Iconic American Tool Brands Pony, Jorgensen & Goldblatt to be Relaunched to the North American Market Under the Leadership of Arrow Fastener
As part of Hangzhou GreatStar Industrial Company, Arrow Fastener proudly announces the relaunch of the Pony and Jorgensen adjustable clamping brands and Goldblatt tile, drywall, concrete and masonry tools to the North American marketplace in mid-2018.
GreatStar, based in Hangzhou, China, is one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in Asia, specializing in designing and manufacturing high-quality products for DIY, professional and industrial markets globally. Arrow Fastener, based in Saddle Brook, N.J., is the leading manufacturer of staple guns and heavy duty staples in North America.
Arrow’s sales, marketing and distribution teams have a proven track record in the hardware industry which will be harnessed to support and grow these three widely-known brands. Arrow’s strategically located New Jersey facility will become a primary distribution center for Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt products, in addition to Arrow’s own expansive current product line.
“As a respected American tool brand, Arrow products are ‘must-have’ items for many retailers in North America and elsewhere. Given Arrow’s sales and marketing capabilities, combined with GreatStar’s manufacturing expertise and innovation pipeline, we are well positioned to deliver high-quality, innovative products under all these iconic American brands: Arrow, Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt,” said Arrow President Gary DuBoff.
Case-in-point: Over the past 18 months, GreatStar has been recreating the Pony and Jorgensen products at their state-of-the-art manufacturing centers in China. Of the original 500 skus, GreatStar is recreating the 200 top sellers. These are the products which will support the reintroduction of the brands.
“GreatStar has taken great care to recreate the tools as faithfully to the originals as possible and has executed on a firm commitment to make the new tools at least as good, but preferably better, than the original U.S. made product,” said DuBoff.
Arrow is currently in the process of stocking the Saddle Brook, N.J. warehouse with Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt inventory to feed the growing business. The company expects the warehouse to be fully stocked and operational by July 2018.
FOUR ICONIC AMERICAN BRANDS, REVISTED
Arrow Fastener Co., LLC
Arrow Fastener Company, LLC is a U.S. based manufacturer of staple guns, glue guns, and rivet tools located in Saddle Brook, N.J. Since 1929, Arrow has been a leader in fastening solutions in the big box home improvement and traditional hardware retail channels. For more than five decades, the T50® staple gun has been the industry standard, as the world’s best-selling staple gun. Today, Arrow Fastener is a trusted supplier of reliable, innovative and affordable products for the building trade professional and do-it-yourselfer. In July, 2017 Arrow was acquired by Hangzhou GreatStar Industrial Company, a $2.2B Chinese manufacturer of forklifts, hand and power tools, robotics systems, and laser measuring devices. Arrow now serves as GreatStar’s U.S. headquarters for sales, marketing, and distribution of GreatStar’s branded tool product portfolio. For more information, visit www.arrowfastener.com.
Pony and Jorgensen
Since 1903, both the Pony and Jorgensen brands have been well known US clamp brands owned and managed by the Adjustable Clamp Company in Chicago. The products are used by a wide array of woodworkers, cabinet makers, carpenters, and serious DIY enthusiasts. Some items, such as the Jorgensen handscrews and the Pony pipe clamps are iconic hand tools with wide recognition. A standard pipe clamp, for example, is commonly referred to as a “Pony Clamp” among woodworkers and tradesmen regardless of what brand is on the product. In May, 2016, the Adjustable Clamp Company ceased operations and all business assets were acquired by GreatStar.
Started by Henry Goldblatt in Kansas City in 1885, Goldblatt was at one time a strong and vibrant US based hand tool brand best known for its line of US made masonry trowels and concrete floats. As America grew through the first half of the twentieth century, the company grew with it, expanding its product line to include drywall tools, tile installation tools and painting tools. A series of ownership changes beginning in the 1960s took the company away from family ownership. The business then changed hands through several private equity owners before being purchased by GreatStar in 2010.
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Ten outstanding tile and stone projects have been selected as winners of the Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards, which honors exceptional design and installation of tile and stone in the categories of Residential Stone, Residential Tile, Commercial Stone, and Commercial Tile. An esteemed panel of prominent editors, top designers, and industry professionals evaluated submissions based on execution, original usage, and overall design and purpose, and gave distinct recognition to those projects demonstrating outstanding tile and stone applications.
“The CID Awards program is important because it exemplifies how beautiful product, design artistry, and a high level of technical skill come together to create breathtaking architecture and design,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company that produces Coverings. “Coverings offers its congratulations to all of the recognized honorees.”
