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Alpine director joins Rural Builder Hall of Fame

BY HBSDealer Staff

David Brakeman, engineering director at Alpine, has been named to the Rural Builder Hall of Fame for his contributions to the post-frame construction industry.

The award was presented by Sharon Thatcher, editor of Rural Builder and Frame Building News magazines, during a special ceremony at the 2016 Frame Building Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 10.

“David Brakeman is an excellent example of how the industry continues to advance post-frame construction through the unselfish sharing of information and expertise,” said Thatcher.  “It is particularly significant that he was selected for this honor by his peers.  While Rural Builder magazine monitors the system, members of the Hall of Fame, with roots dating back to 1982 and now numbering more than 100 members, actually nominate and vote for new inductees.  They don’t take their responsibilities lightly, and now Dave joins this elite group.”

Brakeman oversees all work in wood truss design, research, testing and standards development at Alpine.

He is also active in the Truss Plate Institute, the national organization that writes the design standards for wood truss construction.

He has served as a member of the Technology and Research Committee for the National Frame Building Association, lending his knowledge to numerous articles on trusses in post-frame construction.

He was also an adjunct professor of civil engineering for more than 20 years at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he taught a course on designing timber structures.

He has been working at Alpine since 1989 when it acquired Lumbermate, which he joined in 1978 after graduating from college.

Brakeman is one of only three people to lead Alpine’s engineering organization during its 50 years, including company cofounder William McAlpine and Charles Hoover, Jr. 

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New from Blanco: an Equal Double Bowl design

BY HBSDealer Staff

Blanco's latest release, the Diamond Equal Double Bowl with Low Divide, features a lower sink divide for easy transfer of heavy pots and pans.

"We continue to raise the bar on innovation by lowering the divide on the Blanco Diamond sink – now allowing for even more flexibility with large pots and pans," states Tim Maicher, marketing director for Blanco. "We mean it when we say the Diamond is made for the hardworking kitchen. For people who are constantly entertaining and hosting guests this is the ideal sink because it brings a new level of ease to prep and clean up. Pots and pans can take over a kitchen sink causing water to spill out, but now with the lower divide on the Diamond you can wash and rinse your large kitchen items while keeping your counters clean."

The Diamond sink is made with Blanco's patented Silgranit material, a granite-like material that's scratch, stain and heat-resistant.

It's also built to make rinsing large pots and pans simpler by allowing pot handles to fit over the sink divider, easily accommodating large items and various shapes.

The sink is available in eight Silgranit colors, including White, Biscuit, Biscotti, Café Brown, Truffle, Metallic Gray, Cinder and Anthracite.

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A new version of the Fastback flip knife

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Milwaukee introduced a “next generation” Fastback Flip Utility Knife with Blade Storage, along with a compact version of the cutting tool.

Bobby Shaw, VP of product marketing for Milwaukee Tool said: “We’ve now fully redesigned these tools to make them even better than the originals by offering a version with increased blade storage, as well as a more compact version. And we’ve done it all without sacrificing their ergonomic shape or ease of opening, which are defining features for Fastback fans.”

Similar to the original Fastback and Fastback II, the Utility Knife w/Blade Storage and the Compact Flip Utility Knife are designed to maximize productivity on the jobsite with Press & Flip one-handed opening. In addition, quick blade changes allow users to make blade replacements easily.

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