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Equator launches sixth-generation washer/dryer-in-one

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Equator Advanced Appliances has announced plans to create a new single-unit washer and dryer with dual venting options. 

"The Equator Super Combo is our sixth-generation single-unit washer/dryer — but with a unique new venting feature that allows consumers the option to make a choice," said Equator president Atul Vir. "With the touch of a button, the user can now decide whether to vent heat externally or to capture condensation internally and purge it through a drain hose."

The dual venting option makes the unit more portable for use on boats, RVs and campers, as well as in apartments where traditional venting is not available.

The unit is 24 ins. wide, making it compatible with small spaces. It also eliminates the need to move clothes between the washer and the dryer. The Super Combo has a spin speed of 1,000 RPMs and can hold 13 pounds of laundry.

Other features include a VFD-lit panel that displays status and remaining time, delayed start option, child safety lock, coin trap, add-a-sock option and a wrinkle guard setting.

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USG hires new COO and SVP/international president

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USG Corporation has made a couple of executive appointments in line with its overall growth strategy of diversifying the company’s earnings. Effective Oct. 1, Christopher R. Griffin will leave his post as executive VP operations for the role of executive VP and COO. Additionally, Jennifer F. Scanlon will transition from VP and president, international to senior VP and president, international.

Totaling 28 years of experience in the building materials industry, Griffin has been with the company since 1997 and has held roles in sales, product management, marketing and international operations.

“Chris is an exceptionally strong leader with a deep knowledge of our industry and excellent relationships with our customers,” said James S. Metcalf, chairman, president and CEO. “He has been instrumental in successfully implementing USG’s strategy and positioning the company to take advantage of the anticipated recovery in North American housing and construction markets."

Scanlon joined the company as director of supply chain management and customer relationship management strategy in 2003. She eventually assumed responsibility for USG’s IT strategy and operations and became VP international.

“Jenny has done an outstanding job identifying international growth opportunities that will facilitate our goal of diversifying USG’s earnings,” Metcalf continued. “I am confident that our new operations in India and Oman, our joint venture in China, and our other international operations will continue to thrive under Jenny’s leadership.”

Both Griffin and Scanlon will report to Metcalf.

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Nate Young named VP global innovation at Newell Rubbermaid

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Newell Rubbermaid has appointed Nate Young to the newly created role of VP global innovation, which will involve developing the company’s innovation process.

Young will be leaving his role as president of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business, a nonprofit education and business institution. In his new role, he will work closely with the marketing and design/R&D departments to help drive innovation across the business and build a network of inventor, university and corporate innovation communities.

"Nate has already been intimately involved with Newell Rubbermaid, having led a successful series of innovation workshops for our business segments that generated hundreds of promising ideas," said Chuck Jones, Newell Rubbermaid’s chief design and R&D officer. "His familiarity with our Growth Game Plan and unique, diverse and rich experience across the corporate, consulting and education sectors make him the ideal candidate to lead our innovation efforts."

Young has 30 years of experience in boosting the innovative capacities of large organizations. Previously, he also held roles as executive VP and chief academic officer at Art Center College of Design. He is the founder of TWISThink, a Michigan-based product design and development firm.

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