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Whirlpool, Honeywell introduce energy-efficient insulation in refrigerators

BY HBSDealer Staff

Whirlpool and Honeywell have announced that all Whirlpool U.S.-made refrigerators will begin incorporating Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent. This includes future product lineups from Whirlpool Brand, Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air and KitchenAid brands.   

Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) has the lowest Global Warming Potential (GWP) available among non-ozone depleting substitutes, outperforms commonly used hydrocarbons such as C-Pentane, and provides better low-temperature insulation performance and higher energy savings, according to the announcement.

Honeywell Solstice LBA offers an 8% to 10% improvement in efficiency over refrigerator platforms tested with hydrocarbon blown foam insulation, and a 2% improvement over 245fa, which is the most widely used foam blowing agent in the United States.

"Whirlpool Corp. is an environmental leader, developing high-quality products that offer both efficiency and low environmental impact," said Ludovic Beaufils, general manager refrigeration and sustainability lead for Whirlpool North America.  "Through this collaboration with Honeywell, we are once again leading the way with the most advanced materials that offer the greatest benefits to consumers."

Honeywell Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent has a 100-year global warming potential between 4.7 and 7, a 99% improvement over 245fa. In addition, it offers cost benefits and is non-flammable.

Whirlpool will begin production in late 2013.

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Lowe’s to offer window treatments shipped within 72 hours

BY HBSDealer Staff

Lowe’s has launched Quickshipblindsandshades.com to offer consumers the ability to receive window treatments within 72 hours. Redi Shade, a manufacturer of window coverings, is participating with a new line called Simple Fit.

Simple Fit custom cellular shades are easy to install without the need for tools, screws or brackets.  Featuring a patented compression mount system, installation is complete with the touch of a button. The cellular shades offer cordless adjustment.

 

 

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Deere reports record Q3 earnings

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Deere & Co. has posted third-quarter net income of $788.0 million, up 10.6% from $712.3 million for the same period last year.

"John Deere delivered record third-quarter performance in both sales and income," said Samuel Allen, chairman and CEO. "Although a strong quarter, we are not satisfied that sales fell short of our expectations due to weakening in certain international markets and short-term manufacturing inefficiencies resulting from the introduction of a record number of new products." 

Net sales and revenues increased 15% to $9.590 billion for the third quarter ended July 31.

For the first nine months of the year, net income was $2.38 billion, up 11.7% from $2.13 billion last year. Net income rose 13% to $26.37 billion for the period.

For the full year, the company expects net to be about $3.1 billion. 

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