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Simonton gets into the Swain School

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The 62-year old building housing The Swain School in Allentown, Pa., underwent a major energy efficiency renovation project during the summer of 2013. 

More than 250 old single-pane aluminum windows were replaced with energy-efficient Simonton Reflections 5500 vinyl windows.

"The most dramatic improvement was the addition of the impressive Simonton windows with their double-glazed glass and Argon gas fill,” said Bob Haas, associate head for finance and operations at The Swain School. “These low-maintenance windows replace some original windows in our structure from 1951 along with others that were installed in the 1980s.”

Featuring a classic frame design and a vast selection of styles, the Reflections 5500 series of vinyl windows provide offer energy efficiency. Windows come standard with ProSolar Low E glass with Argon gas fill.

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Retail sales show strength in November

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Adjusted November retail sales for "Building material & garden equipment and supplies dealers" (NAICS code 444) increased 1.8% compared with last month and increased 5.3% compared with November 2012, according to the Advance Monthly Retail Trade Survey from the Census Bureau, released Thursday.

The 444 classification retailers hit an estimated $26.4 billion in November, compared to $25.9 billion in October. In November of 2012, the report estimated $25.1 billion for the building material group. Figures are adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes.

Overall November sales for U.S. retail and food services sales were $432.3 billion, up 0.7% from the previous month, and up 4.7% from the same month a year ago. The figures beat most economists’ forecasts.

Sales at nonstore retailers were up 9.4% from the same month last year.

 

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Swanson introduces Savage tape rule

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Swanson Tool unveiled a new tape measure under its premium Savage brand.

The product features a patent pending rotating tip designed to hold rounded edges up to 2-inches in diameter, such as metal conduit, rebar, threaded rod, PVC and black iron pipe. 

With the ability to catch, hold and measure multiple types of materials, the new GripLine tape is ideal for plumbing, electrical, builder and carpenters, framing pros and DIY enthusiasts.  

A slotted groove in the innovative, pivoting head allows the oversized 1-3/8-inch tip to slide seamlessly toward an object, thereby extending the tape’s gripping range and strength. With a 360-degree hooking capability, this new tip design gives contractors’ maximum control when drawing the tape against an object, making the tape feel more like an extension of their arm than a hand tool. 

“This multi-function, magnetic and pivoting tip is what makes the GripLine tapes a truly innovative solution for builders, contractors, plumbers, electricians, carpenters and DIYers,” says Loren Doppelt, director of product development and marketing for Swanson Tool Co. 

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