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Hardwood event hits Portland in late April

BY Ken Clark

Portland, Ore.-based Western Hardwood Association will host the International Hardwood Convention & Exposition April 30 to May 2 at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center in Portland.

An estimated 300 Asian, European and U.S,. East Coast buyers will be exposed to a variety of western hardwoods from producers, wholesalers, importers and exporters. Lumber, millwork and finished products will also be highlighted during the show. 

Seminars, training and a mill tour are also included. More information is available from the association at westernhardwood.org.

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PRO Group embraces QR codes

BY Ken Clark

Denver-based PRO Group said it is helping its affiliated stores through the use of QR (quick-response) codes.

By using QR (quick-response) codes, PRO-affiliated stores can let consumers tap bargains and information by tapping their smartphones; links reveal coupons for goods and demonstration videos for do-it-yourself projects.

PRO said it also helps retailers build their Internet presence by distributing monthly bargain-of-the-month and circular graphics in formats suitable for store websites and Facebook. 

PRO Group is a multidivisional international merchandising and marketing organization. Its operating units include PRO Hardware, GardenMaster, Farm Mart and Golden-Link. The company’s purchasing power exceeds $3 billion through its member distributors. 

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AZEK Rail Metal Balusters make connections

BY Ken Clark

AZEK Building Products introduced new AZEK Rail Metal Balusters in round and square styles.

The balusters are designed to include an extruded screw “chase” or channel to allow a direct screw attachment to the railing. This design allows for a stronger baluster connection as the baluster is connected directly to the railing. It also eliminates unattractive plastic connectors to give the railing a clean look, according to the company. All balusters, straight and stair, come ready to install with no cutting required on the jobsite.

The stair balusters are pre-cut to a typical 35-degree angle to accommodate the majority of stair designs. 

The products are available in four lengths (29 in., 31 in., 35 in. and 37 in.) as well as stair balusters in two lengths (31 in. and 37 in.).  These lengths are designed to meet rail building codes in all areas.  

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