Lightweight chop saw targets value market
Towson, Md.-based Porter-Cable launched its new 15 AMP Chop Saw (PC14CTSD) that has been designed to offer contractors performance, ergonomics, ease of use, and durability.
This chop saw is well-suited for mechanical contractors, electrical contractors, metal fabricators, fence builders, and many other tradesmen, according to the manufacturer. The PC14CTSD is capable of handling a number of metal cutting applications on professional jobsites.
“Our new Chop Saw is the perfect choice for value-driven contractors who are looking for professional-grade jobsite solutions at a reasonable price,” said Wil Granger, group product manager, Porter-Cable.
A 15-AMP, high torque motor delivers 3,800 RPM, which enables the new chop saw to cut through tough materials, including cast iron pipe, angle iron, threaded rod, conduit, square tubing, and more.
To address one of the most frequent user frustrations associated with chop saws – ergonomics – the PC14CTSD is equipped with a “D” handle design for comfort and control when making cuts.
Crystal and china are on the decline
The 2010 Housewares report, released by The NPD Group, called last year a “challenging” one for sellers of crystalware and fine china, which is defined as bone china or porcelain with a metal band accent.
A study by the Port Washington, N.Y. market research group said that consumers tended more towards “quality casual” stoneware and earthenware, while tabletop items like glass (including tempered and ceramic), and plastic dinnerware were also popular. Combined, quality casual and other “value-based” items accounted for 83% of the tabletop market in 2010.
Cookware, bakeware and cutlery sales each grew between 4% and 5% last year, after suffering 11% declines in 2009.
Central Garden & Pet names General Counsel
Central Garden & Pet Co. has named George Yuhas as its new general counsel, effective immediately. Yuhas will report to William Brown, Central’s chairman and CEO.
Yuhas has been a partner specializing in litigation at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for many years.
"George represents an important addition to our senior management team," said Brown. "His judgment, team orientation and legal expertise will help us manage our business in a prudent and effective way. I look forward to working with him closely."
Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., Central Garden & Pet is a supplier of lawn, garden and pet products under a variety of brands, including Pennington, Kaytee, Amdro, Sevin, Ironite, Norcal and New England Pottery.