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Lowe’s ramps up accessibility in the home

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lowe’s entered the do-it-yourself ramp market with what it calls an "affordable, configurable" ramp system. 

The Gatehouse Custom Access Ramp System will be available to consumers in Lowe’s stores and on Lowes.com in spring 2012.

The product, which is the latest extension of Lowe’s accessible home products for safety and mobility in the home, was unveiled at the 2012 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

“The Lowe’s exclusive Gatehouse Custom Access Ramp System, the latest addition to the Gatehouse line of mobility ramps, was created by Lowe’s designers and combines the best features of aluminum ramps and custom wood ramps into an innovative, affordable solution that meets any residential or commercial need,” said Greg Bridgeford, Lowe’s executive VP of business development. “With this new program, Lowe’s can help families enjoy a ramp system that will improve mobility without sacrificing style, providing individuals with an accessible home for years to come.”

Gatehouse’s system combines the look of a custom-built wood deck with the easy installation of an aluminum modular ramp. The system installs in less time than custom wood ramps and can be configured with right, left and U-turns to fit the accessibility needs of the home, according to Lowe’s. The temporary aluminum structure may also be outfitted to match the style of the home with coordinating decking products such as caps, balusters, post sleeves and railings and is a portable home access solution.

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Bennett Paint & Glass celebrates 100 years

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The Logan, Utah, institution was founded before Utah received statehood. Today, Bennett Paint & Glass is run by the fourth and fifth generation of Jenkins family business.

“It’s an accomplishment for any kind of business to have that longevity,” Greg Jenkins told the Herald Journal. “There’s also an obligation to carry it on and build on that legacy of those in our family who established the business."  

According to the article, the retailer saw many large and small changes during its run, including a refocus and makeover from a hardware store to a glass and paint specialist. 

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Industry Dashboard for Feb. 13, 2012

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The average gas price for a gallon of regular crept over the $3.50 mark. But stocks are soaring on the Home Channel Stock Roundup, especially TSCO.

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