SolarWorld announces product recall
SolarWorld, the Camarillo, California-based subsidiary of Germany-based SolarWorld AG, recalled certain solar systems with copper grounding lugs.
SolarWorld solar panels installed with bare-copper grounding lugs can corrode which could result in a faulty ground circuit, posing an electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard, according to the recall announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The firm has received one report of corrosion related to the bare copper lugs. No injuries have been reported.
The products in question were sold by SolarWorld installers and distributors, or other distribution companies from June 2011 to June 2014 for about $1,000 to $10,000 depending on system size.
The recall affects about 1.3 million units in the U.S. and 210,000 in Canada.
Window World flaunts its seal
North Wilkesboro, North Carolina-based Window World is promoting its status as a seven-time recipient of the Good Housekeeping Seal.
Any product that has earned the Seal is backed by Good Housekeeping’s limited warranty, meaning if it is found to be defective within the first two years after purchase, Good Housekeeping will replace or repair the product or refund its purchase price.
Earlier this summer, Window World received the ranking of "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Windows and Doors" from J.D. Power for the second consecutive year.
Window World describes itself as America’s largest replacement window and home remodeling company with more than 200 locally owned and operated offices nationwide.
Founded in 1995, the company sells and installs windows, siding, doors and other exterior products.
Lawn and garden paces Lowe’s in strong quarter
Lowe’s generated positive comp-store sales in all of its product categories in the second quarter. And even as it faced a strong comparison to the prior-year’s quarter, lawn and garden led the way.
Those were among the insights provided by Lowe’s executives during their second-quarter earnings report, in which the Mooresville, North Carolina-based company reported sales and earnings growth.
“Customers shopped our compelling offering of live goods as they took advantage of improved weather to spruce up their yards,” said Lowe’s CEO Robert Damron, describing the three months ended Aug. 1.
The closely related category of outdoor power equipment showed double-digit percentage growth. Damron credited the brands in play — Husqvarna, John Deere and Troy-Built — plus the launch of the company’s own Kobalt brand of battery-powered handheld outdoor power equipment.
Continuing its momentum from the first quarter, patio and outdoor fashion products brought in double-digit positive comps, he said. The strength here offset soft sales of window-mounted air conditioners, according to the company.
Other categories of strength for Lowe’s in the second quarter were millwork, paint, tools and hardware.
During the second quarter, Lowe’s launched Valspar Reserve interior and exterior pants. Damron said it performed well, exceeding expectations for both DIY and pro customers.
Meanwhile, Lowe’s sees an opportunity to guid customers with “inspiration, design and installation” through a growing network of project specialists.
“While we already have project specialist that focus on the exterior of the home available across all U.S. stores, we continue to expand our interior project specialist program,” Damron said. “Customers have responded very positively to these programs and we are pleased with their performance.”