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WD-40 Partners with Rebuilding Together to Search for Tradesperson of the Year

Winner will receive trip to Super Bowl

Fremont, Calif.-based WD-40 Co., in partnership with Rebuilding Together is looking for the 2010 Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year — someone who reflects the values of both brands, gives back to the community, and adds value to his or her skilled trade industry.

Individuals can nominate trade professionals until November 16. Six finalists will be chosen from specific skilled trade categories: carpenter, contractor, electrician, HVAC/plumber, painter, and roofer. One grand prize winner will receive a Super Bowl getaway for two, including air travel, lodging, game tickets, and $500 in cash.

The winning tradesperson will also receive $5,000 worth of products and tools courtesy of WD-40 and Sears Blue Tool Crew and appear as a guest co-host on a live national radio broadcast of On the House with the Carey Brothers, which is the Tradesperson of the Year national radio partner. The individual who nominates the grand-prize winner will also receive $1,500 worth of products and tools. Five runner-up finalists and their nominators will also receive products and tools courtesy of Sears Blue Tool Crew and WD-40.

“WD-40 has been helping skilled trade professionals get the job done for more than 50 years, from loosening rusted plumbing joints to keeping tools in tip-top shape,” said Tim Lesmeister, VP of marketing at WD-40 Co. “We want to honor those who work hard on the job and in their communities, and partnering with Rebuilding Together is a great way to do that.”

On August 24, the Tradesperson of The Year program officially kicks off during Rebuilding Together’s Fifty for Five event in New Orleans that recognizes the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by restoring 50 hurricane-devastated homes throughout the city. The event includes more than 1,000 volunteers rehabilitating houses, national celebrities, and local music and entertainment at a block party Aug. 28. WD-40 Co. employees will work with Rebuilding Together and other volunteers to rehabilitate a home in the Gentilly area as part of the event.

"Without the generosity and dedication of individuals and professional organizations in the skilled trades, Rebuilding Together could not accomplish its mission to improve the lives and communities of homeowners in need,” said John White, VP of business development and advocacy at Rebuilding Together. “We are excited to partner with WD-40 to launch the Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year program and bring recognition to the spirit of service within the industry.”

To nominate someone for Tradespeson of the Year, visit the Rebuilding Together website.

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