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Jennifer Hudson Toy Drive 2012 with WGN & Abt!

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

On November 23rd, WGN TV and Abt Electronics are teaming up for WGN’s 10th annual Toy Drive.  Once again, WGN is partnering with the Jennifer Hudson Foundation in Honor of Julian King.  WGN will be on location in the morning on November 23rd at Abt Electronics to promote the special event.

Come that day and bring an unwrapped toy and receive a free $20 gift card from Abt.  Limit one per household.  If you can’t make it during our promotional giveaway, we will still be accepting toy donations from November 17th to December 17th.

Abt Electronics at WGN Kid’s Day Fair

Friday, August 10th, 2012

It’s that time of year again.  Summer is beginning to wind down and parent’s need to start getting school supplies to prepare for the impending school year.  Abt and WGN have teamed up once again to celebrate at Chicago’s Kid’s Day Fair.

Image courtesy of WGN News

Abt was handing out rulers, pencils, pens, backpacks and  squeezable Abt Truck toys all to help promote excitment for the upcoming school year.  The parents were treated to some great products on display.  Special thanks to Cari Boyk, Steve Shapiro and Jessica Santa from Abt for their involvement for making this event another successful Kid’s Day Fair!

Safely Securing Your Television Set

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Since October of 2011, four children were killed due to improperly installing or setting TV sets.  Steve Shapiro, sales manager at Abt Electronics in Glenview, Ill. told USA Today, “TVs often are more dangerous:  A 32-inch tube TV weighs about (150lbs), while a new 32-inch flat screen weighs (20lbs).  The safest place for a TV, he says, is bolted to an adequately sized stand or strapped or mounted on a wall 5 feet up where children can’t reach it.”

Abt Sales Representative Josh Davis also stopped by Chicago’s WGN morning news recently to inform consumers the proper way to keep your TV safe on a stand or wall.  Recently there have been reports of TVs falling on children an infants due to improper safety regulations.  It it important to have proper security, whether your unit is an old tube TV or a new flat-panel TV.  Check out the link below for some tips on how to keep your TV and family safe from any potential falling TV dangers.

Josh WGN Safety Video

WGN & Abt Toy Drive 2011

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

This Thursday, December 1st, 2011 WGN TV and Abt Electronics are teaming up for WGN’s 9th annual Toy Drive. Once again, WGN is partnering with the Jennifer Hudson Foundation in Honor of Julian King.  WGN will be on location in the morning at Abt Electronics to promote the special event.

We are open from 9am-9pm, so all day tomorrow, if you come in and donate a toy, you will receive a free, $20 gift card from Abt Electronics.  One gift card per family.  Our promotion is for Thursday December 1st, but the actual toy collection will go until December 18th.  We hope you can make it out to brighten the holiday for a child this season.  See you there!

Abt is A Green Giant in the Retail World

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Abt Electronics and their Green initiatives were featured on the WGN News Monday, September 21. If you missed it, click here to view the segment. In it, Mike Abt spoke about the West School in Glencoe, our recycling center, and the steps that Abt takes everyday to make their environmental impact as small as possible.

Recently, Abt installed solar panels on the roof of West School. Abt has begun to install solar panels and windmills residentially and commercially. It is important to take steps to make the environment better, safer, and cleaner for generations to come. According to Mike Abt, it is vital to educate everyone on the importance of making changes in daily life to leave fewer carbon footprints. The website that the West School uses in conjunction with the solar panels is a tool used to educate the children at the school about how much power can be generated by the solar panels. To visit the school’s website click here.

The recycling center here at Abt is impressive. Abt is committed to making a good impact on the environment. Over 10 million pounds of appliances and electronics are recycled each year according to Bob Thomas, Director of Operations. In addition to the appliances and Electronics, over 3.5 million pounds of cardboard and paper are recycled and 20,000 pounds of Styrofoam.

Abt is completely open about the business they conduct. People come from all over the world to see the different aspects of the business in action. Site tours are often given. A natural gas generator powers the store for nine hours each day, lights that automatically turn off when someone is not in the room, and solar panels on the roof that generate energy are all examples of the ways that Abt is trying to make a difference. To read about the different ways that Abt is making a difference, visit the “Green Page”.

-Kelly  B.

Abt's Making News at the WGN Back to School Kids Fair

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

It wasn’t a typical day at the WGN studios, in Chicago, on Friday. Rather, it was all fun and games for the Back to School Kids Fair. Abt’s own, Josh Davis, was in attendance to join in on the fun and showcase the Wii Sports Resort on one of our beautiful Sony TVs. He had a blast with all of the kids showing them all of the great back to school electronics that we were invited to bring to the fair. It wasn’t just Josh that got excited about the Abt tent at the fair, all of the students were excited to have to the chance to have hands-on time to play and experiment with all of the great electronics and gadgets that Abt was invited to exhibit. Josh also handed out Abt Electronics stress balls for those long nights filled with endless studying and homework. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the school year than to hang out with a bunch of great kids and play with a bunch of fun electronics—what a great way to end the summer! -Kelly B.