Turf battle over reflective burns
Dalton, Ga.-based Go Green Synthetic Lawn Solutions is rolling out a new artificial grass product that provides a solution to what it describes as an industry-wide issue with reflective burns caused by Low-E windows.
With the introduction of Platinum HeatMaxx, the company is laying claim to the distinction: first and only manufacturer to offer a 15-year warranty against reflective burns.
The artificial turf manufacturer described heat as the enemy of turf. And the proliferation of Low-E windows can exasperate the problem, the company said.
"This has been quite a frustrating problem for our entire industry," said Michelle Balicki, VP of sales and marketing. "The finger has been pointed at the artificial turf manufacturer to mitigate an issue that has affected homeowners, architects, and commercial properties of all kind. But the truth is, this is clearly a much more wide-spread problem that expands much farther than our industry. We are just very excited to be able to provide a solution."
With the increase of these Low-E windows to create a better energy efficient solution for both residential and commercial applications, the synthetic turf industry has been challenged with reflective conditions that create very high temperatures. These reflective conditions have been reported around the world, to burn and melt surfaces such as aluminum siding on houses, paint on cars, and, among many others, artificial lawns.
Most synthetic lawns made of polypropylene and polyethylene have melt temperatures around 320°F. Go Green's Platinum HeatMaxx series made with nylon, have a melting point of 460°F. Because of this, they are able to withstand the high temperatures that exist in these reflective environments.
David Davis, President of Go Green stated, "We have been working for years to perfect our proprietary blend of nylon yarns to combat the heat issues our industry has been challenged with."
Masonite sales rise 6% for Q3
Masonite International Corp. reported third quarter 2017 net sales increased 6% to $518 million from $490 million in the same period last year.
The Tampa, Fla.-based manufacturer of interior and exterior doors attributed the increase to a 3% increase in volume, due primarily to higher volumes in North American residential and Europe segments, a 2% increase in average unit price, and a 1% benefit from foreign exchange.
Masonite also reported a net income of $30.6 million for the quarter, down from a net income of $33.2 million in the third quarter 2016. Additionally, Masonite reported a net income attributable to Masonite decreased $3 million to $29 million in quarter. The third quarter of 2016 included a $5 million gain related to the sale of Masonite Africa Limited, the company said.
Europe net sales were $75 million, a 7% increase from the third quarter of 2016, which was attributed to a 6% increase in volume. Architectural net sales were $74 million, a 4% decrease from the third quarter of 2016, driven by an 8% decline in sales volume which was partially offset by a 4% increase in average unit price and higher components sales, Masonite reported.
“We are encouraged by the improved volume trend and operational recovery in our business. While the third quarter began with weak margins as we worked through higher cost inventory, they steadily improved each month,” said Fred Lynch, Masonite president and CEO. “With our manufacturing productivity back on track to levels we anticipated, we expect margin growth to resume, particularly in 2018 and beyond.”
At Porter-Cable, a MAX system expansion
Porter-Cable expanded its 20V MAX System with the introduction of a Charging Storage Bag and a Charging Radio. The Towson, Md.-based company says the system is a range of widely used and affordably priced cordless tools created for professionals working in residential construction. Both products have a charging capability so users can charge their batteries.
The 20V MAX Charging Storage Bag is the first product in the line to offer charging capabilities in a stand-alone storage product. The product not only holds up to ten batteries, but it also features a simultaneous dual port charger. The removable dual port charger can charge two Porter-Cable 20V MAX* 1.3Ah lithium ion batteries in 40 minutes. The storage bag includes a USB charging feature so users can also charge their mobile devices.
The 20V MAX Charging Radio is protected by a durable roll cage for jobsite toughness. In addition, the radio features AM/FM and when used with an auxiliary cord (sold separately), it can be paired with a smart phone or mobile device to play music.
Kitted with two Porter-Cable 20V MAX 1.3Ah batteries, the 20V MAX Charging Storage Bag is available for $99 MSRP or without batteries for $69. The 20V MAX* Charging Radio is sold without battery for $99 MSRP.