Ainsworth reintroduces OSB XL brand
Ainsworth Lumber Co., a manufacturer and supplier of engineered wood products, announced the reintroduction of two OSB products, under the company’s new OSB XL brand.
To answer market demands for OSB panels longer than 8 ft., Ainsworth now offers OSB XL 9-ft. and OSB XL10-ft. OSB panels. Ainsworth’s OSB XL 9-ft. and 10-ft. OSB panels are available in multiple thicknesses, and even custom length, like the company’s 8-ft. OSB product line.
“With the recovering housing market and the trend toward higher ceilings in building designs, the demand for longer OSB boards is very clear, and we are thrilled to offer our customers a more complete OSB product line. Additionally, with longer boards, we see a unique opportunity to offer our customers cost avoidance on labor, since there is less cutting and installation labor required when sheathing with longer OSB boards,” said Bart Bender, Ainsworth’s VP sales. “The launch of our OSB XL 9- and 10-ft. OSB panels is another sign of Ainsworth’s responsiveness to the needs of our customers, and that’s something we have always taken pride in.”
These longer OSB XL panels are offered in addition to Ainsworth’s standard 8-ft. OSB products.
The launch of OSB XL comes on the heels of Ainsworth’s re-opening of its High Level, Alberta OSB mill after an extensive equipment upgrade and the filling of 135 new positions.
LG Facebook contest puts home appliances up for grabs
LG Electronics USA is giving consumers a chance to win a suite of home appliances via a contest on its Facebook page.
"LG understands that homeowners renovate to improve both the look and functionality of their homes—to help make their day-to-day lives easier," said David VanderWaal, director of home appliance brand marketing, LG Electronics USA. "That’s what drives our innovations. At LG, it’s all possible. For example, our Door-in-Door refrigerator allows you to quickly access commonly-used food and beverage items, and our EasyClean technology lets you clean the oven’s interior in just minutes, not hours."
The Dream Appliance contest will be launching this weekend in time for the first of two episodes of HGTV’s "House Hunters Renovation" that will include LG kitchen and laundry appliances. The episode airs Sunday, Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. ET.
Entrants will be required to creatively complete fill-in-the-blank sentences. Once the top 10 finalists are selected, the rest of the entrants will vote to select the winner.
The grand prize winner will receive a complete customized suite of LG kitchen appliances and will be eligible to win LG’s flagship appliances, which include the Door-in-Door refrigerator and range with EasyClean technology. The runner-up will receive an advanced LG laundry pair, and the eight additional finalists will receive a one-year supply of Tide pods, Downy fabric softener and Bounce dryer sheets.
The contest, which runs through Nov. 22, is part of LG’s "Life Good House," a social engagement initiative that offers tips for better living to consumers.
Armstrong invests $41 million in Lancaster, Pa., plant
Armongstrong World Industries is investing $41 million in its Lancaster, Pa. facility to promote the manufacture of luxury vinyl tile (LVT). The company had announced its plans to make the investment back in July, but had yet to choose a location.
"We thank the commonwealth and our employees for their support of this investment," said Armstrong Flooring CEO Frank Ready. "By bringing this manufacturing to the U.S., we leverage our manufacturing expertise and create a strong cost, quality and service position for a very exciting product category."
Construction is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2014 and end in early 2015. Once completed, Armstrong expects to hire 57 new employees.
"We have a workforce in Pennsylvania that is committed to excellence and hard work," said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. "The addition of 57 new jobs at this site in Lancaster County continues the progress towards our goal of making Pennsylvania a national model for job creation and innovation."
According to the company, LVT is experiencing double-digit growth in North America. With shorter lead times and improved customer service, Armstrong expects its on-shore operations to compete well with that of China’s.
This will mark Armstrong’s second investment in the Lancaster plant since 2008, when it expanded operations to include fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl manufacturing.