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Poll Results: Here’s what’s boosting business

BY HBSDealer Staff

There are many forces acting on the home improvement industry. First of all, people have to live somewhere. Secondly, the dwellings in which people live get older every day, and are almost always in need of some kind of repair or maintenance.

There are also several types of housing activity that drive sales to hardware stores and building supply dealers. We asked readers to break it down for us. Specificially, we asked: “What type of housing activity is your biggest business booster?”

With just under 60 readers voting at last tally, here are the results:

• 51%, Single-family home construction

• 25%, Remodeling

• 18%, Maintenance and

• 7%, Multi-family home construction

HBSDealer encourages your participation. You can still take the poll here. Or tell us your opinion in a letter to the editor here.

 

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Stanley Black & Decker names first Chief Technical Officer

BY Andy Carlo

Stanley Black & Decker has appointed Mark Maybury to the newly created position of chief technology officer.

Maybury joins the organization from The Mitre Corporation, where he held a variety of technology leadership roles for 27 years. In his new role with Stanley Black & Decker, Maybury will form a team to work across the company's businesses and functions to advise management on technological threats and opportunities, as well as provide access to all elements of the global technology ecosystem, the company said.

"Mark is a well-known and highly respected technology leader with an impressive wealth of knowledge and expertise critical to our technological journey," Jim Loree, Stanley Black & Decker president and CEO, said in a statement issued by the New Britain, Conn.-based company. "Our aspiration is to become known as one of the world's leading innovators, and we believe this is a key component of our strategy to achieve the 22/22 vision. As the pace of change continues to accelerate across the continuum of technologies, we are staffing our team with the right talent to navigate the changing world."

Maybury most recently served as vice president of intelligence portfolios and prior to that was Mitre's vice president and chief security officer. He also served as director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). Before joining MITRE, Maybury served as a U.S. Air Force officer. He later returned to the Air Force as chief scientist from 2010 to 2013 where he advised the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force on a wide range of scientific and technical issues.

He is currently a member of the Defense Science Board and recently completed multiple years of service on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory committee. He is a fellow in both the IEEE and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Maybury has authored or edited 10 books and more than 60 publications. 

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Inside or out? Windows raise the question

BY HBSDealer Staff

Driven by a consumer demand for inside-outside shared spaces, Medford, Wis.-based Weather Shield Windows & Doors has upgraded its Bi-Fold Patio Doors offering, and engineered a new line of Bi-Fold Windows. Both products have expanded sill options, new hardware choices and impressive energy efficiency capabilities, meeting all Energy Star requirements throughout the U.S.

“With the advancements to our Bi-Fold Doors and new Bi-Fold Windows, we’re giving architects and builders the tools they need to design the most exciting shared spaces for their clients,” said Chris Schield, VP of product marketing. “We’re dedicated to exceeding customer expectations, both with new product offerings and innovations to our existing product lines.”

The Bi-Fold Windows are available in a maximum width of 24’ and height of 6’-6”. The Bi-Fold Doors are available in a maximum width of 24’ and height of 10’.

With a flexible configuration and multiple styles and design options, Bi-Fold Windows and Doors offer new options for opening living spaces to the outdoors and creating striking entryways into adjoining interior spaces. The upgraded windows and doors are available for the Contemporary Collection as well as the Premium Series product lines.

The expanded window sill offerings include the standard performance sill, intermediate sill, U-channel sill and the ADA sill. The Bi-Fold Windows also offer an innovative concealed shoot bolt that features simplified operation and a clean overall aesthetic, allowing homeowners to enjoy uncluttered views free from unsightly hardware. Strong, 2-1/4” thick aluminum-clad wood panels provide superior structural integrity and energy efficiency.

 

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