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Jerry Howard to speak at NLBMDA Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Jerry Howard, CEO the National Association of Home Builders, will speak at the Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference. He will join Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) at the Washington Briefing Breakfast April 1.

Howard has worked as a legislative analyst at the National Association of Realtors, the chief lobbyist for the National Council of State Housing Agencies, and tax counsel  for the NAHB. He was promoted to NAHB’s executive VP and CEO in February 2001. 

Prior to his association career, Howard practiced real estate law in South Carolina and grew up working in a variety of roles for his father, a developer.

The 2014 Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., March 31 to April 2. 

 

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HCN Stock Watch: LL down a couple bucks

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lumber Liquidators’ (LL) shares dropped a couple dollars on Thursday — a 4.56% decrease — as many of its peers also lost some traction.

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Whitepaper examines the OPE market

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General Transmissions, Inc. has released a new white paper examining the role of continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) in the U.S. outdoor power equipment (OPE) market.

Titled "Continuously Variable Transmissions Are Ready To Roll Into The Outdoor Power Equipment Market," the white paper looks into CVT technology, the likelihood of increased demand for it in the near future, and the potential it weilds for products like lawn tractors, snow throwers and self-propelled lawn mowers.

A belt-driven CVT, as the paper explains, involves the use of a drive belt and two pulleys to transfer engine speed to the drive components of OPEs. However, more sophisticated models are emerging.

According to General Transmissions, CVTs are already widely used in outdoor power sports equipment like snowmobiles and ATVs but have not caught on as much (yet) in OPE products.

Among the benefits listed of using CVTs are greater operating efficiency and maintenance-free operation.

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