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CertainTeed product reduces airborne dust

BY Ken Clark

Addressing the problem of time-consuming cleanup of drywall finishing projects, CertainTeed Gypsum is rolling out new products in the western United States.

Dust Away Reduced Airborne Dust Drywall Compound and Dust Away Renovation Mud feature innovative technology that reduces the amount of airborne dust generated through sanding by more than 70% compared with standard drywall compound.

The products were originally launched in the Canadian market in 2009.

Specifically, the technology used in Dust Away and Renovation Mud causes the dust associated with traditional compound sanding to clump together and fall to the floor, reducing airborne dust and making cleanup faster and easier. 

“The Dust Away products combine the quality of CertainTeed’s ready-mix drywall compounds with the added benefit of our new reduced airborne dust formula,” said Stephen Reynolds, marketing manager for CertainTeed Gypsum. “Now our customers can tackle any remodeling, renovation or repair job with less airborne dust, resulting in cleaner work environments and improved productivity.” 

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Fastenal sees double-digit gains in second quarter

BY Ken Clark

Second-quarter sales for Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal increased to $804.9 million, up 14.7% from the same quarter in 2011. 

Net earnings for the company increased 19.3% to $112.3 million. 

“The growth in the first three months of 2012 generally continued the relative strength we saw in 2011 and in most of 2010,” the company stated. However, the rate of daily sales growth slowed in the April to June 2012 time frame.

Though safely in the double digits, the specialty distributor’s growth in the quarter was affected negatively by currency exchange rates. Wall Street had expected slightly higher revenue figures. 

The company ended the quarter with 2,635 stores, opening 53 new stores so far this fiscal year.

Fastenal ranked third on the 2012 Pro Dealer Scoreboard.

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Single-serve coffee machines gaining traction

BY Ken Clark

Although automatic drip coffee makers tend to be the most popular choice for U.S. households, single-serve machines (also known as pod or capsule coffee makers) are growing in popularity, according to a study by the NPD Group. 

Key findings of “What’s Brewing in the Coffee Industry: The Impact of Single-Serve,” a survey completed in May 2012, show that 57% of U.S. households having an automatic drip machine. Pod/capsule machines are owned by 14% of households, while espresso makers, percolators and French presses own even smaller corners of the market (7%, 6% and 5%, respectively). 

Overall, automatic drip makers are most likely to be chosen as the primary brewer in the home. However, compared with what was being used previously, pod/capsule systems are making significant gains, increasing their share from 5% of households using a pod/capsule machine as their primary brewer in the past to 18% currently.

Most brewers are being used, with very few sitting dormant. The most used brewer is the pod/capsule brewing system, with 96% of the systems owned being used either by members of the household or by guests. 

Almost all users are very satisfied with their machines — 86% of automatic drip users and 90% of pod/capsule users’ state as much. However, pod/capsule users are extremely satisfied with their machines (57% versus 40% for automatic drip).

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