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Retailers select Golden Hammer Committee Choice winners

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Of the 32 vendor companies that were recognized as Golden Hammer Award winners during the 2011 ceremony in Las Vegas, five received special commendation in the form of a Committee Choice award.

These five award winners were selected by the Golden Hammer retail committee as examples of the best-of-the-best in the home improvement industry. The panel recognized high performance in five disciplines — new product innovation, inventory management, serving the pros, category management and quality control.

Here are the 2011 Golden Hammer Committee Choice Award winners:
• New Product Innovation: Scotts Miracle-Gro
• Inventory Management: Irwin Tools
• Serving the Pros: Andersen
• Category Management: 3M
• Quality Control: Weber-Stephens

The retail committee in 2011 consists Mike Clark, VP and chief merchandising officer, True Value Co.;  Mickey Shulte, VP purchasing and marketing, Handy Hardware Wholesale; Steve Markley, VP merchandising, Do it Best Corp.; and George Smith, CEO, Westlake Ace Hardware.

"Home Channel News appreciates the thoughtful consideration of the retail committee and congratulates the winners, " said Jim Reynolds, national sales manager for Home Channel News.

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California to require carbon monoxide devices

BY Brae Canlen

Owners of single-family homes in California must install carbon monoxide monitors by July 1 if they have a fireplace or heater that burns fossil fuels. Homeowners who ignore the new mandate can face fines of up to $200.

The deadline for apartment buildings, hotels and dormitories to comply with the new regulation is not until 2013.

Carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas, is responsible for 30 to 40 deaths in California every year, according to the state’s Air Resources Board. California joins 24 other states in mandating installation of the devices.

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Jun-28-2011 03:59 pm

CO2 is carbon dioxide.
CO2 is carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide is CO.

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TOTO teams with Crossville on eco-program

BY HBSDealer Staff

Plumbing manufacturer TOTO announced that it has expanded its bestinclass sustainability initiatives at its worldclass manufacturing facility in Morrow, Ga. 

The company has formed a crossindustrial strategic partnership with Crossville Inc., manufacturers of Porcelain Stone tile, which has developed proprietary systems for processing preconsumer sanitary ware, fired tile and filtrate waste back to powder that is used in the manufacture of new tile. 

“There’s no ‘silver bullet’ when it comes to reducing a facility’s carbon footprint,” said Bill Strang, senior VPoperations for TOTO. “However, ‘silver buckshot’ proves a practical conceptual model. That is, numerous incremental projects and processes combine synergistically to significantly reduce a company’s environmental impact."

He said TOTO is eliminating the term "waste" from its corporate vocabulary. "We have nearly attained carbon- and water-neutral status at our five North American plants," he added.

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