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August 28, 2014

Benjamin Moore is putting a “Monster Green” coat on its 12-year partnership with the Boston Red Sox with the launch of The Fenway Collection, a limited-edition collection of paints featuring the colors of Fenway Park. 

The Fenway Collection is now available exclusively at select New England-area Benjamin Moore retailers.

The Fenway Collection encapsulates the spirit of Fenway Park by bringing together the ballpark's five most iconic colors, including Green Monster, Boston Blue, Boston Red, Baseline White and Foul Pole Yellow. 

August 27, 2014

Austin, Texas-based GelPro is rolling out the red carpet beneath the feet of home chefs -- or at least a mat that's comfortable to stand on.

August 27, 2014

Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company is recalling about 233,500 units of its Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (“PTAC”) units.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the power cords on the units have displayed a tendency to overheat, creating burn and fire hazards.

So far, there have been five reports of the power cords smoking or catching fire, though no injuries have been reported as of yet.

August 25, 2014

Composite Panel Building Systems (CPBS) has introduced Composite Structural Insulated Sheathing (C-SIS) to the market, a new eco-friendly fully composite sheathing for residential applications.

According to the company, C-SIS gets its energy-efficiency chops thanks to its fiberglass reinforced thermoset skin, which is bonded to the polyurethane foam insulation for added durability. The result is uninterrupted insulation, robust structural integrity, water-resistance and air-tight performance without the need for house wrap.

August 25, 2014

In advance of new federal efficiency standards for dryers set to take effect in 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has handed the 2014 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award over to LG Electronics for its new EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer.

The EcoHybrid is described as the first dryer with heat pump technology to hit the market in the U.S., meaning it captures and recycles energy that's generated during the drying cycle. This translates to up to 50% more energy savings, according to third-party testing.

August 22, 2014

SolarWorld, the Camarillo, California-based subsidiary of Germany-based SolarWorld AG, recalled certain solar systems with copper grounding lugs.

SolarWorld solar panels installed with bare-copper grounding lugs can corrode which could result in a faulty ground circuit, posing an electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard, according to the recall announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

The firm has received one report of corrosion related to the bare copper lugs. No injuries have been reported.

August 21, 2014

The new Profile series of freestanding ranges from GE will allow homeowners to turn the oven on in between games of Candy Crush, among other things.

The Wi-Fi-enabled series of gas and electric ranges can be controlled remotely by the GE Brillion smartphone app.

“We’re expanding our line of connected appliances to make life easier while you’re on the go,” GE Product Manager Jonathan Sprigler said. “Consumers expect more things to be accessible through their phones, and GE is enabling them to have the control they want.”

August 21, 2014

The OSI brand rolled out the new QUAD Window & Door System, a product designed to simplify and improve the installation of new and replacement windows and doors. 

August 21, 2014

Royal Building Products introduced a new series of windows this week. The Altitude commercial window series meet the classification to be used in commercial, mid-rise apartment and institutional products. For door and window makers, this means the potential to expand into that market.

August 20, 2014

Leviton expanded its revenue-grade line of VerifEye submetering solutions with the introduction of its Series 4000 Industrial ModBus Smart Meter. 

August 19, 2014

Eighteen months after the purchase of Armstrong Cabinets, cabinetry manufacturer acpi created Echelon Cabinetry and Advanta Cabinets. 

August 19, 2014

Haier America announced Paul Riley has been appointed VP sales and marketing for major appliances.

Riley will be accountable for the creation and exectuion of the go-to-market strategy for all categories, the company announced.

Riley has held many sales and marketing roles throughout his 15-year career with GE Appliances, where he most recently worked as senior brand and product line marketing manager. He also led GE's efforts to redefine the Monogram brand through a preferred builder program, a consumer facing rebate program and brand distribution strategy.

August 19, 2014

Kwikset is adding a couple more modern options to its collection of levers and deadbolts: Halifax, a square lever and deadbolt, and Milan, a sleek, round lever and deadbolt.

