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Jenn-Air shows off its new steam oven

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Jenn-Air opened up shop at the Tasting Table test kitchen in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood to show off its versatile new Steam Oven. Industry professionals filed in to the after-hours event on Tues. to sample the foodie fare prepared using various combinations of steam and convection.

Tasting Table chefs whipped up roasted chicken, tender cuts of meat, fish and crisped artichokes using the oven, as well as salads, puddings, pâtés and cheese board selections.

"The combination of convect, steam and bake allows you to adjust your steam, time and temperature levels, so it’s almost like a home version of a combi oven, which are very expensive and often for restaurants," said Tasting Table executive chef Brendan McHale. "It’s very precise cooking for a specific purpose. The way it’s set up with the user interface is also pretty simple: it’s time, temperature, steam; and each one has its level. Smart technology!"

The just-launched, built-in 24" steam and convection model gives consumers more options in the kitchen. A steam-only mode provides a healthy alternative to oil-heavy roasting techniques, while a steam plus convection setting crisps and retains moisture simultaneously. The oven features a 1,200-watt convection heating element for even circulation and speedier cooking, available in a convection bake mode as well.

Jenn-Air spokeswoman Kim Roman (of Digitas) said that a built-in coffee machine is forthcoming for this model, which marks the company’s first entry into the steam oven market.

Users can also choose from multiple preset foods settings that automatically adjust the oven to suit various food categories.

Other features include a no preheat option, steam cleaning, recently-used setting recall, and a feature that alerts users to empty the water cartridge after each use.

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USG announces image makeover

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As part of a brand image makeover, Chicago-based USG Corp. introduced a new logo with the tagline: "It’s Your World. Build It.”

Also part of the branding moves, USG and its Canadian subsidiary, CGC, are “activating” the new brand through four-year sponsorships of both the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and the Canadian Olympic Team. USG and CGC are now the official building materials sponsors of Team USA and the Canadian Olympic Team. L&W Supply Corp., the company’s distribution subsidiary, becomes the official building materials provider of Team USA. 

"Over the past five years, we made several strategic moves to make USG a stronger, more agile company," said chairman, president and CEO James S. Metcalf. "We are focused on things that matter to our customers: product innovations, expansion into key international markets, and making it easier to do business with us.” 

USG’s U.S. sponsorship includes the donation of innovative building materials, such as sheetrock Brand UltraLight Panels Firecode 30 for the new High-Performance Center at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, set to open in early 2014. 

In its most recent quarter, USG posted net sales of $916 million, up 15% from the same quarter in the previous year. Also in the most recent quarter, the company earned $25 million in net income, compared with a $57 million net loss in the prior-year quarter.

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Beacon shifts HQ to its Herndon, Va., corporate offices

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Beacon Roofing Supply is moving its corporate headquarters from Peabody, Mass., to its Herndon, Va., corporate offices at 505 Huntmar Park Dr.

Beacon president and CEO Paul Isabella cited the start of the 2014 fiscal year, as well as the recent appointment of CFO Joe Nowicki, as fortuitous circumstances for relocation.

"Having Beacon’s finance team join our human resources, information technology, legal, and sales and marketing team leaders in Herndon, Virginia for the first time will allow us to provide even more effective support for our operating regions through more efficient communication and improved team building, exchange of ideas and personal interaction," added Isabella. "This is a small but important step in executing our long-term growth plan.”

Beacon currently operates 236 branches across 39 states and six provinces in Canada.

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