Builders FirstSource acquires Slone Lumber Company
Dallas, Texas-based Builders FirstSource completed its acquisition of Houston-based Slone Lumber Company.
"The Slone purchase adds to our presence and gives us a solid platform to further expand our business in the highly attractive, greater Houston market," said Floyd Sherman, Builders FirstSource CEO. "It provides us a top-quality distribution business, outstanding employees and an established customer base to complement our existing window manufacturing operations in the surrounding area. We are very pleased to be adding Slone’s employees to the Builders FirstSource team, and look forward to working along-side them."
Netting sales of about $17 million in 2013, Slone supplies lumber, engineered beams, interior and exterior door units, moulding, trim and cabinets. It also offers installation services for exterior doors, shutters and cabinets.
"This is an exciting time and a great opportunity for the company and our people," said Gregg Slone, owner and president of Slone Lumber, who will remain in place as general manager. "We look forward to joining Builders FirstSource and becoming part of one of the nation’s leading suppliers to the residential construction industry."
GE boards the Wink train with new ‘smart’ LED bulb
GE is following closely on the heels of Quirky’s recent announcement that it was launching a smart-home offshoot (called Wink) for incubating various technologies, as well as an integrated app to connect them all.
The GE Link connected LED 60-watt replacement (A19) bulb is a smart LED bulb that’s enabled by the Wink app — one of several new (and incumbent) products that are beginning to emerge within the Wink suite.
The bulb allows consumers to control their lighting from afar, as well as to sync the bulb with other devices. The primary selling point: the lack of need for expensive add-ons that usually come with connected devices.
There are also three options: a 60-watt replacement soft white LED bulb, an indoor soft white floodlight LED and an indoor/outdoor-rated bright white spotlight LED.
“Our very own Thomas Edison built the first commercially viable bulb, and today we’re proud to announce the first commercially viable connected bulb designed for Wink users,” said John Strainic, general manager, North America Consumer Lighting for GE. “We know the quality of light consumers love and want in their homes, and we’re a brand they trust.”
The bulb, which will retail around or below $15, is now available for pre-order on the Home Depot website. It’ll make its appearance in retail locations this fall.
Wolf Steel recalls Napoleon Propane Gas Fireplaces
Ontario, Canada-based Wolf Steel is recalling several of its Napolean-model propane gas fireplaces, citing a laceration hazard.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the glass front has displayed a tendency to break due to the pressure from the propane gas igniting.
There has been one reported incident so far in Canada, in which a customer had to seek medical attention after getting cuts to the face and neck. No incidents have been reported in the U.S.
Consumers are being urged to stop use immediately and to contact their local Napolean Fireplace Hearth Dealer to have a free upgrade kit installed.
The recall, which involves the GD3200-P flush glass front and GD3200B-P with a bay window, affects about 600 units in the United States and 2,400 in Canada. Both fireplaces are black and measure about 33 inches tall and 31.25 inches wide, accented with gold designs on the top and bottom. They were sold at Hearth Fireplace stores from August 1992 through May 2001 for about $1,500.