Whirlpool dryers board the Energy Star train
Whirlpool Corporation has earned the first and only (for now) Energy Star certification for the clothes dryer category, now on the market as the Duet model WED87HED steam dryer.
The Duet dryer combines moisture sensors with dual element modulation technology to arrive at an energy-efficient drying cycle that uses no more heat (and runs for no more time) than is required. Beyond conserving energy, it also helps preserve fabrics.
"Clothes dryers are the next frontier for significant residential energy efficiency gains, and we are proud to be the first manufacturer to offer Energy Star dryers," said Nick Gillespie, senior manager of government relations for Whirlpool Corporation. "Our long history of building products that are both innovative and effective in protecting the environment is key to our ongoing success."
The Energy Star label has been available for clothes dryers since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the changes on May 27, with new specifications geared toward dryers that use 20% less energy than is required by 2015 minimum efficiency standards.
Whirlpool cited the EPA, suggesting that if all residential clothes dryers were to follow suit, U.S. residents would save over $1.5 billion per year in utility costs, as well as thwart over 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Cedar Creek completes expansion deal
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based distributor Cedar Creek, said it completed its acquisition of Midwestern LBM Distributor Roberts & Dybdahl.
Roberts & Dybdahl, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, covers eleven Midwestern states from Ohio west to Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas. Cedar Creek has acquired locations in Des Moines; Omaha, Nebraska; Milan, Illinois; St. Louis, Missourri; Tipton, Indiana; Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; and Kansas City, Kansas.
According to Cedar Creek CEO Bill Adams: “This is a major addition for us as it brings excellent people, great customers, and a great mix of products to the Cedar Creek organization.”
D. Wayne Trousdale, Cedar Creek’s COO, added, “This enables us to enter a number of key Midwest markets simultaneously as part of Cedar Creek’s overall expansion strategy.”
Cedar Creek is a leading wholesale building material distribution company, now with twenty-two locations covering thirty states. In May of 2010, Cedar Creek was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners, with the goal of providing flexible capital for the company to grow beyond its current trade areas.
Multanen named Idaho Small Business Person of the Year
The Multanen family, owners of Caldwell, Idaho-based Best Bath Systems, have taken home the award for 2014 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year.
"We’re honored to have been named Idaho’s Small Business Person of the Year, and we’re proud that it reflects how Best Bath’s innovations are making a difference in the lives of our customers, our employees and our community," said CEO Gary Multanen.
Best Bath Systems has been around since 1971, manufacturing accessible showers and bathtubs for seniors and disabled homeowners since its shift in 1995. Since then, it has grown to a pace of $20 million in sales with 490 dealers in North America.
The award is granted by the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of National Small Business Week, which recognizes business owners across the country in industries far and wide.
The Multanens were initially nominated by Larry Ilk, VP and commercial relationship manager of Zions Bank in Boise, Idaho.
"Since I started working with Best Bath Systems, they have impressed me with their business acumen, their dedication to innovation and quality, and their commitment to the community," said Ilk. "I’m pleased they have been recognized with this honor, and Zions Bank is proud to help support their continued growth."