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GE donates $10K to HomeAid

BY HBSDEALER Staff

GE has donated $10,000 to HomeAid, a nonprofit that works to provide housing for the homeless. The 25-year-old, California-based charity is working toward building 32 projects in 2014.

GE — which also donates appliances to HomeAid on an ongoing basis — has donated some $750,000 to the charity since 1989 in money and in-kind donations.

“GE has donated appliances to HomeAid projects throughout our 25-year history,” HomeAid CEO Peter Simons said. “Because of those in-kind donations, the charities we support were able to focus more resources on programs that help their clients gain self-sufficiency … GE is providing us with the resources we need to spread HomeAid to more cities around the country.”

HomeAid has built 360 multi-unit shelters in 10 states by partnering with local building associations and establishing chapters, which work with community organizations to identify which populations are hit hardest by homelessness.

“We are proud to support HomeAid as it continues to provide dignified housing to people … who are moving toward independence,” said GE’s general manager contract sales, John Boyd. “GE’s financial donation will be put to good use throughout the next year — just as much as our in-kind donations of kitchen appliances are already hard at work in various facilities.”

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AkzoNobel launches paint visualization app

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London-based paint and coating manufacturer AkzoNobel has employed the technological acumen of String, a U.K. computing company, in its bid to enter the augmented reality ring.

This latest addition to virtual reality-based home improvement applications — most recently exemplified by Lowe’s — helps consumers visualize paint colors in their own homes.

"Choosing interior colors for your home or business is a very personal undertaking," said Paul Skidmore, director of product, who oversaw the development at String. "The capability to choose real paint colors, and then preview them live on your own walls, will we hope, remove some of the risk that consumers might worry about."

Known as the Dulux Visualizer, the free app will be released in major markets (but not the U.S.) throughout June and July, and will be compatible with iOS and Android.

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Boise Cascade to open new DC

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Boise Cascade is opening a new distribution center in the Kansas City metro area. The facility, in Lee`s Summit, Missouri, will focus on serving customers within a 150-mile radius of Kansas City.   

"We are excited to be increasing our market presence by offering a wider range of products and enhanced service capability in the local market,” said Jon Strickler, location manager. “We believe the Kansas City metro market and surrounding areas offer opportunity for growth as the housing market continues to improve and repair and remodel activity increases." 

The 10-acre site is located near interstate 470 and is served by the Union Pacific railroad.  The distribution facility is expected to be fully operational by late third quarter.

"Boise Cascade has served the Kansas City market on a limited basis for several years, and we are pleased to strengthen our service and product offering with an in-market location.  We look forward to expanding our business with lumber and building material dealers, home centers, and specialty dealers," added Nick Stokes, executive VP of Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution.

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