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KitchenAid blender wins top design accolades

BY HBSDealer Staff

KitchenAid's Torrent Magnetic Drive Blender has received the blessings of the design jury, and it's considered "Best of the Best."

More than 5,000 products entered the field for the Red Dot: Best of the Best Awards, and the Red Dot Jury chose the blender as winner of the 2016 "Best of the Best" award for product design.

In 2016, this award went to only 1.5% of all entries as the highest award distinction among 31 categories awarded by the Red Dot Jury.

The Magnetic Drive Blender, which launched in April of 2015, uses an interlocking magnetic drive system (instead of a traditional coupler mechanism) to power its blades and safely secure its jar.

"When creating the Magnetic Drive Blender, our designers and engineers focused on combining high performance, easy-to-use features with high style," notes John McConnell, senior design manager, KitchenAid small appliances. "This award, in addition to the feedback received from our consumers and industry influencers, validates their efforts."

Additional features include a powerful 1.8HP motor, intuitive Intelli-Speed Control system, and six pre-programmed, hands-free settings for juices, soups and sauces, milkshakes, and icy drinks and smoothies.

"The KitchenAid Stand Mixer is the foundation of our design heritage," adds Brandon Mock, senior industrial designer, KitchenAid small appliances. "Designing innovative new products like the Torrent blender gives us the opportunity to build on this legacy."

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Porcelanosa cuts the ribbon on Atlanta showroom

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Porcelanosa, a European manufacturer of luxury tile, kitchen and bath products, has opened a new showroom in Atlanta.

The new facility is located in the Buckhead district of Atlanta inside a 3,700-sq.-ft. exhibition space, featuring 11 full vignettes and 2 full kitchen vignettes.

"Porcelanosa is excited to open a showroom in the popular Atlanta district of Buckhead and to showcase its large selection of European luxury products to the region," said Carolina Vasquez, marketing manager for Porcelanosa.  "With 11 vignettes and 2 full kitchen vignettes, customers and clients can experience firsthand Porcelanosa's luxury products while also having access to top design experts and consultants."

The new showroom is located in Buckhead Square at the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont Roads and is a relocation of the previous Atlanta showroom, which was located at the Atlanta Design and Architectural Center.

An opening party will take place on March 31st at the showroom, where local media and bloggers will be able to view the product library, which features over 1,000 product selections on site.

Porcelanosa currently maintains 25 showrooms in the United States.

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MiTek has a new adjustable deck tension tie

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MiTek has released a new Adjustable Deck Tension Tie (ADTT-TZ) that promotes the company's mission to make decks safer.

The ADTT-TZ is built to resist the lateral loads that pull a deck away from the house or structure.

It also brings users in compliance with the 2015 International Residential Code R507.2.3(2), which requires the installation of a "Hold-Down Device" with a minimum allowable tension load of 750 lbs. in four locations on the deck.

Adjustable installation is another major feature. Using appropriate fasteners (such as USP WS8-HDG or 3/8-in lag screws), the ADTT-TZ can be installed with the screw either adjacent or up to 4-3/8-in below deck joist, avoiding the need for blocking extensions.

The ADTT-TZ is made of 14-gauge steel with G-185 galvanizing, and it comes with a two-hole break-out washer that will work with multiple screw sizes.

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