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Thinking outside the kitchen: an outdoor dishwasher

BY Ken Clark

Wallingford, Conn.-based Danver Stainless Steel Cabinetry, maker of stainless steel outdoor cabinetry and amenities for outdoor living, rolled out the ASKO Outdoor Dishwasher. ASKO is the latest addition to the company’s one-stop shopping approach to outdoor kitchens, living and entertainment centers. 

As the outdoor living space becomes more elaborate, the outdoor dishwasher from ASKO handles the most demanding loads of dishes just like an indoor model, according to the maker. The outdoor dishwasher can be easily hooked up with a water supply hose, a drain hose and an electric cord. However, the wiring and electronics in the dishwasher are reinforced and protected to withstand the coldest winters as well as the harshest, warmest summers.

“We are looking forward to offering the ASKO outdoor dishwasher, as this has been a long-sought after product by our clients,” said Mitch Slater, president and founder of Danver. 

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CertainTeed product reduces airborne dust

BY Ken Clark

Addressing the problem of time-consuming cleanup of drywall finishing projects, CertainTeed Gypsum is rolling out new products in the western United States.

Dust Away Reduced Airborne Dust Drywall Compound and Dust Away Renovation Mud feature innovative technology that reduces the amount of airborne dust generated through sanding by more than 70% compared with standard drywall compound.

The products were originally launched in the Canadian market in 2009.

Specifically, the technology used in Dust Away and Renovation Mud causes the dust associated with traditional compound sanding to clump together and fall to the floor, reducing airborne dust and making cleanup faster and easier. 

“The Dust Away products combine the quality of CertainTeed’s ready-mix drywall compounds with the added benefit of our new reduced airborne dust formula,” said Stephen Reynolds, marketing manager for CertainTeed Gypsum. “Now our customers can tackle any remodeling, renovation or repair job with less airborne dust, resulting in cleaner work environments and improved productivity.” 

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Fastenal sees double-digit gains in second quarter

BY Ken Clark

Second-quarter sales for Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal increased to $804.9 million, up 14.7% from the same quarter in 2011. 

Net earnings for the company increased 19.3% to $112.3 million. 

“The growth in the first three months of 2012 generally continued the relative strength we saw in 2011 and in most of 2010,” the company stated. However, the rate of daily sales growth slowed in the April to June 2012 time frame.

Though safely in the double digits, the specialty distributor’s growth in the quarter was affected negatively by currency exchange rates. Wall Street had expected slightly higher revenue figures. 

The company ended the quarter with 2,635 stores, opening 53 new stores so far this fiscal year.

Fastenal ranked third on the 2012 Pro Dealer Scoreboard.

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