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Harbor Freight Tools

July 08, 2011 09:00 ET

Wisconsin Proclaims Harbor Freight Tools Day July 8, 2011

Statewide Celebrations Include Two Grand Openings, Raffle Drawings at All Nine Wisconsin Harbor Freight Stores

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 8, 2011) - Harbor Freight Tools, the nation's largest discount tool retailer, today announced the official proclamation by Governor Scott Walker of July 8, 2011 as Harbor Freight Tools Day in the state of Wisconsin, and the opening of its newest stores: Harbor Freight Tools Racine, located at 2380 South Green Bay Road, and Harbor Freight Tools Oshkosh, located at 1620 South Koeller Street.

"In proclaiming Friday, July 8, 2011 Harbor Freight Tools Day in the state of Wisconsin, I welcome their two new stores in Racine and Oshkosh as they join the company's seven other locations in our state," said Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. "Having nine Harbor Freight Tools stores in Wisconsin not only brings us new jobs, but also offers very affordable tools that help our small business owners, independent contractors and skilled tradespeople continue to do their work and earn a good living in Wisconsin."

On Friday, July 8, ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be held in Racine and Oshkosh, the proclamation will be read and more than $2,000 in tools and supplies will be donated to OIC YouthBuild Racine and Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh. On Saturday, July 9, doors open at 8:00 a.m. for special Grand Opening Sales, with select merchandise discounted as much as 70 percent. All weekend long -- from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 -- during regular retail operating hours, all nine stores in the state of Wisconsin will help celebrate the Governor's official proclamation by accepting raffle entries for an 11-drawer tool cabinet, regularly priced at $299.99. More information and addresses for all nine Wisconsin Harbor Freight Tools stores can be found at

"We're thrilled to be opening the eighth and ninth Harbor Freight Tools stores in the state of Wisconsin, and honored by Governor Walker's official proclamation of Harbor Freight Tools Day. Wisconsin has always been a major market for us and we could not be more excited about growing further in the state," said Eric Smidt, chief executive officer of Harbor Freight Tools. "At Harbor Freight, our customers always find quality tools at ridiculously low prices. In today's economy, we provide a much-needed alternative to the 'big box' retailers that push high-priced brands with minimal attention to customer care."

About Harbor Freight Tools
Since 1968, Harbor Freight Tools has been known as the national leader in selling high quality tools at "ridiculously low prices." Harbor Freight Tools stocks over 7,000 items in categories including automotive, shop equipment, air and power tools, outdoor equipment, compressors, welding, and woodworking tools. With a lifetime guarantee on all hand tools and outstanding customer service, Harbor Freight Tools is a favorite with business customers such as contractors, government agencies, schools and manufacturing companies, and with tool enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers who want a top-quality selection while still being value-conscious. The results speak for themselves with over five million new customers in the last 24 months, as thousands of people switch to Harbor Freight Tools every day. Harbor Freight Tools operates 350 stores in 45 states. For more information, visit