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Nebraska company promotes Zip-Up ceilings

BY Ken Clark

Norfolk, Neb.-based Zip-Up Ceiling System is promoting itself as a quick and easy alternative to drywall ceiling installations.

Made from durable flexible interlocking PVC components engineered to fit together with a few tools, Zip-Up Ceiling delivers a clean, grid-free flat, non-corrugated washable mold- and mildew- resistant surface, according to the manufacturer. The panels, which resist kinking during installation, unzip for easy removal for access to electrical, plumbing and other work, and for cleaning.   

Suitable for both residential and commercial installations, Zip-Up Ceiling meets Class A Fire Rating. The system, which takes up only 2 ins. of headroom, features just three primary components: wall trim, main rail and panels. The main rails and panels are available in white and beige in smooth and serrated finishes. The finished ceiling is paintable with latex paint.

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Pergola options percolate for Trex

BY Ken Clark

Trex Pergola kits are now offered in a variety of colors to complement any outdoor living space, the company announced.

“Pergolas continue to increase in popularity as design options for decks, patios and gardens, and consumers and professionals alike will now be provided with a broad range of colors, styles and sizes to create completely customized outdoor living spaces,” said Ronald Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. 

Trex Pergola kits are manufactured by Fredericksburg, Va.-based Backyard America through a trademark licensing agreement with Trex, and are available in nine rich finishes that coordinate seamlessly with high-performance Trex decking and railing — including White, Charcoal Black, Gravel Path (a pristine grey), Tree House (a warm earth tone), Fire Pit (a spicy red), Vintage Lantern (a deep burnished bronze), Rope Swing (a light taupe), Beach Dune (a warm honey brown) and Clam Shell (a deep charcoal).   

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Metabo promotes four executives

BY Ken Clark

West Chester, Pa.-based Metabo, a manufacturer of professional-grade portable electric power tools and abrasives, promoted four individuals to newly created and existing positions. 

The changes, effective immediately, are a strategic move in preparation for company-wide growth in 2013, according to Martin Cross, president of Metabo.

Promoted to VP finance and operations, Jens Knudsen will be responsible for all customer support activities at Metabo’s West Chester facility, including credit and finance, purchasing and logistics, as well as overseeing the customer service department.   

“Jens and his team are dedicated to the company’s ‘Operational Excellence’ initiative and will strive to improve the effectiveness of Metabo’s support functions for both the company’s field sales team and our customers,” said Cross. Knudsen previously served as controller. 

Mark Linn, formally national accounts manager, has been promoted to director of national accounts. In his new role, Linn will cultivate new business with targeted national distributors, as well as focus on expanding the company’s national accounts presence. 

Formally regional manager-South/Central, Larry Pecht has assumed the newly created position of national key account manager (end user program). In this role, Pecht will work closely with Metabo’s sales team to identify, convert and grow end users, as well as develop programs and products specifically for this targeted customer group. 

Darren White has been promoted to regional manager-South/Central from sales representative in north Texas. As regional manager, White will be responsible for overseeing the sales efforts in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Southern Illinois.

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