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At HIRI conference: Housing on tap

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) has announced its upcoming 2013 HIRI Fall Conference, with this year’s theme set to focus on "Changing Home Improvement Attitudes & Behaviors."

Speakers will include Lisa Marquis Jackson, senior VP of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, who will deliver a session on “Clarity on the Housing Recovery.”

She will share insight on the fundamental drivers affecting both new construction and remodeling segments of the housing industry.

The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza at Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center on Oct. 16, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

HIRI encourages industry professionals to attend. The registration form is available online at HIRI.org, and there are discounted rooms available at the hotel through Oct. 14 and 15.

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HCN Stock Watch: LL’s continued fallout

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Lumber Liquidators was down 5.16% on Friday, following a surprise visit from the Feds related to its imported products.

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Diablo rolls out new blades, new promotion

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Freud America has added to its line of high-performance Diablo reciprocating saw blades with two new specialty blades: a flush cut blade and a pruning blade.

The new Diablo Flush Cut Blades are designed to handle nail-embedded wood and metal. These Bi-Metal Reciprocating Saw Blades come in 9-in. and 12-in. lengths (product numbers DS0194AFC and DS1214AFC) and feature the optimal flex body height for flush cutting. 

They have a unique tooth configuration for smoother cuts with less vibration and deliver up to four times longer cutting life than standard bi-metal blades, saving both time and money. As with most other Diablo reciprocating blades, the new Flush Cut Blade features the company’s exclusive Perma-Shield non-stick coating that reduces heat, gumming and corrosion, according to the company.

Freud America also launched its new Diablo website (DiabloTools.com) with enhanced functionality, including a comprehensive “Keyword Search,” a “Quick View” on each product, with a “Learn More” button so visitors can delve deeper into product specifications.

There also is a “Compare” button that allows visitors to view four products at one time to find out which one makes sense for their application. 

Diablo is also running the Dare To Compare Reciprocating Saw Blade Giveaway promotion

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