Herbicide suspected in widespread tree deaths
An article in the Columbus Dispatch reported that a new herbicide is suspected of killing thousands of trees in a problem that’s causing havoc among nursery companies.
The name of the suspected herbicide is Imprelis. It was introduced in the market by DuPont last fall and is used by lawn-care companies. The newspaper reported that about 75% of Ohio landscapers and golf course superintendents used Imprelis this year.
There is no version of the product designed for consumers.
Aware of complaints, DuPont officials have told users to avoid using the herbicide near Norwary spruces and white pines and other plants. It also told the paper it continues to investigate the problem of dying trees.
Feeney expands line of CableRail cable fittings
Oakland, Calif.-based Feeney Inc., makers of the CableRail brand of architectural cable assemblies, introduced its new line of CableRail swageless Quick-Connect cable hardware. Feeney has taken the patented automatic-locking-jaw design of its original Quick-Connect fitting and applied it to an entire line of cable-end fittings.
“With the expansion of the Quick-Connect line we’ve provided cable installers more flexibility in the field," said Andrew Toimil, VP operations at Feeney. "Not only are there more fitting styles to accommodate virtually any railing installation condition or design need, but the functional simplicity of the fittings also saves a lot of time during installation."
Quick-Connect fittings attach to the cable by hand in the field without special tools. Special spring-loaded one-way jaws allow the end of the cable to easily slide into the fitting and then automatically grab and lock on when the cable is pulled back, according to the company.
Researchers warn of delayed foreclosures and stalled recovery
An article in USA Today points to concerns over uncertainty about foreclosure rules, and their impact on the housing market recovery.
While about one million financially distressed Americans could stay in their homes longer thanks to foreclosure processing delays, but the result for the general housing market could be a delayed recovery, according to the article.
States where foreclosures take the longest to process are New York, 966 days; New Jersey 944 days and Florida, 676 days, according to the article, citing RealtyTrac. The average foreclosure process takes about 318 days.
The article further reported that foreclosure filings through the first six months of 2011 were down 29% compared to the same period last year.