Larson rolls out high-intensity LED light
Larson Electronics released a 150 watt LED light head mounted to an aluminum quadpod with a 50’ retractable cord reel. This quadpod mounted unit can be used with 12 or 24 volts DC and is ideal for use as work area illumination, event lighting, emergency operations lighting, or equipment lighting.
“Though we offer this specific configuration in a flood light version for work area illumination, a spot light version is offered as well,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larsonelectronics.com. “The spot light configuration produces a beam that is 1200’ long by 140’ wide for illumination at a distance.”
This portable LED light is comprised of an adjustable LED light head mounted on a four leg quadpod fabricated from non-sparking powder coated aluminum. This adjustable and collapsible quadpod can be extended to twelve feet and collapsed to seven feet. The LED light fixture assembly can be removed by releasing the hand knob and sliding the light and mounting bracket off of the center support while the legs can be collapsed, aiding in deployment, storage, and transport. The lamp can also be adjusted vertically and locked into position.
Starts down slightly, permits rebound
At 0.2% below the upwardly revised January estimate of 909,000, housing starts came in at a relatively weak pace in February, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. However, building permits were 7.7% above last month’s rate.
February’s housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 907,000, that’s 6.4% below February 2013’s rate of 969,000.
Single-family starts came in at 583,000, which marked a 0.3% improvement over the revised January figure of 581,000.
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,018,000, 6.9% above February 2013. However, single-family permits came in at 588,000, which is 1.8% below January’s revised figure of 599,000.
The results for February are a slight improvement over a frigid reading in January, which many chalked up to extreme winter weather conditions around the country.
PACOA reports increased attendance at show
Port Washington, N.Y.- based distributor PACOA reported a 10% increase in attendance and sales at its Annual Spring Dealer Market in Queens, N.Y.
More than 50 new dealers attended the show, which concluded March 9. Dealers were able to take advantage of great savings through the new “Door Buster” promotions, which provided deep discounts on top-selling items only available for attending dealers, the company said.
There were more than 180 nationally known vendors participating in the market. PACOA introduced several new vendors this year; among them were Dickies, Rain-X, Plutonium, Valley Forge Flags, Chapin Sprayers, BOSCH Power Tools, Pulsar, Westchester Gloves and Tork Timers. PACOA also introduced line expansions to its private brands G-FORCE and PAINT-FORCE.
Self-described as the “the independent distributor serving the independent dealer,” PACOA serves dealers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New England, Mid Atlantic and beyond with paint, hardware, lumber, janitorial, electrical and building supplies.
Earlier this month, PACOA joined the Distribution America co-op, along with Blish-Mize, Florida Hardware, Handy Hardware and other hardware distributors.
PACOA’s next show will be the Fall Dealer Market also at Queens College on Sept. 12 and 13, where they are going to continue to expand and provide greater value for attending dealers.