Product Central: GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station
Like a perennial shrub, the outdoor living category crops up on the retail radar with seasonal regularity. But as homeowners begin to spend more and more of their time outside, the entire concept of “outdoor living” has become more literal.
The demand is solidly in place for trimmings and products that allow homeowners to enjoy the same comforts of a kitchen or a living room on their deck or patio.
Here’s a smattering of products that can arguably play a role in creating this atmosphere. From the beer koozie to the treated decking that one drinks it on, these products all come together to form an experience that directly speaks to lifestyle trends in 2017.
GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station
For tailgating needs (and all those other times when outdoor living is done on the fly), the Slim-Fold Cook Station can be assembled and broken down at will. It features an aluminum counter top, lower storage rack, four plastic fold-out side tables with beverage holders, stem glass holders and hooks for garbage or utensils. (gcioutdoor.com)
Check out other products featured in the March 2017 issue of HBSDealer.
Welcome to Stanley Black & Decker’s new Makerspace
Stanley Black & Decker has officially opened its new Makerspace in Towson, Maryland, a 4,500-sq.-ft. workshop dedicated to innovation.
The facility will provide space for Stanley Black & Decker employees bringing innovative ideas to life, and it'll serve as a resource to the Greater Baltimore community.
"At Stanley Black & Decker, we are a company of innovators, makers and creators, and this new space will give our employees an environment where they can focus on turning their ideas into real working prototypes that will become the products of the future," said Jeff Ansell, President of Global Tools & Storage for Stanley Black & Decker. "Stanley Black & Decker is built on 175 years of innovation, demonstrated most recently with the launch of our revolutionary DEWALT FLEXVOLT system. As we continue to grow organically and by adding the iconic American brand Craftsman and Lenox and Irwin businesses, we are excited to reinforce that commitment to innovation. By opening a new Makerspace right here in Maryland we are rededicated to not only inventing, but also making the innovations that will change the way we live tomorrow."
Since Black & Decker merged with The Stanley Works in 2010, the company has grown to employ more than 2,100 in the Maryland region, and it has invested about $60 million in facility upgrades.
Stanley Black & Decker has already partnered with local universities to develop a curriculum, framework and toolset for future Makerspaces and to offer a space for students and faculty to work on research projects. A maker program for the public is also expected for sometime in 2018.
"Stanley Black & Decker's new Makerspace creates a collaborative environment where company employees can develop new products, and offers local students and educators access to state-of-the-art resources to pursue research projects," said Governor Larry Hogan. "Maryland's economy continues to be driven by innovation, and having cutting-edge workshops like this one is critical to growing jobs, spurring new advances, and helping our communities thrive."
From LP, a new shingle
LP Building Products is rolling out a new cedar-imitation shingle.
The LP SmartSide Perfection Shingle, part of the LP SmartSide Trim & Siding product line, is made of engineered wood fiber and features a fine sawn wood texture with no knots.
The shingle features a cedar-like texture with a 5.5” to 6.5” reveal and is designed for use in single-family, multifamily and light commercial applications.
“The Perfection Shingle will feature the same beauty and durability that our customers expect from our engineered wood siding products backed with the same 5/50 warranty,” says Sandra Bostian, LP Building Products Innovation Manager, Siding. “As one of the fastest-growing house siding brands in the United States, we are excited to expand our LP SmartSide product line with the Perfection Shingle.”
The Perfection Shingle installs with a blind nail for a clean, sleek appearance. It's been available in the Mid-Atlantic region starting in August 2017 and will soon be available through distributors across the United States.