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Sears Home Services gives back

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sears Home Services is rolling out an initiative this year, called Building Community Together, that aims to restore homes and buildings in the communities where its employees live and work. 

To make this possible, Sears is teaming up with nonprofit Rebuilding Together to identify homes and provide repairs, create greater accessibility and make energy-efficient upgrades.

The program kicked off Tuesday with DIY expert and TV personality Ty Pennington, together with 80 volunteers from Sears Home Services, volunteering in the renovation of three homes and an old church that’s being converted into the new Tampa Heights Community Center.

Building Community Together will also alight in other communities across the country, including those in the Sacramento, Chicago and Philadelphia areas.

"What I think is amazing about the ‘Building Community Together’ initiative is that you have local people helping to improve the lives of their neighbors," said Pennington. "I am so excited to be part of this effort and help kick things off. Hopefully, this will inspire people around the country to volunteer in their communities and support what Sears Home Services is doing."

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Port-A-Cool names new CEO

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Ben Wulf has been named president and CEO of Port-A-Cool, the Center, Texas-based manufacturer of portable evaporative coolers and evaporative cooling media. 

He assumed the role from Bill Lloyd upon his retirement, effective January 2014. 

Wulf most recently served as VP marketing and international sales. In that capacity, Wulf was instrumental in identifying key markets to build the company’s global presence through its distributor partner network in Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. 

Concurrently, he refined the company’s marketing programs and garnered a strong trade show presence to strengthen awareness for the line of Port-A-Cool branded evaporative coolers. More recently, he has spent significant time working with the company’s engineering, sourcing and manufacturing teams to help accelerate the growth of the company. 

“I am excited about our vision for the future,” said Wulf. “I welcome the opportunity and the responsibility of guiding the company to the next level of leadership in evaporative cooling technologies driven by innovation and world-class customer service.”

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Builders’ Show highlights top products

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) anointed a few winners at last week’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. 

Now in its second year, the Best of IBS Product Awards recognized winners in six categories out of 254 total entries.

Trutankless by Bollente Companies took home the Best Home Technology Award for its revolutionary approach to tankless water heating. Using a custom heat exchanger, Trutankless heats water as it passes through the system, which is aimed at creating an endless supply of hot water.

The Best Kitchen Product Award went to Halo HU20 Magnetic LED Undercabinet Luminair by Eaton’s Cooper Lighting Business, which uses magnetic contact technology for fully adjustable functionality.

For Best Bath Product, Decorative Channel Drains by Quick Drain USA took the gold for its elegant, streamlined approach to shower drains.

Push Pull Rotate Door Locks by Brinks Home Security, which function exactly as they sound, won the Best of Indoor Living Product Award as well as Best in Show. It shared the Best of Indoor Living title with Salt-Free Water Softening System by nuvoH20.

The Classic Series by Coronado Stone Products, which offers manufactured stone veneer, thin brick, tile and precast products, won Best of Outdoor Living.

Goldberg Barn Track by Goldberg Brothers, Inc. was deemed Best Window & Door Product for its elegant sliding door hardware kits.

And finally, JetBoard by JetProducts was named Most Innovative Building Material. JetProducts has developed Magnesium Oxide Board (MgO), which stands up to fire, mold, mildew, termites and water.

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