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Leviton joins LED standards council

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Leviton has announced its membership in Zhaga, an industry co-op of lighting manufacturers aimed at the development of standards and specifications for the interfaces of LED light engines. Zhaga standards enable interchangeability between products made by diverse manufacturers. The consortium was established for the benefit of consumers and professional buyers of light engines and luminaires.

By standardizing light engines, which the group defines as a combination of an LED module and the associated control gear, the group’s standards will allow manufacturers to focus on producing compatible products. Standardized products will also increase buyer confidence in specifying and purchasing LED products that will be easily replaceable and commercially available, while continuously enjoying the performance upgrades that LED technology enables.

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Ames True Temper launches new website

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Camp Hill, Pa.-based Ames True Temper is bringing all of its brands to a single Web address — amestruetemper.com.

The new site features simple user navigation, with individual tabs for each Ames True Temper brand, including True Temper, Ames, UnionTools, Garant, Hound Dog, Dynamic Design, and tools from Jackson and Razor-Back

“Our new website provides one central source where consumers can find gardening tool product information, projects and retail locations for all of their gardening needs, including everything from decorative planters to eco-friendly shovels to classic gardening tools and more,” said Pete Brenneman, director of marketing services at Ames True Temper. “With our new site, information on all of our industry leading brands and products is just a click away, saving users time and energy with their online lawn and gardening research.”  

In addition to key product information, the site includes helpful tools, including “Projects & Solutions,” “What’s Happening” and “Customer Service.” Here users can find the information and resources for everything from their first gardening project to the more seasoned jobs, the company said.

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Irwin Tools appoints new president

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Irwin Tools, a leading maker of hand tools and power tool accessories based in Huntersville, N.C., has named Ross Porter as its new president. Porter has held a variety of positions during his 18 years at Newell Rubbermaid, Irwin’s parent company. He most recently served as president of EMEA Transformation, where Porter led the company’s European transformation efforts, including implementation of a new European business model, integration and implementation of SAP enterprise system, and relocation of its European headquarters.

Other positions held by Porter include president of Newell Rubbermaid’s hardware division, which includes the Shur-Line, BernzOmatic and Bulldog brands. He also served as president of office organization (Rolodex and Rubbermaid brands) and group VP finance for tools and hardware (Irwin and Lenox brands). This business is now called the tools, hardware and commercial products segment.

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