Lebhar-Friedman’s Residential Products Group hires industry veteran Paul Gillen
The Residential Products Group of New York City-based publishing company Lebhar-Friedman hired Paul Gillen as regional sales manager.
At the Residential Products Group, Gillen will help guide the growth of HCN, homechannelnews.com and HCN Daily newsletters. He will also play a leading role in the development of the new Residential Building Products & Technology, a digital-format magazine set to launch in mid-January.
In addition to nearly 30 years in the publishing industry, Gillen is a member of the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Most recently, Gillen was manager of residential products business development for Knauf Insulation. He spent 16 years with Cahners Publishing and worked in both media and market intelligence for Hanley Wood. Gillen graduated from Baldwin Wallace College (now University), and is a longtime resident of Evanston, Ill.
"We are excited to have a capable and experienced professional like Paul join our team," said Jack Brannigan, VP and group publisher of the Residential Products Group. "The timing is right for growth in our sector, and Paul has the ideal background to help us serve the industry."
The new Residential Building Products & Technology’s editorial mission includes the promise to dive beyond the basic product descriptions and examine the trends and the details that allow builders , remodelers and subcontractors to better serve their customers. Technology, technique and tools will all be featured along with the latest building concepts in the residential construction industry. For more information, visit residentialbuildingproducts.com.
About Lebhar-Friedman: Founded in 1925, Lebhar-Friedman is a leading media and marketing company serving the retail industry and targeted consumer markets. Diverse, forward-thinking and committed to excellence, our staff delivers award-winning content and high-impact marketing products across all media channels.
Harbor Freight drills recalled
Cordless drills made in China sold at Harbor Freight Tools from April 2008 through May 2012 are the subject of a recall.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the black rigger switch of the Harbor Freight Tools Cordless Drills can wear down over time and allow for metal to make contact with other metal, causing an overheating or burn hazard.
The product has a 19.2-volt rechargeable battery pack.
Harbor Freight Tools has received one report of a drill overheating and burning through the handle of the unit, which resulted in a consumer receiving a minor injury.
About 108,000 products are affected by the recall.
In Texas, a solar program expands
ImagineSolar, a licensed solar and smart grid education and advisory services company in Texas, established a training partnership with Ideal Power Converters (IPC), a developer of power converter solutions.
IPC has patented a new breakthrough power converter topology that will improve both energy and cost efficiency for solar inverters, grid storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, according to both companies. IPC’s initial product is a 94lb 30kW 480VAC PV inverter with 96.5% CEC-weighted efficiency. It can lower inverter shipping and installation costs by 90% compared with conventional transformer-based inverters.
"We are excited to work with the outstanding team at ImagineSolar," said Paul Bundschuh, CEO for IPC. "ImagineSolar will conduct a lab using our inverter technology and will provide insight into the advantages of bi-polar system design."
ImagineSolar establishes training partnerships with leading manufacturers, distributors, installation companies, training and accreditation organizations to ensure that their courses use the most current technologies and best practices for the solar and smart grid industries.
"IPC is transforming the PV, grid-storage, and electric vehicle fast charging markets with their game-changing Universal Power Converter Platform(TM)," said Michael Kuhn, ImagineSolar Founder and CEO. "This is a great match with our focus on system solutions for the solar and smart grid industries."