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Milwaukee Tool introduces tape measures

BY HBSDealer Staff

Milwaukee, Wis.-based Milwaukee Tool added to its growing hand tool line with the introduction of the company’s first-ever tape measure products.

Coming to market over the next six months, the new tape measures have Nylon Bond Blade Protection and a five-point reinforced frame for jobsite durability. 

Developers of the product identified two key frustrations of tape measure users: numbers would wear away, and the housing would break. "As a result of our user-focused research process, we set out to solve these common frustrations and have delivered a line of tools that have truly earned Milwaukee’s Nothing But Heavy Duty badge of honor," said Whitney Moks, product manager for Milwauke Tool.

The line will include nine magnetic tape measures and nine non-magnetic tape measures varying in lengths from 16 feet to 35 feet, or from 5 meters to 10 meters (or in combination of both measuring systems).

The tools also will feature "an innovative Finger Stop area to hold the blade in place instead of using the lock," the company said. 

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Leviton hires technical sales specialist

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As Melville, N.Y.-based Leviton expands its factory trainings offering, the company hired Patrick Donnelly as a technical sales specialist. 

Donnelly will take the lead in creating trainings targetedfor installers and potential Five Star dealers who wish to become part of Leviton’s Security & Automation integrator Program for Commercial Initiatives. 

"Patrick Donnelly brings a wealth of experience, talent and industry knowledge to this role," said William Marshall, Leviton’s senior VP of sales and marketing."

Prior to joining Leviton, Donnelly worked as a senior account manager at AVAD LLC. He began his career as an electrical engineer. 

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Braun’s Roofing partners with CertainTeed cool roofs

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Houston-area Braun’s Roofing has recently started offering its customers the option to install CertainTeed cool roofs, designed with shingles that deflect the sun’s rays and reduces energy costs in the summer.

While typical shingles absorb heat, CertainTeed products aim to do the opposite, which keeps buildings cooler and reduces the strain on overworked HVAC systems.

Additionally, CertainTeed roofing products are partially made up of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials. According to the company, CertainTeed prevents more than 250,000 pounds of slag, stone granules, corrugated mixed paper and sludge from entering landfills each year.

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