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Meet the Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud

BY HBSDealer Staff

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the first OSHA compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum – the Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud.

According to Milwaukee, based in Brookfield, Wis., the product is Ideal for overhead drilling applications, and with a universal fit to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammers, the DUST TRAP is an OSHA objective data compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum. The accessory is also OSHA Table 1 compliant when used in conjunction with a proper dust extractor.

“As employers continue to equip themselves with the accessories needed to be compliant, it can be difficult to quickly and efficiently ensure full compliance amid the high costs of many solutions and the limited availability of cordless options that offer a universal fit,” said Iris Horn, product manager for Milwaukee Tool. “The Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud is the answer to these frustrations. A cost-effective and completely universal accessory, the DUST TRAP offers an efficient and flexible way for users to adjust to the daily demands of the jobsite while remaining compliant.” 

The DUST TRAP is built with a clear sleeve, which provides visibility when lining up the hole and during the drilling application. Once attached to the front of the rotary hammer, it keeps dust contained throughout the duration of the drilling process. Afterwards the sleeve can be emptied, and the entire unit easily collapses and locks for storage. The compact, collapsible design is ideal for hard-to-reach places, providing superior productivity to the user.

The universal fit of the DUST TRAP allows it to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammer brands and styles and all SDS Plus drill bits up to 8” in length, including stop bits and other anchor installation tools.

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CPG International is now The AZEK Company

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CPG International LLC, has rebranded itself as The AZEK Company.

The Skokie, Ill.-based company said the move “reflects its growing share of the expanding residential and commercial building products market.”

The rebranding is part of the organization’s strategy to disrupt the nearly $2 billion wood deck and railing industry by concentrating on its leading, premium offerings and diversifying its portfolio through strategic acquisitions of other offerings in adjacent categories, The AZEK Company said in a press release.

“As The AZEK Company, we are committed to engineering and manufacturing beautiful, high-quality and low-maintenance building products to improve the spaces where our customers live, work and play,” said Jesse Singh, CEO of The AZEK Company.

“We will continue to expand our pipeline this year and grow our market share by engineering more premium building products and acquiring new offerings that envelop the house.”

Regarding the future of the company, AZEK said it is growing across Illinois and within its manufacturing facilities in Scranton, Pa. and Wilmington, Ohio. It is also expanding its footprint with regional sales associates across the United States and Canada.

The building products manufacturer also said strategy for growth is a strong focus on reusing recycled plastics and turning them into superior residential and commercial building products that outlast wood and other raw materials. According to AZEK, the company’s three divisions – AZEK Building Products, Scranton Products and Vycom – all convert recyclables into a diversified suite of products. Over the past five years, AZEK said it has saved more than 900,000 trees.

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Revisiting an ‘antiquated’ online sales tax rule

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The National Retail Federation welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to take up a South Dakota case on whether online sellers can be required to collect sales tax the same as local stores, but it also urged Congress to address the issue through federal legislation.

“Retail is a dynamic industry that’s rapidly transforming,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Unfortunately, antiquated sales tax collection rules have resulted in an uneven playing field that’s making it harder for Main Street retailers to compete in today’s digital economy. This is a basic question about fairness, which all of our members deserve whether they’re selling in stores or online.”

“The fact that the Supreme Court has decided to reconsider its outdated ruling is encouraging, and we are hopeful it will lead to a positive outcome that reflects the realities of 21st century commerce,” Shay said. “Congress should not sit on the sidelines as the Supreme Court considers this case. It’s time to pass legislation to settle this critical issue once and for all. Even if the court rules in favor of a modern sales tax policy, legislation will still be needed to spell out how that would work.”

In November, the NRF filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to take up an appeal brought by the state of South Dakota, saying the Quill Corp. v. North Dakota (1992) decision is outdated. In Quill, the court said sales tax laws across the country were too complicated for retailers to know how much tax to collect unless they were physically present in the customer’s state. NRF argued in November’s brief that computer software has made that concern obsolete today.

In addition to the case before the Supreme Court, NRF is continuing to support the Remote Transactions Parity Act, which would allow states to require out-of-state sellers to collect sales tax. Even if the Supreme Court were to allow that, NRF believes federal legislation is necessary to resolve details on how collection would take place rather than leaving it to each of the states to interpret the court’s ruling.

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