Pier 1 introduces green cleaning products
Starting this month, Pier 1 will be the exclusive U.S. and Canadian distributor of an environmentally friendly line of cleaning products by Isabella Smith.
The Maison Belle line is non-toxic, biodegradable and uses recyclable packaging. The products are fragranced with 100 percent essential oils and don’t contain synthetic perfume.
Pier 1 will sell three of the fragrances — lemon vanilla, lavender mint and grapefruit bergamot — in the glass cleaner, counter top cleaner and dish soap. The products will be available in about 500 Pier 1 Imports locations across the country.
Weyerhaeuser to permanently close OSB mill
Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser will permanently close its idled Structurwood OSB mill in Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada. The mill has been idled since December 2007.
Weyerhaeuser still maintains a dimensional softwood lumber sawmill in Drayton Valley, which it continues to operate.
“Factors that led to the original decision to idle the Drayton Valley Structurwood mill — the decline in the U.S. housing market and the high Canadian dollar — have not changed since that decision,” said Phil Dennett, vp-strand technologies for Weyerhaeuser, in a statement.
“Weyerhaeuser is working with the Government of Alberta to find ways to enhance the viability of our remaining mills in the region,” Dennett added, including a further mill in Edison, Alberta.
The mill originally employed around 130 people — some have moved to other areas of the Weyerhaeuser business, while some were given severance, the company said.
Weyerhaeuser out, BlueLinx in at AERT
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT), the Springdale, Ark., makers of ChoiceDek, has formally ended its Lowe’s distribution agreement with Weyerhaeuser, according to a July 8 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). BlueLinx will replace Weyerhaeuser as the distributor of ChoiceDek decking and accessories to Lowe’s, which carries the products exclusively.
Terms of the BlueLinx agreement are similar to those in AERT’s previous Weyerhaeuser agreement, the company said in its SEC filing.