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September 29, 2014

Citing a threshold level of North American Demand, Swiss brand Laufen is adding two scaled-down versions of its popular Ilbagnoalessi One vanity basins -- known less formally as the "Tuna" -- to its U.S. product offerings.

September 29, 2014

Shivvers is recalling a host of its Country Clipper riding lawn mowers, citing a possible fire hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the ignition module in the lawn mower can fail to ground, which might lead to overheating and melting.

So far, there have been four reports of ignition modules overheating and melting, though no injuries have been reported.

September 26, 2014

GAF's Statesboro, Georgia, manufacturing facility has turned the levers to "on" in the production of Cornell ThermaCal Nail Base Roof Insulation Panels.

September 26, 2014

In a nod to the burgeoning reign of gray in the kitchen and bath world (and fashion industry at large), Pfister is expanding its Slate-finish faucet line.

The new Slate Privé pull-out kitchen faucet and Slate Pasadena bath faucet are now availble in Pfister's fashion-forward Slate color, joining the Pasadena pull-down kitchen faucet that was introduced in July and prompted the expansion with its fast success.

September 24, 2014

GE’s latest offering in the appliance section involves a next-level combination microwave/wall oven featuring GE’s most advanced cooking technology.

The Advantium Speedcooking Oven performs four functions in one: speedcook, European convection, microwave and warming/proofing. Additionally, it installs easily in kitchens that are already set up with a built-in microwave/wall oven set.

September 24, 2014

Hearth & Home Technologies is recalling a number of its gas fireplaces, gas stoves, gas inserts and log sets, citing a tendency for the gas valve to leak.

The recall affects about 20,000 units of Heat-N-Glo, Heatilator, Outdoor Lifestyles and Quadra Fire products, which encompass both natural and propane gas indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets.

September 22, 2014

Black + Decker has rolled out new cordless and corded chainsaws. 

The 40V MAX and 20V MAX Lithium Ion Chainsaws from Black + Decker offer the convenience of cordless maneuverability with the needed power and performance for cutting through dry wood and live logs, the company said. 

September 22, 2014

Canton, North Carolina-based BarkClad, maker of bark siding, announced a deal with Moss Creek, a custom designer of rustic American-style homes, to be the “strategic provider of bark building materials.” 

BarkClad will offer its signature Natural Poplar Bark and new SmartBark engineered bark siding for use in MossCreek home design projects. The companies had partnered in the past on projects, and the new deal cements the relationship, the companies said. 

September 22, 2014

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. completed the sale of Simonton Windows to Ply Gem Holdings, Inc., a manufacturer of exterior building products. 

Fortune Brands announced the agreement to sell Simonton Windows on August 20, 2014.

The Simonton business was sold for approximately $130 million, or roughly 10 times 2014 EBITDA. The Simonton sale is expected to reduce Fortune Brands' second half 2014 earnings per share from continuing operations by 2 to 4 cents, the copmany said.

September 18, 2014

AMES Taping Tools is expanding its product assortment to include new options in the drywall equipment aisle, including sanding sponges, discs and pre-cut sheets.

The new products are designed for sanding drywall and painted surfaces quickly and efficiently, the company said.

The new wedge, dual-angle and straight-angle sponges come in a variety of grits and combined-grit formats for scuffing and finishing applications.

September 18, 2014

Haier is getting a little help from a friend to boost the energy efficiency of its refrigerators in China. The appliance manufacturer will be leveraging Honeywell's Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent for its low global warming potential of 1 -- 99.9% lower than the common blowing agent HFC-245fa.

September 18, 2014

Siemens is recalling about 9,000 units of its SBGA-34 Audible Fire Alarm Base due to a reported tendency for the alarm to fail, which poses a risk of injury and property damage.

The recall affects the audible base that attaches to ceiling-mounted smoke detectors -- specifically, the Cerberus PRO models, the Desigo Fire Safety models, the H-Series and the Faraday 87XX-Series.

The base is marked with part number S54370-F13 and date codes 0113 through 2314 printed on a white label on the back of the unit. It also bears the model number "MODEL SBGA-34."

September 17, 2014

Marvin's Integrity window brand is adding to its product offerings with new insert windows featuring the casement and awning design Integrity is famous for.

