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LATEST NEWS, EVENTS & FEATURES                               May 23, 2019
Ace Hardware Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

Ace Hardware Corporation today reported record first quarter 2019 revenues of $1.38 billion, an increase of $66.4 million, or 5.1 percent, from the first quarter of 2018.
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New Independent Home Improvement Show

The National Hardware Show brand is expanding and introducing the Independent Home Improvement Show this summer, August 13-15, 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
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April Construction Starts Retreat 15 Percent

The value of new construction starts in April fell 15% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $685.2 billion, pulling back following the 16% hike that was reported in March, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
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Home Depot Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

The Home Depot® today reported sales of $26.4 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, a 5.7 percent increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2018.
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Lowe’s announces new partnerships with military organizations

“Lowe’s commitment to the military is longstanding and partnerships with these organizations allow us to form stronger connections with the military community,” said Joe McFarland, U.S. Marines veteran and Lowe’s executive vice president of stores.
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Paladin Data Corporation Announces Executive Promotions

Paladin Data Corporation announced this week the promotion of two long-time employees – Ryan Dunn and Tyler Klein. 
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Amazon Talks Robots

So, what’s in the future for Amazon? Perhaps, more robots. The e-commerce giant currently has about 550,000 workers, but fewer warehouse workers may be needed in the next decade.
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CEMEX Ventures Invests in Energy Vault

CEMEX Ventures announced today its investment in Energy Vault, an Idealab company that has developed a transformative technology to store energy. 
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Sunnyside Advanced Gel Ultimate Paint & Varnish Remover

2-Minute Remover ADVANCED stripping gel is designed to remove multiple layers of finish in one application.
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MetaPack Research Demonstrates Changing North American Consumer Behaviors

According to research from MetaPack, North American consumers are exhibiting a shift in their shopping and delivery behaviors and preferences.
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