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TOTO, Crossville partner for new porcelain tile

BY HBSDealer Staff

TOTO has announced a new partnership with Crossville, a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of porcelain, glass and stone tile collections. Beginning in June 2013, Crossville will offer Hydrotect as an optional finish on a majority of its porcelain tile collections. 

"TOTO established ‘HYDROTECT Partners’ to raise Hydrotect’s profile in the global marketplace and disseminate knowledge about this breakthrough technology worldwide," said Daijiro Nogata, president of TOTO USA.

"TOTO continues to aggressively build our global network of cross-industrial strategic business partners. We are proud to announce that Crossville is the newest member of our international network. This announcement is a special pleasure for TOTO as we partner with Crossville on one of our key environmental initiatives — upcycling our imperfect and damaged china for new tile production. Hydrotect will be available as an option on Crossville’s recycled tile line, as well as its other collections."

Crossville applies Hydrotect to its porcelain tile during a second firing process, after the tile is traditionally glazed and fired. Hydrotect will not wash or wear off over time and is not visible. 

TOTO’s Hydrotect technology uses photocatalysts with superhydrophilic and decomposition properties offering the following benefits:

  • Creates easy clean surfaces on buildings’ exteriors or interiors;
  • Cleans the air (reduces pollutant gases, NOx, SOx, VOCs, which contribute to greenhouse gas production and improves general air quality, both indoor and outdoor); and
  • Offers an anti-microbial effect.

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AHMA members weigh in on Obamacare and immigration

BY Ken Clark

A survey of members of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) reveals a significant amount of confusion over requirements related to the Affordable Care Act.

AHMA members were asked: ““The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has certain provisions scheduled to go into effect in 2014 affecting businesses with over 50 employees. Is your company fully prepared to meet the new requirements?”

More than half (56%) of the respondents answered “not sure.” Twenty-five percent answered “yes,” and 19% answered “no.”

A second question dealt with immigration policy.

AHMA members were asked: “As a manufacturer, how important is it to your business that immigration policy in Washington allows for access to the best workers at all skill levels?”

Fifty-six percent responded “very important,” 19% responded “somewhat important,” and 25% responded “not important.”

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Earth, Wind & Fire gets STAFDA gig

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The hall-of-fame performers of Earth, Wind & Fire will perform a private show for STAFDA members during the group’s Nov. 11-13 Annual Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas. 

The performance is slated for Monday, Nov. 11 at the Hard Rock Hotel. 

The STAFDA convention will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

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