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Lowe’s earns energy accolades

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Lowe’s winner of the Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year. The 2013 award recognizes Lowe’s long-standing leadership as a retailer of energy-efficient appliances and products. Lowe’s will receive the EPA’s most prestigious honor at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 26. 

Lowe’s is the only company to win multiple Sustained Excellence Awards in the product retailer category since the award’s inception in 2004. The company is being honored for outstanding achievements year after year in customer outreach, employee training and product selection. Lowe’s has won 11 consecutive Energy Star awards (2003 to 2013) for product retailing, more than any other retailer.

“Lowe’s support of Energy Star complements our philosophy to never stop improving,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s chief marketing officer. “We want to be customers’ trusted adviser at every stage of their home improvement projects, and consistently offering products that help customers save money and energy underscores that goal.”

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Sherwin-Williams scores high for ethics

BY Ken Clark

The Sherwin-Williams Co. has been recognized for demonstrated leadership in ethical business practices by the Ethisphere Institute, an organization dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics. 

Ethisphere announced its seventh annual selection of the World’s Most Ethical ("WME") Companies, a recognition that highlights companies that outperform industry peers when it comes to ethical behavior. The 2013 WME companies are those that truly embrace ethical business practice and demonstrate industry leadership, forcing peers to follow suit or fall behind. 

This recognition reaffirms our Culture of Excellence and Guiding Values: Integrity, People, Service, Quality, Performance, Innovation and Growth,” said Sean Hennessy, senior VP and CFO of Sherwin-Williams.

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IPG launches decorative concrete line of tapes

BY Ken Clark

Tape and film manufacturer Intertape Polymer Group is targeting the decorative concrete industry with a new line of products.

The Decorative Concrete tapes are specifically designed to meet the needs of contractors, installers and DIYers, the company said.

“Whether it’s working with stains and dyes, microtoppings and overlay, or exterior stucco and plaster, IPG has a solution for that application,” said Tim Brown, VP consumer sales.

The DC line consists of five products. DC Ultra2in1 is a new double-sided masking tape designed to initially act as a barrier to an overlay (a bonded layer of material placed on existing concrete surfaces for restoration or beautification purposes) application. DC Blue is IPG’s blue masking tape specifically designed to prevent chemical bonding resulting in sealer failure. DC Orange is a heavy duty, clean removal duct tape designed to work on rough surfaces, DC Grout is reinforced tape for strong grout line pulls, and DC Drape is a compact, durable film that prevents overspray and provides solvent resistant protection.

“Our new DC product line is the result of extensive market research and industry collaboration. We are excited to be the first company to offer tape solutions specific to the needs and challenges of the growing decorative concrete industry,” said Brandon Paas, IPG market research analyst.

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