This year’s winners and their projects were honored at a special reception, held Wednesday, May 9. The 2018 CID winners and special honorees are as follows:
Project: Exclusive Residential Apartment
Designer: Farr Interiors
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Commercial Stone Design
Project: Kitchen and Bath Design Showroom
Designer: Empire Kitchen & Bath
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Commercial Tile Design
Project: Riverchase Galleria
Designer: Architecture Design Collaborative
Location: Hoover, AL
Residential Stone Design
Project: Luxury Modern Design
Designer: Gaskin Designs & Development
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Residential Tile Design
Project: Knollwood Kitchen
Location: Atlanta, GA
Project: Trinity Dome
Installer: Rugo Stone LLC
Location: Washington, DC
Commercial Stone Installation
Project: 609 Main
Installer: Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.
Location: Houston, TX
Commercial Tile Installation
Project: Apple Campus 2 Gateway Tunnel
Installer: California Tile Installers
Location: Cupertino, CA
Residential Stone Installation
Project: Black & White Marble Bathroom
Installer: Columbia River Tile & Stone, Inc.
Location: Portland, OR
Residential Tile Installation
Project: Interference Pattern: Bold Colors Weave Together and Collide in a Vashon Island Home
Installer: Tile Design by Edelstein
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Six honorable mentions were given in two additional categories, recognizing international projects and projects creatively using tile in public spaces. These special recognitions were awarded as follows:
Special Recognition – International:
- Puritsu Façade: Designed by Anoma in New Delhi, India
- The Almost Invisible School: Designed by Imagen Subliminal in Salamanca, Villares de la Reina, Spain
- TUNATECA BALFEGO Restaurant: Designed by El Equipo Creativo in Barcelona, Spain
- Laan van Spartaan; Amsterdam Student Housing: Designed byLevantina The Natural Stone Company in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Special Recognition – Creative Tile in Public Spaces
- Hand Made Ceramic Tile Mural ‘City of Fog’:Designed by Linda Larson Artin San Francisco, CA
- The Great Wall of Zacatlan – A Monumental Mosaic Mural in Mexico:Designed by Trish Metzner in Zacatlan De Las Manzanas, Puebla, Mexico
The grand prize winners received $3,000, while prize winners in all other categories received $2,000. In addition, all winners won a free one-night stay in Atlanta to attend the Coverings 2018 show.
The judging panel included Jen Quail, Editor in Chief of i+D; Nicole Esposito-Polly, design editor of This Old House; Jennifer Richinelli of BNP Media/Stone World; Chris Abbate of Novità Communications, representing Ceramics of Italy; Lori Dolnick of Frank Advertising, representing Tile of Spain; Kathy Meyer and Stephanie Samulski of the Tile Council of North America; Bart Bettiga of the National Tile Contractors Association; John Cox of Cox Tile; and Nyle Waterford of Neuse Tile Service, Inc.
Look for images of all the winning entries in the June issue of TileLetter!
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Coverings 2018 – Day 3
The Global Tile & Stone Experience has big things planned for today, Thursday, May 10. Keep reading to see what you need to be a part of during Day 3 of Coverings 2018.
Must Go > Coverings Celebration Party
Tonight is the night! Join your industry friends at the Coverings Celebration Party at the College Football Hall of Fame! From 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM celebrate a fantastic show and awesome industry at this unique and interactive venue, located right next to the GWCC. You can still purchase tickets at registration – join us!
Sponsored by: TCNA
Must See > Completed Tiny Houses
After months of planning and hard work, the Installation Design Showcase and its three tiny houses are complete! At 3:00 PM today in Booth 8804, meet with the leading designers and NTCA Five Star contractors who collaborated on the Showcase and learn what it took to pull together these vignettes. During this one-hour, interactive session, you will tour the three tiny houses and discover every detail of the spaces.
Must Participate > Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural
Make your mark on the tile industry in Booth 9612 (Hall C). The Tile Heritage Foundation invites all attendees and exhibitors to leave their imprint on tile for the Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural. With just a $25 donation, you can press your hands, name, thoughts or logos into a wet clay tile and become a part of the mural.
Must Pet > Shelter Dogs at the Art Tile Courtyard
In case you haven’t already heard the buzz (or barking), but there are some seriously adorable dogs on the Coverings show floor. The TCNA Art Tile Courtyard, Booth 7249, located in the heart of the Art Tile Village, is featuring beautifully tiled doghouses provided by TCNA members. These decorated doghouses are wonderful displays of creativity using tile and will be donated to an Atlanta-area pet charity during a ceremony taking place today. Stop by, view the doghouses, and pet some pooches!
Must Attend > Today’s Sessions
Looking to increase profits? Productivity? Safety? Look no further than the Coverings 2018 conference program. Sessions begin at 8:30 AM today and include: Skin vs. System, Women in Stone – A Stone Project Model, Managing the Health of Your Business: Distribution Best Practices, Know Your Importer/Exporter, Silica Exposure and Employee Safety in the Stone Industry, and more! View the complete Thursday schedule.
