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Lanterns recalled over fire hazard

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Coleman is recalling about 95 units of its Northstar Liquid Fuel Lanterns following two reports of lanterns catching fire when fuel unexpectedly leaked from the bottom of the unit.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, some of the lanterns contain incorrect gas feed tubes that release too much fuel when lit.

The recall affects lanterns with model number 2000B750 and date codes 10 13 or 11 13. The model number is printed on the base of the lantern, with the date code stamped on the underside. They were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online at coleman.com from November 2013 through February 2014 for about $125.

No injuries associated with the malfunction have been reported.

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Masonite’s loss widens in Q1

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Masonite International Corporation posted disappointing results in the first quarter of 2014, with a deeper cumulative loss and a sluggish sales pace that was, like for so many others, attributed to the harsh winter weather.

Net sales decreased 0.5% to $422.5 million for the three months ended March 30, which was partially explained by a 4.5% drop in unit volumes counterbalanced by a 5.7% increase in average unit price.

Meanwhile, net loss increased to $16.6 million from 2013’s loss of $5.8 million.

“Unusually harsh winter conditions negatively affected unit volume demand and led to increased costs across the North American business,” said Fred Lynch , president and CEO. “While first quarter results in the absolute were disappointing, we remain optimistic the U.S. housing market will accelerate throughout the balance of the year and believe the 5.7% increase in average unit price is a good ‘first step’ towards realizing appropriate value for the high quality products and services we provide.”

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LP-Ainsworth deal blocked over antitrust concerns

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After months of regulatory delays, Ainsworth has announced that the planned acquisition of the company by Louisiana-Pacific (LP) has been blocked over antitrust concerns by U.S. and Canadian regulators, pending the sale of additional assets.

In order for the transaction to forward, the companies may need to divest one or more of their existing operations.

"Although LP and Ainsworth continue to explore possible solutions and alternatives, Ainsworth is currently unable to determine whether, when or the terms upon which a transaction may be completed," said the company in a statement.

HCN reported in April that the deadline for the acquisition completion was pushed back a third time to June 2, 2014.

The $1.1 billion deal, which is aimed at strenghening LP’s market position by leveraging Ainsworth’s access to international growth markets at a critical period in the housing recovery, had been originally announced in September 2013. 

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