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Wall-Smart for Touch Panels wins at CES

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Wall-Smart for Touch Panels, a flush-mount adapter that can be painted to blend seamlessly into any wall, was honored at the Consumer Electronics Show with a 2014 Mark of Excellence Award for Rack or Mount Product of the Year.

"We’re delighted to receive this award and to be recognized for our innovative products," said Galia Ben-Dor, co-CEO and founder of Wall-Smart.

Wall-Smart offers customized flush-mount solutions for 5-in., 7-in. and 10-in. Creston, Control4 and RTI touch panels. Each mount is customizable to suit various audio and thermal requirements, as well as room decor.

Once installed, the wall mounts can be removed for repair or touch-ups.

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Whirlpool welcomes ruling in pricing lawsuit

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Whirlpool Corporation made a step forward on Monday in its appeal of a case against what it claims is predatory pricing.

The U.S. Court of International Trade took Whirlool’s side in its appeal of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s previous decision, which ruled that refrigerators from LG and Samsung — reportedly dumped at margins of up to 15% — were causing material injury to U.S. manufacturing.

"Today’s decision is part of a series of important strides by the government in response to our actions to ensure a balanced competitive marketplace for U.S. manufacturers, their employees and customers," said Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corp. "We feel vindicated by the court’s decision affirming our appeal. This ruling is particularly important, following on the heels of last year’s unanimous decision that LG and Samsung were dumping large residential washers and injuring the U.S. market. Whirlpool is fully committed to our U.S. manufacturing operations and American workers, and we remain focused on producing forward-thinking refrigeration innovation inspired by our consumers."

The court agreed with Whirlpool’s claim that the ITC erroneously "doubled counted" key data, a "potentially significant difference" warranting reconsideration of the court’s volume and price analysis.

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Steve Reuter to lead ABC Supply unit

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Beloit, Wis. — Steve Reuter has been named executive director of American Construction Metals, a business unit of ABC Supply.

ACM is a manufacturer of metal roofing, siding, rainware and related products. In this newly created position, Reuter will be responsible for the strategic direction and financial performance of ACM and its four manufacturing plants. 

“Steve has a unique combination of experience that makes him ideal for this position,” said Brad Money, ABC Supply’s VP divisional operations. “He has been with ABC Supply for nearly a dozen years, and he has been a branch manager, a regional operations manager and, most recently, district manager for the Ohio Valley District, which has given him in-depth insights into ACM’s primary customer base.”

Earlier, Reuter was a manufacturing manager for Milliken & Co. in Lagrange, Ga., and Stryker Corp. in Mahwah, N.J. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida and earned Master of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees from Indiana University.

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