Ansell to use Kevlar in work gloves
An agreement between DuPont and glove manufacturer Ansell will result in a new safety glove that utilizes Kevlar, best known for its use in police vests, military equipment and other non-construction applications.
“Our collaboration with Ansell is a great example of how Kevlar can be spun with other materials to make another series of superior products to better protect people around the world,” said Thomas Powell, president, DuPont Protection Technologies. “This collaboration combined DuPont’s fiber and yarn technology with Ansell’s innovative glove design, tailored for specific applications. In this case, we developed a new manufacturing process to specifically produce ultra-lightweight steel-containing yarn, used in concert with our decades of experience in nylon, spandex and Kevlar fibers.”
The new Kevlar glove, designed to protect hands and fingers from injury, will be added to Ansell’s ActivArmr line designed for workers across construction sectors, including specialty trades such as HVAC, plumbing, heavy labor sectors and general contractors. Other gloves in the portfolio are targeted specifically for use by the military.
Seen in the store: Banner day for appliances
In July, Home Depot announced the addition of Whirlpool, Electrolux and Frigidaire to its lineup of appliance brands.
More recently, the company has trumpeted the new additions with a front-and-center banner over the stores’ front doors. The banner shows the three new logos and the English and Spanish announce of “new appliance brands."
Among Home Depot’s four product groups, the “plumbing, electrical and kitchen” group accounted for 30.5% of the company’s total sales for 2011, up from 30.0% in 2010.
HD tests permit kiosks in Las Vegas
Home Depot is piloting a program in the Las Vegas area that allows homeowners and contractors to obtain official permits through in-store kiosks, according to an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Starting this week, the Clark County Commission will sell permits for jobs, such as water heater replacement or installation of HVAC units, through 12 Home Depot stores in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. Types of permits and fees will be decided by each municipality. Approximately 20 permits will be available electronically, with fees ranging from $56 for a water softener replacement to $119 for a commercial electric meter re-tag.
The Atlanta-based retailer will collect the fee on the permit and then forward it, along with the permit information, to Clark County. An official permit would then be generated by the building department and sent to the permit owner, according to the article. Home Depot, which is providing the service for free, has developed special software to check contractor licenses and verify other information with state and local municipalities.
Projects that require a plan review must still be submitted and approved by the county’s building department.
While Home Depot is seeking closer ties to its contractor customer base through the kiosks, the county is hoping to streamline the permitting processing and make it more accessible to homeowners, the article said. After the test period is over, the Clark County Commission will evaluate the results and decide whether to continue the arrangement with Home Depot.