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GRIFFIN LAND & NURSERIES INC (GRIF)
Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the real estate and landscape nursery business in the United States. The company engages in the ownership, construction, lease, and management of commercial and industrial properties, as well as in the development of residential subdivisions on real estate in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Its landscape nursery products business consists of the growing of containerized landscape nursery products for sale principally to retail garden center operators, landscape nursery mass merchandisers, and wholesale sales and service centers, whose primary customers are landscape contractors. As of November 27, 2004, the company owned approximately 4,000 acres of land in Connecticut, approximately 450 acres of land in Massachusetts, and 1,100 acres in northern Florida. Griffin Land & Nurseries is based in New York City.
Fastenal Company engages in the wholesale and retail distribution of industrial and construction supplies. Its product offerings include fasteners, and other industrial and construction supplies. The fastener product line includes approximately 251,000 stock items. It consists of two categories: threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs, and related washers; and other supplies, such as paints, various pins and machinery keys, concrete anchors, batteries, sealants, metal framing systems, wire rope, strut, private-label stud anchors, rivets, and related accessories. Threaded fasteners are used in manufactured products and building projects, and in the maintenance and repair of machines and structures. The company's additional product lines include tools, cutting tools, hydraulics and pneumatics, material handling, janitorial supplies, electrical supplies, welding supplies, safety supplies, and raw materials. Its customer base consists of construction market customers, including general, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, and road contractors, as well as the manufacturing customers comprising both original equipment manufacturers, and maintenance and repair entities. The company's other customers include farmers, truckers, railroads, mining companies, schools, and retail trades, as well as federal, state, and local government entities. It operated approximately 1,700 store sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, and the Netherlands, as of September 30, 2005. Fastenal Company was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Winona, Minnesota.
The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company provides its products and services through home depot and EXPO design center stores. Its home depot stores sell a range of building materials, home improvement products, and lawn and garden products, as well as provide various installation services. The EXPO design center stores offer various interior design products and installation services for kitchens, baths, appliances, and flooring, as well as products for lighting, decorating, and storage and organization projects. These stores also provide project management and installation services. As of July 31, 2005, the company operated 1,955 stores. It offers its products and services to homeowners, professional remodelers, general contractors, repairmen, and tradesmen. In addition, the company distributes plumbing; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning appliances; and other related products primarily to trade and mechanical contractors. The Home Depot, Inc. was founded in 1978 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
LOWES COMPANIES INC (LOW)
Lowe's Companies, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States. It offers products and services for home improvement, home decor, home maintenance, home repair, and remodeling and maintenance of commercial buildings. The company serves retail customers, including DIY homeowners, and others buying for personal and family use; and commercial business customers, including repair and remodeling contractors, electricians, landscapers, painters, plumbers, and commercial and residential building maintenance professionals. Lowe's Companies markets its products through television, radio, newspaper, magazine, direct mail, event sponsorships, Internet, community relations, and in-store programs. It owns and operates approximately 10 flatbed distribution centers to distribute merchandise that requires special handling due to size or type of packaging, such as lumber, boards, panel products, irrigation pipe, vinyl sidings, ladders and building materials. The company also operates a facility to handle special order plumbing products. As of October 28, 2005, Lowe's Companies operated 1,170 stores in 49 states. The company was incorporated in 1952 and is based in based in Mooresville, North Carolina.