Racor reaches for ladder-storage innovation
A product that easily and securely stores ladders overhead was unveiled by Racor at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show.
Called the “Racor Ladder Lift” the new product uses a rope and pulley system along with a fixed hook that is mounted on the ceiling. Easily lift and lower a 150lb ladder up to 12 feet by simply lifting the ladder onto the fixed hook, attaching the strap to the bottom of the ladder, and pulling the rope.
The concept frees up valuable wall space, where ladders typically hang.
"Consumers are looking for innovative solutions for their storage problems," said Craig Zurko, marketing manager for Racor. "People have told us they weren’t happy with the topical ladder hooks on the market today. They stick out too far from the wall and they were tired of car doors hitting the ladder that was hung along the wall as they got out of their cars."
The pulleys and the fixed hook do most of the work making a typical 80 lb. ladder only feel like it is 10 lbs.: an 8:1 mechanical advantage. A unique locking mechanism holds the rope securely in place to prevent accidental release.
Bull will make Coleman-brand BBQ grills
Rialto, Calif.-based Bull Outdoor Products Inc., manufacturer of outdoor grills, carts and outdoor kitchens will begin manufacturing a line of Coleman BBQ Grills, including Carts, Outdoor Kitchens and their components.
“We are excited to combine the strength of the Coleman brand with our manufacturing and retail knowledge to introduce a quality grill program into the marketplace,” said Frank Mello, VP sales and marketing, about the licensing deal.
Bull’s Coleman Grill division will be headquartered in Athens, Tenn. In late 2012 the initial offering will be ready for sale paving the way for 2013 retailer program launches, the company announced.
Bull Outdoor Products Inc. is a manufacturer of quality branded products developed and designed for the outdoor living marketplace. Products are sold to customers in specialty retail, hearth, hardware, appliance, building materials and the building trade.
ToolkitHR, as seen by an HR Pro
It’s an old saying, but it’s true: Businesses begin and end with their people. This is especially applicable to the relationship-driven home improvement industry.
A new product from Home Channel News and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) called ToolkitHR is designed to help companies manage their human resources, avoid pitfalls and gain confidence in their HR decisions. Here’s how SHRM’s Brian Dickson, senior VP, professional development and strategic partnerships, looks at the new tool:
HCN: What are the biggest HR problems facing small businesses today?
Brian Dickson: Among the top issues facing small business is finding the right people. Despite high unemployment, many businesses face a skills gap and cannot find employees with the necessary skills. In addition, businesses will struggle to replace the skills, knowledge and experience of employees from the Baby Boom generation as they retire.
HCN: Who are the actual advisors behind ToolkitHR?
Dickson: The advisers behind ToolkitHR are 18 certified HR professionals who collectively have more than 200 years of experience in the human resources profession. We are proud of the wealth of experience of our advisors and confident that HCN subscribers will be pleased with the thorough responses they receive to their HR questions.
HCN: Who is the ideal customer for ToolkitHR?
Dickson: The ideal customer is the independent owner who is looking to protect and grow the business by using HR best practices from the respected source in the field. SHRM’s offerings will be especially useful to the independent owner. ToolkitHR will address the questions and concerns that an in-house HR person typically would have, but in a user-friendly, cost-efficient way that will provide remarkable value to users.
HCN: Has SHRM done this kind of thing before?
Dickson: This is an exciting new partnership for SHRM. We are pleased to offer SHRM’s exceptional resources and HR expertise to hardware and home improvement businesses.
SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human-resource management. Based in Alexandria, Va., and representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.
For more information, visit ToolkitHR.com.