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BY HBSDEALER Staff

Home Depot has announced a voluntary recall of about 64,000 holiday figurines because of a lead paint hazard, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The products were manufactured by Creative Design of Hong Kong. The surface paint of the figurines contains lead, according to the commission. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The products were sold at Home Depot stores from October 2007 to November 2007 for between $10 and $20. They include a snowman candle holder, a holiday bear candle holder, a rendering of three snowmen with a “Joy” sign and a snowman with a “Let it Snow” sign.

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Canfor to close another sawmill

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Canfor Corp., one of North America’s largest lumber producers, is closing another West Coast sawmill, in Chetwynd, B.C., which will result in 188 employees being laid off.

Vancouver-based Canfor attributed the closure to poor lumber markets and the impact of a high Canadian dollar. Additionally, Canfor cited those same problems in laying off 300 workers at four sawmills in British Columbia for an indefinite period late last month.

The Chetwynd sawmill has a capacity of 244 million board feet of production annually. It will close after log supplies are used up and finished products shipped, the company said, by late January or early February.

Canfor CEO Jim Shepard said the closure “is in keeping with the company’s decision to restructure its production schedules to reflect the demands of the marketplace.”

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Toro acquires lawn technology business

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Bloomington, Minn.-based Toro announced it has acquired Turf Guard, the wireless lawn monitoring technology business of JLH Labs.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Toro said the wireless technology is used to measure moisture in soil, salinity and temperature through buried sensors that transmit data to a Web-based system.

The company said that the purchase will add to its irrigation products and will continue to be sold under the Turf Guard name.

JLH Labs chief executive Jason Hill will become part of Toro’s irrigation team.

Toro is a worldwide manufacturer of outdoor maintenance and beautification products for home, recreation and commercial landscapes.

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