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Applegate Insulation re-enters West Coast Market

BY HBSDealer Staff

Applegate Insulation, a Webberville, Mich.-based company, has recently gained licensure to market both Applegate loose-fill and Applegate stabilized cellulose in California. The cellulose insulation supplier was actively marketed on the West Coast in the 1980s and ’90s. A recent acquisition in Colorado brought the company back into the California market, making the product available nationwide.

Applegate produces a hybrid liquid/powder fire retardant treatment for cellulose insulation. The fire-resistant powders are locked into the insulating fibers, giving Applegate less dust and a permanent treatment that carries a lifetime warranty on the insulation, according to the company. Applegate Insulations contain a minimum 85% recycled content.

Applegate currently operates facilities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana and Colorado.

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Case unveils high-tech knife collection

BY Ken Clark

Bradford, Pa.-based W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. launched its Tec X collection, described as a brand extension with an emphasis on modern design.

The 28 individual models in the collection include features such as one-handed opening and closing, pocket clips, anodized aluminum handles, AUS8 blades and titanium coatings.

“Tec X is an exciting new brand extension for Case,” said Tom Arrowsmith, president of W.R. Case & Sons. “We are looking to build on our history as the most renowned manufacturer of exquisite pocket knives, and bring to market a new collection of high-quality, modern knives. Designed for lifestyles of the everyday customer, the assortment will appeal to new and existing Case fans alike.”

The new Tec X from Case collection will be available to buy in the first quarter of 2012 from select Case dealers. 

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Survey on K&B remodels shows mixed results

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Results from the third-quarter survey from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) indicated a 42% rise in showroom traffic and a 36% increase in kitchen remodel sales volumes from one year ago, as well as a significant increase — 85% — in bathroom sales over the third quarter of 2010.  Overall, kitchen and bath remodeling revenues reported by NKBA dealer members rose 69% in year-over-year figures.

Most quarterly comparisons showed declines, however. Kitchen remodels were down 6% from the previous quarter by sales volume; bathroom remodels also declined, by 9%. Kitchen and bath remodeling revenues rose 4% in the third quarter, however, due largely to an increase on money spent on these projects.

The NKBA Kitchen & Bath Market Index (KBMI), which measures the confidence of kitchen and bath dealers on a scale of -60 to +60, is at +9 for the third quarter, showing that kitchen and bath dealers expect only slight growth in the market through the following quarter.

“Although optimism seems to be taking a hit, the numbers today from a year ago are encouragingly higher, ranging in increase from 4% to 85% higher on various points,” stated Bill Darcy, executive VP of the NKBA. “The volatility of the third quarter is balanced by the overall increased consumer traffic, sales volume and remodeling prices in the past year.”

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