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DMT receives seal of approval

BY HBSDEALER Staff

DMT Diamond Machining Technology, based in Marlborough, Mass., has received the Seal of Approval from the National Home Gardening Club for its Diafold Diamond Flat File.

DMT provided its Diafold Diamond Flat Files to 87 members to the club for testing during the summer and fall of 2010.

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Sales, earnings rise at Whirlpool

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Whirlpool Corp., the Benton Harbor, Mich., appliance maker reported sales of $4.4 billion for its first fiscal quarter, a 3% rise over sales of $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2010. Earnings for the worldwide manufacturer were $169 million for the quarter, compared with $164 million a year ago.

"Our first-quarter results reflect our ongoing cost reduction efforts and continued innovation investments, which helped to mitigate significant material cost inflation," said Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corp.  

In the North American division, Whirlpool posted first-quarter sales of $2.3 billion, up slightly from the prior year. North America unit shipments increased approximately 4%. The North America region reported operating profit of $59 million compared with $94 million in the previous year. Results were favorably impacted by cost reduction and productivity initiatives and foreign exchange fluctuations. These factors were offset by lower product price/mix and higher material costs.  

Based on the current economic outlook, Whirlpool continues to expect full-year 2011 U.S. industry unit shipments to increase between 2% and 3%.

"Despite a substantial increase in material and oil-related cost inflation, we are maintaining our full-year earnings and cash flow outlook," Fettig said. "We have implemented cost-based price increases in many regions around the world, continue to introduce a strong cadence of innovative new products and remain focused on accelerating our cost reduction and productivity improvements to manage higher material cost inflation." 

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New GSA standards announced for carpeting

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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which serves as the purchasing arm of the U.S. government, has announced new standards for all broadloom (wall-to-wall) carpet and carpet tile purchased through the GSA. Current GSA carpet suppliers have until Jan. 1, 2012, to certify their products to NSF/ANSI 140 Gold Level in order for their carpets to be considered for purchase.

NSF International, an independent organization committed to protecting human health and the environment, developed the official American National Standard for Sustainable Carpet (NSF/ANSI 140) to establish sustainability performance requirements for evaluating a carpet product’s life cycle and supply chain. The criteria include evaluating the product’s social and environmental performance, including labor practices, human rights, product life cycle assessment, energy efficiency, environmental management, reclamation and end-of-product-life management.  The standard was initially released in 2007 and updated in 2010.

GSA has required that broadloom carpet and carpet tile purchased by the government meet the Gold Level certification requirements of the NSF/ANSI 140 standard as part of the GSA’s overall sustainable acquisition goals. GSA has mandated that 95% of all purchases made through the agency meet sustainability requirements by the end of 2011.This includes products and services that are purchased for internal use, such as building construction, repairs and alterations, as well as for maintenance. The GSA will further define its sustainability requirements for other products and phase them in by product category throughout the year.

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