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J-B Weld offers balm for frozen pipes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In response to the frigid temperatures around the country, J-B Weld is promoting its WaterWeld and SteelStik epoxy puttys.

The puttys are designed to act as an instant repair product for pipes when they begin to thaw in the spring. According to J-B Weld, pipes can crack or burst when the ice inside thaws, since water expands when it freezes. Drips, leaks or sprays are indicators that action is necessary to prevent further damage.

"J-B Weld can save you time, frustration and money this winter," said Chip Hanson, J-B Weld CEO. "Both WaterWeld and SteelStik can stop a leak until you can reassess the situation and call a professional, if necessary. Our products provide not only permanent mends, but outstanding value. A $5 package of J-B Weld can save consumers an average of $150 in replacement or repair costs. And you’re saving time when you aren’t sitting around waiting for a plumber."

J-B WaterWeld can be applied to a wet, leaking or underwater surface and has a set time of 15 to 25 minutes, as well as a curing time of 60 minutes.

SteelStik is hand-mixable, non-rusting and steel-reinforced, designed to plug holes and make permanent repairs on wet or dry metal surfaces. It sets even quicker than WaterWeld — in 3 to 5 minutes — and is also fully cured after one hour.

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Whirlpool: ‘Mission accomplished’ on trade issue

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Whirlpool Corporation issued a statement Tuesday declaring that it would conclude its involvement in the current refrigeration appeal over illegal appliance trade activity, having received a favorable ruling from the U.S. Court of International Trade.

In the decision, the Court ruled that the U.S. International Trade Commission had made significant errors in a 2012 trade remedy decision involving refrigerators imported from South Korea by LG and Samsung between 2008 and 2011. Whirlpool had filed a complaint in 2011 claiming that the appliances were being sold — or dumped — in the U.S. below fair market value.

In the statement, Whirlpool concluded that it was satisfied with having brought the activity to the government’s attention.

"Because of our actions, there is no longer any doubt that dumping occurred and is occurring, both for washers and refrigerators," said Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation. "We are encouraged that the Court ruled there were mistakes made by the Trade Commission in not finding injury in the refrigeration case, particularly after the Commission determined that U.S. appliance workers and consumers were harmed by foreign competitors’ unlawful washer trade actions."

Following the Court’s decision, the U.S. government will impose tariffs on appliance imports.

"Since we filed the refrigerator case, the U.S. marketplace, the products, prices and the countries of supply have changed," continued Fettig. "Rather than pursue an appeal based on outdated data, we will put our energies toward continuing to monitor the U.S. appliance marketplace, evaluating potentially faster and more effective paths to achieve trade remedies and, when necessary, taking actions to defend U.S. manufacturing, innovation and consumers. Our focus remains on winning with consumers through developing innovative products, building strong brands and executing our long-term growth strategy with a commitment to ensuring that trade law is enforced for all."

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USG and Boral joint venture on track, but delayed

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The USG Corporation/Boral Limited joint venture, which was originally slated for completion Jan. 31, has been delayed about a month over regulatory procedures.

The completion of the 50/50 strategic joint venture is now expected to occur on or before Feb. 28, 2014.

The joint venture, to be named USG Boral Building Products, will include Boral’s Gypsum division, which includes its plasterboard operations in Australia and Asia, and USG’s Asian and Middle Eastern businesses.

The move is aimed at harnessing both companies’ branding, geographic footprint and positioning within the burgeoning plasterboard market.

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