Remodeling Show, Deck Expo showcase new innovation
Chicago — Decking vendors of all persuasions shared McCormick Place with suppliers of other remodeling materials as the Deck Expo and the Remodeling Show joined their events this year. Exterior siding and PVC/composite decking seemed to dominate the floor, although a large wood pavilion showcased cedar, redwood and pressure-treated lumber.
New products at the show included a line of DAP sealants and adhesives aimed at the professional window and siding installer. Called the Spec Line, this color-coded offering carries numeric labels that match industry-specific standards.
“If you use the wrong sealant and something goes wrong, you could be liable,” said Tom Rapps, VP marketing. “We’ve made our products to specifically match [manufacturers’] numbers and names.”
The product, which can also be used by drywall hangers, begins shipping in mid-November.
Sashco also brought out an innovative product in the same category, a tint-it-yourself caulking that can be mixed with regular paint to match the color. Exact Color sealant can be used on interior or exterior windows and doors and siding, as well as kitchen and bath.
At the Tapco booth, exterior siding made from PVC was cast in a brick pattern and came in four colors. “This is the first time we [exhibited] this in a show setting,” said Mel Marzan, a representative of Tapco. “It’s just hitting the market.”
Stanley offers a twist on color-coding
Stanley introduced its new line of basic screwdrivers during a new product luncheon at the Westin Times Square in New York City. The new line of color-coded screwdrivers allows DIYers or pros to easily choose the right tool from their pouch or tool box.
“The introduction of new basic screwdrivers represents Stanley’s continued commitment to innovation and extensive field research coming from our customers,” said Bob Scillia, leader of Stanley’s strategic business unit for cutting and clamping products. “Our new screwdrivers provide professionals and homeowners an innovative and comfortable tool for day-to-day driving applications that is easy to locate among other tools.”
A four-sided handle is designed for comfort with a slip-resistant textured grip. Parts of the handles are color-coded red for slotted, blue for Phillips and green for Torx. Twelve single screwdrivers will retail for $2 to $3, and seven screwdriver sets will retail for $3 to $22.
NRF continues fight for swipe fee reform
The National Retail Federation Wednesday said that legislation introduced in the House to repeal debit card swipe fee reform would cost consumers more than $6 billion a year in savings that merchants plan to pass along to their customers.
“This misguided legislation would take billions of dollars in savings away from American consumers,” NRF SVP and general counsel Mallory Duncan said. “The banks tried to stop this law from being passed, they tried to delay it once it was passed, and they managed to water down the amount merchants and consumers will save. Now that it’s just barely taken effect, they are trying to repeal it before anyone can benefit. Congress needs to stop doing the bidding of the banks and think about the people who paid for the bank bailout not so long ago — consumers and Main Street merchants.”
Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Bill Owens (D-NY) Wednesday announced plans to introduce legislation that would repeal debit card swipe fee reform regulations that took effect on Oct. 1. The regulations, set by the Federal Reserve under last year’s Wall Street reform law, capped debit card swipe fees charged by the nation’s largest banks at about 21 cents, down from an average 44 cents. Analysts have estimated that the cap will save merchants and their customers more than $6 billion a year, according to the NRF.
The NRF said merchants are planning a wide range of ways to use the savings to increase value for their customers, such as overall lower prices, specific discounts for using debit cards, free or lower-cost delivery on appliances, free alterations on clothing or hiring additional staff to improve customer service.