MTD recalls leaf blowers over laceration hazard
Tempe, Ariz.-based MTD Southwest Inc. is recalling several thousand Remington and Troy-Bilt electric leaf blowers, citing a laceration hazard applicable to both brands.
The blower’s impeller has a reported tendency to break and strike the operator during use. MTD received 17 incident reports related to the Troy-Bilt model, which included 12 injuries that resulted in cuts, bruises and lacerations requiring stitches. One incident involving the Remington model was reported, which resulted in cuts and bruises.
Affected Remington blowers have the model number RM180B, item number 41AA180G983 and serial numbers ranging from S1E131XK0001 through S1E162XK2008. They were sold at various retails nationwide and online at mtdproducts.com from May 2011 through December 2013 for between $30 and $40.
Troy-Bilt blowers have the model number TB180B, item number 41BA180G966 and serial numbers ranging from S1D111XK0001 through S1F152XK2008. They were sold at Lowe’s stores nationwide and online at troybilt.com from May 2011 through November 2013 for about $34.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers to stop using the blowers immediately and contact the respective companies for a free replacement. Customers who bought Troy-Bilt blowers from Lowe’s can contact Lowe’s for a replacement.
The recall affects about 24,000 units of the Remington model and 134,000 units of the Troy-Bilt blower.
Q1 is good to Deltic Timber’s top (but not bottom) line
Deltic Timber Corporation managed to generate more positive sales flow to its coffers in the first quarter of 2014, though its net income was not as impressive as last year’s.
Net sales for the three months ended March 31 were $55.4 million, up 33.2% year-over-year.
Net income for the quarter was $4.9 million, down from 2013’s $6.8 million. President and CEO Ray Dillon attributed the decrease to lower operating income for the company’s Manufacturing segment; harsh winter weather conditions slowed construction activity through much of the country.
“Harsh winter weather conditions existed for much of the United States during the first quarter," said Dillon. "Despite the negative impact this had on the consumption of softwood lumber for construction, Deltic’s operations again generated solid financial results. While the volume of lumber sold and the average sales price received for it were both down from a year ago, the company harvested its planned volume for pine sawtimber and pine pulpwood for the quarter, benefitted from improved natural gas prices, and sold almost twice as many residential real estate lots than it did in the first quarter of last year."
Dillon added that Deltic Timber also successfully acquired timberlands in the Ola Region during the quarter, which bodes well for its future earnings.
Bill Adams nabs 2014 Inventor of the Year Award
Bill Adams, founder and chairman of Adams Manufacturing, has been honored with the 2014 Inventor of the Year Award from the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA).
Adams took home the top honor this year due to his innovations in the design of suction cups, outdoor resin furniture, holiday accessories and other consumer products. It’s also a nod to the significant economic impact he has made on the western Pennsylvania region and American manufacturing as a whole.
Exemplifying these traits is the RealComfort Adirondack chair — which features advanced ergonomic lumbar support — and suction cups with diffusion ring technology, which avoids the magnifying-glass effect of standard suction cups by using high-clarity materials that can’t focus light.
After returning from Vietnam and leaving his next job as an elementary school librarian, Bill Adams began his initial journey with the development of "window blankets," which helped trap heat by attaching bubble wrap to windows using suction cups. He moved on to marketing suction cups to retailers, who could use them to hang sings in their windows. Eventually, he had secured contracts with every hardware store in the Pittsburgh region.
Adams Manufacturing has issued 208 design or utility patents since its founding in 1976. It employs approximately 300 people in its Portersville, Pa. location and is looking to expand even further.