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Weyerhaeuser now offering Interfor wood products

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Weyerhaeuser is welcoming Interfor to its product assortment, which will be available through its distribution centers in the Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.

"With the addition of Interfor’s premium wood to our already extensive offerings, Weyerhaeuser Distribution is providing dealers with a high-end option for custom builder and remodeler customers," said Pat Graham, national product manager for Weyerhaeuser Distribution. "We’re thrilled to add this new line from Interfor and look forward to working with this highly respected brand."

Among the products Weyerhaeuser will distribute are Interfor’s Reserve pine boards, Reserve paneling and Reserve T&G V-joint Decking.

Interfor’s products are informed by high-tech equipment, such as a Weinig H5000 high-speed moulder and Leitz TerboPlan planer heads.

The new products will be stocked at Weyerhaeuser’s Tacoma, Washington; Albany, Oregon; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia locations.

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Black + Decker rolls out Lithium Ion vacuums

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Black + Decker is updating its handheld vacuum repertoire with the addition of Lithium Ion technology.

The new range of cordless handheld vacuums includes the 20V MAX and the 16V MAX Lithium Flex Vacs with Floor Heads and the 20V MAX Lithium Pivot Vac.

"Lithium Ion battery technology has enhanced the performance of Black + Decker’s handheld vacuums," said Jeremy Lippenholz, product manager for Home Cleaning Products. "Other types of batteries fade and lose suction, making it difficult for homeowners to complete their cleaning task before running out of power. Instead, Lithium Ion batteries offer strong suction and fade-free power throughout their use, giving homeowners the confidence that they can complete tasks quickly and conveniently."

Depending on their needs, consumers can choose the Flex Vac with Floor Heads for portability and flexibility (including the option to clean any kind of floor surface), or the Pivot Vac, which is designed to clean hard to reach areas with a specially designed pivoting nose.

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Eco Building Products CEO points to momentum

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Anticipating big moves ahead for the company, Eco Building Products president and CEO Steve Conboy sent out a letter to the company’s shareholders Tuesday, providing a status update heading into the second half of the year and the mainstream national market as a whole.

"We now are gaining national attention with national supply chain via our primary client, a Major Big Box retailer," wrote Conboy.

Among recent developments, ECOB is operating under a lean, "supply-only" business model that’ll provide coating services and special order sales for Eco Red Shield protected lumber.

Eco is also bracing for increased demand in the second half of the year, which is prompting the company to expand its supply chain capacity.

"We have positioned the company to scale as product demand grows," added Conboy. "We represent a breakthrough opportunity in a $100B worldwide industry, which is central to infrastructure development, while providing an ecologically friendly solution to key unmet needs in the space."

Among its methods for scaling are direct to consumer sales via the aforementioned big box customer, pre-packaged home infrastructures, and a high-margin affiliate program in which Eco will supply coating equipment and application chemicals to lumber manufacturers.

The company is also moving ahead with its aim to become a cash-flow positive business by reclassifying certain liabilities and increasing its access to capital, and it’s gearing up for the big shift with a shift in branding as well.

"In our opinion, we feel that in order to be most effective in the manufacturing and distribution of a cost-effective, defensive lumber product, we change the perception that Eco Red Shield is a luxury commodity, and instead use targeted marketing and education to appropriately instruct the marketplace that Eco Red Shield is a critical component to large infrastructure planning going forward, and not using Eco Red Shield is exposing end users and insurance companies to significant additional safety risk and rehabilitation expense," added Conboy.

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