embraced all that can be done via virtual means.
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U.S. Department of Labor Reminds Employers That They Cannot Retaliate Against Workers Reporting Unsafe Conditions During Coronavirus Pandemic

Workers have the right to file a whistleblower complaint online with OSHA (or 1-800-321-OSHA) if they believe their employer has retaliated against them for exercising their rights under the whistleblower protection laws enforced by the agency.
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Locally Owned Ace Hardware Stores To Hire More Than 30,000 Employees

In addition to an increased workforce, Ace Hardware continues to prioritize the health and safety of their employees and customers by following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …
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5 Tips for Operating a Rental Business

One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make is not knowing the type of equipment customers in their market want to rent.
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