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Eaton delivers USB charging station

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton is continuing to deliver innovative solutions to end users with the launch of its new Universal Serial Bus (USB) Charging Station. Designed to meet both residential and commercial needs, the new product allows users to tap into four integrated USB ports rated at 5.0 total amperes (A) to quickly and easily charge any device. 

"As technology continues to evolve, consumers are looking for more convenient ways to charge their devices,” said Michele Salimbeni, marketing manager, Commercial and Residential, Eaton’s Cooper Wiring Devices business. “We’ve taken our line of USB receptacles one step further, integrating four USB ports. This convenient solution simplifies the charging process by allowing end users to connect a variety of devices.” 

Built to eliminate the need for bulky adaptors, the new USB Charging Station has the ability to replace traditional duplex receptacles. For easy installation, the device also includes pre-stripped wire leads, making it ideal for new construction or retrofit applications. 

The USB Charging Station is well-suited for both residential and commercial applications, including coffee shops, airports and offices. 

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From the AHMA survey: hot topics

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) surveyed members on two hot topic questions. 

As sales of existing-homes fell in October for the second consecutive month, the AHMA asked: “Is a strong housing market important to the success of your business?”

Ninety percent responded “Yes,” and 10% responded “No.”

Secondly, with the Affordable Care Act stumbling out of the gates, the AHMA asked: “How important is it to your business that implementation of the Affordable Care Act allows you to provide quality, affordable healthcare insurance plans to your employees?”

The survey shows 35% responded “Very important,” 10% responded “Somewhat important,” and 55% responded “Not important.”

 

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Simonton gets into the Swain School

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The 62-year old building housing The Swain School in Allentown, Pa., underwent a major energy efficiency renovation project during the summer of 2013. 

More than 250 old single-pane aluminum windows were replaced with energy-efficient Simonton Reflections 5500 vinyl windows.

"The most dramatic improvement was the addition of the impressive Simonton windows with their double-glazed glass and Argon gas fill,” said Bob Haas, associate head for finance and operations at The Swain School. “These low-maintenance windows replace some original windows in our structure from 1951 along with others that were installed in the 1980s.”

Featuring a classic frame design and a vast selection of styles, the Reflections 5500 series of vinyl windows provide offer energy efficiency. Windows come standard with ProSolar Low E glass with Argon gas fill.

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