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Sioux Chief boosts lead-free information

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Rough plumbing manufacturer, Sioux Chief, announced its 2014 Lead Free product list, which allows contractors and wholesalers to compare old leaded item numbers with new Lead Free item numbers quickly and easily, the company said.

“The Lead Free product list is a simple and convenient way to see Sioux Chief plumbing products, which have transitioned to Lead Free materials as a result of theReduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act or Federal Public Law 111-380,” said Rex Baer, VP of product development at Sioux Chief.

Sioux Chief created a new landing page, http://www.leadfreetransition.com, to host the online reference list for all potable water products (drinking water pipes, pipe fittings, and plumbing fixtures).

“The one-stop directory to all new Lead Free products makes it easy for contractors and wholesalers to find what they need now,” Baer said. “And they can rely on getting a Sioux Chief product with the same American made quality.”

 

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Lowe’s offers tips for navigating new light bulb rules

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In light of the new rules taking effect Jan. 1 per the Energy Independence and Security Act, which is phasing out 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs, Lowe’s is providing guidance to consumers who might still be unfamiliar with the changes.

Growing consumer acceptance of LEDs and energy-efficient bulbs has partially paved the path for this transition, but retailers might still consider offering similar guidance to their customers.

Among things Lowe’s considers essential to customer knowledge:

  • Consumers can continue using their existing bulbs, and retailers can sell off their remaining stock of incandescents, so they might still see 40- and 60-watt bulbs on store shelves for some time.
     
  • Manufacturers are producing halogen bulbs that are very similar to incandescents in effect, but still meet the new efficiency standards.
     
  • These days, the average LED bulb lasts for at least 22 years and costs significantly less to operate than incandescents.
     
  • Modern-day CFLs contain less mercury, provide better lighting and take less time to power on than their former counterparts.
     
  • Customers now have more options when it comes to color temperatures, which can be suited for ambient lighting, workspace and outdoor needs.

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Lifetime Brands announces two appointments

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Bob Varakian and Stephen Spitz were appointed to new roles at kitchenware and tabletop manufacturer Lifetime Brands.

Varakian will serve as group president of the company’s cutlery/cutting boards and cookware/bakeware divisions, effective Jan. 6. He will report to Lifetime chairman and CEO Jeffrey Siegel. The company also named Stephen Spitz to the role of president for the cutlery/cutting boards division, and he will report to Varakian.

Varakian previously served as CEO and president of Nambe and has more than 25 years of experience in the housewares industry. Prior to joining Nambe, Varakian served as CEO and president of Catalina Lighting, president and founder of Lectrix and president of EKCO Housewares.

Spitz joined Lifetime Brands in 2005 and has held various positions, including the most recent position of SVP and chief marketing officer for the cookware, cutlery and bakeware divisions. Spitz began his career at Macy’s and has worked with brands including Calphalon, Krups and Delonghi.

“(Bob Varakian) is well respected in the industry, has excellent credentials, and possesses a robust background in management, marketing, product development, sales, manufacturing and sourcing,” Siegel said. “Bob’s proven track record and strong leadership skills will be valuable assets to the cutlery/cutting boards and cookware/bakeware divisions. We look forward to working with Bob to solidify Lifetime’s position as an industry leader and to expand our businesses globally.” 

Regarding Spitz, Sigel said the executive, “has made significant contributions to the company, expanding the reach of our brands across multiple retail channels, and driving innovation in the cutlery, cutting board and bakeware categories. His wealth of knowledge and industry experience is invaluable.”

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