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HCN Stock Watch: Even stevens

BY HBSDEALER Staff

HCN Top 30 stocks were almost exactly split down the middle at Monday’s close, with half posting growth and half posting losses (or, in BlueLinx’s case, no change).

 

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Delta reports higher traction on H2Okinetic technology

BY HBSDealer Staff

Boston — Delta’s innovative H2Okinetic Technology enjoyed its share of the spotlight at the Orgill Market. The innovation, launched a couple years ago and in the process of gaining traction, was prominently displayed at the Delta booth here.

National account manager Christopher Conlisk said that the company has increased advertising coverage of the new H2Okinetic Technology in an effort to increase its market presence.

"We’ve improved the showering experience while maintaining a water-efficient product that uses less gallons per minute," he said. "The water droplets are larger so it feels like a higher volume of water, but you’re actually using less water overall."

H2Okinetic Technology, which is present in Delta’s In2ition Two in One Shower Head and some of its tub and shower valves, uses special chips positioned in the shower head to move the water in a unique pattern, which conserves water without downgrading the end-user experience.

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Sears enters Energy Star’s Battle of the Buildings competition

BY HBSDealer Staff

Sears will be among thousands of teams representing commercial buildings in this year’s Energy Star Battle of the Buildings competition, a yearly event that encourages businesses to trim their energy consumption with a healthy dose of friendly fire.

"Sears Holdings is honored to be a part of the EPA’s Energy Star National Building Competition for the fourth consecutive year," said David Rich, vice president of Retail Operations. "This year, we are dramatically increasing the number of facilities which we have entered into the competition and are looking to take our energy management program to the next level."

Sears Holdings has entered 122 Sears and Kmart stores to compete against the other entrants, which range from retail stores to schools, hotels and museums.

A website maintained by the EPA will track the competitors and their progress, as well as a live Twitter feed for competitors to post and a user-generated photo stream. The building to achieve the biggest percentage-based reduction in energy usage will be announced as the winner among more than 3,200 competitors next April.

Previously, three of Sears’ Kmart stores finished in the Top 15 Overall category in last year’s competition. Sears credits the competition with helping the company achieve significant savings in its energy consumption.

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