Toro building new Iowa DC
The Toro Co. has partnered with Ryan Cos. to build a 450,000-sq.-ft. distribution center near Des Moines, Iowa. Toro will lease the facility from Ryan once construction is completed later this year. Toro will then transition distribution operations from its current facilities in Lakeville, Minn., and Beatrice, Neb., to the Des Moines facility.
The location will primarily distribute Toro and Exmark-branded residential and landscape contractor turf maintenance equipment to distributors, dealers, and The Home Depot in the United States and Canada.
“With growth in our Residential and Landscape Contractor businesses, this larger facility creates expansion flexibility as we work toward our Destination 2014 revenue and profitability goals, and operational efficiencies by being in close proximity to both our Windom and Beatrice manufacturing plants,” said Judy Altmaier, Toro VP operations and quality management. “The Des Moines location also provides good transportation infrastructure and site access.”
The facility will employ about 20 people.
“Job creation is foremost in our economic development strategy for Iowa,” said Terry E. Branstad, Governor of Iowa. “The Toro Co. will create at least 20 high-quality jobs with this distribution center, jobs that could have gone somewhere else. We welcome Toro to Iowa, and we look forward to their successful partnership with Ryan Cos. in developing this project.”
GAF unveils QuickSpecs app
Users can select from Commercial Roofing Systems, Residential Roofing, Other Building Products, Warranties & Technical Documents, or Other Documents. Each selection brings up folders to narrow down the search until the user is shown PDFs relating to the searched item.
“At GAF, we are continuously working to make things easier for our customers,” stated Paul Bromfield, senior VP marketing. “With the use of this app, contractors, builders, architects, specifiers — whoever might be in need of GAF product specs, brochures or product information — can easily access documents right from their mobile devices.”
The app works on Apple, Blackberry and Android platforms.
Hunter Douglas rolls out iPad app for dealers
Pearl River, N.Y.-based Hunter Douglas launched a dealer version of the Hunter Douglas “The Art of Window Dressing” consumer iPad App, called the AOWD Dealer Tool. This App takes full advantage of the iPad’s superior image resolution to create a high-impact and robust visualization tool.
With the AOWD Dealer Tool, dealers can now visually demonstrate a variety of great window fashion ideas for their clients. The perfect in-home sales tool, the dealer version incorporates an easily searchable, password-protected database of detailed product information and pricing that allows dealers to close the sale on the spot.
“Designed to help our dealers more easily convert target consumers into customers, this App provides instant, on-the-go access to all of the information they need to make the shopping experience more enjoyable and efficient for their clients,” said Ron Kass, Hunter Douglas executive VP of marketing.