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Crown Boiler announces recall

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Gas-fired hot water boilers from Crown Boiler Co. are the subject of a recall, according to an announcent from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to the announcement, the air pressure switch can fail to shut down the burners, allowing the boiler to emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recall involves Crown Boiler CWD series cast iron hot water boilers that use natural gas or liquid petroleum to heat water in home baseboard, floor or radiator heating systems.

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Zep heats up drain care market

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Atlanta-based Zep introduced Liquid Heat Drain Opener into the nearly $300 million U.S. drain care market.

Zep says Liquid Heat is formulated with twice the active ingredients of the company’s 10 Minute Hair Club Removal Gel.

It’s formulated to melt away soap scum, hair and other buildup while being safe for pipes and septic systems.

“Liquid Heat Drain Opener addresses the needs of customers who are looking for a stronger, faster, single dose product,” said Joe Seladi, group president of Zep Inc.

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IKEA announces plans for St. Louis store

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IKEA said this week that it is submitting plans for a St. Louis, Mo., store.

The application marks the beginning of the governmental approval process, which is expected to lead to the opening sometime in fall 2015. The closest IKEA stores to the proposal are the Chicago-area stores in Bolingbrook, Ill., and Schaumburg, Ill. Additionally, a Kansas City-area store is under construction and on track to open fall 2014 in Merriam, Kan.

Located in the heart of Midtown St. Louis, the 380,000-sq.-ft. proposed IKEA store would be built along the northern side of Interstate 64 near the Vandeventer Avenue exit. It would sit on nearly 21 acres purchased in the Cortex Innovation District, a technology community created to commercialize the benefits of university and regional corporate research in St. Louis.

“We look forward to continue growing our Midwestern U.S. presence with IKEA St. Louis,” said IKEA U.S. president Mike Ward. “This dynamic location would provide the already 101,000 St. Louis-area customers a store of their own and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to other consumers in Eastern Missouri, Southern Illinois and beyond.”

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