New at Knipex: Angled pliers
Knipex Tools introduced a series of angled pliers and cutters.
The German-made Orbis angled pliers and cutters feature an innovative 25-degree comfort angle that makes the tool a natural extension of the user’s hand, according to the manufacturer.
The 25-degree, 8-in., angled, long-nose pliers features three different-sized pulling grooves, preserving a tight grip when holding or pulling round items.
“Nothing is more frustrating than reaching into a tight place and pulling a spring or other round object and having it slip out of the long nose pliers. These pulling grooves make this task so much easier and less stressful,” said Alan Sipe, president and general manager, Knipex Tools.
Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Knipex Tools LP is the North American sales and marketing organization of Knipex‐Werk.
The 25-degree, 7 ½-in., angled combination pliers are designed with a greater gripping surface for a steady and consistent grip on pipes and connections. The serrated tips provide a consistent grip during detailed work to produce optimal results.
For tough, continuous use, the 25-degree 7-in. angled diagonal cutter has a high-leverage design, which allows for 30 percent more cutting power. Similar to the angled long nose and angled combination pliers, the diagonal cutter’s induction-hardened cutting edges cut any hard wire, piano wire and ACSR, in addition to copper and aluminum.
The 25-degree 8 ¾-in. angled cable cutter produces clean cuts on aluminum cables, single and multiple wires, including soft copper up to 2/0 AWG without crushing or deformation. To provide safe operation the angled cable cutter is equipped with a locking mechanism when the tool is not in use.
Masonite promotes Safe ‘N Sound
For homeowners interested in sustainable building products, Masonite International Corporation is promoting several interior door options as part of the Safe ‘N Sound collection.
On display at this year’s 2014 Pacific Coast Builder Conference, Safe ‘N Sound Solid Core and Emerald Solid Core Safe ‘N Sound doors are manufactured with DorCor. DorCor is a low-density fiberboard made from renewable wheat straw that offers reduced sound transmission while retaining the heft and feel of solid wood. In addition, each Emerald Solid Core Safe ‘N Sound door is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and contains no added urea formaldehyde.
“Because of the expanded focus on the versatility of our doors, not only from a functional aspect but from a design aspect as well, we wanted to highlight our eco-friendly options as it increasingly plays an important factor in the consumer’s buying decision,” said Shaun Alsdorf, senior director of Interior Products at Masonite. “The Safe ‘N Sound collection has been engineered to appeal to homeowners, builders and designers who want green options without sacrificing style or quality.”
According to the company, these doors meet several strict requirements for “green” certifications, such as LEED and the NAHB National Green Building Program. The Masonite Safe ‘N Sound options are available for a variety of popular Masonite interior door styles and configurations.
Cedar Creek announces slate of VP promotions
Wholesale building material distribution company Cedar Creek announced five management promotions.
“Our continuing expansion has created opportunities for top performers in our organization,” said chief operating officer D. Wayne Trousdale. I am very pleased to announce these promotions.”
• Regional VP Mark Corso joined Cedar Creek from Roberts & Dybdahl, where he spent the last 33 years in a number of executive roles. Corso began his career at GP.
• Regional VP Mark Porter had prior stints at Snavely Forest Products, MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser before joining Cedar Creek in 2000. Porter has served Cedar Creek as a sales manager, branch general manager in Kansas City and Dallas, and regional manager.
• Paul Wetmore, regional VP, formerly with Magic Woods and Central Hardwoods, joined Cedar Creek in 2004. He has been a Cedar Creek Branch general manager in Oklahoma City and a regional manager.
• Regional VP Mike Wilson began his career with Allison Lumber Sales. He was hired as an industrial salesman for Cedar Creek in 1997, promoted to general manager of the Little Rock branch in 2002, and later named regional manager.
• VP Alex Averitt started in sales, and then general management, prior to joining Cedar Creek nine years ago where he initially had roles in sales and sales management. He was named director of IT in 2011.
Cedar Creek is a wholesale building material distribution company, with 22 locations covering 30 states. In May 2010, Cedar Creek was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners.