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3M invests in MSi Lighting

BY HBSDEALER Staff

After working with the company for the past year on a line of LED lights for multiple applications, 3M has invested in Boca Raton-based MSi Lighting.

“3M’s Light Management platform enables the company to manipulate light in different ways, and we are committed to developing high-quality LED lights,” said Gabi Sabongi, VP 3M Corporate Ventures. “Solid-state lighting technology has the potential to reduce U.S. lighting energy usage by nearly one half and contribute significantly to the nation’s climate change solutions. MSI’s technology is a great fit with 3M and takes our business relationship to the next level in a way that complements both companies.”

“The relationship between MSi and 3M is already strong,” added MSi president John Burke. “This investment allows us to further share ideas and innovations in LED. With 3M’s range of technologies and expertise in optical science, we are very excited about the future and new ways to serve customers.”

The specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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AZEK adds to its PVC decking line

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AZEK Building Products has added the XLM Tropical and Natural Collections to its PVC decking line, each available in three colors.

According to the company, the two new collections are an offshoot of sister brand Timbertech and offer maximum scratch, mildew and stain resistance in a flat-grain design.

"As we brought together two of the strongest brands in the industry, it made sense to have XLM PVC decking under the AZEK brand," said Patrick McLane, product manager, CPG Building Products. "AZEK represents the top of the line in PVC decking and XLM was already gaining a strong following, so combining the two offers installers and homeowners more options and color choices in one portfolio."

The Tropical Collection’s Walnut Grove, Harvest Bronze and Rustick Bark color options mimic "rich rainwood forests," and the SandRidge, RiverRock and Mountain Cedar shades within the Natural Collection offer a more "earthy, subdued" counterpart.

With the addition of the six XLM color options, AZEK Deck is now available in five collections and 17 individual colors.

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Deckorators expands 2014 product line

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Deckorators has announced several additions to its deck and railing product offerings for 2014, including new post cap styles, new baluster designs and colors, and a solar postcover post cap.

New Solar Wood post caps — available in Heritage and Archway — are handcrafted with an all-wood pine frame, frosted glass and LED lighting. Hammered Metal post caps are also new to the mix, recreating a popular interior design style for the outdoors.

Among the new colors available for Classic and Estate balusters are Textured Gray, Textured White and Weathered Brown.

Additionally, customers will have the option of choosing the Twist and Ellipse, two new patent-pending aluminum baluster styles, both available in black and bronze. The Twist features three evenly-spaced 180-degree twists that can infill an entire rail. The Ellipse has an elliptical shape that can be easily mixed and matched.

Also, cast-stone postcovers now come in a solar post cap design. The Woodland Gray Solar post cap has 12 LED lights around the perimeter, illuminating the postcover.

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