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Fanimation recalls Brewmaster Ceiling Fans

BY HBSDealer Staff

Zionsville, Indiana-based Fanimation Inc. is recalling its Brewmaster Ceiling Fans over an impact hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the component that holds the blades has demonstrated a tendency to separate from the shaft when spinning in reverse. This can cause it to fall and injure those nearby.

So far, there have been two reports of the ceiling fan hub falling, though no injuries have been reported.

The recall affects approximately 9,300 units of Brewmaster belt-driven fans, which feature two blades in either a short neck assembly (15" from the ceiling) or a long assembly (26" from the ceiling). They come in either antique brass, pewter or black hardware and fall under the following model numbers: FP10AB, FP10AC, FP10BL, FP10PW, FP20AB, FP20AC, FP20BL and FP20PW.

They were sold at electrical distributors, fan specialty stores and lighting showrooms between June 2002 and December 2014.

Affected consumers should discontinue use and contact Fanimation for a retention collar.

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Ridgid introduces a new pipe beveller

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New from Ridgid is the B-500 Transportable Pipe Beveller, which promises speedy effectiveness in the form of a non-traditional beveling method.

The B-500 does its job in less than two minutes, and it does so without flames or sparks.

“The B-500 has distinct advantages over other beveling methods,” said Larry Feskanich, global marketing manager at Ridgid.  “Speed and accuracy are really what sets it apart. Customers are impressed with the quality it produces in just one quick pass.”

The compact unit mounts to pipes as small as 4" in diameter with a maximum 1/2" wall thickness, as well as on flat plates up to 1/2" thick.

The beveller cuts at 30 degrees, 37.5 degrees or 45 degrees using interchangeable heads.

It also has a speed monitoring feature that helps ensure a consistent finish.

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Shannon Weyenberg named COO of Design House

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Design House, a supplier of fixtures, decorative hardware and lawn and garden decor, has promoted within its ranks.

Shannon Weyenberg has been appointed to the role of COO, which will have her overseeing global operations, sales and marketing, supply chain and fulfillment for the company.

Weyenberg has been with DHI Corp., Design House's parent company, for over 7 years.

In that time, she's held various positions such as human resources manager, as well as her most recent role as VP operations.

“As our growing business inherently takes on added complexity, we are transitioning from an owner-operated business to a more professionally-managed enterprise," said DHI president and CEO Todd Witte. "Shannon has filled various roles in the company and has the leadership ability and business acumen to achieve our goals and to take the company to the next level.”

“I am optimistic in our future as we establish ourselves in new markets and continue to build our infrastructure and capabilities," said Weyenberg. "It’s an honor to lead this talented team.”

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