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IKEA plugs in two electrical vehicle-charging stations

BY HBSDEALER Staff

IKEA officially plugged in two Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at its Portland, Ore., store as part of its partnership with ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies.

The initiative is the first such project for IKEA in the United States. Similar installations are planned at eight other IKEA stores in the western United States.

To charge an EV at IKEA Portland, drivers pull into a designated parking spot, swipe their Blink InCard (RFID card), plug the charger into the EV, and then shop while the vehicle is charging.  

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S.Heaters says:
Feb-29-2012 09:29 am

This is definitely good news
This is definitely good news for car owners whose cars are running on electrical power, and hopefully more places will make themselves EV friendly and encourage the usage of these cars.

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Remodeling Show, Deck Expo showcase new innovation

BY Brae Canlen

Chicago — Decking vendors of all persuasions shared McCormick Place with suppliers of other remodeling materials as the Deck Expo and the Remodeling Show joined their events this year. Exterior siding and PVC/composite decking seemed to dominate the floor, although a large wood pavilion showcased cedar, redwood and pressure-treated lumber.

New products at the show included a line of DAP sealants and adhesives aimed at the professional window and siding installer. Called the Spec Line, this color-coded offering carries numeric labels that match industry-specific standards.

“If you use the wrong sealant and something goes wrong, you could be liable,” said Tom Rapps, VP marketing. “We’ve made our products to specifically match [manufacturers’] numbers and names.”

The product, which can also be used by drywall hangers, begins shipping in mid-November.

Sashco also brought out an innovative product in the same category, a tint-it-yourself caulking that can be mixed with regular paint to match the color. Exact Color sealant can be used on interior or exterior windows and doors and siding, as well as kitchen and bath.

At the Tapco booth, exterior siding made from PVC was cast in a brick pattern and came in four colors. “This is the first time we [exhibited] this in a show setting,” said Mel Marzan, a representative of Tapco. “It’s just hitting the market.”

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Stanley offers a twist on color-coding

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Stanley introduced its new line of basic screwdrivers during a new product luncheon at the Westin Times Square in New York City. The new line of color-coded screwdrivers allows DIYers or pros to easily choose the right tool from their pouch or tool box.

“The introduction of new basic screwdrivers represents Stanley’s continued commitment to innovation and extensive field research coming from our customers,” said Bob Scillia, leader of Stanley’s strategic business unit for cutting and clamping products. “Our new screwdrivers provide professionals and homeowners an innovative and comfortable tool for day-to-day driving applications that is easy to locate among other tools.”

A four-sided handle is designed for comfort with a slip-resistant textured grip. Parts of the handles are color-coded red for slotted, blue for Phillips and green for Torx. Twelve single screwdrivers will retail for $2 to $3, and seven screwdriver sets will retail for $3 to $22.

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