Fiberon partners up with Monsma for Midwest distribution
Fiberon has announced its partnership with Monsma Marketing Corp., a Michigan-based building materials distributor serving the Midwest.
Fiberon’s PVC and composite decking, railing and fencing products will be distributed to lumberyards and home improvement centers in Michigan and Indiana, backed up by Monsma’s 15 years of experience with distributing composite decking products.
“We selected Fiberon because it fits our strategy of partnering with national brands that offer a full breadth of product in their category,” said Brian Stephens, director of product development, Monsma Marketing. “The company’s extensive line of decking, railing, lighting and fastener products will provide us with a portfolio that will help our customers compete and succeed in the decking industry.”
“Monsma has been a premier distributor of building materials since before World War II, so it’s clear they are experts in their field,” said Doug Mancosh, president of Fiberon. "Working with a knowledgeable, service-oriented company such as Monsma is going to quickly expand the Fiberon footprint in the Midwest.”
Honeywell touts new tech-enabled smart thermostat
Honeywell has released the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control, an innovative thermostat that is voice-activated and cloud-connected.
Using advanced far-field voice technology that breaks through the ambient noise in the home, users can switch on the thermostat from across the room simply by saying "Hello, thermostat." Further action can be taken through commands, such as "make it four degrees warmer" or "make it much cooler."
“Most homeowners know the feeling of coming through the front door while juggling bags of groceries, a stack of mail and keys to a less-than-comfortable temperature,” said Tony Uttley, general manager of Home Comfort and Energy Systems at Honeywell. “With this hands-free advancement, homeowners can simply speak to their thermostat, and it responds by adjusting the environment to their preferences. We believe the next generation of advancements in connected home technology means people don’t have to be tied to their devices. Instead, Honeywell devices are truly an extension of their lifestyle.”
The thermostat is programmed to recognize the homeowner’s voice upon installation and can recognize more commands over time based on previous interactions. It can be designed to match or accent existing decor schemes, and provides users with the opportunity to regulate and monitor their energy usage through their smartphones.
Equator launches sixth-generation washer/dryer-in-one
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.