Orgill Fall Market Sets Attendance Records

August 30, 2016

LAS VEGAS (Aug. 30, 2016) – Las Vegas was the center of all things hardware last week as thousands of home improvement retailers came together for the Orgill, Inc. Fall Dealer Market, held Aug. 25-27 at the Sands Expo Convention Center.

All-time attendance records were set for an Orgill Fall Dealer Market with attendees traveling to Las Vegas from all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces and 50 countries worldwide. Canadian retailers showed their support of Orgill’s recent expansion into Canada, as the number of Canadian retailers on hand in Las Vegas was more than double the amount who attended the Fall Dealer Market last year.

Among the more popular attractions at the Market were the concept stores. This year’s event featured three fully merchandised stores: Continental Hardware & Building Supply, which focused on a 50-50 DIY-pro customer mix; Maple Ridge Home Centre, which focused on a 50-50 DIY-pro customer mix and carried Canadian-compliant products; and Vista Home & Garden Supply, which focused on the lawn and garden and farm and ranch categories.

The impulse items, lawn and garden and Worldwide Sourcing categories were also highlighted at the show through special product showcases that featured broad product assortments from a wide range of vendors as well as many ideas for effective merchandising.

With the Door Busters, Market Busters, Coupon Specials, New Items and Pallets, there were plenty of opportunities for retailers to make big purchases, and save some money along the way. The Market also included a special promotions area just for its Canadian customers—more important than ever since Orgill expanded its reach in Canada with its 2015 acquisition of Chalifour.

Learning opportunities included Brand Building and retail services clinics, lunch-and-learn seminars and educational workshops.

On the products side, one highlight was the unveiling of DEWALT’s new FLEXVOLT™ system, which featured the world’s first batteries that change voltage as the user changes tools. The FLEXVOLT™ batteries are compatible with 20-volt, 60-volt and 120-volt tools.

Up next for Orgill will be its Spring Dealer Market in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event will be held Feb. 16-18, 2017. For more information, please contact Orgill at 800-347-2860 or go to

Charging Backpacks from CLC


South Gate, CA (June 1, 2016) – DEWALT® has a long history of making quality tools. CLC®Work Gear, with over 30-years’ experience as the leader in tool storage for Pros and DIYers, has added to that history with unprecedented innovation. CLC® Work Gear is excited to announce the launch of our new DEWALT® USB Charging Tool Backpack andDEWALT® Lighted USB Charging Tool Backpack. The DEWALT Lighted USB Charging Tool Backpack features a USB charging dock that can simultaneously charge two devices via USB ports along with an integrated 200 lumen 2-level LED light system, all of this being powered by your DEWALT® 20V MAX* lithium ion battery (not included). Charge your tablet, phone, and/or camera while they are stored in the internal charging compartment. The powerful 200 lumen light with an adjustable steel neck can be used to light up the bag contents or illuminate your work area. The bag’s multiple pockets help you better organize your tools and keep them in sight for quick access. This backpack also features padded web carrying handles and adjustable shoulder straps for comfortable and convenient hands free transport.

DEWALT® by CLC® brings innovation to the job site. The new technical series represents the toughest work gear reimagined. Designed with integrated, resourceful technologies, the latest DEWALT® Work Gear tool backpacks bring new level of innovation to the jobsite. Whether you’re an HVAC technician, electrician, plumber, or maintenance repair professional, the seamless integration of power distribution and illumination is sure to redefine convenience on any jobsite. CLC® has designed and built DEWALT®’s technical series to be the next generation of tool storage.

Harry Karapetian, Vice President of Sales adds, “The response to this new innovation is very exciting. As Professionals and DIYers include tablets, cameras, and phones as essentials in their tool bag, the integrated USB Charging innovation is an added necessity to soft-side tool storage. CLC® has truly created the next generation of job site storage solutions for the Professional and DYI customer.”

