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AMES® Introduces Innovative New Leaf Rake

CAMP HILL, Pa. (May 6, 2015) — The AMES Companies, Inc., the leading manufacturer of lawn and garden products, today introduces the world’s first Dual Tine Leaf Rake from its AMES® brand. The new rake has been specially engineered to reduce leaf collection time. Available in two styles, Standard and Combo, the Dual Tine Leaf Rake features a unique one-sweep design with two rows of tines durable enough to rake even the most stubborn damp leaves without damaging lawns in the process.

AMES’ product development team conducted extensive research and found that when it comes to fall cleanup, homeowners are most concerned with clearing their yards quickly. While most rakes require several passes to clear one area and become easily clogged with leaves and other debris, the Dual Tine Leaf Rake has been designed to efficiently clean an area quickly and resist clogging.

"It was imperative for us to create a more efficient rake to curtail the amount of time spent outside trying to maintain a yard in the chilly fall and early spring weather," said Janelle Winey, senior product manager at The Ames Companies, Inc. "With 39 tines, the Dual Tine Leaf Rake is proven to work up to 45 percent faster when benchmarked against a traditional style AMES rake, so homeowners can spend more time enjoying their yard and less time maintaining it."

The Dual Tine Leaf Rake is patent pending and its 26" poly head is newly designed for better engagement into the grass, ensuring the tines cover the most surface area when raking. Innovation extends beyond the rake’s head up to its textured rubber handle for better comfort and control. The rubber-coated handle cushions hands and provides a sturdy hold when used with gloves.

The Dual Tine Combo Leaf Rake has a removable hand rake positioned in the center of the head that reaches into tight spaces to pick up debris, such as trimmings left behind shrubs, and extends users’ reach — eliminating the need to physically crawl into small spaces.

The AMES Dual Tine Leaf Rake (Standard) and the Dual Tine Leaf Rake (Combo) are available at major home improvement stores including The Home Depot and other fine retailers. The Standard retails for approximately $17.99 - $19.99 and the Combo retails for approximately $24.99 - $26.99.

About The AMES Companies, Inc.

The AMES Companies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF) and is the leading, as well as the largest, manufacturer of lawn and garden tools in the U.S. The company is headquartered in Camp Hill, Pa. and manufactures and markets a wide variety of lawn and garden tools for homeowners, jobsite tools for professionals and outdoor lifestyle products. Brands include AMES ®, True Temper®, Razor-Back® Professional Tools, Jackson® Professional Tools, Southern Patio®, UnionTools®, Dynamic Design®, Garant®, Westmix™, Kelso™, Cyclone® and Northcote™. Available at retailers around the world, The AMES Companies product offerings include long-handled tools, wheelbarrows, carts, hose reels, hoses, snow tools, hand tools, pruning tools, striking tools, planters and outdoor accessories.

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