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Azek Porch classified for fire zones

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Scranton, Pa.

Azek Building Products announced that Azek Porch joins Azek Deck on the list of products tested and classified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for use in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fire zones in the State of California. WUI zones are geographical areas where undeveloped wildland and flammable vegetation meet human development and structures. 

“We feel it is an important assurance to our customers that all of our decking and porch profiles are classified for California fire hazard zones,” said Brian Kincaid, VP marketing, Azek Building Products.  “Along with Azek Deck’s building code reports, it demonstrates that our decking products are tested and safe.”

 

Beyond simple A, B or C fire ratings, these new building fire codes published by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection went into effect Jan. 1, 2008. The updated tests were created to reduce the speed and spread of fires from burning embers carried by winds that would land on roofs, decking or other surfaces.  The testing criteria under Code 12.7A-4 includes burning embers on the surface and under-deck flame ignition.

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Rona expands house brands

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Canadian retailer and distributor Rona unveiled new products in the Haussmann and Haussmann Xpert lines, the company’s own controlled brands of tools.

Haussmann and Haussmann Xpert accessories and products are exclusive to Rona and make use of the latest technology available in the professional tool industry, according to a statement.

Boucherville, Quebec-based Rona said it is constantly trying to stay in front of trends and consumer needs. “Building on the success of Rona and Rona X-pert lines, we redefined our strategy in terms of private label tools and are now offering Haussmann and Haussmann Xpert products in stores across our network,” said Normand Dumont, Rona executive VP merchandising.

The Haussmann line includes: 9-inch Band Saw, 10-inch portable saw bench, 12-inch sliding compound mitre saw with laser, a 14.4-V cordless drill and lithium-ion 14.4-V cordless drill, among other products.

Haussmann Xpert tools include a 6 1/8-inch jointer, a 10-inch jobsite table saw, a 13-inch planer and a universal portable stand for mitre saw.

The Rona store network generates more than $6.3 billion in annual retail sales.

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Worthington acquires Piper Metal Forming Corp.

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Worthington Industries announced June 3 that it has purchased the assets related to the business of Piper Metal Forming Corp., U.S. Respiratory, and Pacific Cylinders.

Piper is a leading manufacturer of aluminum high pressure cylinders and impact extruded steel and aluminum parts, serving the medical, automotive, defense, oil services and other commercial markets, with one manufacturing facility in New Albany, Miss. U.S. Respiratory provides value-added assembly and distribution of Piper’s medical cylinder products, and Pacific Cylinders provides West Coast distribution from Diamond Springs, Calif.

The revenues of this group were approximately $30 million for the last calendar year. These assets will be included in Worthington’s Pressure Cylinders business segment.

“The products and markets served by Piper complement our presence in the cylinder market,” said Harry Goussetis, president of Worthington Cylinders. “While we currently manufacture a broad range of cylinders, the new aluminum products increase our line of industrial gas product offerings and present an opportunity to participate in the growing medical market.”

This transaction is expected to close within 30 days, subject to normal closing conditions.

Worthington Industries is a diversified metal processing company with annual sales of approximately $3 billion. The Columbus, Ohio-based company is a leader in North America in value-added steel processors and manufactured metal products such as metal framing, pressure cylinders, automotive past model service stampings, metal ceiling grid systems and laser welded blanks. Worthington employs approximately 7,000 people and operates 60 manufacturing facilities in 10 countries.

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