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  •  Tom Ridge(duct tape guy)/Home Depot connection! (0+ / 0-)

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    You may not remember ol' Mr Duct Tape himself, but Home Depot sure gave him a warm welcome.  

    Tom Ridge, the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, was named to The Home Depot's board of directors, the home improvement retailer announced on Thursday.

    "Tom Ridge served his country with great distinction, and we are honored to have him join our board, where we expect that his unique global experience and perspective will make a profound contribution to our company and our shareholders," said Bob Nardelli, chairman, president and CEO.

    As Homeland Security chief, Ridge pushed a a short-lived 2003 campaign urging Americans to have duct tape and plastic sheeting handy to protect themselves from a possible chemical and/or biological attack. The campaign was widely criticized as ineffective and unnecessary, but it prompted many people to buy the materials. Some retailers reported running out of the supplies.

    Both Home Depot and rival Lowe's Cos. were among the stores that benefited from the "duct tape" campaign.

    Business news site MarketWatch reported that Home Depot even set up special Homeland Security displays that pushed sales of the sticky substance and plastic along with batteries and bottled water.

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