SouthernStone rolls out weather-resistant cabinets
SouthernStone Cabinets has its eye on what it considers "the trend [of]…bringing the comforts of the indoors to the outside." Its 2014 outdoot cabinet collection seeks to bring high-end finishes to outdoor kitchens, outfitted with Vycom’s Seaboard and materials from AZEK’s CPG Building Products.
"Seaboard is an HDPE material that lends itself well to our designs," said president Dave Baccari. "The material is low maintenance and easy to clean, standing up to the wear and tear of outdoor environments," he said.
The AZEK material is made of cellular PVC and stands up to weather extremes. "As outdoor living areas become larger and more elaborate, alternatives to wood and metal can provide long-term durability with beautifully crafted looks."
The cabinets come in nine different door styles in eight colors ranging from a contemporary slab design to a grooved panel, shaker-style door. Cabinet size and depth can be completely customized.
Panasonic earns Energy Star prize
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Panasonic Eco Solutions North America as a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award.
Panasonic’s energy-efficient ventilation fans are the star of the day, which Panasonic assures will meet designed airflow requirements when installed, providing ventilation verification assurance. At up to 23.3 CFM/Watt, the fans have the highest efficacy of any Energy Star-rated ventilation fan.
“Panasonic Eco Solutions is proud to partner with Energy Star again in 2014 and work together in developing high-performing, energy-efficient ventilation solutions that respect the environment and reduce costs for our customers,” said Patricia Monks, product manager, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “The Sustained Excellence Award not only acknowledges our continued leadership in providing innovative products but also recognizes our commitment to sustainability through our education initiatives and corporate outreach."
An Energy Star Partner of the Year in 2010 and 2011, as well as Sustained Excellence Award recipient in 2012 and 2013, Panasonic Eco Solutions will be recognized again this year in Washington, D.C. on April 29.
Another acquisition for UFPI
Just days after buying an interest in a Texas sawmill operator, Universal Forest Products has made another acquisition, this one in North Carolina.
UFPI announced that one of its subsidiaries has purchased assets of High Level Components, a building component manufacturer based in Locust, N.C. The deal closed March 31.
"As we have assessed opportunities for growth and a stable business climate, the greater Charlotte market has been an attractive target, and the capabilities, assets and opportunities presented by High Level Components provide a strong fit for our needs and objectives," said Universal Forest Products CEO Matthew J. Missad.
High Level will join Universal’s UFPI Mid-Atlantic subsidiary, which operates in South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. High Level Components Plant Manager Corey Misenheimer will lead the new company as general manager of operations.
UFPI is based in Grand Rapids, Mich.