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Golden Hammer poised to strike in Las Vegas

BY Ken Clark

For the 29th year, the Golden Hammer Awards will recognize excellence in the home improvement industry.

The date for the award ceremony and panel presentation has been set for the morning of May 8. It will occur during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

In addition to recognizing leading companies in the home improvement and building material industry, the Golden Hammer will include a presentation from leading retailers during the breakfast ceremony.

“Everyone at Home Channel News is very happy to build on the tradition of the Golden Hammer event as we continue to work with our partners at the National Hardware Show,” said Ken Clark, HCN editor.

Last year, the event honored Westminster, Mass.-based Aubuchon Hardware as Retailer of the Year and Snohomish, Wash.-based McDaniel’s Do-It-Center as Tools of the Trade honoree. The 2012 event also recognized Bob Taylor, CEO of Do it Best Corp., as the Home Channel Hall of Fame inductee.

The National Hardware Show will take place at the Las Convention Center May 7-9.

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New paint tackles air pollution

BY Ken Clark

With technology imported from the Philippines, Knoxout paint cleans the air while its on the wall — so the theory goes. 

Redwood City, Calif.-based Environmental Imports Inc. signed a deal with Pacific Paint Philippines to distribute Knoxout Air Cleaning Paint in the United States. 

In Knoxout, a compound called CristalActiv uses light energy to break down nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (the two components of smog) into harmless substances through a process called photocatalysis.

Air pollution is a problem in most major cities around the world," said Johnson Ongking , VP of Pacific Paint. "Eliminating emissions of NOx and other air pollutants would be the best solution, but that is not yet possible in today’s world. Painting a wall with Knoxout is one of the few ways for people to take an active part in cleaning out the NOx that we put in the air. By transforming ordinary walls into air purifiers with a few brushstrokes, people all over the world can be part of the movement for cleaner air."

According to the company, a surface painted with Knoxout is able to continuously clean the air as long as the paint is on the wall. The company puts it another way: “In essence, it transforms ordinary painted surfaces into air purifiers.”

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Husqvarna unveils all-wheel drive mower

BY HBSDealer Staff

Husqvarna has announced the launch of its new walk-behind mower with All-Wheel Drive technology, engineered to tackle the toughest mowing challenges.

The HU800AWD features a heavy-duty steel deck and a Honda GCV 190 engine. Complementing its All-Wheel Drive feature, the HU800AWD has wheels with an aggressive tread pattern, which provides additional traction and maneuverability.

Additional features include:

  • Side guard and grass comb, to improve edging performance;
  • Large, dust-blocking bag;
  • Premium, comfort-grip control bail to reduce operator fatigue;
  • Variable drive speed; and
  • Water hose connector for easy deck cleaning.

The Husqvarna All-Wheel Drive walk mower is available exclusively at Lowe’s and authorized Husqvarna dealers nationwide for $499.95. 

Along with the launch of the HU800AWD, Husqvarna is asking consumers to share stories of how they "Challenge the Impossible" in their everyday lives. Entrants must first "like" Husqvarna USA on Facebook, then submit a written entry (150 words or less) and a photograph to husqvarna.com/us/stories. The promotion will run from March 11 through Aug. 19, and will recognize a phase one winner in late May and the phase two winner in late August. 

The top three finalists will be voted on by consumers on the Husqvarna USA Facebook page, with both grand prize winners being awarded an outdoor prize pack valued up to $5,000

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