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Rockler introduces a recycled-rubber bench mat

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Medina, Minn.-based Rockler Woodworking and Hardware introduced a Protective Bench Mat made from 100% recycled rubber tires. The three-millimeter thick mat measures 24 in. by 60 in.; protects the tops of work benches; and saves tools and projects from the scratches, dings and dents associated with general labor tasks in a shop. 

The mat can be cut to size, moved from one work area to another quickly and easily, and can be conveniently rolled up for storage. Users also have the option to mount the mat material to a surface like a piece of plywood or work bench, making a perfect, permanent assembly table.

"Our mat provides a safe cushion for your bench, project and tools," said Dan Wenning, product development specialist with Rockler. "It’s a cost-effective solution for preventing gouges and scratches, and we feel we’ve made an environmentally conscious selection our customers will appreciate."

The 100% Recycled Bench Mat retails for $39.99 and will be available at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores, Rockler’s independent resellers, Rockler.com or in the Rockler catalog.

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New hires at PAM Fastening

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PAM Fastening, the Charlotte, N.C.-based manufacturer of auto feed and collated screw systems, has announced the addition of two new sales positions to expand its organization. Matt Minchew will serve as the new director of sales, overseeing North American sales and a team of regional sales managers.

Minchew joins PAM after working as commercial sales manager for SunEdison, one of the largest solar energy developers in North America. While at the Beltsville, Md.-based company, Minchew managed relationships with Toyota, Lowe’s, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Tyco Electronics and other Fortune 500 companies. Prior to working at SunEdison, Minchew was a regional sales manager for PAM Fastening.

William Strother has also been named marketing manager, Hot Melt Systems at PAM, where he will concentrate his efforts on relationship cultivation and sales for the company’s adhesives market. This position will target commercial market applications for PAM’s PAMTite adhesive. Strother’s sales experience within the chemical products category includes North American marketing manager at the Clariant Corp., an international chemical company with more than $6 billion in annual sales. 

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Blinds Chalet points to best sellers for spring

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Online window treatment retailer Blinds Chalet released its list of "Top Five Window Treatments for Spring."

The common thread for the top five is glare reduction that can contribute to more energy-efficient homes.

The top five window treatments for spring, along with descriptions from Gilbert, Ariz.-based Blind Chalet, are:

1. Solar Screen Shades: "Solar screen shades come in a variety of openness factors for the ultimate light control. They effectively eliminate glare while maintaining views. By reducing the amount of light and heat entering a room, solar screen shades cut energy costs and reduce the need for air conditioning. These window treatments can be paired with a privacy liner for privacy."


2. Soft Sheer Shades: "These window treatments come in light filtering or total privacy options. They are made of durable nylon and polyester. While they offer a soft, summery appearance to the eye, they are in fact, very durable. They offer excellent light control and are Greenguard certified."


3. Bamboo Shades or Woven Wood Shades: "These are prefect for letting warm breezes filter through the home while effectively blocking the sun’s harsh rays. They can be paired with a privacy liner for better energy efficiency. Bamboo shades come in a variety of stains and patterns for a uniquely exotic feel."


4. Roller Shades: "Roller Shades are now soft to the touch. The classic lines of a roller shade are paired with the beauty of soft, drapery style fabrics. They come in light filtering, blackout and sunscreen fabrics for both privacy and light control. There is a vast collection of intriguing textures, weaves and colors that range from traditional to contemporary."


5. Honeycomb Cellular Shades: "While these window treatments are best known for their insulating powers during the winter, they offer comparable insulating powers against the heat of the sun. Some varieties qualify for a federal tax rebate. They also come in top-down, bottom-up varieties to allow you as much of a view or as much privacy as you like."

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