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Thompson launches WaterSeal deck stain line

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Thompson is introducing a brand new line of deck stains. Going by the name of WaterSeal, the new waterproofing stains are now available exclusively at The Home Depot.

"From the new packaging to the formula that’s inside, this line-up offers multiple innovations to help homeowners get great performance with less effort," said Mike Kozlowski,director of marketing for the Thompson’s WaterSeal brand. "This is the most complete exterior stain line that we have ever offered."

WaterSeal’s claim to fame is powerful waterproofing protection and a rich, saturated color.

The mildew- and UV-resistant stains also contain elastomeric polymers to help the dry stain expand and contract wih the wood during temperature fluctuations, which reduces cracking and peeling. Advanced acrylic polymers also improve resistance to scuffing and marring.

Additionally, pigment suspension technology helps keep the color evenly dispersed in the container, so it’s ready to go as is on the shelf. The formula can be applied to damp wood so the project can begin soon after cleaning, which eliminates the need for a 48-hour wait period between cleaning and staining the wood.

The Transparent Stain is guaranteed for three years on horizontal surfaces like decks; the Semi-Transparent for four years; and the Solid Stain for five.

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From BrassCraft to contractors: the new Zip-It tool

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BrassCraft Manufacturing is courting plumbing contractors with the new Zip-It tool, a cost-effective, chemical-free solution to common clogged drain problems.

"Zip-It could save the contractor time and is easy to use; it’s always worth a try on a clogged drain," said channel marketing director Charles Pryde. "Every contractor should have one of these in his tool box and keep a ready supply on his truck."

The 20-inch plastic tool (featuring 18 inches of barbed length) can be used in many residential drains, including most household sink, shower and tub drains. According to the company, it can single-handedly unclog drains in 10 minutes or less.

It works by opening the drain stopper, turning on the water, inserting the Zip-It and then removing it slowly. Once used, it can be thrown away.

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UFPI affiliate purchases 50% interest in Upshur Forest Products

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A subsidiary of Universal Forest Products has purchased a 50% ownership interest in Upshur Forest Products, which owns sawmill operations in Gilmer, Texas.

According to a statement released by UFPI Monday, the acquisition will help expand the company’s footprint in East Texas and western Louisiana, supplying raw material to nearby UFPI affiliates and to new industrial operations that will be established at one of the mill locations.

"Among our strategic goals is to grow our industrial business, and we’re doing that in a steady manner by adding to existing industrial operations and growing our presence in areas we haven’t been able to serve economically," said Universal CEO Matthew J. Missad. "Our new strategic partnership with Upshur will allow us to add industrial manufacturing operations adjacent to the mill and serve customers in East Texas and western Louisiana at a substantial freight savings. In addition, we will lock in our supply of specialty mill items and certain hard-to-find dimensions and grades."

Sales for Upshur Forest Products in 2015 are projected to reach $10 million. The transaction closed on March 27, 2014.

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