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Ergodyne gloves are lined with Kevlar for protection

BY HBSDealer Staff

St. Paul, Minn.-based Ergodyne announced the launch of the ProFlex 710CR Cut-Resistant Trades Glove and ProFlex 820CR Cut-Resistant PVC Handler Glove. 

The new gloves combine the task-specific benefits of ProFlex Hand Protection with the cut-resistant technology of DuPont Kevlar to deliver superior protection and performance in two tenacious gloves.

Both the ProFlex 710CR and 820CR are lined with Kevlar to provide cut-resistant protection throughout the entirety of the glove, while maintaining superb dexterity and flexibility. The ProFlex 710CR Trades Glove features a gel polymer palm to dampen shock and impact. And on the Handlers, the ProFlex 820CR provides textured PVC on the palm and fingertips for a more secure grip in both wet and dry conditions.

Both gloves will be available July 2011 at all authorized Ergodyne distributors.

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LP’s FlameBlock expands its safety accreditation

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LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Sheathing is now included in the CAL FIRE Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Products Handbook, published by the California Office of the State Fire Marshall, for use in roof decking exposed as open eaves.

FlameBlock satisfies the WUI rules for use in the underside of open eaves through its CAL FIRE “low ignition surface” classification, which is granted based on the product’s Class A flame spread rating.

Use of LP FlameBlock in this application creates design flexibility by affording designers and builders a wider range of material options, while also providing a potentially more cost effective means of meeting WUI standards. In addition, an assembly utilizing LP FlameBlock panels with tongue-and-groove cedar or redwood boards was recently added to the WUI Products Handbook as approved construction for use in boxed soffit applications. The assembly, consisting of 15/32 category FlameBlock installed behind the T&G soffit ceiling boards, earned approval by passing CAL-FIRE’s stringent SFM 12-7A-3 soffit fire test.

“With the new LP FlameBlock Sheathing eave and soffit code approvals, California builders can have even more confidence in using FlameBlock to provide fire protection for homeowners,” said Judy Musgrove, OSB marketing manager. “In addition, the product is durable, easy to work with and installs like regular roof decking, making it a cost-effective, easy way for builders to meet codes.”

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Former Home Depot exec joins lighting company

BY HBSDEALER Staff

TCP, the Aurora, Ohio-based manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting products, has announced that industry veteran Jorge Fernandez will be joining the company in the position of senior VP business development. Fernandez comes to TCP from Home Depot, where he led the company’s energy-efficient lighting category.

“Jorge will immediately assume the critical role leading our LED product strategy and also manage our emerging markets development, focused on our rapid expansion in Latin America," said Ellis Yan, CEO of TCP.  "Jorge brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise, particularly in the LED lighting segment, and he is recognized as one of the industry’s leading experts on energy-efficient lighting."

Fernandez came to Home Depot in 2003 as a part of its management development program, where he was an associate in the Internal Audit Leadership Program. He rose through several positions of increasing responsibility in merchandising, eventually assuming his most recent position as senior merchant of LED product development.

While at Home Depot, Fernandez led the retailer’s entry into the energy-efficient and LED lighting category. Prior to that, he worked for AT&T (formerly BellSouth Telecommunications) as an engineering project manager in its networks division. 

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