Independent We Stand picks a winner
Independent We Stand recognized MainStreet DeLand in DeLand, Fla., as the $25,000 winner of “America’s Main Streets” contest. As a top 10 finalist, Deland — population 27,031 — stood out among its fellow Main Streets after more than 300,000 total votes were cast by the public nationwide during the “America’s Main Streets” contest, according to the group.
The MainStreet DeLand Association formed in 1985, transforming a rundown, abandoned district with a more than 50% vacancy rate, to a thriving downtown area now at near 100% capacity. The association dedicates itself to continued downtown economic development while promoting and preserving DeLand’s historic roots.
“Established Main Street organizations like the one in DeLand, with strong support from their community and independent businesses, fall right in line with the mission of Independent We Stand,” said Bill Brunelle, co-founder of Independent We Stand. “We can’t wait to see how MainStreet DeLand Association utilizes this prize and how it will impact independent businesses and the people who support them.”
DeLand is also noteworthy as the first city in Florida to have electricity. It’s a city of firsts with a downtown area boasting dozens of independent restaurants, galleries and shops, and no big-box chains.
“For two or three — or even four or five years — we are going to benefit from winning this contest, and maybe even longer. It will bring us recognition we couldn’t put a price tag on,” said Wayne Carter, executive director of MainStreet DeLand Association. “When you come to DeLand you are going to get great food and find unique clothing, gifts and specialty items you can’t get at a big-box store.”
As part of its ongoing mission to promote small businesses, Independent We Stand created the “America’s Main Streets” contest to promote the important role Main Streets play in building economic success for their communities.
The 2017 semifinalists in alphabetical order are:
- Bridge Street — Ashtabula, Ohio
- Brookhaven Main Street — Brookhaven, Miss.
- Downtown Lee's Summit — Lee's Summit, Mo.
- Downtown Main Street — Red Wing, Minn.
- Downtown Rochester — Rochester, Mich.
- Elizabeth City Downtown — Elizabeth City, N.C.
- Hayward Main Street — Hayward, Wis.
- Historic Downtown McKinney — McKinney, Texas
- MainStreet DeLand — DeLand, Fla.
- St. John Front Street — St. John, Wash.
Stihl Inc. is the presenting sponsor of the award. Supporting sponsors are: Alignable, Do it Best Corp. NRHA, PPG Pittsburgh Paints and SnapRetail.
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Product Central: Huttig Made in USA Fasteners
Here at HBSDealer, it’s more or less an annual tradition to check in with the status of the Made in USA movement — and spotlight some products that are promoting domestic manufacturing.
The momentum is there, even if the majority of retailers don’t believe it’s a total cash cow yet. (In 2014, 65% of our readers said Made in USA had a “moderate impact” on sales — if the price is close.) We’ve been asking the same question around this time every year. And in 2015, the results were much more dispersed: 38% said it had a “big” impact, 35% voted “moderate,” and 27% said “small.” Last year, in 2016, 43% said “medium,” and 42% said “mild,” with only 15% voting for “turbo-charged” — even as domestic manufacturing became a rallying cry in the presidential election.
Still, suppliers seem to be heading further in the direction of American-made products.
According to Nu-Wood, American manufacturing isn’t just sought-after because of the quality and patriotic value, but also because of the delivery timeframes. When companies don’t ship overseas, pricing and response time benefit.
Huttig also recently announced an agreement with American Fasteners Co. to produce collated fasteners here in the Southwest United States under the Huttig-Grip brand, a response to demand from its customer network.
Their offerings, among several others, are represented below in our annual roundup of Made in the USA products.
Here is a product featured in a recent issue of HBSDealer:
Huttig Made in USA Fasteners
Huttig has been around since 1885, but that hasn’t stopped it from making new moves to satisfy customer demand. The company recently teamed up with American Fasteners Co. on a line of collated fasteners produced in the Southwest U.S., including plastic-strip round-head framing nails and paper-tape metal-connector nails. (huttig.com)
Check out other products featured in the March 2017 issue of HBSDealer.
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UFP introduces charred wood boards
It’s now easier for contractors and dealers to offer customers the stunning look of charred wood, according to Universal Forest Products.
UFP-Edge, a brand of Universal Forest Products, has introduced Charred Wood in shiplap and board profiles. It's a burnt-wood product for interior applications.
“Burnt-wood products are growing quickly in popularity,” said Mark Deremo, director of category marketing, construction materials at Universal Forest Products. “Now, with UFP-Edge Charred Wood, contractors and dealers throughout the country can offer the beautiful look of Charred Wood to their customers.”
Charring wood is an ancient Japanese technique — an art known as “shou-sugi-ban” — that preserves wood by exposing it to a heat treatment. Thanks to the process, Charred Wood from UFP-Edge offers a distinct wood-grain pattern and texture. Charred Wood is sealed with a satin clear-coat finish.
Shiplap and board profile options make Charred Wood perfect for a spectrum of interior design projects such as:
• Accent walls
• Column and beam wraps
• Art and craft projects
The 1×6-inch shiplap allows for easy installation on virtually any interior wall or ceiling. Matching 1×4-inch trim and 1×6 boards offer complements for shiplap framing, but can also be used alone for custom projects.
Great-looking product, check
Great-looking product, check it out in use at a local taproom here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. http://www.7monkstap.com/grand-rapids/