CPSC issues voluntary recall of outdoor fireplaces
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced a voluntary recall of "Garden Treasures Living" steel outdoor fireplaces made by Sunjoy Industries Group.
The decorative bronze finish on the fireplace chimney can ignite during use, according to an announcement from the CPSC. The recall applies to about 20,000 products in the United States and 400 in Canada. Steubenville, Ohio-based Sunjoy has received 14 reports of the chimney’s decorative powder coat finish catching fire, resulting in one report of melted siding. No injuries have been reported.
No other "Garden Treasures Living" brand outdoor fireplaces are included in this recall.
The $300, made-in-China products were sold at Lowe’s from March 2010 through November 2010.
Marvin’s expands in Alabama
Leeds, Ala.-based Marvin’s Building Materials and Home Centers will open a new store in Monroeville, Ala., this spring. The store will be the company’s 27th home center and will be built on the site of a former Food World grocery store.
The new, 35,000-sq.-ft. store is expected to be open for business in late May. The location will include an attached lawn and garden center and drive-through lumberyard.
“We’ve been working toward the goal of opening a store to serve Monroeville for quite some time," said Marvin’s CEO Darrin Gilliam. "Our research indicates we will capture a great deal of sales that are currently being served outside of Monroe County."
Marvin’s will hire 25 or more associates to work in the new store. "We like to hire friendly people from the community. All of our stores have a ‘hometown’ feel," Gilliam said.
The new store in Monroeville is the one of two new stores Marvin’s is planning to open in 2011. Marvin’s currently operates 26 stores in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Marvin’s was named the 2010 Retailer of the Year by Home Channel News.
Armstrong hits 100 million-mark in ceiling recycling program
Armstrong World Industries, a leading manufacturer of acoustical ceilings, has announced that its ceiling recycling program has now diverted more than 100 million sq. ft. of old ceiling tiles from landfills.
The Lancaster, Pa., company enables building owners and contractors to ship ceilings from renovation projects to the nearest Armstrong ceiling plant. Under the program, the company pays the freight costs for shipping the old ceilings, which it uses as raw materials in the manufacture of new ceilings.
Armstrong has recycled more than 50,000 tons of discarded mineral fiber ceiling tiles since the program was introduced in 1999. This represents more than 14,000 dumpsters full of construction waste that would have normally been taken to landfills.
Among the companies and organizations that have participated in the recycling program are Microsoft, Pfizer, Nike, Food Lion, National Security Agency, The World Bank, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Penn State University.
According to Joann Davis-Brayman, VP marketing for commercial ceilings, the process for recycling old ceilings has proven to be nearly as fast as dumping them, so the program has little impact on construction schedules. It also can be less costly than dumping because it eliminates landfill fees, container costs and the expense associated with transportation to the landfill, she said.
For more information on ceiling recycling, call (877) 276-7876 or visit armstrong.com/recycling.