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Deckorators expands 2014 product line

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Deckorators has announced several additions to its deck and railing product offerings for 2014, including new post cap styles, new baluster designs and colors, and a solar postcover post cap.

New Solar Wood post caps — available in Heritage and Archway — are handcrafted with an all-wood pine frame, frosted glass and LED lighting. Hammered Metal post caps are also new to the mix, recreating a popular interior design style for the outdoors.

Among the new colors available for Classic and Estate balusters are Textured Gray, Textured White and Weathered Brown.

Additionally, customers will have the option of choosing the Twist and Ellipse, two new patent-pending aluminum baluster styles, both available in black and bronze. The Twist features three evenly-spaced 180-degree twists that can infill an entire rail. The Ellipse has an elliptical shape that can be easily mixed and matched.

Also, cast-stone postcovers now come in a solar post cap design. The Woodland Gray Solar post cap has 12 LED lights around the perimeter, illuminating the postcover.

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Kobalt enters outdoor power equipment category

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Kobalt has launched a new line of cordless tools, marking its official entry into the outdoor power equipment category.

"Kobalt has a history of making tough, reliable tools and the brand’s entry into outdoor power equipment is a natural extension that uses purposeful design to simplify outdoor projects," said Reggie Thomas, director of brand management for Kobalt. "These versatile, easy to use tools provide customers with durability and power to complete the job without the hassle of gas-powered tools."

The new product roundup, which is available exclusively at Lowe’s, includes a hedge trimmer, blower, chainsaw, string trimmer/edger, pole saw and two lawn mowers.

Additionally, all seven tools operate off a single, interchangeable, 40-volt lithium ion battery system with a 60-minute charge time for extended runtime and power.

Other features include a dual-line design for the string trimmer, a 250 CFM blower and maximum cut capacity of 3/4" for the hedge trimmer. 

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USG and Boral seal the deal

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USG Corporation and Boral Limited have completed the 50/50 strategic joint venture they announced in October, which was delayed about a month over regulatory procedures.

“The completion of the transaction is an important milestone in our joint venture with USG," said Boral CEO and managing director Mike Kane. "Our teams have come together effectively and productively and have great momentum and determination to deliver on the strategic imperatives of the joint venture."

The joint venture, named USG Boral Building Products, gives the companies reach across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. This includes Boral’s Gypsum division (which includes its plasterboard operations in Australia and Asia), as well as USG’s Asian and Middle Eastern businesses.

Additionally, USG is giving the JV exclusive access to its ceilings, cement board, fibre board and lightweight plasterboard and joint compound building products technologies in the JV’s territory.

“The joint venture gives USG an immediate, significant presence across some of the fastest growing construction markets in the world, and positions both USG and Boral to win over the long-term in Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East," said USG chairman, president and CEO Jim Metcalf. "Our teams will work quickly to deploy USG’s technologies to the facilities in the region and we expect that our combined efforts will enable the joint venture and its customers to achieve greater productivity and profitability.”

“The joint venture aligns with Boral’s goal to grow earnings from Asia and to transform the business over the longer-term through innovative product and manufacturing solutions," added Kane. "Boral’s balance sheet will also strengthen considerably as a result of the transaction.”

The terms of the deal involved a $500 million cash payment to Boral on behalf of USG, as well as an additional cash payment to Boral of $13 million based on a customary initial estimate of the net debt and working capital positions of the contributed businesses. Boral will also have the opportunity for up to $75 million in earn-out payments over five years provided the JV achieves certain performance targets. 

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