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LG’s HVAC products rack up Energy Star points

BY HBSDEALER Staff

LG is highlighting 14 of its duct-free air conditioners that have earned the Energy Star "Most Efficient" 2014 designation.

Five of those 14 hail from the LG "Art Cool" duct-free split series, which brings design-minded appeal together with energy-efficient features.

"LG has made a strong commitment to energy efficiency as a core business principle across the company," said VP commercial air conditioning Kevin McNamara. "The number of Art Cool and Inverter systems designated as Energy Star Most Efficient has close to doubled from 2012. With LG, it’s all possible. Our customers don’t have to sacrifice energy efficiency for performance and style. Expanding the number of Energy Star Most Efficient HVAC models represents another important step in LG’s quest to provide consumers highly efficient, greener products."

Those earning the Most Efficient designation include Art Cool models LAU/LAN090HSV2, LAU/LAN120HSV2, LAU/LAN180HSV2, LAU/LAN090HYV, LAU/LAN120HYV and High Efficiency Inverter models LSU/LSN091HSV2,LSU/LSN091HSV3, LSU/LSN121HSV2, LSU/LSN121HSV3 LSU/LSN181HSV2, LSU/LSN181HSV3, LSU/LSN240HSV3,LSU/LSN090HYV and LSU/LSN120HYV.

Last year, the company earned the Most Efficient designation for nearly 80 of its HDTVs, refrigerators and washing machines. LG was named Energy Star Partner of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

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3M hosts Idea Exchange Lounge at SXSW

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3M was in attendance at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, where the company fostered an innovation brainstorm of sorts at its Idea Exchange Lounge.

Attendees were able to explore some of 3M’s latest projects, including new LED lighting solutions, glass films and building adhesives.

The Lounge also featured a mobile charging station; networking opportunities; free cocktails and cupcakes during certain hours; free samples of 3M Post-it Products and Privacy Screen Protectors; and a live art demonstration from Amsterdam street artist Max Zorn, who uses Scotch Packaging Tape and light to create portraits.

3M also gave away a total of $10,000 in prizes to reward attendees who participated in its Twitter campaign. Each idea shared on Twitter via #3MIdeaExchange inflated the 3M Idea Balloon at the lounge space a little further; whoever popped the balloon each won $500.

The 3M Lounge opened its doors March 7-9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brush Square Park, next to the Austin Convention Center.

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Steve Hill named president of ThermaCELL Repellents

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Former Black Flag Brands president Steve Hill has been named president of Bedford, Mass.-based ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellents, a subsidiary of the Schawbel Corporation.

“We have grown ThermaCELL into the go-to solution for outdoor enthusiasts, and with Steve’s business building expertise, consumers everywhere will know the comfort of our bug-free zone,” said Bill Schawbel, chairman of the Schawbel Corporation. “We are proud to have an experienced consumer products leader who has a long track record of growing insect control businesses.”

Hill has racked up four decades in insect control and consumer products. At Black Flag, his eight-year tenure saw a compound annual growth rate of 27%. Prior to his role there, he worked for The Scotts Company, where he was closely involved with the acquisition of the Ortho and Roundup brands.

“I’m tremendously honored to have the opportunity to work with such a committed and talented team to grow the most effective area repellent on the market,” said Hill.

ThermaCELL products are sold at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Home Depot, Wal-Mart and more.

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