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AHMA members weigh in on Obamacare and immigration

BY Ken Clark

A survey of members of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) reveals a significant amount of confusion over requirements related to the Affordable Care Act.

AHMA members were asked: ““The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has certain provisions scheduled to go into effect in 2014 affecting businesses with over 50 employees. Is your company fully prepared to meet the new requirements?”

More than half (56%) of the respondents answered “not sure.” Twenty-five percent answered “yes,” and 19% answered “no.”

A second question dealt with immigration policy.

AHMA members were asked: “As a manufacturer, how important is it to your business that immigration policy in Washington allows for access to the best workers at all skill levels?”

Fifty-six percent responded “very important,” 19% responded “somewhat important,” and 25% responded “not important.”

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Earth, Wind & Fire gets STAFDA gig

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The hall-of-fame performers of Earth, Wind & Fire will perform a private show for STAFDA members during the group’s Nov. 11-13 Annual Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas. 

The performance is slated for Monday, Nov. 11 at the Hard Rock Hotel. 

The STAFDA convention will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

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Overhead Door expands distributor offerings

BY Ken Clark

Dallas-based Overhead Door has introduced design enhancements to three of its garage door lines.

The company created a V5 stamp that mimics the look and feel of wainscoting, which will be available on the Durafirm Collection, Traditional Steel and Thermacore lines. A raised panel Ranch stamp is also now available on the Thermacore line, while decorative window inserts have been added to the Traditional Steel Collection.

“The addition of these new stamps and window inserts to several of our collections should help all of our Overhead Door distributors meet current and future demand from homeowners who want attractive garage doors that complement their homes’ architecture and increase curb appeal,” said Joe Dachowicz, VP marketing at Overhead Door. “The inspiration for these enhancements came directly from listening to the needs of homeowners and distributors — the new options combine the R-values that the market is demanding with the designs that are popular with today’s homeowners.”

In a design nod to wainscoting, the V5 stamp incorporates five vertical stiles and a faux wood grain aesthetic that is not only attractive, but adds strength to the Thermacore, Durafirm and Traditional Steel doors on which it’s incorporated. Meanwhile, the raised-panel Ranch stamp further expands the design offerings available in the Thermacore line and will be available with corresponding ranch windows. 

In an effort to minimize the need for additional inventory, V5 and Ranch stamped doors will utilize current Thermacore, Durafirm and Traditional Steel Collection window trim inserts. Overhead Door is also adding new decorative window inserts for both the Standard Panel (short) and Ranch Panel (long) doors in the Traditional Steel Collection. Customers will now have the option to pair all 170/180 Series doors with Prairie window trims, while 399 Series doors may be paired with Wynbridge, Stockton 8-Lite Arch and Somerton window trims.

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