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Two bath suppliers announce alliance

BY Brae Canlen

TOTO, the plumbing manufacturer best known for its high-end toilets, and Villeroy & Boch, a leading European bathroom brand, have announced a sales alliance that will make all Villeroy & Boch USA bathroom products available through the distribution and sales channels of TOTO USA. This will include a complete range of products, such as toilets, decorative lavatories and washbasins, tubs, showers, accessories, vanities and bathroom furniture. 

For TOTO USA’s distributors and high-end kitchen and bath showrooms, the new alliance will provide them with the opportunity to add the European-styled Villeroy & Boch USA products to their businesses. As is the case with TOTO USA products, Villeroy & Boch USA products are available only to the trade. The two brands will be positioned to complement each other in showrooms. 

Villeroy & Boch USA customers can continue to order products through its New Jersey facilities until Aug. 31. As of Sept. 1, 2012, all Villeroy & Boch USA products will be sold through Morrow, Ga.-based TOTO USA only, and TOTO USA will handle all sales, logistics and customer support matters.

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AZEK adds moulding styles to its collection

BY Ken Clark

Scranton, Pa.-based AZEK Building Products introduced new architectural moulding styles for ornate, classic or historic designs.

With the addition of a group of four new creative moulding profiles, AZEK Mouldings now includes 25 distinct moulding profiles that endure weather or assist in water management. The new styles are: 

• AZEK Crosshead Pediment: This profile consolidates three unique profiles in one — a trimboard, rams crown and drip edge. Commonly used above the entranceway or garage door, this profile provides a classic and distinctive layered look. Because it’s pre-formed, it saves the time and labor of cutting and installing three separate profiles.

• AZEK Cove Crown: This profile may be combined with others to create elaborate crown moulding profiles and is typically used along the intersection of a wall and ceiling.

• AZEK Eight-Inch Crown: This larger version of the popular traditional crown moulding provides a stately appearance and is most commonly used along the intersection of a wall and ceiling. Built-up profiles can be created by combining this with other mouldings for an ornate statement.

• AZEK Fluted/Reeded Casing: This reversible profile provides two moulding options in one.  Reed mouldings are often used to build elaborate door and window casings, while fluted profiles are standard when building Neoclassical style-casing mouldings.

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Diablo and Trex to offer co-branded saw blade

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Trex Company has entered into a licensing agreement with Freud America to introduce the first saw blade specifically designed for cutting composite decking materials.  Diablo, Freud’s premier brand of construction tools, will be introducing the new blade series for maximum performance and highest quality of finish when cutting composite decking materials.

“Through our agreement with Freud America/Diablo, we’re addressing the needs of both contractors and do-it-yourselfers, who for 20 years have not had the opportunity to purchase a saw blade designed with the efficiency, longevity and precision to cut composite materials,” said Ronald W. Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex.  “With this blade, we’re not only offering the confidence and security that comes with the industry-leading Trex and Diablo names, but we’re also expanding Trex’s brand presence into the tool departments of retailers across North America.”

The Diablo/Trex co-branded blade will be offered in three sizes – 12”, 10” and 7¼” – for use on hand-held, miter and table saws.  This new saw blade series has a modified triple chip tooth grind design, Perma-SHIELD non-stick coating, and specific TiCo™ Hi-Density carbide to deliver maximum performance.  In addition, all Diablo/Trex saw blades have a super thin kerf design which requires less cutting power, making them ideal for underpowered saws at the jobsite.

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