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Wayne Dalton brings new designs to the garage

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lewisville, Texas-based Wayne Dalton rolled out four new designs and a new color option for the Wayne Dalton Model 6600 steel carriage house garage door. 

With the addition of Kingston and Westfield designs, each available in arched and square top choices, the Carriage House Steel Collection Model 6600 offers a combined 22 different carriage house designs, five colors (white, almond, taupe, brown and the new black), and a variety of window and hardware options.

The Model 6600 provides dealers and customers with a premium door that offers the highest R-value in the Wayne Dalton Carriage House Steel Collection.

“Homeowners looking to stay on trend with colors and styles will be happy with the Model 6600’s new black finish and design options,” said Daniel Christian, sectional steel product manager for Wayne Dalton. “Not only that, but the Model 6600 offers excellent thermal efficiency to help keep homes more comfortable in the height of summer or the dead of winter.”

The Model 6600 door is constructed with two layers of steel for increased sturdiness and features smooth DecaTrim II overlays that are treated to resist termites and fungal decay.

The Model 6600 also features engineering and design cues that will help to improve a garage’s thermal efficiency. Its foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation delivers a calculated door section R-value of 12.12, and its snug-fitting, tongue-and-groove section joints help to prevent wind and precipitation from entering the garage.

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A.Kile says:
Nov-20-2014 05:25 am

This is interesting. I
This is interesting. I absolutely love steel and a steel garage door with high thermal efficiency, black finish and design options is surely the one I'm looking out for my steel buildings detroit. Steel doors also will provide me the much needed security I'm looking for.

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An online player boosts its capacity

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Grand Forks, North Dakota-based Acme Tools flexed its digital muscles with the opening of a new distribution center for its online business.

Acme Tools, described as a leading authorized online retailer of tools and equipment, announced the start of business operations at its new distribution center in Grand Forks, in support of its growing Internet sales division.

"The online marketplace continues to record rapid year-over-year growth rates," said Steve Kuhlman, VPncorporate operations for Acme Tools. "Completion of the new distribution center centralizes our Internet sales operation and increases fulfillment efficiency, which will benefit our Web customers and retail operations who expect timely order processing and fast, on-time delivery from Acme Tools."

Founded in Grand Forks in 1948, Acme Tools has more than 65 years of industry experience and today is a multi-channel retailer of tools and equipment with some of the largest showrooms in the country. The company stocks over 180,000 products from 3,500 manufacturers. Acme Tools has 10 retail stores in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

Acme Tools built the new 40,000-sq.-ft. facility on a 9-acre site in the Grand Forks Business Park located adjacent to and west of Interstate 29. Designed to optimize the fulfillment process, the new distribution center opened with 20 Acme Tools employees and employment is projected to double in five years. The Grand Forks Business Park location also provides for future expansion to accommodate additional growth.

The new Acme Tools Distribution Center features a new high-performance precision conveyor system, packing stations and mobile radio frequency technology maximizes product transfer and order fulfillment. 

"Acme Tools continues to offer e-retailing’s finest assortment of tools, equipment and accessories in the industry," said Paul Kuhlman, VP merchandise operations and marketing for Acme Tools. "Acme Tools will continue to invest in e-commerce technology and mobile technologies that guarantee response time performance and maximum site availability with excellent consistency for our customers." 

Since its relaunch in 2010 as AcmeTools.com, built on IBM WebSphere Commerce, Acme Tools has set the e-commerce standard for customer service and shopping experience for online retailers of tools and equipment.

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Scotts acquires Canadian moss company

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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has acquired Fafard and Brothers via its indirect subsidiary, Scotts Canada.

Quebec-based Fafard is a producer of peat moss and high-performance growing media products, such as peat-based and bark-based mixes, composts and premium soils. It also distributes various fertilizers, mulch and grass seed products.

"Acquiring Fafard will allow us to further strengthen our North America competitiveness," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro. "Leveraging the expertise Fafard has developed over the years, as well as its significant capacity for peat, will enable the continued growth of our Canadian business, while providing a valuable input in our growing media global supply chain."

Fafard serves both the retailer and professional grower markets, with customers primarily spanning the Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick regions.

"The Fafard family is pleased with today’s announcement and believes this transaction provides the best opportunity to drive long-term growth," said Fafard president Martin Fafard. "Both our companies have the same relentless commitment to providing the best service to our customers. This deal will allow Fafard to further develop its leadership across distribution channels, as well as leverage Scotts’ world-class supply chain, research and development and marketing capabilities."

The deal is expected to add annual sales of approximately $40 million to Scotts’ coffers and is projected to be accretive to earnings in fiscal 2015.

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