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Forrest introduces tenoning blade

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Clifton, N.J.-based Forrest Manufacturing has introduced a Duraline Tenoning Blade for serious craftsmen.

The new blade makes it faster and easier for advanced woodworkers to produce clean, reliable mortise and tenon joints.

“To the best of our knowledge, this blade is unique in our industry,” said Jim Forrest, president. The product was developed in response to requests from furniture makers and other customers, he added.

Forrest’s Duraline Tenoning Blade enables woodworkers to create a tenon in two steps. Step one is to make horizontal cross-cuts to create splinter-free scoring marks all around. Step two is to mount the piece on a tenoning jig and then make vertical cheek cuts to remove excess wood.

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Sellars new VP for Cash Acme and SharkBite Products

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Paul Sellars has been named VP sales for Reliance Worldwide USA, manufacturers and distributors of Cash Acme and SharkBite-branded products.

Prior to joining Reliance, Sellars served as director of sales for Rinnai America Corp., with previous positions at State Industries, Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath and Kohler Co.

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Floor & Decor acquired by private equity firms

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Floor and Decor Outlets of America, a chain of floor covering retail outlets, has signed an agreement to be purchased by an affiliate of Ares Management and Freeman Spogli & Co. from an investor group that includes Najeti Ventures, Saugatuck Capital Co. and TWJ Capital.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Floor and Decor currently sells ceramic, stone, wood and laminate flooring through 25 stores in 15 U.S. metro markets, as well as through its website, flooranddecoroutlets. Its brick-and-mortar locations typically range from 60,000 sq. ft. to 80,000 sq. ft. and are set in warehouse-style buildings with merchandise stacked on pallets. Customers are primarily homeowners and professional contractors.

Based in Los Angeles, Ares Management is also an investor in Orchard Supply Hardware, a chain of home improvement stores throughout California.

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