Cap-Tor screws designed for capstock decking
Edison, NJ.-based Starborn Industries Inc., a manufacturer of fasteners and related products for the building industry, introduced Cap-Tor, a new high-performance fastener specifically designed for use with the newest type of capstock (co-extruded) decking.
The product also works with more traditional composite decking materials, the company said.
The specially engineered head and thread design of Cap-Tor screws mitigate the common challenges associated with fastening capstock decking. These problems include curled waste (shards of attached decking that form around the screw head), dimpling (the “caving in” of the deck board around the screw head), and white shear (a white discoloration around the screw head caused by the fastener stretching the hard outer shell of the decking).
“New types of PVC and composite decking are introduced regularly,” said Larry Crossley, VP sales at Starborn Industries, in a prepared statement. “Starborn prides itself on its ability to keep up with the rapidly changing decking market. Cap-Tor is a perfect example of that.”
Cap-Tor was engineered by Starborn Industries with a head that cleanly penetrates the hard outer layer of capstock products to ensure a clean tight fit. It is available in stainless and epoxy-coated steel and in 10 different colors.
Cooper Lighting lights up Tucson
Officials in Tucson, Ariz., have replaced the city’s low-pressure sodium street lamps with energy-efficient LED luminaires from Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries.
Because the lighting was costing the city in both maintenance and energy costs, officials applied for and received approximately $425,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to convert 600 lighting fixtures to LED lighting. As of today, Tucson has saved approximately $3,000 monthly in electricity costs, and officials expect to see at least $30,000 in savings over the course of the year.
The city chose LED Cobrahead luminaires, which were delivered in phases as the installation progressed, according to the manufacturer.
Headquartered in Peachtree, Ga., Cooper Lighting, a subsidiary of Cooper Industries, is a leading provider of interior and exterior lighting fixtures and related products to worldwide commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential and utility markets.
Stanley Black & Decker contributes $1 million to ToolBank
It’s the largest pledge to date for ToolBank USA, the non-profit organization that provides tools — from hand tools to hoses — to volunteer organizations working to improve their communities.
Stanley will pay ToolBank USA $1 million over the next five years.
"This donation is about helping a strong, smart organization to bring its phenomenal work to even more communities across the country," said Tim Perra, global communications director, Stanley Black & Decker.
ToolBank USA currently has affiliates in Atlanta, Charlotte and Baltimore, with expansion targeted to seven more cities over the coming year. ToolBank USA will continue to work collaboratively with non-profit organizations and their volunteers nationwide as partners working towards positive, effective community revitalization, it said.
"I am thrilled to count Stanley Black & Decker as an important strategic partner of ToolBank USA, one whose support has been integral since the national program’s inception in 2008," said Corky Martin, Board President of ToolBank USA and product development merchant with The Home Depot.