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Obituary: Sacramento lumberman Kenneth Steving

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Kenneth Steving, owner of New Home Building Supply in Sacramento, Calif., died Sept. 24 of complications from cancer, according to an obituary in the Sacramento Bee. He was 69 years old.

Steving operated New Home, along with his younger brother Wayne, for the past 30 years. They took over the business from their father Alfred, who founded the lumberyard in 1949.

Steving was a Corvette enthusiast who once owned three of the sports cars. But he may be best remembered for the tree house he built for his grandchildren, which was outfitted with double-glazed windows, hardwood floors and a chandelier.

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Owner of Weeks Roses files for Chapter 11

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International Garden Products, the parent company of Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower and Iseli Nursery Inc., has filed for bankruptcy protection, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

 

 

Court papers state that the company, which supplies roses to garden centers and landscape suppliers across the country, was negatively affected by events unrelated to operations, such as an unpaid $1.7 million order for roses from rival grower Jackson & Perkins for the 2010 season.

 

Other liability issues total $27.2 million, court papers state.

 

International Garden Products is seeking bankruptcy court approval of a $7.5 million interim loan to continue operations, the newspaper said.

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Black & Decker redesigns the DustBuster

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Black & Decker announced the redesigned line of one of its most well-known products, the DustBuster.

According to the company, the 14.4 V (CHV1410) and 15.6 V (CHV1510) models boast an innovative shape that allows users to operate the tool in ways that traditionally shaped hand vacs haven’t performed.

Black & Decker’s redesigned DustBuster line is backed by a two-year warranty, and is available beginning in October at major retail stores nationwide. Prices and features for the 9.6 V (CWV9610), 9.6 V (CHV9610), 12 V (CHV1210), 14.4 V (CHV1410) and 15.6 V (CHV1510) will vary per model, ranging from $29.99 to $44.99.

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