Cox Industries and iLevel collaborate on treated wood
Orangeburg, S.C.-based Cox Industries and iLevel by Weyerhaeuser have joined efforts to expand distribution of Cox fire- and preservative-treated lumber, plywood and columns in select Atlantic states under the Cox D-Blaze and Ecolife brands.
Cox D-Blaze fire-retardant treated lumber and plywood can help control the spread of flames and smoke, and Ecolife by Cox can help protect wood against fungal decay, termite damage and weathering, the company said.
Specific Cox products available through iLevel vary by market, and are distributed through iLevel’s Richmond, Charlotte and Jacksonville distribution centers.
"This collaboration is about more than moving products to market; it’s about delivering quality products and services in innovative and socially responsible ways," said R. Michael Johnson, CEO of Cox Industries.
In addition to creating new distribution avenues for Cox’s breadth of outdoor building materials and fire-retardant lumber, the companies will work together on marketing and sales promotion activities, including leveraging the continuing education sales program created by Cox in 2008. This series of events bring both product and building practice curriculum to designers, code officials and builders — resulting in more than 15,000 continuing education credits in 2010.
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Andersen recognized as energy leader
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) have named Andersen Corp. as 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year award winner for the Product Manufacturer – Windows category for its family of brands, including Andersen Windows, Renewal by Andersen, Eagle Window & Door and Silver Line Building Products. It is the second year in a row the company has received this distinction.
“Andersen’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability goes back as far as Andersen itself — more than 100 years. It is in our nature, our company culture and every product we create,” said Jay Lund, president and chief operating officer of Andersen. “Energy Star recognizes that, and we are honored to be a part of the Partner of the Year program for the second year in a row.”
Andersen received the designation for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing and educating consumers about energy-efficient products.
Andersen will be recognized April 12 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Andersen has been part of the Energy Star program since its inception in 1998 and was the first window manufacturer awarded the Energy Star National Window Partner of the Year in 1999. For the second year in a row, Andersen is honored for its leadership in manufacturing products that earn the Energy Star moniker, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency.
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Consumer Confidence ticks upward
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in June, improved slightly in July.
Released Tuesday morning, the index now stands at 59.5 (1985=100), up from a downwardly revised 57.6 in June.
Last year, July’s index stood at 51.0. The Present Situation Index decreased to 35.7 from 36.6. The Expectations Index rose to 75.4 from 71.6 last month.
Said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: “Consumer confidence posted a modest gain in July, the result of an improvement in consumers’ short-term outlook. Consumers’ appraisal of current business and employment conditions, however, was less favorable as concerns about the labor market continue to weigh on consumers’ attitudes. Overall, consumers remain apprehensive about the future, but some of the concern expressed last month has abated.”
The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by The Nielsen Co., a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and watch. The cutoff date for July’s preliminary results was July 14, 2011.
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