Kwikset introduces rustic Austin collection
In response to a noticeable gap in the marketplace, Lake Forest, Calif.-based Kwikset launched an Austin product family, described as a rustic option for traditional and modern homes.
The Austin line includes a stylish handleset, lever and deadbolt with a decorative swing cover. The new products embrace the aesthetic of transitional décor and provide sophisticated security features.
“Kwikset is thrilled to offer a rustic collection that is as secure as it is stylish,” said Krista Weigand, senior product manager, Kwikset. “Rustic design is part of American design tradition. We decided it was time to offer a new family of products that reflected this slightly more rugged, yet versatile aesthetic.”
Austin products come in two finishes — Venetian Bronze and Satin Nickel. The Austin line is simple to install and will be available in August at a number of home improvement retailers.
Additionally, Austin keyed entry products are equipped with Kwikset SmartKey Re-key Technology, which allows homeowners to re-key their locks in seconds, without removing the lock from the door. SmartKey locks are incredibly secure and have passed the most stringent lock picking standards. Additionally, the patented BumpGuard technology provides superior protection against lock bumping. Austin products come with a lifetime warranty ensuring your home will be safe and secure indefinitely.
Thinking outside the kitchen: an outdoor dishwasher
Wallingford, Conn.-based Danver Stainless Steel Cabinetry, maker of stainless steel outdoor cabinetry and amenities for outdoor living, rolled out the ASKO Outdoor Dishwasher. ASKO is the latest addition to the company’s one-stop shopping approach to outdoor kitchens, living and entertainment centers.
As the outdoor living space becomes more elaborate, the outdoor dishwasher from ASKO handles the most demanding loads of dishes just like an indoor model, according to the maker. The outdoor dishwasher can be easily hooked up with a water supply hose, a drain hose and an electric cord. However, the wiring and electronics in the dishwasher are reinforced and protected to withstand the coldest winters as well as the harshest, warmest summers.
“We are looking forward to offering the ASKO outdoor dishwasher, as this has been a long-sought after product by our clients,” said Mitch Slater, president and founder of Danver.
CertainTeed product reduces airborne dust
Addressing the problem of time-consuming cleanup of drywall finishing projects, CertainTeed Gypsum is rolling out new products in the western United States.
Dust Away Reduced Airborne Dust Drywall Compound and Dust Away Renovation Mud feature innovative technology that reduces the amount of airborne dust generated through sanding by more than 70% compared with standard drywall compound.
The products were originally launched in the Canadian market in 2009.
Specifically, the technology used in Dust Away and Renovation Mud causes the dust associated with traditional compound sanding to clump together and fall to the floor, reducing airborne dust and making cleanup faster and easier.
“The Dust Away products combine the quality of CertainTeed’s ready-mix drywall compounds with the added benefit of our new reduced airborne dust formula,” said Stephen Reynolds, marketing manager for CertainTeed Gypsum. “Now our customers can tackle any remodeling, renovation or repair job with less airborne dust, resulting in cleaner work environments and improved productivity.”