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Streaming capabilities hit the bathroom

BY HBSDealer Staff

Homeowners will soon have a taste of what it’s like to stream their favorite tunes while they shower. Residential plumbing and HVAC supplier Homewerks Worldwide LLC has announced what it claims is the first Bluetooth-enabled ventilation fan with wireless streaming capabilities.

"Many homeowners are looking for affordable ways to customize their bathroom – another room in the home that is increasingly becoming more ‘plugged-in’," says Peter Berkman, president at Homewerks Worldwide LLC. "The Bluetooth Bath Fan is an innovative solution that responds to our customers’ changing lifestyle needs."

The Bluetooth Bath Fan is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops and connects automatically to devices within 30 feet of the speaker after the initial set-up. 

Homewerks is currently conducting Facebook giveaways of one fan per week through Oct. 15.

The fan operates at 1.5 Sones and generates 90 CFM of air movement.

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Kraus Canada appoints new president & general manager

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Shawn Davies is leaving his post as VP of Sofina Foods to join Kraus Canada as its president and general manager, effective Sept. 23. 

"Today is an exciting day in the history of Kraus," said Steve Malinowski, president and CEO of the Kraus Group of Companies. "I am pleased that Shawn will be joining the leadership team at Kraus."

The company cited Davies’ track record of substantial sales growth, strategic acquisitions and boosting profitability, among other successes.

Prior to his post at Sofina Foods, Davies increased sales by over 500% in his role as VP foodservice at Janes Family Foods. He has also overseen an R&D department and international procurement operations, as well as served as general manager for a national distribution company.

Located in Winnipeg, Kraus Canada is part of the Kraus Group of Companies, a large North American carpeting and flooring manufacturer and distributor. The Canada division serves 2,300 dealers across the country.

 

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Masonite commences trading on NYSE

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Following its registration statement filing last month, Masonite International Corporation is set to commence trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ticker symbol "DOOR."

"We are excited about this important step in Masonite’s evolution and remain focused on executing against a balanced set of business strategies to drive sustainable top and bottom line growth,” added Fred Lynch, president and CEO.

With trading of its common shares beginning Sept. 9, Masonite will become a public reporting company under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.

"Listing the company’s shares on the NYSE will provide a more liquid and transparent market for our shareholders," said Mark Erceg, executive VP and CFO.

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