Weyerhaeuser steps up stair innovation
Federal Way, Washington-based Weyerhaeuser introduced SturdiStep stair treads as an alternative to pine.
SturdiStep treads are manufactured to be flat, straight, precise and free of knots, and they are the only wood stair treads to carry a warranty (30 years) against delamination, cupping, warping and splitting.
“Each SturdiStep tread is uniform, flat and stable — consistency that traditional solid-wood treads just can’t promise,” said Jody Dedmon, market development manager for Weyerhaeuser. “The potential monetary savings and quality improvement should resonate with any builder who has had to deal with callbacks due to squeaks and uneven surfaces.”
SturdiStep treads are durable enough to withstand the demands of normal construction delays, eliminating the cost and hassle of installing and replacing temporary treads. Low-moisture content also means fewer squeaks due to shrinkage, the company said.
General rolls out Multi-Pro Screwdrivers
A retractable in-handle bit cartridge is just one of the selling features of General Tools & Instruments’ new Multi-Pro Screwdrivers.
The made-in-USA products offer convenient bit storage, selection and changeover. Additionally, the Palm Saver Cap is described as “the largest cap surface in the hand tools industry. It remains stationary while turning the driver handle."
A free merchandising display rack is available to retailers. The display holds 20 drivers and features high visual impact signage. It takes up less than 1 sq. ft. of counter space or can be wall-mounted with the included peg board adapter.
Three versions offer a variety of bits: Standard, Tamperproof and HVAC.
New York City-based General Tools will exhibit at the National Hardware Show May 6-8 at booth 6240.
Newell Rubbermaid buckles down in Q1
Dealing with the adverse impacts of a harness buckle recall on some of its car seats and the weather-related slowdown in its home business, Newell Rubbermaid sales slipped 0.7% in the first quarter to $1.23 billion.
“Strong core sales growth in Writing offset declines in Home Solutions and Baby, yielding normalized earnings per share of $0.35, flat with last year’s results,” said Michael Polk, CEO.
Net income declined 2.4% to $52.9 million.
Tools segment net sales were $187.8 million, a 0.4% decline compared with the prior year. Core sales increased 2.4% driven by strong volume and share growth on Lenox in North America and Irwin in Europe.
Polk expects “the company’s core sales and earnings per share growth to accelerate through the balance of the year as we significantly increase advertising and promotion investment levels in support of our brands and innovation.”
The company’s long list of consumer brands includes Sharpie, Paper Mate, Irwin, Lenox, Rubbermaid, Levolor and more.