August 18, 2014

Nashville, Tenn.-based LP Building Products recently announced that prefinished LP SmartSide Lap Siding will now be stocked in the full standard 12-color palette by Cedar Siding, the first member of the LP Preferred Prefinisher Network to offer this service.

August 14, 2014

Hardware Resources is promising a user-friendly home organization system via its new "Organize Your Kitchen in 11 Minutes or Less" kitchen organizer line.

The pitch? Homeowners need only spend 11 minutes putting the organizers together, which can be assembled simply with a screwdriver. Additionally, each product can be installed using four screws or fewer.

August 14, 2014

The Edwards (ESL) and Interlogix brands are recalling 33 models of their 400 and 500 series smoke alarms, citing a tendency to malfunction.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the alarms have been found to fail to alert consumers of a fire due to radio frequency interference.

There have yet to be any incidents or injuries reported, however.

August 14, 2014

APA – The Engineered Wood Association has released APA System Report SR-405: Fire Protection of Floors Constructed with Prefabricated Wood I-Joists for Compliance with the 2012 International Residential Code. The report provides several practical systems for design and construction of fire-resistant floor assemblies built with wood I-joists that satisfy the requirements of 2012 IRC Section R501.3.

[The free report is available here.]

August 14, 2014

Outdoor power equipment company Troy-Bilt introduced the Jet leaf blower that will be sold at Lowe’s stores.

The Jet uses a fan that spins at 130 m.p.h. while bringing in and pressurizing 650 cubic feet per minute of air volume.

August 13, 2014

Calling it a landmark occasion, Shelbyville, Indiana-based Knauf Insulation completed its acquisition of Guardian Insulation. 

The transaction includes Guardian Fiberglass, a leading supplier of insulation products for the construction market, and Guardian Laminated Building Products. Guardian Fiberglass will be integrated into Knauf Insulation and Guardian Laminated Building Products has become Silvercote, LLC.

The deal puts more than double the production capacity of glass mineral wool at Knauf’s disposal.

Terms of the deal were not released.

August 13, 2014

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association's (2015) recently released Window and Entry Door 2014 U.S. Market Study shows continued growth for the residential window market through 2015. 

The study, prepared, researched and analyzed by Metrostudy and the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, forecasts overall residential window market growth of 9.1% for 2014 and 8.3% for 2015. This follows market growth of 10% in 2013.  

August 12, 2014

Remington Arms Company, a leading U.S. firearms and ammunitions manufacturer, introduces the Remington T55R target tacker and 505R staples, developed in partnership with Arrow Fastener Company, the creator of the classic T50 stapler. 

August 11, 2014

Eagle Materials, producer of basic building materials from wallboard to cement, reported second quarter revenues of $266.3 million, up 17% from the same three-month period last year.

In the quarter, sales of gypsum wallboard increased 17% to $112.7 million. The company implemented a wallboard price increase effective January 2014 and recently announced a 15% price increase effective in January 2015.

The company’s total net earnings increased 25% to $37.7 million.

August 11, 2014

Identifying a gap in the siding market, Roswell, Georgia-based Boral introduced the Boral TruExterior Siding Craftsman Collection.  

August 8, 2014

DeWalt is back this season with a bevy of new tools designed to tackle common pain points around the job sitie, including several new products just released this summer.

One of these includes the first-ever pocket knife from DeWalt, a folding model featuring a stainless steel blade that's designed for on-the-job tasks like removing strapping from lumber. The knife, which features a combination straight and serrated edge, hit shelves this July.

August 5, 2014

Makita unveiled a new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 13-inch Job Site Fan.

Along with a breeze, the fan brings versatility to the job site. It can run off a variety of battery packs as well as an AC power cord.

The product is also the latest addition to the expanding 18V LXT line up, described by the company as the world’s largest cordless tool series powered by an 18V lithium-ion slide-style battery.