LP SolidStart stud crosses the pond
Timber customers in the United Kingdom will now be able to avail themselves of LP’s SolidStart Simply Better Stud.
LP recently launched the product across the pond, touting its ability to minimize plasterboard cracks, nail popping, wall rippling and skirting & cornice gaps.
The Simply Better Stud promises greater uniformity and consistency, greater dimensional stability and added performance. The straight design also reduces the need for a mid-height wall noggin that’s normally used with timber studs, acccording to the company.
“Simply Better Studs create a more stable wall by dramatically improving straightness and stability,” said Al Huber, international sales manager for LP Building Products’ EWP division. “And because they are not subject to knots, wane or excessive warping, every piece can be used. This reduces not just waste, but also the risk of ‘call backs’ associated with shrinkage and movement, making it a revolutionary new alternative for the UK’s timber market.”
The Toro Company turns 100
On Thursday, July 10, The Toro Company looked back on a century’s worth of farm and ranch innovations during its 100th anniversary celebration.
More than 2,000 employees, retirees, partners and guests came to the company headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead.
“As we celebrate our first 100 years, it was truly gratifying to be surrounded by many of those who played such a significant role in the company’s success,” said chairman and CEO Michael Hoffman. “We are honored to have such talented employees around the world and individuals who have served the company throughout our history, along with great channel and business partners, who work every day to serve our customers and help advance our efforts in the industry. And, I especially want to thank Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead for joining our centennial celebration and honoring the people of Toro.”
Dayton also took the stage to announce that the day would be known as "Toro Day" across Minnesota.
“Part of the mentality of Toro is reaching out to its customers and to the communities, and developing high-quality products while strengthening your market through innovation,” said Governor Dayton. “I don’t think that the founder could have imagined 100 years ago that Toro would grow to be a Fortune 1000 company, or that more importantly, you’d be a leading corporate citizen in Minnesota. Your contributions to this state have been enormous.”
Also at the event was a new display telling the story of Toro’s history, which included various vintage products (the first Toro-branded piece of equipment among them).
Toro has been celebrating its centennial for the entirety of the year, part of which has included a ‘100 Acts of Caring’ initiative wherein employees planted 100 trees in each Toro community across the world.
DeAngelo describes new HD Supply brand strategy
Atlanta-based HD Supply launched a refreshed brand approach that is described as a simplified and unified approach to representing the industrial distributor’s business units and their areas of expertise.
The names of the company’s Facilities Maintenance, Waterworks and Power Solutions business units will remain unchanged. But HD Supply White Cap, Crown Bolt, Creative touch Interiors and Repair & Remodel have been rebranded as HD Supply Construction & Industrial, HD Supply Hardware Solutions, HD Supply Interior Solutions and HD Supply Home Improvement Solutions.
“We partnered with a third party to confirm with our customers that HD Supply is a well-recognized brand strongly associated with our knowledgeable and experienced associates that provide solutions to enable our customers’ success,” said Joe DeAngelo, CEO. “As we evolve, especially now as a more visible public company, we want to be widely recognized as one team that works hard every day to build and maintain our North American cities while supporting the careers and families of our associates and trade professionals.”