HIRI Summit will look into the future for trends
The future will factor heavily in the education offered during the two-day HIRI Home Improvement Industry Summit to be held Oct. 19 to 20 in Chicago at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, including a presentation from Walker Smith, executive chairman of The Futures Co.
His presentation, “Home Improvement Future-Forward: The Latest from the HIRI Future Trends Program,” will feature the findings from its latest custom research project. Key trends to be discussed include: Consumers in Control, Genuine Article and Making a Difference. This presentation will provide new insight into how the home improvement industry can innovate against shifting consumer aspirations and marketplace expectations to create solid opportunities for future growth and success, according to HIRI.
Trust, authenticity and transparency, energy savings and cause marketing will be among the buzzwords.
Smith’s presentation is just one of many slated for the two-day summit, described by HIRI as the "premier conference for information on the industry." Discounts for members and non-members are available for early-bird registrants before Sept. 16.
HIRI is the home improvement industry’s leading source for original research. It is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization comprised of more than 80 forward-thinking companies.
Milwaukee Tool invests in expansion of hand tool category
Following the launch of its Hand Tool business in 2010, Milwaukee Tool plans to launch several new products in October 2011, the company said.
The new products will fall into three new categories, which include Pliers, Snips and PEX Cutting.
“We are committed to rapidly grow our new Hand Tool business,” said Tim Albrecht, director of marketing – Hand Tools for Milwaukee Tool. “We continue to add more resources to this business unit and further invest in its development. Milwaukee Tool’s approach of understanding our core user’s needs, and then creating new-to-world designs that solve key user problems, has set us apart."
The new hand tools specifically include Quick Adjust Reaming Pliers, Tongue and Groove Pliers, Aviation Snips and a PEX/Tubing Cutter. Additionally, Milwaukee will introduce a family of 6-in-1 tools that will reduce the number of hand tools needed to complete common applications such as reaming pipe, cutting nails, pulling wire, cutting bolts and more. The 6-in-1 tools will be offered as Lineman’s Pliers, Diagonal Cutting Pliers, Combination Wire Pliers and Long Nose Pliers.
DeWalt demolition hammer offers versatility
Towson, Md.-based DeWalt launched a new 40-lb. demolition hammer (D25960K), which has been designed to offer contractors elite performance, comfort, durability and ease of use. The D25960K is made for a variety of professionals, including electricians, waterproofers, and mechanical, concrete, demolition and general contractors.
“Our new demolition hammer combines the power that contractors need for heavy-duty applications with a lightweight design,” said DeWalt product manager Jeff Beck. “We believe the D25960K exceeds contractors’ expectations specific to performance, comfort and portability. Through the implementation of specific innovative features, the D25960K is sure to be a leader in this market.”
Contributing to the comfort and control contractors can expect when using the new DeWalt demolition hammer, the D25960K features Shocks – Active Vibration Control, a soft-start control and a large rocker switch. The two-piece Shocks – Active Vibration Control system includes a counter balance mechanism and shock-mounted floating handle that helps to dampen vibration levels. Thanks to this innovative feature, the D25960K boasts a 6.8 m/s² vibration level, which is significantly less than competitive hammers on the market.
The soft start feature that is incorporated as part of the D25960K aids in the prevention of bit walking. An electronics package also eliminates the high current spike on start-up, which therefore provides consistent power under load.
A large rocker switch allows for the tool to be turned on and off easily without contractors needing to hold the power switch down when the tool is in use.