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Legrand comes up with desktop USB solution

BY HBSDEALER Staff

New from Legrand is the Wiremold Desktop Power Center, a USB charging station for the work station that eliminates the need for hard-to-reach power srips.

The Center includes three 15 Amp power outlets and two USB charging ports. 

Built-in surge protection negates the need for additional power management, and a 6-ft. power cord creates flexible access to wall outlets.

The Desktop Power Center comes with all the necessary hardware for do-it-yourself installation via a desktop gromment opening or by attaching the unit to the desk edge with a bracket.

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Snavely stocks up on Eastman’s acetylated wood

BY HBSDEALER Staff

As it seeks to develop a line of high-performance acetylated wood for decking and other uses, Pittsburgh-based Snavely Forest Products agreed to purchase all remaining acetylated wood left over from Eastman’s discontinued Perennial Wood line. 

The purchase will serve as "transitional stock" for Snavely, as it moves to secure a new manufacturer of the product. 

Eastman’s recent decision to discontinue its Perennial Wood products led Snavely to two questions, according to VP Marketing Clark Spitzer: "Who else can produce this game-changing product, and how do we continue to supply and support our stocking customers while we finalize future production?"

Snavely Forest Products had been actively marketing Perennial Wood, acetylated wood products, with launches in North and South Carolina in 2012 and Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware in 2013. The last two years "were exciting and formative years for acetylated wood at Snavely, and securing stock to guarantee continued supply allows us to make the best move for our customers," Spitzer said.

Much of the inventory purchased by Snavely from Eastman carries the Perennial Wood brand, and will carry the Perennial warranty from Eastman, which described the product as "modified" wood, as opposed to "treated" wood.

"Acetylated wood has filled a large gap in our markets particularly in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic," said Bryan Kirit, general manger of Snavely Forest Products in Greensboro, N.C. "Our customers’ main concern at the time of [Eastman’s] announcement was near future availability and whether Snavely could keep up with demand during our transition to a new manufacturer. This stock will provide the relief our customers need."

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New Whirlpool microwave touts popcorn cycle

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Whirlpool has introduced the new 1.9 cu. ft. Over the Range Microwave with TimeSavor Plus True Convection, which features an AccuPop cycle that aims to take the guesswork out of making popcorn.

AccuPop "listens" to popcorn using sound sensors and automatically adjusts cooking time for optimal results.

"At Whirlpool brand, we are always looking to create products that make our consumers’ lives easier," said Andrea Smith, brand manager for new products, cooking and suites. "By offering families this AccuPop cycle, we can give them the ability to cut out the time they spend watching the microwave and get back to what they want to enjoy – delicious results and time with each other."

Other features include TimeSavor Plus convection, which uses a rear fan and heating element to circulate preheated air to retain moisture and flavor.

Additionally, a steam cooking feature can serve as a stand-in for traditional stovetop steamers.

For maintenance, the CleanRelease non-stick interior makes it possible to clean the microwave sans harsh chemicals.

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