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High-tech, water-saving K&B innovation

BY HBSDEALER Staff

ConservCo Waterfall Series Showerheads
The WS-M5C-C Multnomah Showerhead Combo-Pack, named after one of the largest waterfalls in the world, offers five spray patterns in a wide-faced “Rain-Style” showerhead. Engineered to flow at 2.5 gallons per minute, its design makes the user feel as if he or she is using more water. The Multnomah Combo-Pack includes two showerheads (one fixed and one handheld). The heads can be used together in one shower, or separately in two. The showerhead, made of ABS and brass, was seen at this year’s National Hardware Show’s New Product World. (conservco.us)

KitchenAid French Door Refrigerators
KitchenAid has introduced new freestanding French door refrigerators that utilize a system of advancements to extend the storage life of fresh and frozen ingredients. These models join a line of models with the company’s Preserva Food Care System, which controls humidity, ethylene gas and odors. Sequential dual evaporators provide independent cooling to help prevent refrigerator air from mixing with freezer air. Two interchangeable humidity-controlled crispers with a FreshFlow Produce Preserver in one of the crispers helps delay over-ripening by up to 25% in produce. The crispers are humidity-controlled automatically based on the amount and types of foods. (kitchenaid.com)

Moen Russo kitchen faucet
The new Moen Russo kitchen faucet, available exclusively at Menards, is a pulldown kitchen faucet with a single-handle, single-hole design. It has a Spot Resist Stainless finish, which resists water spots and fingerprints. It also features a high-arc spout — ideal for filling large pots and pans — and offers a multi-function pulldown wand to allow users to switch between several water-flow patterns with the touch of a button, including powerful spray, aerated stream and a pause button. In addition, the Moen Reflex system offers a wide range of motion, reach and secure retraction. Each Russo faucet features the Moen 1255 Duralast cartridge for a smooth handle feel, as well as the Quick Connect installation system. A “click” audibly signals a secure connection and eliminates the need for tools to attach the water line to the faucet. (moen.com)

GE Double Ovens
GE has announced eight double-oven models, including an electric slide-in double oven. Double ovens also reduce energy use and save money by cooking with the oven best suited to the meal. The smaller top oven heats faster and uses less energy than the bottom oven, as well as most standard single ovens. The bottom oven can hold larger meals, and in most GE models, features advanced convection cooking for even baking and roasting. (geconsumerproducts.com)

TOTO Wyeth Faucet Collection
TOTO’s Wyeth Faucet Collection features high-­efficiency lavatory faucets, tub fillers and shower trim. The collection complements traditional, transitional and contemporary bath decor. This Universal Design product suite features ADA-­compliant lever handles to facilitate ease of use. The environmentally friendly, Watersense-labeled, high-­efficiency faucet consumes a 1.5 gallons per minute. (totousa.com)

Porcher Chapeau pedestal lavatory
The new Chapeau pedestal lavatory from Porcher coordinates with a wide range of bathroom decors. The white pedestal lavatory completes the Chapeau suite. Available separately as a wall-hung option or with a 36-in. Right Height pedestal, the Chapeau lavatory offers design flexibility. The lavatory features faucet holes on 8-in. centers and fire clay construction. Also available is an optional European complete pop-up drain assembly, which is offered in three finishes: polished chrome, polished nickel and brushed nickel. The matching Chapeau LXP toilet features a one-piece elongated design and is available in 1.6-gallon per flush (gpf) or high efficiency 1.28 gpf models. Both models feature American Standard PowerWash bowl cleaning technology, which ensures a powerful flush and superior bowl cleaning. (americanstandard-us.com)

BLANCO water-saving kitchen faucets
German manufacturer BLANCO has introduced nine new water-saving faucets, which conserve water without sacrificing style or performance. The new BLANCO Linus, the award-winning BLANCO Culina and the new BLANCO Alta are just a few designs from the collection. With an 1.8 GPM flow rate and ceramic disc cartridge, each faucet helps preserve the earth’s drinking water supply. The ultra-efficient BLANCO Hydra saves 30% with a 1.5 GPM flow rate. The BLANCO eco-friendly faucets come in a range of finishes, including Polished Chrome, Satin Nickel plus Silgranit II colors: Café Brown, Biscotti, Truffle and Anthracite. (blancoamerica.com)

Dacor Warming Drawers
Dacor’s Renaissance 30-in. Millennia Warming Drawer is a complement to the recently launched Renaissance 30-in. Single and Double Wall Ovens. The Warming Drawer features black glass and vertical stainless steel facades, as well as an identical brushed stainless steel handle. The Renaissance 30-in. Warming Drawer offers four different heat settings: Proof, Low, Medium and High. The Proof mode is ideal for activating yeast when baking bread, while the other settings are used for keeping dinner plates warm. The Warming Drawer also features an Illuminated Electronic Control Panel, which allows for simple and convenient temperature selection. A Moist/Crisp Slide feature allows users to select how moist or crisp they want their food to be when warming. (dacor.com)

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Show time

BY Ken Clark

When the Do it Best Corp. Fall Market kicks off in Indianapolis Oct. 13, the art of the deal will be on full display. Artist Erik Wahl will lead the show’s Kickoff Breakfast with a lesson on the link between vision and success. The rest of the weekend is expected to see a boost in deal-making.

Other highlights on tap include a concert by country music star Eric Church on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But the biggest highlight is the Sunday distribution of member rebates — and the co-op is prepared to hand out in excess of $100 million, for the ninth consecutive year.

The co-op’s May Market, highlights from which are shown here, saw an 8% increase in business activity. And based on preliminary registration, show organizers are optimistic that the Fall Market will generate even more.

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Tractor Supply CEO to step down in 2013

BY Ken Clark

Brentwood, Tenn.-based Tractor Supply has announced a management succession plan to take effect Jan. 1.

Jim Wright, who was named CEO of Tractor Supply in 2004 and who took on the additional role of chairman in 2007, will be replaced by Gregory Sandfort, currently the company’s chief operating officer.

Sandfort joined Tractor Supply as chief merchandising officer in November 2007. He was promoted to president and chief merchandising officer in February 2009 and to president and chief operating officer in February 2012. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, he previously served as president and chief operating officer at Michaels Stores and has also held positions of increasing responsibility in merchandising and management at retailers such as Sears Roebuck and Co. and Federated Department Stores.

Tractor Supply is the largest farm and ranch retailer in the United States, with 1,135 stores. The company was named Home Channel News retailer of the year in 2007 at a ceremony at the National Hardware Show.

Wright joined Tractor Supply in 2000 as president and chief operating officer. During his tenure, Tractor Supply’s revenues increased from $759 million in 2000 to $4.2 billion in 2011.

In 2008, Wright described the essence of Tractor Supply Co. to a room full of investors: “What makes Tractor Supply work is the eclectic mix of product that happens to produce a market basket that’s just a general store for people living their lifestyle,” he said. “I wouldn’t doubt that several people will continue to take runs at some of our categories. And when they do, we’ll respond.”

Wright will be appointed executive chairman of the board with a term of one year on Jan. 1.

In a statement from yesterday’s announcement, Wright said: “I have been privileged to serve with an exceptional team at Tractor Supply over the past 12 years. I have confidence in the team’s ability to continue the company’s record of success and look forward to continuing to work with the leadership team in my new role as executive chairman.”

The company also announced today that Steve Barbarick has been promoted to executive VP merchandising. 

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