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DeWalt unveils sliding compound miter saw

BY HBSDEALER Staff

DeWalt has launched a new 12-in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw, designed to be precise enough for fine woodworking, and durable enough for framing and deck building. 

The DWS780 is made for a variety of end users, including cabinetmakers, trim carpenters, framers, installers and many other professional contractors.

For visibility and accuracy when cutting, the new 12-in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw features the XPSTM LED light and cut-alignment system that casts a laser-like shadow on the work surface, showing users where the blade will come in contact with the material. Since it does not require recalibration over time or when changing blades, this alignment system can be more accurate and durable than traditional laser guides. 

The Sliding Compound Miter Saw will be available at home centers and independent distributors beginning September 2011 and it is expected to retail for approximately $599. 

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In tornado-stricken areas, the story turns to reconstruction

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An article in the New York Times examined the impact of natural disasters on local economies, as the story in the tornado-ravaged Midwest turns to one of reconstruction.

Spending on building materials is a natural outgrowth of the horrible damage sustained by cities such as Joplin, Mo., headquarters of Tamko Building Products.

Tamko donated $1 million to the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The impact of demand for home products also brought Home Depot into the story, which is setting up a 30,000-sq.-ft. temporary store in Joplin, according to the article. The Atlanta-based retailer’s store in Joplin was destroyed by a May 22 tornado.

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Haier names new heads of divisions

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New York City-based Haier America has announced the realignment of the company by creating a structure to be "fully integrated and aligned" under three main Product Business Divisions, the company announced. The Product Business Divisions will include Air Conditioning Group (ACG), White Goods Group (WGG), and Digital Products Group (DPG). 

“This new direction for Haier enables integration from end to end at all levels and presents common objectives supported by a shared road map, while clearly defining measurements and performance throughout the organization,” said Shariff Kan, president of Haier America.

The White Goods Group will be led by Executive VP Bob Cunningham who has been with the company since 2008 and previously served as senior VP of major appliances-product innovations and engineering. Mr. Cunningham has over 30 years of experience in the white goods appliance industry.

The Air Conditioning Group will be led by Executive VP, Lintao Lu who has been with the company since 2003 and previously served as senior VP of compact appliances and home comfort-product innovations and engineering. Mr. Lu has over 25 years of experience in the air conditioning industry.

The Digital Products Group will continue to be led by President Douglas Lane who joined the company in July of 2010 with over 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry.

 

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