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GE joins forces with MakerBot and TechShop

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Following up on its recent partnership with Local Motors, GE is teaming up with MakerBot and TechShop.

“GE continues to foster collaborative relationships to drive innovation through cutting-edge manufacturing models and partnerships that are redefining how ground-breaking products are made,” said Kevin Nolan, VP technology for GE Appliances.

In this newest installment of product innovations, GE will work on a new generation of home appliances through FirstBuild, an online co-creation and micromanufacturing community.

Among its first projects? A microkitchen with big style in a small format, as well as an indoor grill.

The FirstBuild community will have a hand in selecting the winning designs, which will then be brought to life at the FirstBuild microfactory in Louisville, Kentucky. Certain products that generate enough demand will have the chance to scale up to mass production.

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Weston Forest Products hires US-group manager

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Mississauga, Ontario-based distributor Weston Forest Products announced that Jared Carroll is joining the company as manager of its new US Trading Group.

“We have known Jared for a very long time, and we are excited that he is leading this new business unit for us,” said Rick Ekstein, president and CEO. “We truly believe that adding Jared to our team will bring tremendous value to our existing customer and supplier base.”

Jared will be reporting to Rob Hruby, Weston’s vice president of purchasing. 

Weston Forest Products is the largest distributor of forest products to the crating and packaging industry in Canada, as well as one of the suppliers to Canada’s growing infrastructure sector, and several other niche markets.

 

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MoistureShield’s hosting a Summer Giveaway

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MoistureShield Composite Decking kicked off its eight-week Summer Giveaway on Tuesday, which will offer weekly deck-themed prizes to one winner per week.

"There’s no better opportunity than summer time to enjoy your friends and family on your deck," said Brent Gwatney, SVP sales and marketing. "This sweepstakes is our way of helping our customers enjoy building and relaxing on their decks even more. We know our contractors are working hard in the summer months so we want to help them enjoy time with friends and family as much as possible."

Among the prizes — which range from $65 to $1,000 in value — are Bose wireless outdoor speakers, a DeWalt 20-volt cordless drill, a Husky portable air compressor, Lifoam Double Wooden Cooler and more.

The giveaway will run through August 10, and entry is on a rolling basis. Contests can enter via the MoistureShield Facebook page and can get five bonus entries by sharing the sweepstakes link.

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