M-D Building Products to expand
After nine decades of doing business in Oklahoma City, M-D Building Products has decided to expand its operations there with a new 80,000-sq.-ft. warehouse and distribution center at the site of its current headquarters. The company broke ground on the new facility on Oct. 9 and expects construction to be completed in six months and cost $4 million.
The privately held M-D Building Products currently operates a 450,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing and distribution facility in Oklahoma City, employing more than 450 people.
Founded in 1920 as Macklanburg-Duncan, the company develops, manufactures and markets a range of residential and commercial weatherproofing products, including door and window weather-stripping, garage door weather-stripping, pipe insulation and a complete line of interior and exterior caulking products.
The company’s new “Weatherizing for Dummies” kit was recently featured on NBC’s Today Show. It is available nationwide at Lowe’s and other independent hardware retailers.
Circular of the Week
This week, Westminster, Mass.-based Aubuchon Hardware gets nautical with its “Set Sail for Fall Savings” sale. The maritime play on words aside, the eight-page circular features deals on wood pellets, thermostats and various stoves for managing the temperature in New England homes. Also prominent are chainsaws, rakes and pruning sheers for the falling foliage.
• Your choice of Honeywell thermostats or First Alert carbon dioxide detectors for $19.97; • 20% off Fiskars outdoor tools; and • Duraflame Electroheat electric oil filled radiator for $39.97.
The Skinny: Layaway for winter
Snowblowers are a high-ticket item anywhere, but in New England they’re also in high demand, thanks to the kind of snow accumulation that would shock many Americans. Conveniently placed on page eight, right next to a $750 snow blower, the circular points its customers to simple terms: 10% down, no service charge and nine months to pay it off.
LED International brings MagicBulb to U.S.
LED International is promoting what it describes as the world’s first rechargeable light bulb.
Just introduced to U.S. vendors, MagicBulb was developed in Norway. With a lifespan of more than 20,000 hours, it saves up to 90% of energy compared with other bulbs, according to LED International. It can be used in any light fixture, and it’s also portable. Once battery-charged, it can shine up to three hours.
The price point of MagicBulbs ranges anywhere from $25 to $60.
“MagicBulb is an award-winning, patented LED light bulb that has taken off overseas and is now making its grand entrance into the United States market,” says Ron Yiu, marketing director for LED International U.S., a division of the Norway-based LED Electronics International AS that developed MagicBulb. “The response has been so overwhelming since we introduced the MagicBulb in Europe and Asia in late 2009.”
The product has garnered a number of awards, including a Gold Medal from The 19th China National Invention Exhibition, September 2010; and IWIS Medal at the International Warsaw Invention Show 2009.