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Benjamin Moore launches Williamsburg collection

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Benjamin Moore joined with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Williamsburg brand to launch The Williamsburg Color Collection by Benjamin Moore.

The new 144-color palette is “described as an assortment of paint colors authentically rooted in the history of our nation and its founding.” It also represents a mixture of colors from the 18th and 19th century, along with advanced paint technology from Benjamin Moore. 

"This work showcases the close collaboration between two firms steeped in a rich heritage, both with a passion for bringing history into the home," said Carl Minchew, Benjamin Moore’s VP color innovation and design. "The Williamsburg Color Collection by Benjamin Moore offers our customers beautiful shades in a palette of amazing, accurate colors that are as stylish today as they were 250 years ago." 

Colonial Williamsburg’s research team of historians and conservators examined period documents, paint samples, wallpaper and architectural fragments to help develop the line.

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Leviton wins Award of Merit

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Melville, N.Y.-based Leviton received the 2013 Industry Award of Merit at the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ (NAED) national meeting in Boston. 

As part of NAED’s Annual Achievement Awards, which recognize individuals and companies that embody the industry’s highest standards, Leviton was honored for the company’s active role in promoting and supporting the wholesale electrical distribution industry.

“Leviton is honored to receive this prestigious distinction from our customers and friends at NAED,” said Donald Hendler, Leviton’s president and CEO. “Relationships are a vital aspect of business in the electrical industry, and NAED provides a forum for relationship development and advancement in the industry.”

As a longstanding member of NAED, Leviton received the Industry Award of Merit for the company’s dedication and commitment to both the NAED and the industry, the company said in a release.

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WDMA opens door for longer Hallmark

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The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) Hallmark Certification Committee approved procedures for extending the term of Hallmark certification from four years up to a total of eight years.

The WDMA Hallmark Certification Program is designed to provide code officials, builders, architects, specifiers and consumers with an easily recognizable means of identifying products that have been manufactured in accordance with the appropriate WDMA and other referenced performance standards. According to the Washington, D.C.-based association, the Hallmark is considered "a mark of excellence." 

"The WDMA Hallmark Certification Committee will continue to refine the certification renewal protocol going forward to meet or exceed the requirements for product approval agencies and authorities that are faced with determining compliance to specifications and the building code requirements," said John McFee, WDMA VP Certification Programs.

The new procedure is available to WDMA Hallmark licensees for actively certified products that have not changed during their initial four-year certification term and where the licensee follows the product renewal protocol. 

The renewal protocol includes requirements that the licensee must demonstrate substantiation for the continuation of the rating. The rating substantiation will include the testing frequency, auditing frequency and the performance attributes affected and must be described in the renewal protocol within the licensee’s quality assurance system. The renewal protocol is open to all products certified to the referenced standards of the program and all material types.

The updated procedural guide requirements also conform to the recently announced Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) requirements, allowing actively certified window, door or skylight products to be listed beyond the initial four-year certification cycle and now will allow for a test report to be utilized for a maximum of 10 years from the date of testing as long as the test reports are valid.

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