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Happy Monday,

Here's your first hint for the next release. Look for more clues later this week.
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Mark the Menards Train Guy
 

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It's probably a missile car, or a tribute to a Mel Gibson movie.
 
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Light it up: The Patriot Lighting background structure from Menards! Shop now>


Dimensions: 11”W x 2-3/4”D x 9-1/2”H

Patriot Lighting is a major supplier of lights and lighting fixtures to professionals and do-it-yourselfers. Their products include interior and exterior lighting gear and they are a prominent source of solar-powered lights decorating gardens around the country. Patriot Lighting Supply is a fully assembled and decorated low-relief background structure perfect for that spot on the edge of an O gauge railroad, or to fill out a shallow spot in a city scene.

The basics: Patriot Lighting is a compact, but fully detailed facade. The front is 11 inches wide, 9-1/2 inches tall and a mere 2-3/4 inches deep. Although narrow, it has enough weight in the base to stand on its own without screws or glue. The model has 20 LEDs for exterior lighting. Power connections with the Menards 4.5-volt Plug & Play lighting system are on the left side of the building, or through a drop down pigtail connection.

To power the lights, check Menards SKUs 279-4061, 279-4062, or 279-4050. You may wish to consider the 8- or 9-piece Plug & Play accessory kits (SKU# 279-4035, 4681) and to serve multiple structures and vehicles. All are available separately.

Why you need this: The warehouse packs a lot of detail into a small space. The front has vertical slats, suggesting steel construction. The loading dock has a cinder block foundation. Details on the dock include a trash dumpster, a hand truck, a trash can, two workers, and Jack at the ready.

There is a first floor entrance with an awning. There is also a warehouse door. LEDs provide light for security. A stairway leads up to a second story door, which a worker is entering. There are four 8-pane windows on the front of the second level.

Atop the second floor is a cornice. LEDs are positioned behind it. This lights up the company sign above. The third level has two windows bracketing the Patriot Lighting Supply logo. Another cornice crowns that level. Both the right and left sides of the building have a decorative window at the second floor level.

Patriot Lighting offers you an interesting design and credible place to spot a delivery truck or even a boxcar without taking up excessive space. The lighting will make this stand out in your cityscape.
 

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Google comes up with Patriot Lighting Inc. in CA. Dun and Bradstreet lists it's annual revenues at ~$1m and 10 employees.

It makes sense that Menards didn't use the exact company name opting for "Supply" instead on "Inc." avoiding any trademark issues.
 

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I doubt Menards was even interested in using something that might have to be licensed. Remember, their goal is keeping the price down. Makes me wonder if it is a Menards brand like their "Masterforce" tools.
 

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Google comes up with Patriot Lighting Inc. in CA. Dun and Bradstreet lists it's annual revenues at ~$1m and 10 employees.

It makes sense that Menards didn't use the exact company name opting for "Supply" instead on "Inc." avoiding any trademark issues.
Different companies. Here is the Dun and Bradstreet link to Patriot Lighting:


If you follow the link under their address it will take you to their main page. Click on the "Contact Us" link and you will be directed to their contact page, which has the following disclaimer:

"If you are a residential consumer, please note that we are NOT the "Patriot Lighting" manufacturer that is sold at Menards home improvement stores. We are a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT manufacturer and do NOT manufacture products for residential or consumer use. The "Patriot Lighting" products sold at Menards is a brand of Menards. You will need to contact Menards' corporate office, NOT their retail stores for information on their products. Thank you."

And the logo on their new building front matches the logo on their product page:

 

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Different companies. Here is the Dun and Bradstreet link to Patriot Lighting:


If you follow the link under their address it will take you to their main page. Click on the "Contact Us" link and you will be directed to their contact page, which has the following disclaimer:

"If you are a residential consumer, please note that we are NOT the "Patriot Lighting" manufacturer that is sold at Menards home improvement stores. We are a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT manufacturer and do NOT manufacture products for residential or consumer use. The "Patriot Lighting" products sold at Menards is a brand of Menards. You will need to contact Menards' corporate office, NOT their retail stores for information on their products. Thank you."

And the logo on their new building front matches the logo on their product page:

Yes. But I didn't say it was the company supplying big box hardware stores. I only pointed out that the Mernards building name was different to avoid trademark./licensing issues.
 

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Happy Monday!

In this case, Patriot Lighting is private label brand sold by Menards. I love the discussion though!

-Mark the Menards Train Guy
 
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