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Leviton encourages environmental ‘switch’

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Leviton has launched a campaign to encourage homeowners and businesses to evaluate their lighting control needs in order to make the kinds of decision that could make a difference in energy consumption. 

The "Make the Switch" campaign in support of Earth Day 2011 includes the educational campaign "10 Smart Tips for a Greener Home.’ Among the tips:

• Dimming lights 25% cuts energy usage by 20% and extends a bulbs life four times longer;

• Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps, which use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer;

• Switch to Occupancy Sensors with automatic on/off functionality to reduce unnecessary electrical usage; and 

• If using an incandescent dimmer, simply lowering the light level to 50% will reduce energy consumption by 40%.

Michael Neary, Leviton Residential Lighting Controls product manager, said: “Leviton is a company dedicated to energy efficiency, which is why we strive to educate our customers and develop products and solutions that make it simple for them to cut their energy use while saving money in the process.”

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After tornado, Lincoln Windows keeps working

BY HBSDEALER Staff

With its Merrill, Wis., headquarters and final assembly plant hit by a tornado April 10, Lincoln Windows issued a press release indicating the company is continuing operations.

The company said its Timeline, Wis., facility was not damaged by the tornado and is fully operational now that shared computer operations have been restored. Production has already resumed on existing and incoming orders, according to the company.

Lincoln stressed its production facilities have not been destroyed. "We are repositioning the departments that were affected to our other facilities and plan to resume production within the next three weeks. Communications are still limited, but should be reestablished soon."

The tornado that damaged the Merrill facility was one of 11 confirmed tornadoes that hit Wisconsin April 10. More than 60 homes and 12 businesses were either damaged or destroyed. Even though the area was heavily hit, only minor injuries were suffered in the community. The only injury at Lincoln was sustained by a security guard. The tornado impacted on a Sunday evening when most employees were not at work.

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Industry Dashboard for April 18, 2011

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Retail sales picked up slightly in February for NAICS code 444, but the subset of NAICS code 44413 — hardware stores — slipped compared with last month and last year.

Gas prices, meanwhile, pushed higher, finishing last week at a national average of $3.82 per gallon of regular. 

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