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Lumber Liquidators lays it forward

BY David Salazar

Hardwood flooring company Lumber Liquidators has donated one of its Dura Dance flooring systems to the Cincinnati, Ohio-based Highsteppers Drill Team as part of its Lay It Forward charity campaign.

The 15-year-old drill team recently moved into a new space, but didn’t have a proper floor, which led to Lumber Liquidators installing the Dura Dance system, which features underlying rubber to reduce impact and absorb energy.

"The young ladies at Highsteppers are confronted with tough issues everyday, but through dance we are able to help them overcome adversity and uncover their talents and capabilities," Highsteppers Founder and Director Kelli Harmon-Dobson said. "It’s donations like Lumber Liquidators’ that helped us open our own studio so we could continue to provide young women in the community with a place to dance and develop."

According to Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch, the donation will “support Highsteppers’ commitment to developing young women and the community they serve.

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Olympia unveils new line of lights, power solutions

BY David Salazar

Flashlight company Olympia unveiled a new line of flashlights and headlamps, as well as two-way radios, solar chargers and rechargeable batteries at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. The new products are focused on energy efficiency.

Among the new flashlight offerings are aluminum with five light settings, and they all use LED lights. The most high-end flashlight in the line comes with a charger built in for the Lithium-Ion battery inside and it retails for $89.99. Olympia’s EX headlamps also have LED bulbs for longer battery life, and the line includes waterproof lights, hands-free headlamps.

Other lights introduced in Salt Lake City were Olympia’s Wilderness Series LED lanterns with rechargeable batteries that will be available in October. This is around the same time the company starts selling its LED portable floodlights.

The company’s new two-way radios will begin retailing in September and come in three models. The top-of-the-line R500 model features an LED flashlight. All of them can be charged with a micro-USB.

In addition to expanding its product offerings, Olympia introduced more ways to charge their products. In addition to a line of Lithium-ion battery line that will be available in October, the company has also introduced solar chargers. One of the chargers is fully reliant on solar energy, and another has a combination of a battery and solar panels. 

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Golden Hammer Profile: Boise Cascade

BY Steph Koyfman

For a company whose fortunes are tied to up-and-down housing starts and remodel-and-repair activity, Boise Cascade has found a way to establish stability for itself in the marketplace.

Its steadfastness is noticed within the industry, because the Boise, Idaho-based lumber supplier and building materials distributor garnered enough nominations to win the 2014 Golden Hammer Award in the Lumber & Plywood category.

"Boise Cascade has been known as a progressive forest and building products distributor," explained division sales and marketing manager Frank Elfering. "We are proud of our consistency and stability in the market place. We improve by constant evolution."

In part, its ability to maintain its position in the marketplace rests on the wideness of its network. Boise is 32 distribution facilities large, providing a broad assortment of building products and services to lumber dealers, home improvement retailers and industrial customers across the country.

That network is only continuing to expand, especially with the recent expansion to a new site in Kansas City and a widening of product offerings across the board.

It also maintains an edge over its competition by doubling down on its inside/outside storage capacity to maintain its stock and keep high fill rates for its customers.

With double-digit sales growth of 13% putting a crowning touch on its recent second-quarter earnings report, Boise Cascade is maintaining its edge and growing stronger.

The above is one of a series of profiles recognizing this year’s Golden Hammer Vendor winners, to appear on HomeChannelNews.com and in HCN Daily. Thirty-one Golden Hammer Vendor winners were honored this year at the 2014 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

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