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Jack Link’s Flame-Grills the Competition One Protein Snack at a Time

Fueling wild sides through continued flavor innovation,  Jack Link’s crafts five new awesome products

MINONG, Wis. (Aug. 16, 2016) – Jack Link’s, the global leader in portable protein, showcases category leadership through protein-powered innovation with the introduction of five new products. As the pioneer of the meat snacks category, Jack Link’s is always one Sasquatch-sized step ahead, providing carnivores with new protein packed snacks packed with protein on the regular. From flame-grilled jerky and strips, to BBQ and Small Batch Sticks, Jack Link’s has a tantalizing new flavor for everyone.

“Jack Link’s is the portable protein for everyday adventures, and we want each bite to tell its own untamed flavor story,” said Tom Dixon, chief marketing officer at Jack Link’s. “We stay close to market and flavor trends, and with our rapid innovation capabilities and flame-grilled technology, we are able to quickly beef up our portfolio with new flavors, like whiskey, to help our fans fill their innate need to feed their wild sides.”

 Meat lovers can perk up their palates with one of these new varieties, available now:

Jack Link’s Flame-Grilled Steakhouse Beef Jerky

Jack Link’s just raised the steaks. Bringing your favorite flame-grilled steak to your fingertips at all hours of the day, Steakhouse Beef Jerky is back and better than ever. With garlic, pepper and onion flavors, this jerky tastes just like the hearty steak you grill at home, flame-grilled to perfection. Jack Link’s flame-grilling technique is unique to the category – high quality meat is finished over an open flame, bringing out bolder and tastier flavors. Jack Link’s Steakhouse Beef Jerky is real food that will satisfy when hunger strikes. Find Flame-Grilled Steakhouse Beef Jerky at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $6.99.

Jack Link’s Limited Edition Flame-Grilled Whiskey Glaze Pork Strips

Get after it! Jack Link’s new Limited Edition Wild Side Whiskey Glaze Pork Strips are so neat they won’t be on the shelves for long. This Americana-inspired flavor is flame-grilled and infused with real whiskey that turns pork strips into a daring and satisfying way to fuel up for tailgating season and beyond.  Find Whiskey Glaze Pork Strips at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $6.99.

Jack Link’s Flame-Grilled Korean BBQ Pork Strip

Jack Link’s Korean BBQ Pork Strips bring your favorite sweet and spicy meat to a portable strip for easy snacking. Finished over an open flame, the sweet pork strip is a feast for the eyes, nose and tongue. The flame also provides globally inspired aromas highlighting bold flavors and sending taste buds wild with a hint of double-toasted sesame seeds and caramelized sugar. This savory and sweet combination of awesome will keep you protein-powered all day. Find the Korean BBQ Pork Strip at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $1.79.

Jack Link’s Sweet BBQ Stick

Back at it again in the BBQ game, Jack Link’s brings you a delectable Sweet Barbeque Stick in the perfect handheld form, great for multitasking. Enjoy the Sweet BBQ Stick with one hand, while sipping on a beer at a tailgate or steering a bike with the other. Sweet BBQ is sure to cure any cravings, salty or sweet. Find the Sweet BBQ Stick at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $1 for .8 ounces, and $1.99 for 1.5 ounces.

Jack Link’s Small Batch Artisanal Stick

The Small Batch product line celebrates Jack Link’s rich heritage, original family recipes, and a job well done. With over a century in the meat-snack-making business, the Link family launched Small Batch as a tribute to the recipes that started this iconic American brand. The addition of the Artisanal Stick to its Small Batch line brings together the old and the new to create a delicious high protein snack stick that’s handcrafted and slow smoked in a traditional smokehouse. Find Small Batch Artisanal Stick at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $1.29. 

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Whether you’re hitting up your favorite gym class or crushing the cubicle game at work, Jack Link’s is the perfect snack to power everyday adventures. For more information on these new products and to purchase Jack Link’s visit


Jack Link’s® Feed Your Wild Side™
Jack Link’s is a global leader in protein snacks and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Headquartered in Minong, Wis., Jack Link’s is a family-owned company that represents a heritage of quality and consumer trust, with the mission to Feed Your Wild Side. Jack Link’s offers more than 100 premium protein snacks in a variety of flavors, sizes and price points, appealing to nearly every consumer and occasion. Check out for more information on the brand.

