Eco Red Shield selected in New Jersey Sandy rebuild
Eco Red Shield protected lumber has been selected as the lumber of choice in the construction of new modular homes for New Jersey’s Hurricane Sandy rebuild.
According to parent company Eco Building Products, a total of 75 modular homes by Statewide Custom Modular Homes are under contract to be constructed using Eco Red Shield; seven of which have aleady been ordered by Statewide president Bruce Goodstein.
"Being that this is a rebuild, and perception is 9/10 of the law, Bruce and his team knew that to remain the leader in their market, they had to raise the bar and provide a superior product for their clients," said Steve Conboy, president and CEO of Eco Building Products. "Recent Web-based articles are circulating that highlight the fire dangers associated with modular homes and light-gauge construction. Bruce Goodstein and Statewide Homes have decided to switch to Eco Red Shield at all costs to ensure his modular homes are not included in that discussion."
Conboy added that Statewide’s Virginia-based producer, Nationwide Homes, will be working closely with Eco’s affiliate in Virginia in the creation of the new channel opportunity. It is expected that all of Statewide’s future modular homes will eventually be constructed with Eco Red Shield, Conboy said.
Cool Minder introduces fan reverser for tractors
Designed to keep utility vehicle radiators free of dust and debris, the ProManPTO Cool Minder fan reverser for the John Deere Gator has brand-specific connectors allowing for easy use.
When the thermostat starts the Gator’s cooling fan, Cool Minder automatically reverses the fan’s direction for several seconds to blow out debris and dust build-up on the radiator. Then the program winds the fan down to a stop and reverses the fan to continue through its normal cooling cycle for a number of minutes.
Other brand-specific Cool Minder fan reversers are available currently for the majority of Polaris, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki ATVs and UTVs. They will be available for other brands and mowers "soon," the company said.
PRO Group and Distribution America kick off annual meeting
Marco Island, Fla. — Home improvement product buyers and sellers are taking care of business here at the 10th annual PRO Group and Distribution America Executive Planning Conference.
The event brings together the nation’s top suppliers and distributors serving the independent home improvement industry. Event organizers calculate that a total of 2,791 business meetings will take place over two days, with each distributor conducting one-on-one meetings with key manufacturers.
Attendance is up, and so is optimism, organizers said.
“Business conditions are certainly stronger than they were going into last year’s Executive Planning Conference,” said Dave Christmas, president of Distribution America. “The conference is well-timed as we look toward continued growth in 2014 and beyond.”
The Executive Planning Conference is celebrating its tenth anniversary of being hosted jointly by PRO Group and Distribution America.
“Participants tell us it is by far the best use of their time all year,” said Steve Synnott, president and CEO of PRO Group. “They don’t talk about football or the weather in these meetings. They talk about features and advantages of products, trends and what is important to the distributors. At the end of each 20 minute meeting, distributors walk away with a clear plan with that supplier for the coming year.”
Synnott and Christmas see increased growth in the new year and anticipate the continuation of trends from 2013. "Our distributor members are seeing an increase in overall business conditions and they are gaining market share,” said Christmas. “We anticipate that continuing in 2014.”