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Blomberg Windows shutters its doors after 60 years

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sacramento, Calif.-based Blomberg Windows is closing down after nearly 60 years in the building materials industry.

Citing changes in the economy and building industry, the company has enlisted the services of Bluett & Associates to deal with going-out-of-business logistics, sell its remaining assets and properties, and to work with the staff to fulfill existing orders.

According to the company, the decision was reached "with sadness and only after careful and thorough deliberation."

“Blomberg Windows has been a proud source of quality and business to Sacramento and Northern California for over 50 years, and we are proud to have served the industry and our community," said co-owners Ralph Blomberg and Phil Collier in a joint statement.

Blomberg was established in 1956 and has been providing aluminum doors and windows to the national luxury building products industry ever since.

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USP teams up with Muro on screw-driving systems

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USP Structural Connectors has announced a North American partnership with auto-feed screw-driving system manufacturer Muro.

The effort will involve the proferring of three Muro products via USP’s sales channels: the coil-feed FDVL41 Speed Driver, the rigid tape-fed CH7390 and CH7392SF Ultra Drivers, and the rigid tape-fed CH7241 Easy Driver.

“The Muro product line is an outstanding addition to USP’s product assortment, and these tools will generate sales in every market channel we serve,” said Tom Mort, SVP marketing & sales for USP Structural Connectors. “It’s an added bonus that Muro offers the industry’s only coil system.”

Muro’s Auto Feed Screw Driving systems are designed for driving multiple screw fasteners in drywall, subfloor, decks, roofing, fencing and backerboard. Beyond its rigid-tape systems, Muro’s easy-load coil systems are unique to the industry, according to the company.

Additionally, both the Speed Driver and Ultra Driver feature adjustable handles for a comfortable height, as well as ergonomic T-handles and low-mounted motors. All Auto Feed Systems include an adjustable countersinking feature.

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Sherwin-Williams expands NASCAR deal

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In addition to its title as the "Official Paint of NASCAR’ — a multi-year partnership that the company signed this past May — Sherwin-Williams will also become the ‘Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR’ effective Jan. 1.

The company said that it was "leveraging its recent designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property to activate at its more than 3,500 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers — many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport."

The announcement took the spotlight during a recent presentation at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas by Adam Chafe, VP marketing for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes and 15-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winning driver Greg Biffle.

"Since 2000, some of the biggest names in racing have trusted their race car finishes to Sherwin-Williams," said Chafe. "We’re extremely excited and honored to become the ‘Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR.’ In fact, more than a dozen NASCAR teams currently use Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes. We aim to help teams cross the finish line and ensure that their cars and sponsors always look good on the track; that also holds true with every repair and repaint our customers provide."

Biffle also declared that he was among the 30+ drivers who use Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, who collectively share over 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

According to the company, Sherwin-Williams is the only direct distribution automotive paint manufacturer.

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