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Delta Faucet condemns Indiana’s religious freedom ruling

BY HBSDealer Staff

Delta Faucet Company's president, Jai Shah, released a statement in response to the state of Indiana's recent ruling on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

"Delta Faucet Company is disappointed with the recent enactment of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act because the Act fundamentally conflicts with one of our most important core values – respect for all individuals," said Shah. "We live this value every day by embracing diversity and inclusion in our workforce and with customers around the world."

"Delta Faucet does not support discriminatory legislation, and we are deeply concerned it will hurt the broader Indiana business community and compromise our ability to recruit, hire and retain employees as we strive to grow," he added. "We urge Governor Pence and the Legislature to amend or repeal this divisive legislation to ensure that Indiana continues to be a welcoming place for all to live, work and play."

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Quikrete unleashes a mobile app

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Quikrete is the latest building materials player to jump on board the mobile app train.

Its recently launched mobile app is designed to provide an additional resource for building, repair, remodeling and home improvement needs.

“Our goal is to make important concrete, masonry and stucco information easily accessible from any location during any phase of a project,” said Frank Owens, VP marketing. “In a few quick steps, contractors can quickly access product specifications or calculate product quantities from a job site, while homeowners can watch how-to project videos or locate stores from their backyard. The Quikrete mobile app provides professionals and homeowners distinctive paths to the relevant information they need for a specific job at the right time. It’s the tool no one should be without.”

The Quikrete app is compatible with iPhones and Android phones, and it includes helpful features such as product search (with shareable technical data), project search (with shareable shopping list), how-to videos, quantity calculator, favorites, a geo-targeting function that shows users where to buy Quikrete products, a quickshare function for social media, a bar code scanner and an easy-to-access customer service speed dial.

Additionally, Quikrete will award iPads to two random winners for downloading the app during the month of April.

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Another legal shot fired at Lumber Liquidators

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San Francisco-based law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe has piled on the Lumber Liquidators situation. The shareholder-lawsuit specialist launched an investigation into whether the officers and directors of Lumber Liquidators breached its fiduciary duties to Lumber Liquidators and its shareholders by exposing it to civil, and possibly criminal, liability for selling flooring containing illegally sourced wood products and excessive amounts of formaldehyde.

Lumber Liquidators has steadfastly denied allegations that any of its products are harmful.

On Feb. 25, Lumber Liquidators announced that the Department of Justice is investigating criminal charges against the company for violations of the Lacey Act, which prohibits the importation and trade of illegally sourced wood products.

Less than a week later, on March 1, 2015, "60 Minutes" ran a story in which some Chinese manufacturers of Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring admitted that the flooring did not comply with California's formaldehyde emissions standard but was nonetheless labelled as compliant.

Formaldehyde is found in the glue that holds the wood particles together in the flooring boards. According to the "60 Minutes" report, some of Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring contained thirteen times the amount of formaldehyde permitted under California law.

Since Feb. 24, 2015, the Lumber Liquidators stock price has dropped more than 50% amid stockholder lawsuits against the company.

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