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Fi-Foil names Newman regional sales manager

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Fi-Foil Company, maker of energy-efficient reflective insulation and radiation barriers, named Tony Newman to the post of regional sales manager. 

Between 2000 and 2010, Newman managed sales and operations for Genesis Insulation Inc./Energy Efficient Consulting. He also has additional administrative experience working for Cross-Man Holdings, where he was project manager for tenant improvement, and also provided budget management services. 

“We are very excited to have Tony on board — his background as an insulation contractor and many years in the building industry will be an invaluable asset to our future growth” said Michael Hayes, Fi-Foil’s VP sales.

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New at Knipex: Angled pliers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Knipex Tools introduced a series of angled pliers and cutters. 

The German-made Orbis angled pliers and cutters feature an innovative 25-degree comfort angle that makes the tool a natural extension of the user’s hand, according to the manufacturer.

The 25-degree, 8-in., angled, long-nose pliers features three different-sized pulling grooves, preserving a tight grip when holding or pulling round items.

“Nothing is more frustrating than reaching into a tight place and pulling a spring or other round object and having it slip out of the long nose pliers. These pulling grooves make this task so much easier and less stressful,” said Alan Sipe, president and general manager, Knipex Tools.

Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Knipex Tools LP is the North American sales and marketing organization of Knipex‐Werk.

The 25-degree, 7 ½-in., angled combination pliers are designed with a greater gripping surface for a steady and consistent grip on pipes and connections. The serrated tips provide a consistent grip during detailed work to produce optimal results.

For tough, continuous use, the 25-degree 7-in. angled diagonal cutter has a high-leverage design, which allows for 30 percent more cutting power. Similar to the angled long nose and angled combination pliers, the diagonal cutter’s induction-hardened cutting edges cut any hard wire, piano wire and ACSR, in addition to copper and aluminum.

The 25-degree 8 ¾-in. angled cable cutter produces clean cuts on aluminum cables, single and multiple wires, including soft copper up to 2/0 AWG without crushing or deformation. To provide safe operation the angled cable cutter is equipped with a locking mechanism when the tool is not in use.

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Masonite promotes Safe ‘N Sound

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For homeowners interested in sustainable building products, Masonite International Corporation is promoting several interior door options as part of the Safe ‘N Sound collection.

On display at this year’s 2014 Pacific Coast Builder Conference, Safe ‘N Sound Solid Core and Emerald Solid Core Safe ‘N Sound doors are manufactured with DorCor. DorCor is a low-density fiberboard made from renewable wheat straw that offers reduced sound transmission while retaining the heft and feel of solid wood. In addition, each Emerald Solid Core Safe ‘N Sound door is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and contains no added urea formaldehyde.

“Because of the expanded focus on the versatility of our doors, not only from a functional aspect but from a design aspect as well, we wanted to highlight our eco-friendly options as it increasingly plays an important factor in the consumer’s buying decision,” said Shaun Alsdorf, senior director of Interior Products at Masonite. “The Safe ‘N Sound collection has been engineered to appeal to homeowners, builders and designers who want green options without sacrificing style or quality.”

According to the company, these doors meet several strict requirements for “green” certifications, such as LEED and the NAHB National Green Building Program. The Masonite Safe ‘N Sound options are available for a variety of popular Masonite interior door styles and configurations.

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