Bona US hits the hardwood with the NBA
Aurora, Colo.-based Bona US, the hardwood floor care and maintenance company, will be an Official Hardwood Floor Care Partner of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Many NBA teams are already playing on floors finished with Bona including the New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets.
“We are happy with the Bona products on our new practice court and our game court at Air Canada Centre the home of the Toronto Raptors,” said Bob Hunter, executive VP of venues and entertainment, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. “We have to know that our floors can stand up to the wear and tear of our busy facility and still provide a great surface for our players and Bona was a good choice.”
Bona provides a complete system of sport products, including waterborne and oil modified finishes, machines, abrasives adhesives and a fast, effective maintenance system.
“Bona products have been used in NBA and top collegiate gyms for years”, said John Rauvola, managing director, Bona US. “We are very excited to now be formally recognized as an Official Hardwood Floor Care Partner of the NBA.”
The technology used in the products for NBA floors is also used in Bona’s residential finishes.
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Home retailers lead the sales charge
The monthly sales tally from the U.S. Census Bureau showed gains in February – sales were up 1.1% from the previous month, and up 6.5% from the same month last year.
Leading the sales charge are businesses classified as building material & garden equipment and supplies dealers – NAICS code 444, inclusive of home centers and hardware stores. No other kind of business tracked by the bureau has grown faster in the first two months of 2012.
On an unadjusted basis, NAICS showed a 15.5% increase in the first two months, compared to the same period a year ago.
In 2012, NAICS 444 adjusted sales were estimated at $27.036 billion for February, up 1.4% from the previous month, and up 13.8% from the same period last year. (Sales are adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes.)
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Menards eyes Canadian border town
Menards plans to open a new superstore in Port Huron, Mich., putting the home-improvement retailer right on the U.S.-Canadian border, according to an article in the Times Herald.
The Port Huron Area School District is selling the Wisconsin-based retailer a former middle school property for $3.4 million; the deal is expected to close in November.
The new store will be built as a 240,000 sq. ft. unit, according to the real estate broker for the school district. He added that the company anticipates serving Canadian as well as U.S. customers. “[Menards] believes strongly in the Canadian traffic coming over the (Blue Water Bridge),” said Steve DeLacey.
Some of the issues that still need to be resolved are the environmental impact of the store, rezoning the property and working with the Michigan Department of Transportation because of the site’s proximity to the expressway.
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