The Homeless Pets Foundation is a 100% volunteer-run organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership, aiding abandoned and homeless animals, and placing adoptable dogs and cats in forever homes. Since its founding in 1998, it has placed more than 10,000 pets into loving homes.
Through his Underhound Railroad program, Dr. Good helps dogs in the South that are about to be put down find loving homes in other areas of the country. Overpopulation in Southern pet shelters leads to life-threatening scenarios for adoptable dogs and cats, while shelters in the Midwest and Northeast struggle to find the pets wanted by their clients. Dr. Good finds pets that are nearing the end of their time at local shelters and matches them with shelters in the Midwest and Northeast where demand is higher. These pets are then taken to no-kill shelters or matched with families who will give them loving homes.
Frontier20 New Porcelain Pavers Installation Guide
Frontier20, the ultimate porcelain paver experience for outdoor application
This installation manual will provide the installer with a new guide on how to properly install Frontier20 Porcelain Pavers as well as educate the consumer on how to maintain the appearance andfunctionality of the porcelain pavers
(Please note: the installation guide is only available in PDF format)
- 1. Do You Know What’s in Your Floor Covering?
- 2. Ceramic Tile is the Greenest Option
- 3. Ceramic Tile vs. Competitive Products
- 4. Health, Wellness & Ceramic Tile
- 5. Durability of Ceramic Tile
- 6. The Value of Ceramic Tile from a Realtor Perspective
Neolith by TheSize Announces Exhibition in 30th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
The sintered stone manufacturer will showcase its latest décors for high-end commercial and residential architectural surfacing design at the 30th annual ICFF show in New York City, May 20 – 23, 2018
TheSize, manufacturer of sintered stone surfacing brand Neolith, announces its exhibition with New York City-based distribution partner, HG Stones, at the 2018 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), a premier trade showcase for architecture and fine interior design. Neolith will be showcasing its latest product introductions and furniture applications at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, May 20-23 at ICFF Booth #2145.
“As a first time exhibitor at ICFF, we look forward to introducing our Neolith surfacing collection of furniture and décor applications to a new audience of architects and designers,” said Mar Esteve, director of marketing, TheSize Surfaces. “With ICFF being an internationally-recognized event, this is the premier opportunity for Neolith, as a Spain-based brand with presence in over 70 countries, to network with design professionals from across the world who come to find inspiration and share knowledge and experience.”
A pioneer in the sintered stone surfacing product category, Neolith has sparked a growing trend in thin slab surfaces for virtually any commercial or residential space, from flooring and countertops to furniture and facades. The thin slab surfacing is an easy-to-handle material, perfect for coating metal or wood structures, giving pieces of furnituresuch as desks, benches and shelving a durable design statement. It can also be used over existing furniture, and to cover tabletops, fireplaces, cabinets and flooring to achieve a chic new look.
Neolith’s ICFF booth will feature a contemporary theme centered on unique furniture and design applications, including a winery bar, fireplace, bench seating and much more. New products on display will include:
• Retrostone – Bold Terrazzo-inspired décor influenced by early-Renaissance Venetian architecture and characterized by a mosaic of marble and granite chips set in concrete stone.
• Krater – Vividly detailed stone that increases design options for naturally darker shades and tones within their commercial and residential surfacing projects.
• Calatorao – Distinctive, fine-grained limestone which has been hewn from the world-famous quarries of Zaragoza, Spain, for over 2000 years.
• Estatuario – A combination of thick and subtle veins of grey with delicate gold edging, crossing a pure white background stands out due to its faithful interpretation of Carrara marbles.
• Calacatta – Inspired by the best Calacatta from Carraraboards available on the market, this décor is unique in that it offers two different aesthetic effects: bookmatch and an endmatch.
• La Boheme – Inspired by the trunk of Lebanese cedar, this design stands out because of the play of robust knots and marked lines which offer movement and depth.
• Luna NanoTech Polished – The exclusive polishing process, in which a slab is directly polished once it comes out of the kiln using special raw material, creates a perfectly flat reflection.
Neolith slabs, which are made from 100 percent natural raw materials, combine the aesthetics of stone, wood and metals with increased durability and less maintenance than natural counterparts thanks to a revolutionary development process. The resulting material is one of the most resilient surfaces on the market, unfazed by continuous use, scratching, extreme heat or cold, moisture and harsh chemicals.
With the new introductions, Neolith now offers over 56 different designs across its seven collections – in multiple finishes and thicknesses—providing specifiers with a broader range of design possibilities.
Neolith products are available in the U.S. and worldwide through a large network of distributors. For a location near you or to learn more, visit www.neolith.com.