Deere to invest $40 million for production of high-powered 8R tractors
Deere & Company has made plans to invest $40 million to manufacture its high-horsepower 8R tractors at the company’s factory in Montenegro, Brazil.
The move is part of a larger strategy to expand Deere’s market presence in Brazil. The company currently builds other kinds of tractors in Montenegro, but not the popular 8R model.
"Our customers in Brazil are investing in higher horsepower tractors in the range offered by the 8R model," said Mark Von Pentz, president, Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division. "Our decision to manufacture the 8R in Montenegro should allow the machine to be eligible for FINAME financing – the public program that targets investment in Brazil’s economic development."
Von Pentz cited sustained demand in both North and South America, as well as increased productivity linked to high-horsepower models like the 8R.
Deere first alighted in Brazil in 1979, when it invested in a joint venture there. The Montenegro facility was built in 2008.
KitchenAid rolls out water-conserving dishwasher
KitchenAid is touting its newest dishwasher, which it claims has the industry’s lowest water usage as determined by EnergyStar.
The model uses a method called the AquaSense Recycling System, which reuses water from the previous rinse cycle to pre-rinse the next load. The dishwasher then uses fresh water to wrap up the process.
"If you have great water efficiency but need to rewash because you’re not getting the desired results, that efficiency is quickly diminished," notes Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. "Our engineers have come up with a way to deliver on both fronts by designing a dishwasher that not only uses 33% less water than previous models but also delivers our best performance ever."
Other special features include a filter-based wash system with sound insulation, a heat dry option, spray jets that eliminate the need to soak or pre-scrub heavily soiled pots and pans and an automatic ProWash Cycle that adjusts water and energy use based on load size and soil amount. A front display on the exterior also shows the cycle stage while the dishwasher is running, with an "add a dish" indicator that lets users know when to add an extra dish.
The dishwasher comes with a range of various cycle options and includes fold-down tines for larger dishes.
Streaming capabilities hit the bathroom
Homeowners will soon have a taste of what it’s like to stream their favorite tunes while they shower. Residential plumbing and HVAC supplier Homewerks Worldwide LLC has announced what it claims is the first Bluetooth-enabled ventilation fan with wireless streaming capabilities.
"Many homeowners are looking for affordable ways to customize their bathroom – another room in the home that is increasingly becoming more ‘plugged-in’," says Peter Berkman, president at Homewerks Worldwide LLC. "The Bluetooth Bath Fan is an innovative solution that responds to our customers’ changing lifestyle needs."
The Bluetooth Bath Fan is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops and connects automatically to devices within 30 feet of the speaker after the initial set-up.
Homewerks is currently conducting Facebook giveaways of one fan per week through Oct. 15.
The fan operates at 1.5 Sones and generates 90 CFM of air movement.