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New Whirlpool microwave touts popcorn cycle

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Whirlpool has introduced the new 1.9 cu. ft. Over the Range Microwave with TimeSavor Plus True Convection, which features an AccuPop cycle that aims to take the guesswork out of making popcorn.

AccuPop "listens" to popcorn using sound sensors and automatically adjusts cooking time for optimal results.

"At Whirlpool brand, we are always looking to create products that make our consumers’ lives easier," said Andrea Smith, brand manager for new products, cooking and suites. "By offering families this AccuPop cycle, we can give them the ability to cut out the time they spend watching the microwave and get back to what they want to enjoy – delicious results and time with each other."

Other features include TimeSavor Plus convection, which uses a rear fan and heating element to circulate preheated air to retain moisture and flavor.

Additionally, a steam cooking feature can serve as a stand-in for traditional stovetop steamers.

For maintenance, the CleanRelease non-stick interior makes it possible to clean the microwave sans harsh chemicals.

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Jarden adds to its executive team

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On the heels of a financially sound 2013, Jarden Corporation has re-ordered and expanded its executive management structure in order to align the company with its current scale.

"We are focused on maintaining our growth and positive momentum in the future having just completed a significant acquisition and finishing a year that included record revenues, record segment earnings, record operating cash flow, and record adjusted earnings per share," said CEO James Lillie. "At Jarden, we have a talented team, powerful brands and a diversified global operating model that affords us numerous opportunities for expansion. The expansion of our leadership team will further strengthen the foundation we have built at Jarden. We expect this structure to enhance operational efficiency, reduce risk and support our next stage of growth and profitability."

Current vice-chairman and CFO Ian Ashken has been promoted to the role of vice-chairman and president. He will maintain his primary responsibility for the company’s financial, legal and administrative functions and increase his focus on ensuring consistency across its expanding global business. Ashken was one of the original co-founders of the company in 2001 and has played an integral role in its success since.

Current CFO, Jarden Consumer Solutions Al LeFevre has been promoted to EVP finance and CFO, effective June 12. He has been with Jarden since it acquired American Household in 2005; he had been with the latter company since 1997.

Joining LeFevre at the EVP level will be current EVP general counsel John Capps, who will assume the role of EVP administration and general counsel in September, taking over for incumbent retiree David Tolbert. EVP finance Rich Sansone will assume the role of EVP operations, effective immediately.

Executive chairman Martin Franklin noted that the company had achieved annualized revenue of $8 billion, with more than 120 brands in over 100 countries around the world.

The company will maintain its Office of the Chairman structure with Ashken, Franklin and Lillie.

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Boise Cascade set to distribute Latitudes and Deckorators products

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Delanco, N.J.-based Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution has booked a new partnership with Universal Consumer Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc.

Under the terms of the new deal, Boise Cascade will distribute the full line of Latitudes Decking & Railing products and Deckorators CXT Railing Systems throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

“We’re very pleased to add the high-quality and diverse products in the Latitudes and Deckorators lines to our product mix here in Delanco," said Bill Shellhorn, Boise distribution manager. "It’s the most complete package of decking and railing options we’ve seen, and the quality is second-to-none. We feel the strength of this offering, combined with Boise’s solid reputation for service and representation, will provide a tremendous opportunity for retailers and deck builders in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York markets."

Latitudes is a composite decking and railing line that features weather- and decay-resistant Strandex technology, meaning the wood fibers are encased in high-density polyethylene.

Meanwhile, CXT Railing is co-extruded from two layers of materials for added durability and low-maintenance appeal.

Boise Cascade has facilities in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, southern New York and northern Maryland.

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