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Lowe’s pulls out of Connecticut site

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lowe’s has pulled out of its plans for a new store in the city of Canton, Conn., according to the Hartford Courant newspaper.

The move came as analysts said they expect Lowe’s to further scale back its building plans this year and next. This week, CEO Robert Niblock confirmed that Lowe’s will open fewer new stores in 2009 — about 75 to 85 next year, down from 2008’s 120 new stores.

The retailer won approval earlier in 2008 for the approximately 119,000-square-foot store and adjacent garden center. Groups from the city that initially had opposed the plan to build the store said they were happy with the decision.

Home Depot voted this year to trim store growth as well, in addition to closing 15 under-performing stores.

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LED shines at lighting competition

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The future of energy-efficient lighting shone brightly at the sixth annual Lighting for Tomorrow competition, as a record 32 companies submitted entries featuring the latest in light-emitting diode (LED) technology. In all, 56 solid-state lighting models incorporated LEDs, while 40 models used compact fluorescent lighting (CFL).

The grand prize winner was MaxLite’s Brigantine Fixture Family. The competition, launched in 2002, is organized by the American Lighting Association (ALA), the U.S. Dept. of Energy (represented by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE).

This year’s competition included categories for indoor and outdoor fixture families using pin-based linear or CFLs. LED-based fixtures encouraged manufacturers to use LEDs in innovative, energy-efficient designs. Solid-state lighting fixtures were judged on color appearance, color rendering, amount and distribution of light, overall aesthetic appearance, innovation and application efficiency compared to standard lighting technologies. Two new categories were added to the fluorescent competition — one for outdoor living fixtures and one for indoor recessed downlights.

The grand prize winner for the 2008 Lighting for Tomorrow Yearbook competition was MaxLite, which won for its indoor fixture “Brigantine.” The Brigantine Collection combines old and new — the color and mood of oil lamps and tall ships with GU-24 CFL lighting. The Brigantine Collection includes a sconce, flush-mount ceiling fixture, a hanging pendant, a wall sconce, a single-light vanity, a three-light vanity, as well as a three-light chandelier and a five-light chandelier.

Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting, a traditional light fixture manufacturer, was the 2008 Solid State Lighting Competition winner in the Near-term Applications category (for LED products) with its “Design Pro Series Undercabinet.” The fixture comes in 6-, 12- and 18-inch lengths and features an LED Bright Disc in a 3/8-inch aluminum profile.

Royce Lighting swept the competition in the New Outdoor Living category with three winners. Designers Fountain, Savoy House and Sea Gull Lighting were repeat winners in the Traditional Outdoor CFL fixture family category.

The winners were announced at an award ceremony during the American Lighting Association conference held last week. The award winners were:

• Grand Prize Winner/Indoor Fixture Families

“Brigantine” by Maxlite

• Near-term Applications/Solid State Lighting Fixtures

“Design Pro Series Undercabinet” by Kichler Lighting

“LR4 Recessed Downlight” by Cree LED Lighting Solutions

“Cylindrium Desk/Task Light” by Luximo

• Winner/Indoor Fixture Families

“Carson” by American Fluorescent

“Izoro” by Lithonia Lighting

“Westin” by Progress Lighting

• Recessed Downlight Winner

“Lytecaster” by Lightolier

“Halo” by Cooper Lighting

“IriS” by Cooper Lighting

• Traditional Outdoor Winner/Outdoor Fixture Families

Sedona” by Designers Fountain

“St. Andrew” by Savoy House Lighting

“Eternity” by Sea Gull Lighting Products

• Outdoor Living Winner/Outdoor Fixture Families 

“Madison” by Royce Lighting

“Palo Alto” by Royce Lighting

“Campiello”  by Royce Lighting

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Weyerhaeuser again named to ‘sustainability’ index

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Forest products company Weyerhaeuser has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a list of public companies tracked for their economic, environmental and social performance.

Weyerhaeuser was first named to the sustainability index last year. The index was launched in 1999.

Companies listed on the index go through a yearly assessment of internal issues such as corporate governance, risk management, labor practices, climate change and supply chain standards. Companies are invited to participate in the review process, and the selection of index companies is based on an assessment of general and industry-specific criteria.

“Our expertise in managing forests puts us in a unique position to find sustainable solutions for people and the planet,” said Dan Fulton, president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser. “Trees and wood products store carbon. We use science and technology to protect the environment while creating the products customers demand.”

Weyerhaeuser is based in Federal Way, Wash.

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