Re: Employment Agreement

 EXHIBIT 10.20
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January 8, 1996

Mr. Robert P. Garrity
20 Alexander Place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15243

Re: Employment Agreement Dated December 15, 1993

Dear Bob:

This letter is in reference to the Employment Agreement dated
December 15, 1993 between Action Industries, Inc. (the "Company")
and you.  This will confirm our mutual understanding that the
Employment Period (as defined in Section 1 of the Employment
Agreement) shall be extended from January 3, 1996 until January 3,
1997 and that Section 6.3 of the Employment Agreement is hereby
amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

6.3  Without Cause.  In the event Executive's employment is
     terminated by the Company prior to the expiration of the
     Employment Period, other than for cause, the Company shall
     continue to provide to Executive (or Executive's estate in the
     event of Executives's death subsequent to termination) the
     following: (I) the base salary set forth in Section 3.1 for a
     six-month period following the date of such termination,
     payable monthly; (ii) continuation of health care benefits
     during such six-month period, provided that Executive
     continues to make timely payment to the Company for his
     portion of the premium for the health care benefit he selected
     and (iii) continuation during such six-month period of all
     other employee benefits made available to Executive by the
     Company as of the date of such termination.  No compensation
     other than that specifically provided above shall be payable
     on account of any such termination.

Please indicate your agreement with the foregoing amendments to the
Employment Agreement by executing two copies of this letter and
returning one fully signed copy hereof to the undersigned,
whereupon this letter shall be a binding agreement between you and
the Company.

Very truly yours,

ACTION INDUSTRIES, INC.

By T. RONALD CASPER
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   T. Ronald Casper
   President

TRC/pap

ACKNOWLEDGED AND AGREED:

ROBERT P. GARRITY
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Robert P. Garrity 

Basic Info X:

Name: Re: Employment Agreement
Type: Employment Agreement
Date: Oct. 24, 1996
Company: ACTION INDUSTRIES INC
State: Pennsylvania

Other info:

Date:

  • January 8 , 1996
  • December 15 , 1993
  • January 3 , 1996
  • January 3 , 1997

Organization:

  • Action Industries , Inc.

Location:

  • Pittsburgh
  • Pennsylvania

Person:

  • T. Ronald Casper
  • Robert P. Garrity