Orgill, Inc. Announces Plans to Grow Distribution Network With the Addition of Idaho Facility

MEMPHIS — Orgill, Inc., the world’s largest independent hardlines distributor, will be expanding its network of world-class distribution facilities with the addition of an approximately half-million-square-foot distribution center in Post Falls, Idaho.

Orgill has signed an agreement to acquire the facility and is expecting to close on the purchase September 1.

The new facility will be Orgill’s seventh full-service distribution center, in addition to locations currently operating in Tifton, Georgia; Inwood, West Virginia; Sikeston, Missouri; Hurricane, Utah; Kilgore, Texas; and London, Ontario.

“We are excited to announce this expansion to our distribution network and look forward to the enhanced efficiencies this will create for our customers as we move forward,” says Ron Beal, Orgill’s chairman, president and CEO.

The primary reason for the addition of the new Post Falls facility was to provide faster and more efficient service to Orgill’s growing customer base. The new facility will service customers in five states throughout the Northwest including Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska as well as Canadian customers in British Columbia and Alberta.

These customers had previously been served out of other Orgill distribution centers but the addition of the new facility will streamline the delivery process.

“Orgill’s investment in this distribution center will further enhance our ability to provide retailers with access to all the products, programs and services they need to compete effectively,” says Brett Hammers, Orgill’s Chief Operating Officer.

Following the completion of the purchase, Orgill will begin retrofitting the facility and expects to be fully operational and serving customers in these states by March 31, 2017.

About Orgill, Inc.
Orgill, Inc. is the world’s largest independently owned hardlines distributor providing retailers across the United States and in more than 60 countries throughout the world access to over 75,000 products and industry-leading retail services. Operating seven distribution centers representing over four million square feet of warehouse space, as well as three export consolidation facilities, Orgill distributes hardware and home improvement products to hardware, home improvement and building material retailers of all types and sizes.

House-Hasson Hardware likes what it saw at summer market

House-Hasson Hardware likes what it saw at summer market

Sales territory expansions and sales staff additions in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio helped to propel House-Hasson Hardware’s June dealer market to the highest ever-attendance for the company’s summer market.

The event held at the Wilderness of the Smokies Resort in Sevierville, Tenn., just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Attendance, which is normally around 2,000, was up at least 10%

“We’re very pleased,” said Don Hasson, president of House-Hasson Hardware. “Our geographical area expanded into Louisiana when we acquired Long-Lewis Hardware (formerly headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.). We’ve added salesmen in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and those areas are showing solid growth.”

Amish customer base is just one of the areas where House-Hasson moves are paying off, the company says.

Hasson said the targeted areas were central Pennsylvania; Ohio north of Columbus, the state’s capital city; and around Baton Rouge, La.

“Adding territories is working well,” Hasson said. “A significant percentage of our growth in past years was through acquisitions, but it’s to the point at which there aren’t that many independents available to acquire. Our strategy is changing somewhat to accelerate growth through even greater store sales for our dealers and by adding territories.

“For example,” Hasson said, “we’ve had an expanding presence for years among Amish dealers, and we saw a strong increase in Amish dealer attendance as a result of our expanded focus in Ohio. Overall, we’re very pleased with everything we’re seeing across our entire region.”

Hasson said market attendance is influenced by dealers liking the discounted deals available at the company’s three annual markets and because the events are set up to be enjoyable for dealers and their families.

“Another aspect is that there are a smaller number of independent distributors,” Hasson said. “We’re one of the very few independents that can take care of everything from the front to back of the store, and everything around it.”

House-Hasson’s next market is scheduled for October 20-22, 2016, again at the Sevierville Events Center, Sevierville, Tenn.

