MEDINA, MN - Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, a national retailer of woodworking tools and supplies, announced an agreement with Laguna Tools, a California-based manufacturer of stationary power tools for woodworking, to be the first U.S. retailer to market and distribute Laguna brand power tools to woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers via online and retail channels throughout the United States. Laguna products will be available in Rockler stores and through its web site, Rockler.com, starting this month.

“We are thrilled to offer the legendary quality of Laguna power tools to our woodworking customers, and to help Laguna expand their presence across the country," said Ann Rockler Jackson, Rockler CEO. “Laguna has a solid reputation for unmatched quality and innovation, which compliments Rockler's 56-year tradition of offering unique, high-quality products to woodworkers.”

According to Rockler Jackson, the first products available through Rockler will include 14, 16 and 18 inch bandsaws, a 2HP and 3HP cyclone dust collector, a new hybrid cabinet saw, and a 3HP cast iron top cabinet saw, with more being added throughout 2011.

"Our formal business association with Rockler is a win/win for woodworkers who will benefit from two companies that share similar values, history and a passion for providing exemplary customer service," said Catherine Helshoj, Vice President of Laguna Tools. "For more than 25 years, the Laguna Tools brand has been synonymous with technologically-advanced equipment offered at affordable prices. We're very selective about our business alliances, and we're proud to affiliated with such an outstanding organization."

Key products available as part of this agreement include:
• LAGUNA LT14 SUV Bandsaw (42038): Features 14" resawing capacity, a 3HP Leeson motor, a rack-and-pinion upper guide, and a convenient foot brake with micro-switch and easy tilt system.
• LAGUNA 2HP Mobile Cyclone Dust Collector (42033): Combines the benefits of a cyclone collector with the portability to move the machine where needed. Allows wood particles and dust to separate from the air stream before going to the pleated cartridge filter, providing superior dust collection and air filtration.
• LAGUNA Platinum Series Tablesaw (42031): Features a precision ground table top made of premium-grade cast iron, heat-treated and honed to a mirror-like flat surface. Features an oversized 3HP TEFC motor, a 20" x 27" main table with 2 T-slots and fitted with two 10" x 27" cast iron ground wings.

ABOUT ROCKLER WOODWORKING AND HARDWARE

Celebrating its 55th anniversary as a family-run business, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is the nation’s premier supplier of specialty hardware, tools, lumber and other high quality woodworking products. Rockler has 29 retail locations in AZ, CA, CO, GA, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, WA, and WI – plus 60 independent reseller locations nationwide, as well as extensive catalog and internet operations.

SOURCE: Rockler Companies Inc.

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