Gordon joins Professional Builders Supply
Bob Gordon has joined Professional Builders Supply as Charlotte market president, the company announced.
Gordon has more than 30 years of experience in building material sales and distribution.
Professional Builders Supply operates in three North Carolina locations: Morrisville, Wilmington and Charlotte.
Study: Homes are getting smarter, by a lot
According to a new ABI Research study, there will be over half a billion wireless smart home monitoring devices installed in homes worldwide by 2018.
“Combined, over 84 million contact and motion sensors will ship annually by 2018; however, it is smart plugs, smart door locks and connected smoke & CO detectors that will see the greatest shipment growth,” said senior analyst Adarsh Krishnan.
According to ABI, sales of wireless embedded smart home monitoring devices — which includes contact and motion sensors, smart thermostats and smart plugs — reached 17.23 million in 2013, nearly double that of shipments in 2012. Of these, contact sensors that can determine whether windows and doors are closed were the most popular last year, with motion sensors coming in second place.
ABI noted that there will be sustained competition between wireless protocols, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart and Zigbee.
Klein Tools rolls out punchdown tool
Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Klein Tools introduced a new Cushion-Grip Impact Punchdown Tool and Blade.
Marking an expansion of the company’s Voice/Data/Vido punchdown tool line, the Dura-Blade is a newly designed metal injection molded punchdown blade designed to deliver long-lasting cutting performance.
“Most current punchdown tools follow the same traditional, square-based pyramid style that is difficult to maneuver and requires additional accessories to reach into tight spaces,” said Sean O’Flaherty, senior product manager. “Klein Tools’ new punchdown tool naturally overcomes these hurtles with its comfortable screwdriver-shape design that includes a long, narrow shaft that eliminates these limitations and provides easy, precise access to panels and blocks.”