Obituary: Burt Weinstein
Inventor, engineer and longtime General Tools & Instruments consultant Burt Weinstein lost his battle with cancer at the age of 87.
Weinstein and his partner, Richard (Dick) Deaton, founded Simp’l Products in 1989 with the goal of inventing products that would streamline woodworking joinery for both professionals and novices at an affordable price. General Tools purchased the company in 2006 and hired Weinstein as a consultant.
In conjunction with General, Weinstein invented landmark wood joining tools: the E-Z Pro Mortise & Tenon Jig and E-Z Pro Dovetailer Jig. He often traveled with General to national trade shows where he demonstrated his latest and greatest wood joining innovations to the delight of show attendees.
Over the years, he was awarded more than a dozen patents for his inventions.
A World War II veteran, Weinstein was an avid sailor who also enjoyed skiing, flying and fishing, and was a proud member of the City Island and New York Yacht Clubs. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carolyn; stepdaughters, Jacquelyn and Gwendolyn Wong; sons-in-law Serge Michaut and Neil Wertheimer; grandchildren Davis and Lucas Wertheimer; brother and sister-in-law Gerald and Alice Weinstein.
City of Hope honors Karen Mendelsohn
The City of Hope is honoring Karen Mendelsohn as its 2014 Spirit of Life honoree.
Mendelsohn is VP and chief marketing and strategy officer at home improvement giant Masco.
City of Hope is a California-based treatment and research facility dedicated to finding cures and new treatments for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Mendelsohn serves on the Homebuilding Community Foundation Board, HomeAidAmerica Board as well as the City of Hope Hardware/Homebuilding Industry Executive Council.
Since it was founded in 1982, City of Hope’s Hardware/Homebuilding Industry has raised more than $140 million for lifesaving research, treatment and education programs. The group has grown to encompass a nationwide network of high-profile manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives and related members.
NRF: 158M to celebrate Halloween
Consumers plan to spend almost as much on Halloween decorations as they plan to spend on Halloween candy, according to the National Retail Federation.
The association’s survey shows consumers will spend $2.08 billion on candy, $1.96 billion on decorations and $360 million on greeting cards.
Nearly 158 million consumers will participate in Halloween activities, slightly less than the historic high of 170 million people last year. New figures from the National Retail Federation (NRF) indicate the average consumer will spend $75.03 on Halloween this year, down 6% from $79.82 last year.
However, average overall spending on Halloween has increased 54.7% since 2005, with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion in 2013. Other NRF figures include:
- About 44% of people plan to dress up and will spend a total of $2.6 billion on costumes, including $1.04 billion for children’s costumes and $1.22 billion for adult costumes.
- One-fourth of U.S. consumers (25.2%) say the state of the economy will impact their Halloween spending plans and nearly 9-in-10 (86.1%) will spend less overall, up slightly from 83.5% last year. In addition, 32.7% will buy less candy and 18.1% will make a costume instead of buying one.
- About 14% of consumers plan to buy a pet costume and will spend a total of $330 million.
- The average person buying or making a costume will spend $27.85, similar to the $28.65 spent last year.
“Still one of the most beloved and anticipated consumer holidays, Halloween will be far from a bust this year,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “After a long summer, the arrival of fall will put millions of Americans in the spirit to partake in traditional and festive activities. Retailers recognize that when it comes to Halloween, consumers’ creativity abounds. We expect retailers to stock their shelves with unique costume ideas for adults, children and pets, a variety of candy options and never-seen-before home and yard decor.”