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Versatex Max extends to 2×4 and 2×6

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Versatex has extended its “2-by” Versatex Max system to include 2×4 and 2×6 sizes. 

The architectural trim product line made its debut early this year with a 11/2-in.-thick, 48-in. wide sheet — 1/4-in. thicker than competing extruded PVC  products. In response to fabricator requests for dimensionally compatible materials to reduce cutting and handling operations, Versatex developed nominal 2×8, 2×10 and 2×12 boards.

“With the addition of our 2x4s and 2x6s, the industry finally has access to a complete system of 11/2-in. trim board material,” Versatex president John Pace said. “Our customers in the field are already reporting gains in productivity, along with reductions in costs associated with handling, fabrication time and scrap.”

According to Rick Kapres, VP sales, at Versatex: “Wooden 2-bys are still the basic building blocks of the housing industry. Now, if you’re making fabricated items like laminated pergola beams, custom mouldings, window surrounds, corbels or spindles, you can take advantage of PVC’s stability and weather-resistance without the hassle of reconciling ‘PVC sizes’ with standard lumber sizes. And with Versatex Max boards, you’re starting with clean, dimensionally accurate edges and true, 90-degree angles.”

The product will be available from distributors nationwide starting in mid-December. Initially, all boards will be supplied in 12-ft. and18-ft. lengths, with the Versatex smooth-matte finish. 

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Hubbell Lighting adds dimmers to WASP2 Sensors

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Hubbell Lighting has added dimming capabilities to its Hubbell Building Automation WASP2 Occupancy and Daylight Sensor.

The Dimming WASP is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and provides 0-10V (Class 1) output for the control of dimmable fixtures. Users can control lighting levels themselves; meanwhile, the ON/OFF control feature automatically turns the fixture off when it senses sufficient natural light. Users can also pre-set unoccupied and occupied dimming levels.

Additionally, interchangeable twist-on lenses eliminate the need for field masking, and the gasketed design resists dust and water.

Customers can choose from end-mount and surface-mount, as well as line and low voltage. Mounting heights range from 16 ft. indoors to 30 to 40 ft. outdoors.

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AAON receives 2013 Employer Award of Excellence

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AAON Coil Products received the Employer Award of Excellence for the Workforce Solutions East Texas area at the 17th Annual Texas Workforce Conference.

Longview, Texas-based AAON Coil Products is a subsidiary of AAON, which manufactures heating and cooling products. 

AAON’s East Texas facility has more than 300 employees and has been an active participant in the WorkKeys initiative for the East Texas board.

Held Dec. 4-6 in San Antonio, the conference is organized by the Texas Workforce Commission to recognize employers with a positive community impact and active involvement with their local workforce boards.

"The partnerships between our employers and our local workforce boards are so important in continuing to develop a skilled, well-trained workforce in Texas," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. "I congratulate AAON Coil Products and Workforce Solutions East Texas for providing a great example of the power of those partnerships."

AAON Coil Products was also honored as the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year by the Longview Chamber of Commerce. The award will be presented at the chamber’s Annual Banquet on Jan. 14.

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