Owning a number of Porter Cable power tools I'm a bit concerned. Yesterday I
had cause to to buy a new 19.2 volt battery for my PC drill. I was shocked
to discover that neither Home Depot, Lowes, TSC, McCoys, Ace Hardware nor
Sutherlands carry Porter Cable any longer. What's up with that?
This was recently in the news:
Black and Decker (BDK) Black & Decker operates in three segments: power
tools and accessories, hardware and home improvement, and fastening and
assembly systems. Power tools and accessories are marketed under brand
names including DeWalt, Black & Decker, Porter Cable, and Delta.
Hardware brands include Kwikset, Baldwin, Weiser, and Price Pfister.
The fastening and assembly systems segment sells highly engineered
solutions to automakers. We applaud the firm's decision to move its
manufacturing from higher-cost plants in the US to lower-cost
facilities in Mexico, China, and the Czech Republic and would gladly
invest in the #1 tool maker on any weakness.
Maybe they're switching over to the new factories?
My observation of HD and Lowes has been they never carried much P-C in
the stores and (as is their typical policy on virtually everything) the
lowest-common-denominator highest volume products in what they did
stock (PC333/334 ROS is about the only thing I really recall). I never
think of Ace Hardware as a tool supplier for other than throw-away
stuff. The P-C site has a retail outlet locator and a plethora of
online merchant links.
I don't think it's anything other than P-C isn't the cheapest
homeowners' choice for most items so it isn't the stocked brand in the
locations you've mentioned. (Last I knew HD had a sweetheart deal w/
Ryobi, for example, so most of what is in the stores favors them. I
don't know who Lowes is tied into, if anybody.)
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