ToolSmart from General Tools & Instruments


The ToolSmart digital tool product line is one of the newest tool product lines from General Tools. It is capable of connecting to a free app for unmatched coordination even with offsite persons. This new tool line consists of a laser distance measuring tool, digital angle finder, digital multimeter (DMM), and a video inspection camera. Three additional ToolSmart tools – infrared thermometer, moisture meter, and flashlight inspection camera – just released in August.

Recently, ToolSmart has been featured and reviewed on FOX News Tech Take and several highly respected tool blogs and websites.

Find complete details HERE

The National Hardware Show® Celebrates New Innovations and a Thriving Industry

Industry leaders, manufacturers and retailers spent last week scouring for new products, attending educational seminars and connecting with peers at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

The Show began Wednesday and ended Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event featured thousands of exhibitors and attracted more than 20,000 attendees.

Show areas that highlighted new products, such as Inventors Spotlight and the Featured Product Gallery, attracted crowds of people looking for new items to sell and wanting to stay abreast of up-and-coming industry trends.

The Show partnered with the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA), the association presenting its All-Industry Conference on the Show floor. The conference offered seminars on topics such as the state of the economy and how to compete with Walmart.

Many companies and retailers were honored at the Show, presented with awards recognizing innovation, business acumen and retailing vision. The awards included the Industry’s Top Gun Awards, which NRHA presented to recognize the work of four of the industry’s best independent home improvement retailers.

The Show offered fun, too – attendees enjoyed food fresh off the grills in the Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ area. There were even celebrity sightings as well, with Bob Vila greeting crowds at the Viatek booth and signing autographs.

Orgill’s Enhanced Operations Offer Canadian Retailers New Opportunities


By adding a Canadian company into its operations, Orgill is broadening its available product assortment, increasing buying power, improving sales support and offering more competitive pricing to Canadian customers.

Customers are already noticing a difference. Ken Meier, hardware purchaser for Warman Home Centre in Warman, Saskatchewan, is seeing better fill rates, competitive pricing and a simpler way to do business.

“Before, I was purchasing products both from Orgill and another Canadian supplier,” Meier says. “Now, I’ve been able to switch all of my purchasing to Orgill. They can fill anything I carry.”

Orgill had already opened up new opportunities to Warman Home Centre over the past several years, and the service is only getting better.

“We keep finding those products that are new and different from anything else we carry,” Meier says. “Orgill’s Dealer Markets have been crucial for us to see what’s new, what’s coming and how that can look in our store.

“We love looking at the model store sets to get ideas,” he says. “As a retailer, you should never stop changing. If you do, you’ll die. Orgill helps us keep changing.”

Orgill’s expanded presence in Canada has come as a result of its acquisition of the assets of Chalifour Canada, a former distribution arm of TIM-BR MART Group.

As part of transitioning Chalifour into Orgill’s fold, Orgill established Orgill Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orgill, Inc.

The purchase was finalized Oct. 1, 2015, and launched a companywide effort to shift Chalifour into Orgill’s existing operations as part of the new Orgill Canada.

Teams of Orgill employees have worked as quickly as possible to make the transition happen seamlessly, without disrupting service to any Canadian customers.

With the acquisition, Orgill instantly got a London, Ontario, distribution center and brought on board more than 250 new employees, hundreds of new vendors and over 1,000 new customers across Canada.

Read more HERE

Download the new Metaltech App!


We are excited to announce the first Metaltech App!

Install this new tool on your iPhone or iPad to calculate the scaffolding frames, braces, platforms, wall attachments, levelling jacks, and guardrails needed to cover any size wall. Just enter your wall size, frame size, brace length and number of platforms per deck. The Metaltech App calculates your list of material (BOM).

  • You will be able to share the results to any contacts as well as, with just a click of a button, request a quote from Metaltech’s customer service.
  • In the pull down menu, you will find links to our Metaltech website, brochures, catalog pages and YouTube videos.

Note: An Android and a Metaltech website based version of the calculator will soon be available, regular updates and new features are also going to be made from time to time.