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Wagner rolls out powered paint roller

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Wagner SprayTech is introducing the new Smart SideKick powered roller, which feeds paint to the roller directly from the paint container (ergo, no messy paint trays).

SideKick’s biggest claim to fame, however, is its ability to speed up painting jobs 

"Homeowners are looking to complete their painting projects faster," said Eric Julstrom, Wagner product manager. "So, we designed the Sidekick powered roller to help them paint large or multi-room projects fast and reclaim time they would have spent finishing the job with traditional rollers and brushes. In tests comparing the SideKick with a manual roller on similar projects, it was two times faster."

By eliminating the tray, SideKick also eliminates the need to continually dip the roller in the tray. The direct feed system is powered by a 120-volt motor and peristaltic pump, and its "Click-Attach Arm" attaches to paint containers ranging from 1 to 5 gallons in size.

Additionally, a threaded extension pole can be attached to the SideKick’s handle to reach ceilings and high walls.

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Hines Supply expands Illinois footprint

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Hines Supply, a subsidiary of US LBM, has opened a full-service building supply center and design showroom in Grayslake, Ill., north of Chicago.

The location, at 939 South Route 83 in Grayslake, is celebrating its grand opening today. It will be managed by 30-year industry veteran Ed Graafsma.

“We are excited to have this opportunity in Grayslake,” said Graafsma. “The facility will allow Hines to fulfill the demand for an additional Lake County professional building materials dealer. We look forward to servicing customers throughout Lake County and the surrounding areas.” 

Grayslake Mayor Rhett Taylor also expressed his enthusiasm.

“The addition of Hines Supply to the Grayslake area will help diversify and stabilize the local economy in the ‘Heart of Lake County,’ ” Taylor said. “Hines has been a landmark business throughout Chicagoland, and we are proud to welcome them to historic Grayslake.”

In addition to providing a full range of lumber and building materials, the Hines Grayslake Location will have a window, door and cabinetry showroom and design center. 

Hines Supply also operates building supply centers in Alsip, Hampshire, and Wheaton; a Millwork facility in Kirkland; and a Window, Door and Cabinetry showroom in Buffalo Grove.

Founded in 1892, Hines Supply is headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The company operates numerous locations serving home builders and professional remodelers throughout the state of Illinois, lower Wisconsin and Northern Indiana.

US LBM, recipient of the 2013 HCN Pro Dealer of the Year Award, is a collection of 10 leading building material distributors serving the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic in nine states with more than 55 locations. 

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USG honors figure skating coach

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At the inaugural Best of U.S. awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Kori Ade, coach of U.S. Olympic figure skater Jason Brown, was honored with the USG Building Dreams award.

Ade had been Brown’s coach for 14 years — the only one he’s ever had — and has never missed a performance. She’s seen him through 14 international trips and many junior, national and international wins. She also moved her family to help meet his training requirements.

“We are proud to be associated with the USG Building Dreams award and to see Kori Ade honored for her exceptional contributions to Jason’s career,” said USG chairman, president and CEO James S. Metcalf. “Recognizing those who work behind the scenes to ensure another’s success resonates with USG. We are committed to helping individuals and communities achieve their goals and build their dreams.”

USG Corporation is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and the Canadian Olympic Team. It created the USG Building Dreams award to recognize a person, team or community who helped an athlete achieve greatness.

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