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True Temper® and ToolBank® USA Partner Up

February 20, 2013

ATLANTA (Feb. 20, 2013) – ToolBank USA and Ames True Temper® announced today a partnership which will provide over $145,000 in True Temper® branded tools to ongoing ToolBank community efforts. The tools will be used by volunteers and charitable organizations for projects, both large and small, including building and renovation of community playgrounds, churches and community park updates, to name a few.

The relationship began in 2012 with an initial donation of True Temper tools to the Baltimore Community ToolBank.  This latest support will help stock two new ToolBanks in Portland, Ore., and Houston, Texas, as well as a new ToolBank Disaster Services mobile unit, which will deploy in late 2013 to support disaster-stricken communities.

Ames True Temper President, Les Ireland, became a founding board member of the Baltimore Community ToolBank in 2010.  Ireland recently made the move from the Baltimore board to the ToolBank USA Board of Directors.

“True Temper tools, known for power, strength, quality and durability, are the perfect fit to help provide charitable organizations with tools that will directly impact volunteer efforts,” said Mark Brodbeck, chief executive officer of ToolBank USA. “This generous donation of tools will advance missions, increase impact and reduce costs for local charities.”

True Temper is providing an arsenal of branded tools, including long-handled tools like shovels and spades, striking tools like axes and sledgehammers, wheelbarrows, hand tools and many other tool types. With this allotment of product, ToolBank USA will be able to equip volunteer groups of all sizes in community service in and around Houston, Portland and nationwide when disaster strikes. 

About True Temper®
True Temper makes serious tools for both the do it yourself end-user and garden enthusiasts and is a brand of Ames True Temper, Inc. Ames True Temper is the leading, as well as the oldest, manufacturer of non-powered lawn and garden tools in the U.S. Headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania (near Harrisburg), the company manufactures and markets a wide variety of long-handled tools, wheelbarrows, hose reels, hoses, snow tools, cutting tools, hand tools, pruning tools and striking tools.   To learn more, visit www.amestruetemper.com and the True Temper Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TrueTemperTools.

About ToolBank USA
ToolBank USA is leading the national movement to ensure that every charitable organization in major US cities has reliable access to high-quality tools. ToolBank USA provides the business model, training, infrastructure and systems support to ToolBanks in local communities, allowing each ToolBank to focus on its core functions of customer service, accuracy, and professionalism. In collaboration with local leaders, ToolBank USA is bringing Tools For Change® to communities across the United States.  To learn more visit www.toolbank.org/ and the ToolBank USA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ToolBankUSA.

For more information, contact:
Andy Ivey
ToolBank USA
404-936-0525
andy.ivey@toolbank.org
or
Ryan Mitchell
IMRE for Ames True Temper®
410-821-8220
ryanm@imre.com

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