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Scotts announces phosphorus-free lawn fertilizers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Scotts Miracle-Gro has achieved its goal of removing phosphorus from its Turf Builder brand lawn food maintenance products. The commitment was first announced on World Water Day in 2011 as a partial solution to nutrient runoff that can lead to excessive algae growth in waterways.

"In 2011 we announced that production of our conventional Turf Builder brand lawn food would be phosphorus-free by this season," said Scotts Miracle-Gro chief marketing officer Jim Lyski. "As consumers feed their lawns this spring, they should know they can get great results from our products while also protecting and preserving our water resources."

The 2011 phosphorus-free announcement marked the expansion of a commitment made by the company in 2006 to stakeholders in the Chesapeake Bay area that phosphorus content in lawn foods would be reduced by 50%.

"We are committed to ensuring sustainable water supplies for generations to come, and going phosphorus free was a commitment we were proud to make," said Scotts’ global research and development leader Bruce Caldwell. "Our associates’ enthusiasm for this initiative has been tremendous and we also want to thank the environmental stakeholders we’ve worked with to make it possible."

Because phosphorus is essential to the initial root development of grass plants, the nutrient will remain in Scotts’ starter fertilizers for new lawns and in the company’s lines of organic lawn food — it naturally occurs in the organic materials contained in the products.

 

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Franke Kitchen Systems unveils new faucet suite

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Franke, a provider of intelligent systems for domestic kitchens, has announced the launch of its newest faucet family — the FF2400 kitchen faucet and FFBP2400 bar/prep faucet.

The new design is the latest addition to the Franke Luxury product line. The long, curved handle moves with ease. Both the kitchen and bar/prep faucets have pull-down dual-jet sprayheads, delivering stream and spray functions with the touch of a button.

A matching soap dispenser and a line of point-of-use faucets are launching this summer for a complete suite. All products will be available in chrome, old world bronze and satin nickel.

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Walmart, Operation Homefront host Saluting Heroes Together event

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Walmart is hosting its Saluting Heroes Together event with Operation Homefront on Saturday, June 1 in Fayetteville, N.C., to help honor the men and women who have or are currently serving in our military and their families. The event comes on the heels of Walmart’s launch on Memorial Day to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walmart supercenter located at 7701 S. Raeford Rd. Lunch and giveaways will be provided by Walmart and Sam’s Club suppliers, including Johnsonville’s World’s Largest Grill.

In addition, Walmart announced in January that beginning Memorial Day, the company will offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment.

"Walmart and the military are very similar when you look at the emphasis on teamwork and service as essential elements to success," said Samuel Adams, a Raeford Walmart assistant manager and former member of the Army National Guard. "Those similarities made the transition easy for me, and as a former member of the military, I utilize the skills I learned in the service every day in my new role and know that other veterans do as well," he added. "I’m grateful for the veterans’ hiring commitment because I believe it’s a win-win for our veterans and our company."

"Operation Homefront is committed to supporting the families of our service members and wounded warriors in North and South Carolina and throughout the country," said Holly Cummings , executive director, Operation Homefront – Carolinas.  "We are proud to continue our partnership with Walmart and Sam’s Club, and are honored to take part in the Saluting Heroes Together events that will help strengthen community support for those who have served and sacrificed to provide opportunity for us."

The Walmart Foundation has committed $20 million through 2015 to helping veterans and their families transition from the military into the civilian workforce through programs that provide job training, transition support and education. In North Carolina, the foundation recently contributed $25,000 to Support Military Spouses’ Shoeboxes for Military Spouses Program and $40,000 to StepUp Ministries’ Well-Fed Families and Veterans Programs.

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