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Jenn-Air to sponsor Los Angeles Food & Wine fest

BY David Salazar

Home appliance manufacturer Jenn-Air announced this week that it would be the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival’s appliance sponsor this year.

From Aug. 21 to 24, the company’s products will be on display at fourth annual festival’s cooking demonstrations and at the LA Studio Center, where the festival’s Grand Tasting will be housed. It will also be hosting a wine event every night of the festival where attendees can mingle with chefs and make use of a photo booth at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

"The combination of a one-of-a-kind venue, inspiring cooking demonstrations, and memorable tastings makes this event a ‘must’ for foodies and cooks," Jenn-Air brand experience manager Juliet Johnson said. "Jenn-Air is excited to showcase its luxury appliance collection in a city known for appreciating and celebrating the finer things in life."

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UFP names a deck giveaway winner

BY HBSDealer Staff

Universal Forest Products has a winner in its 2014 ProWood Desperate Deck Contest, a giveaway that promised a new custom-built deck to the person with the best "desperate deck" story.

Amy Spoonhower of Gordonsville, Virginia made the most compelling case. Together with her fiance, Spoonhower bought a moldy, leaky foreclosed house and worked on the fixer-upper for four years to restore it. However, the couple ran out of energy and money before they had a chance to touch up the decks, which were in a dismal state of disrepair.

The couple will now be the recipient of a $20,000 custom-built deck made with ProWood professional grade lumber.

“I’ve worked since I was 15 years old," said Amy. "I’ve earned everything I’ve ever had in my life that’s of any value—and I’m proud of that. Getting a gift like this feels a little … peculiar. I didn’t earn it or work for it so it’s a peculiar feeling, but a wonderful feeling. It’s a huge reward. I’m still kind of in shock. I was literally shaking for a whole day.”

Curious customers will be able to receive updates on the deck, which will be posted on the ProWood Desperate Deck webpage and on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Troy-Bilt brings Jet leaf blower to Lowe’s

BY David Salazar

Outdoor power equipment company Troy-Bilt introduced the Jet leaf blower that will be sold at Lowe’s stores.

The Jet uses a fan that spins at 130 m.p.h. while bringing in and pressurizing 650 cubic feet per minute of air volume.

"It’s commonly thought the key measurement of a leaf blower’s power and performance is miles per hour, but in actuality, it’s a combination of speed and air volume," Troy-Bilt’s marketing and product management director, Aaron Hanlon, said. "A leaf blower with high speed and low volume is powerful, but only moves a small amount of debris. A product with low speed and high volume moves more debris, but without much force."

The leaf blower, which retails for $139.99, features a design to make the air intake and output line up with the fan to make a quieter engine that gets less hot.

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