NyloBoard builds distribution
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Atlanta-based wood-alternative maker NyloBoard announced a new relationship with distributor Dixie Plywood and Lumber Co. in Charlotte, N.C.
Dixie Plywood distributes to the Charlotte metro area as well as the North Carolina-Piedmont area.
Since its launch in 201,2 NyloBoard, makers of brands including NyloDeck and NyloPorch, has been picking up distribution partners at a solid pace.
Other recent deals are with Vandermeer Forest Products in the Pacific Northwest, Holbrook Lumber in the Northeast and Jim Mackie Distribution in the Midwest.
Made from compressed and treated recycled carpet fibers, the product offers good looks along with high-end performance, including bend-proof flexural strength. And therefore, it allows designers the flexibility to create tighter joints, according to the Atlanta-based company.
Builders FirstSource acquires Slone Lumber Company
Dallas, Texas-based Builders FirstSource completed its acquisition of Houston-based Slone Lumber Company.
"The Slone purchase adds to our presence and gives us a solid platform to further expand our business in the highly attractive, greater Houston market," said Floyd Sherman, Builders FirstSource CEO. "It provides us a top-quality distribution business, outstanding employees and an established customer base to complement our existing window manufacturing operations in the surrounding area. We are very pleased to be adding Slone’s employees to the Builders FirstSource team, and look forward to working along-side them."
Netting sales of about $17 million in 2013, Slone supplies lumber, engineered beams, interior and exterior door units, moulding, trim and cabinets. It also offers installation services for exterior doors, shutters and cabinets.
"This is an exciting time and a great opportunity for the company and our people," said Gregg Slone, owner and president of Slone Lumber, who will remain in place as general manager. "We look forward to joining Builders FirstSource and becoming part of one of the nation’s leading suppliers to the residential construction industry."
GE boards the Wink train with new ‘smart’ LED bulb
GE is following closely on the heels of Quirky’s recent announcement that it was launching a smart-home offshoot (called Wink) for incubating various technologies, as well as an integrated app to connect them all.
The GE Link connected LED 60-watt replacement (A19) bulb is a smart LED bulb that’s enabled by the Wink app — one of several new (and incumbent) products that are beginning to emerge within the Wink suite.
The bulb allows consumers to control their lighting from afar, as well as to sync the bulb with other devices. The primary selling point: the lack of need for expensive add-ons that usually come with connected devices.
There are also three options: a 60-watt replacement soft white LED bulb, an indoor soft white floodlight LED and an indoor/outdoor-rated bright white spotlight LED.
“Our very own Thomas Edison built the first commercially viable bulb, and today we’re proud to announce the first commercially viable connected bulb designed for Wink users,” said John Strainic, general manager, North America Consumer Lighting for GE. “We know the quality of light consumers love and want in their homes, and we’re a brand they trust.”
The bulb, which will retail around or below $15, is now available for pre-order on the Home Depot website. It’ll make its appearance in retail locations this fall.