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NAR names officers for 2014

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced its officers for 2014 at the 2013 Realtors Conference and Expo, with Steve Brown at the helm as the association’s president for next year.

Brown is a Realtor from Dayton, Ohio, touting more than 30 years of industry experience. He is the co-owner of Irongate Realtors and has held various NAR leadership positions since 2005, including the role of president-elect in 2013 and first VP in 2012.

Filling Brown’s seat as president-elect will be Chris Polychron, who has 25 years of experience as a Realtor and hails from Hot Springs, Ark. He has served on the NAR’s board of directors since 2002.

Thomas Salomone from Coral Springs, Fla., has been appointed first VP. With 38 years of experience under his belt, Salomone is the broker/owner of Real Estate II and serves on the NAR’s Executive Committee.

Other appointments include Michael McGrew as treasurer, Beth Peerce and JoAnne Poole as NAR VPs. 

For the full list of appointments, including regional VPs, click here.

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Nantucket Distributing recalls outdoor fireplaces

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Nantucket Distributing is recalling its Clay Bowl Outdoor Fireplaces after receiving three reports that pieces of the exterior clay bowl blew off when heated.

Though no injuries resulted, the flying pieces have the potential to create impact and burn hazards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging customers to discontinue use immediately and return it for a full refund.

The recall affects approximately 1,200 units of the clay and steel fireplace, which features a black metal bowl nested in a clay bowl, which sits in a steel bowl frame. The model number, which is located on the color label on the box, is CTFB215.

The product was sold at the Christmas Tree Shops and And That! stores from July 2013 through October 2013, and sold for about $70.

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IKEA becomes largest retail wind energy investor in Canada

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IKEA Canada announced it has purchased a 46 megawatt wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta. The 20-turbine wind farm will be the largest owned by a Canadian retailer and is expected to generate 161 gigawatt hours (GWh) each year, which is more than double the total energy consumption of IKEA Canada. The project is currently being constructed by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power and is expected to be fully operational in fall 2014. 

"IKEA Canada’s investment in renewable energy is a win-win-win. We are able to support the transition to a low-carbon future, reduce our energy and operating costs, and pass those benefits on to our customers by continuing to offer high quality home furnishings at low prices," says Kerri Molinaro, president of IKEA Canada. "This wind farm in Alberta, along with existing solar installations at three of our Ontario stores, is a significant step to achieving Ikea’s global ambition to be energy independent by 2020, producing more renewable energy than we consume."

The wind farm’s expected annual production of 161 GWh is equivalent to:

  • Thirty-two Ikea stores’ electricity consumption;
  • Sixty percent of Ikea Group electricity consumption in North America;
  • Eight percent of Ikea Group electricity consumption worldwide; and
  • 13,500 average Canadian households’ electricity consumption.

The 20 turbines to be erected are Siemens’ model SWT-2.3-101, 2.3 MW turbines with a rotor diameter of 101 meters, a hub height of 80 meters and blade length of 49 meters. While the wind farm will be owned fully by Ikea Canada it has been developed, is being constructed, and will be operated by Mainstream Renewable Power. The turbines will be located in the municipality of Pincher Creek, approximately 215 KMs south of Calgary. The power generated will be delivered onto Alberta’s energy grid, thereby increasing the availability of renewable energy to a growing energy market.

The IKEA Group has now committed to own 157 wind turbines worldwide and has installed over 500,000 solar panels on its buildings in nine countries. To date, the company has invested in wind farms in seven other markets: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Poland, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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