The new Wood-Ultrex Insert Casement and Awning windows are a combination of durable fiberglass exterior and warm wood interior, using Ultrex, Integrity's patented pultruded fiberglass.

September 16, 2014

The latest version of the Liquid Nails Heavy Duty construction adhesive formula is built to withstand extreme temperatures, serving contractors who work in especially hot or cold conditions, the company announced.

Specifically, the new Liquid Nails Extreme Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive can bond in temperatures ranging from 22 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

September 15, 2014

Caledonia, Wisconsin-based CalStar Products is making its sustainable brick line even more versatile with the addition of six new brick sizes.

The brick offerings are available as follows: Ambassador brick in a 2 1/4" by 15 5/8" size; Roman brick in 3 5/8" by 1 5/8" by 11 5/8"; Norman brick in 3 5/8" by 2 1/4" by 11 5/8"; King brick in 2 3/4" by 2 5/8" by 9 5/8"; and 8x16 and 4x16 facing units.

Both the Ambassador bricks and the facing units are available smooth or as a split-face unit.

September 12, 2014

Mebane, N.C.-based Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. is recalling its Kidde-branded smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, citing a tendency for the alarms to malfunction in the wake of a power outage.

Affected units include Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S (manufactured between Dec. 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014); combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO (manufactured between Dec. 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014); and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA (manufactured between Oct. 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014).

September 11, 2014

Oakland, California-based Feeney, Inc., a manufacturer of cable railing assemblies, aluminum railings, and architectural solutions for residential and commercial buildings expanded its presence in the Eastern United States.

The company opened an 87,000 square foot East Coast Distribution Center in Cranbury, New Jersey.

September 11, 2014

The phrase “thoughtful design” is playing an important role in the design process at Moen Inc., the company said.

September 10, 2014

Clever Crates are closing in on the burgeoning home storage market with their unique take on "use it when you need it" efficiency.

The storage product, which has been available in Europe for several years, is making its North American debut this summer.

Clever Crates collapse when not in use and can be popped easily into shape. Additionally, they're equipped for easy transport, and they stack easily when used for storage.

September 10, 2014

Irwin Tools has introduced a series of new cutting pliers to its Vise-Grip collection, aimed at providing extra comfort, durability and cutting power.

“After inventing the first-ever locking pliers more than 90 years ago, Irwin Tools continues to push the evolution of pliers technology, enabling tradesmen to do more with greater ease,” said Marta Aebischer, director of brand marketing. “Innovations like PowerSlot Technology and 3-Zone Comfort Grips deliver dramatic performance advantages so that users can get the job done faster and easier.”

September 9, 2014

Jenn-Air's newest release in the dishwasher aisle is built to fit seamlessly into one's kitchen cabinet scheme -- and as far as seamlessness is concerned, it's also got a built-in water softener for a cleaner finish.

The new dishwasher uses Jenn-Air's Trifecta Wash System, a combination of alternating wash cycles, three-stage filtration, a variable speed motor and pressurized wash arms.

September 5, 2014

Advertised as “1,090-inch-pounds of awesome,” La Mirada, California-based Makita released a new 18V LXT Lithium-Ion brushless half-inch hammer driver-drill, model XPH07M.

The new Hammer Driver-Drill offers a full 1,090 in.-lbs. of torque, the most in the category, the company says, and is powered by the new Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 4.0Ah battery for longer run time and the industry's fastest charge time. 

September 4, 2014

Starborn Industries has introduced the Deckfast Fascia System to the market, a fastening system designed to hold deck fascia boards together.

Aimed at solving the pain point of expansion and contraction, the Deckfast Fascia System is comprised of a pre-drilling and countersinking tool and color-matched stainless steel or epoxy-coated carbon steel screws.

An over-sized hole is created for the Fascia Screw, allowing the board to experience dimensional changes by "floating" along the deck's rim joist and taking pressure off the fastener.

September 3, 2014

Atlanta, Georgia-based Levolor is adding to its Accordia Custom Cellular Shade product offerings, which hit Lowe's shelves exclusively on Aug. 28 and are due in other nationwide home improvement retail stores Oct. 1.

The Accordia portfolio, which currently spans more than 200 styles, will be expanded further with new color and fabric swatches.

New to the crop are the Heathered and Tree Bark collections, which feature hues such as buttercream, light fog, cherry blossom, marine, amethyst and bayleaf.