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Newell Rubbermaid to trim its portfolio

BY Ken Clark

Newell Rubbermaid has announced its intention to sell its Hardware and Teach Platform businesses — the Bulldog, Shurline, Ashland and Amerock brands, the drapery hardware business, and Mimio.

“These are good businesses run by talented people but they do not fit with our strategy,” said CEO Michael Polk. 

In 2012, the Hardware and Teach Platform represented net sales of more than $300 million. Newell’s Irwin Tools brand is not part of the group up for sale.

The company announced its plan as part of its first-quarter earnings statement, which showed net sales in the first quarter of $1.24 billion, a decline of 0.8%.

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Gojo launches ‘Tough Job – Sweet Deal’ sweepstakes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Cleaning products manufacturer Gojo Industries is sponsoring a promotion that includes prizes and a free trip, the company said.

Gojo announced the "Gojo Tough Job. Sweet Deal. Giveaway" contest and sweepstakes, which started Wednesday. The contest is designed to appeal to people working in jobs that require them to regularly use industrial and automotive hand degreaser and other hand cleaning and conditioning products. 

"One of the great things about our customers is they don’t mind getting their hands dirty in accomplishing big things in their tough jobs," said Gojo Tough Soils market manager Jim Brown. "They rely on Gojo industrial and automotive hand degreaser and conditioning products. Our Tough Job – Sweet Deal Giveaway is a way for us to acknowledge our customers’ strong work ethic and reward some of them for sharing their experiences with us via photos and videos." 

Entrants are eligible to win a trip for two to the 2014 Daytona 500, 2013 World Series Game 3 or 2014 BCS Championship game. Entrants must submit either a photograph or video through the entry form online or a photo through Instagram at #GOJOToughSoils.

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TOTO, Crossville partner for new porcelain tile

BY HBSDealer Staff

TOTO has announced a new partnership with Crossville, a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of porcelain, glass and stone tile collections. Beginning in June 2013, Crossville will offer Hydrotect as an optional finish on a majority of its porcelain tile collections. 

"TOTO established ‘HYDROTECT Partners’ to raise Hydrotect’s profile in the global marketplace and disseminate knowledge about this breakthrough technology worldwide," said Daijiro Nogata, president of TOTO USA.

"TOTO continues to aggressively build our global network of cross-industrial strategic business partners. We are proud to announce that Crossville is the newest member of our international network. This announcement is a special pleasure for TOTO as we partner with Crossville on one of our key environmental initiatives — upcycling our imperfect and damaged china for new tile production. Hydrotect will be available as an option on Crossville’s recycled tile line, as well as its other collections."

Crossville applies Hydrotect to its porcelain tile during a second firing process, after the tile is traditionally glazed and fired. Hydrotect will not wash or wear off over time and is not visible. 

TOTO’s Hydrotect technology uses photocatalysts with superhydrophilic and decomposition properties offering the following benefits:

  • Creates easy clean surfaces on buildings’ exteriors or interiors;
  • Cleans the air (reduces pollutant gases, NOx, SOx, VOCs, which contribute to greenhouse gas production and improves general air quality, both indoor and outdoor); and
  • Offers an anti-microbial effect.

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