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Masonite elects Rick Mills to its board of directors

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Rick J. Mills has been appointed a member of Masonite International’s board of directors, as well as the board’s Audit Committee, effective immediately.

“I am honored to join the Masonite Board and work with this exceptional team,” Mills said. “Masonite has been a leader across the door industry for decades and I look forward to sharing my experiences and contributing to the future direction and growth of the company.”

Mills, who was formerly corporate VP and president of the Components Group of Cummins, represents the Board’s eighth member and will replace chairman Robert J. Byrne, who resigned from the Audit Committee.

“Rick brings a wealth of experience from his extensive involvement with a successful global manufacturing company," said Byrne. "He is a welcome addition to our Board."

Mills had a 37-year run with Cummins in various financial and operational capacities. He also serves as a director of Commercial Metals Company and Flowserve Corporation.

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Toro closes deal with Xiamen Xiangfeng

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Toro Company has completed its acquisition of Xiamen Xiangfeng Water Saving Equipment Co., Ltd., a Xiamen City-based irrigation products manufacturer.

The strategic move seeks to strengthen Toro’s position in China, which is a major growth market for micro irrigation. The company also recently built a micro irrigation manufacturing facility in Romania.

“As we look to the future, water availability and increasing demand for food are driving awareness for the importance of more efficient forms of irrigation,” said Michael Drazan, vice president of Toro’s Global Micro Irrigation Business. “Toro’s worldwide agricultural micro irrigation business meets this challenge by delivering high-quality solutions for growers.”

Bloomington, Minn.-based Toro’s initial entry into the market began with its acquisition of James Hardie Irrigation in 1996, continuing with the development of drip technologies and investments.

The specific terms of the Xiamen Xiangfeng transaction remain undisclosed.

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Leviton unveils OmniTouch7 Touchscreen for smart home control

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Leviton has released the OmniTouch 7 Touchscreen, a glass-front control panel for maintaining security, energy and entertainment smart home features.

"The user-friendly OmniTouch 7 allows for simple setup and intuitive customization for integrators," said Leviton president Jay McLellan. "The new always-there, always-on Touchscreen is plug-and-play, but affords users a variety of options, including showing only necessary icons, the ability to name the building and rooms, separate devices by area and quickly adjust settings like brightness and volume levels."

The OmniTouch features a 7-inch high-resolution screen, large icons, digital microphones and a built-in amplifier and speaker to improve noise and echo cancellation.

Users will be able to view surveillance footage, adjust individual light levels, control thermostats, alert emergency personnel, lock or unlock doors, adjust window coverings and more. It also has the capacity to connect with devices such as additional lights, thermostats or cameras with a simple swipe of the screen.

OmniTouch 7 represents Leviton’s seventh-generation touchscreen offering. The original OmniTouch was first released in 2003.

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