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Water-efficiency rebates gain support

BY Ken Clark

The Plumbing Manufacturers International has thrown its weight behind a California plan to offer consumers incentives to replace their leaky faucets or inefficient showers.

Pointing to the severity of the California drought, PMI announced its support of Governor Jerry Brown’s call for a statewide rebate program encouraging the purchase of water-efficient plumbing products, such as toilets, showerheads and faucets, to replace older ones.

"Just as you wouldn’t use a 25-year-old cell phone, it doesn’t make sense to use 25-year-old plumbing technology," said PMI executive director and CEO Barbara Higgens.

PMI has long encouraged the replacement, or retrofitting, of older fixtures with WaterSense toilets, showerheads and faucets meeting Environmental Protection Agency criteria. Widely available in stores throughout California and the nation, WaterSense products can save up to 360 million gallons of water per day in California alone, according to a PMI estimate. PMI and its member companies — which produce most of the plumbing products in the United States — participate as partners in the WaterSense program. “Using WaterSense products is common sense,” Higgens said.

Higgins will be a part of a panel presentation on “The Future of Water” at an April 13 Water Week event in Washington, D.C. “There have been tremendous advancements in the technology and efficacy of plumbing products," she said.

Member companies of PMI produce about 90 percent of the nation’s plumbing products, according to the trade association.

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HBSDealer Stock Watch: Red wind blowing

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A bear market colored the day red on Tuesday, which took the majority of HBSDealer stocks back a notch or two.

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APA joins the Canadian Wood Council

BY HBSDealer Staff

APA-The Engineered Wood Association recently secured its membership in the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) to better support its members involved in the Canadian market.

APA was approved for its newly expanded membership at a recent meeting of the CWC board of directors. It previously had a membership for glulam products, but it's now having its wood structural panel products represented as well.

“This expanded membership provides representation for the APA panel producers at the CWC. This represents a new era for collaboration on technical and market activities of mutual interest for the members of both organizations,” said CWC chair Kent Fargey. Fargey is president of APA-member Western Archrib in Edmonton, Alberta, and has represented the APA glulam manufacturers on the CWC board for several years.

“The Canadian Wood Council is an important industry partner for APA, and we look forward to taking a more active role with CWC as we work to represent our members’ interests in Canadian codes, standards and market education initiatives,” said APA president Ed Elias.

According to Elias, APA (which recently added five Canadian plywood mills to its ranks) represents approximately 60% of Canada's plywood production and more than 90% of its oriented strand board production.

“We are pleased to welcome APA to CWC,” said CWC president Michael Giroux. “APA brings to CWC a long history and immense knowledge, respect and insight – further strengthening our combined voice in support of Canada’s wood products industry.”

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