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Weiser goes on cross-Canada tour

BY Brae Canlen

Weiser, a home security products manufacturer, drove its 56-ft. demonstration trailer into Montreal this month as part of its summer-long tour of Canadian home-improvement stores, according to an article in the Montreal Gazette. 

A division of Stanley Black & Decker, Weiser specializes in electronic locks. Although the traveling road show will allow customers to try out all their products, the Burnaby, B.C.-based company is promoting its SmartKey re-key technology, which allows homeowners to re-key their own locks quickly and easily without removing the lockset from the door.

The summer tour will run from May to September and stop at 66 locations in southern Ontario and Quebec.

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Simonton recognized by J.D. Power

BY Ken Clark

For a third straight year, consumers nationwide have rated Simonton Windows highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study. 

“Receiving this ranking for the third consecutive year is a milestone for us,” said Mark Savan, president of Simonton Windows. “Most importantly, it showcases the dedication and loyalty of our associates, our distribution partners and their customers.”

The J.D. Power and Associates customer study for windows and patio doors was created in 2007. Since that time, the research has identified key areas of interest to homeowners related to their window and patio door purchasing decisions.

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Recall on two lighting fixtures

BY Brae Canlen

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of two mounted lighting fixtures, one an indoor ceiling fixture and the other an outdoor lantern. 

The ceiling mounted light fixture was manufactured by Thomas Lighting, of Elgin, Ill., part of Philips Consumer Luminaires Corp. Manufactured in China, the fixture was sold at electrical distributors and lighting wholesalers nationwide from July 2010 through July 2011. The recall involves 28 different models and 83,750 products.

The fixture’s socket wire insulation can degrade, leading to charged wires becoming exposed, causing electricity to pass to the metal canopy of the fixture. This poses a fire and electric shock hazard to consumers. No injuries have been reported. Visit Thomaslighting.com for more information.

The second recall product, an outdoor wall mount lantern imported by Bel Air Lighting Inc. of Valencia, Calif., was also manufactured in China. It was sold at Lowe’s and lighting showrooms nationwide from June 2006 through May 2012.

An electrical short circuit can occur in the lanterns’ internal wiring, posing a risk of fire, burn and electric shock to consumers. The company has received seven reports of incidents, including two reports of lanterns catching fire. No injuries were reported.

About 99,700 lanterns were sold under the Portfolio brand name. For more information about the recall, visit www.regcen.com/belairlighting.

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