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June 2, 2014

Milwaukee Tool announced the acquisition of the Empire Level business based in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

With a history dating back to 1919, Empire Level is a fully integrated solutions provider in the layout and measurement product categories. It’s also described as the leading U.S. manufacturer of levels, squares, layout tools, and safety and utility tape.

January 8, 2014

Milwaukee Tool Corp. expanded its hand tool offering with Inkzall Jobsite Markers, a new line of writing tools designed and optimized for jobsite use. Featuring clog-resistant tips and aptly named Inkzall for their ability to write through dusty, wet or oily surfaces, the new line will include fine and medium point permanent markers, as well as a stylus/marker combination tool that was designed for use with gloves on touch devices, such as iPads and iPhones.

The new Inkzall products will launch in February 2014.

December 27, 2013

Milwaukee Tool Corp. introduced the Diamond Plus Hole Saws that are engineered to stand up to the hardest, most abrasive materials on the jobsite. 

The Milwaukee, Wis.-based company said the new diamond grit hole saw range utilizes a higher grade of diamonds and heat-resistant braze to deliver up to 10 times longer life than other products.

September 26, 2013

Milwaukee Tool Corp. introduced the new M18 Cordless Multi-Tool. Designed to increase productivity and ease of use for professional users, the new tool advertises up to faster cutting and longer run time than competitive products.

September 3, 2013

Milwaukee-based Briggs & Stratton Corporation is equipping consumers with its newest development in fuel  treatment — Advanced Formula Ethanol-Free Fuel.

The product is hitting shelves at Lowe's and offereing advantages over ethanol-blended gas, the company said. The formula is packaged in a line of premium stabilizer and fuel blends specifically designed to make operation of 2-and 4-cycle engines smoother while helping maintain performance. 

July 17, 2013

Milwaukee Tool says it upgraded key M12 Cordless Drilling and Fastening products.

The company will introduce six new drilling and fastening models this year, four of which will begin a transition to replace existing models on the market today.

One example, the 2462 M12 1/4-in. Hex Impact Driver will feature a new Milwaukee optimized mechanism, which delivers 1,000 in-lbs of torque and increases driving speed by up to 50%, the company claims.

June 18, 2013

Ace Hardware has announced the appointment of two new member directors to its board of directors: Stew Elliott Jr., of Elm Grove, Wis.; and Amy Kaplanis of Granby, Colo.

Elliott, 55, is a majority shareholder of Elliott Ace Hardware, a four-store Ace chain located in the western suburbs of Milwaukee. Prior to taking ownership in Ace Hardware, Elliott held a leadership sales role with Amerock, a vendor serving the convenience hardware industry, for six years.

June 11, 2013

Milwaukee Tool Corporation expanded its hand tool offering with the new Fastback II Utility Knife.

The company says the design was influenced by jobsite research and requests to include blade storage for added convenience. The Fastback II has features of the Original Fastback Utility Knife, with the addition of magnetic blade storage that folds into the handle for accessibility.

February 21, 2013

Back in June, Home Depot said it intended to defend its position as power tool market share leader. Now the giant chain finds itself a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Orchard Supply Hardware.

In a 43-page complaint, San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard said it's being iced by power tool makers Milwaukee and Makita at the urging of the world's largest home improvement retailer. "Orchard Supply vs. Home Depot, Milwaukee Electric Tool and Makita USA" was filed in December in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. OSH claims the defendants are running an unlawful group boycott.

November 27, 2012

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Annual Conference has been set for Sept. 17-19, 2013, in San Antonio. 

According to its website, the SFI is based on principles promoting sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value.

The 2012 conference was held in Milwaukee. 

November 26, 2012

Do it Best Corp.’s 2012 vendors of the year include a variety of companies representing categories from lumber to lawn and garden.

The Do it Best Vendor of the Year Award is based upon revenue growth, fill rates, new product innovation and other important criteria.

Three special category honorees were Simpson Strong-Tie for overall sales growth, Master Lock Co. for collaborative forecasting and replenishment, and Milwaukee Electric Tool for outstanding products and services. 

November 2, 2012

Innovative new products engineered with the latest advancements in battery technology continue to fuel the power tools industry for the major brands — including DeWalt, Makita and Milwaukee Tool — as they introduce faster, lighter products that provide superior performance for users.

October 11, 2012

A. O. Smith's board of directors has announced Paul Jones will transition from chairman and CEO to executive chairman, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Ajita Rajendra will assume the role of president and CEO.

Jones will continue to lead the company’s board of directors as the executive chairman and will remain involved in the company’s strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and developing executive talent for the Milwaukee-based water technology company.

August 29, 2012

Makita 18V LXT Series

July 27, 2012

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. has introduced a tool for cutting large diameter cable.

The M12 600 MCM Cable Cutter has a compact design and powerful cutting mechanism. It takes care of two cutting challenges: fitting the cutting tool in panels/boxes and generating enough force to get the job done.

June 1, 2012

Innovation in the home improvement industry spans across categories — from lighting and kitchen appliances to tools and decking.

February 20, 2012

When the President of the United States visits a factory, that's news. But there was even more to President Obama's trip to Master Lock's Milwaukee plant -- there was talk of jobs. 

After recognizing Master Lock several times in recent months for moving some jobs from China back to the United States, President Obama visited Milwaukee last week led a discussion on jobs and the economy. 

February 20, 2012

When the President of the United States visits a factory, that's news. But there was even more to President Obama's trip to Master Lock's Milwaukee plant -- there was talk of jobs. 

After recognizing Master Lock several times in recent months for moving some jobs from China back to the United States, President Obama visited Milwaukee last week led a discussion on jobs and the economy. 

February 15, 2012

President Obama traveled to Milwaukee on Feb. 15 to visit a Master Lock factory where the company brought back approximately 100 jobs from China. The visit also included a discussion of the economy and American manufacturing. 

Obama gave a callout to Master Lock in his State of the Union address for moving jobs back to the United States, and company president and CEO John Heppner participated in the January “Insourcing American Jobs” forum at the White House. 

February 15, 2012

President Obama traveled to Milwaukee on Feb. 15 to visit a Master Lock factory where the company brought back approximately 100 jobs from China. The visit also included a discussion of the economy and American manufacturing. 

Obama gave a callout to Master Lock in his State of the Union address for moving jobs back to the United States, and company president and CEO John Heppner participated in the January “Insourcing American Jobs” forum at the White House. 

January 9, 2012

According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the number of independent hardware stores in Milwaukee has shrunk 50% since the mid-1990s. 

The article quotes Doug Mamayek, owner of Mamayek's Hardware, which is one of several recent hardware stores in the area to close. "We haven't been profitable probably for almost 10 years now," he told the newspaper.

January 9, 2012

According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the number of independent hardware stores in Milwaukee has shrunk 50% since the mid-1990s. 

The article quotes Doug Mamayek, owner of Mamayek's Hardware, which is one of several recent hardware stores in the area to close. "We haven't been profitable probably for almost 10 years now," he told the newspaper.

November 7, 2011

As founder of the home channel’s leading Internet retailer of power tools, Don Cohen of ToolKing.com has as good a perspective as any on the trends shaping the power tools market.

His observation: “Faster, smaller, cheaper, better — that’s where products are going,” Cohen said. “There are more technology-enhanced products that are better looking, and better working, than ever before.”

October 19, 2011

National Ace Hardware is closing its store at 3555 S. Howell Ave in Milwaukee, according to an article in the Journal Sentinel.