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Whirlpool to use Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Whirlpool Corporation has announced its plans to adopt Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) in the manufacture of its U.S.-made refrigerators and freezers.

Citing energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, Whirlpool is harnessing the agent’s 99.9% reduction in global warming potential compared to the most common foam blowing agent in the U.S. The implementation is expected to be equivalent of removing over 400,000 cars from the road.

"Whirlpool Corporation and Honeywell believe we have responsibility to be as proactive as we can to preserve our environment, and meet the demands of our consumers," said Joseph Liotine, president of Whirlpool U.S. operations. "By introducing this new insulation to our refrigerators, we’ve taken steps to reduce global warming potential, the most significant contributor to environmental impact for refrigerators without compromising quality or the energy efficiency of our appliances."

According to the company, Whirlpool will be the first home appliance manufacturer in the world to use Solstice in its foam insulation. With a voluntary phase-out already underway in its use of hydroflurocarbons, its U.S. manufacturing centers are expected to be fully converted by the end of 2014.

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Lenox celebrates its 125th anniversary

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Lenox is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 125th annivesary with the tableware business.

Part of its 2014 agenda includes a new branding campaign based on the internet-friendly theme "Lenox, Where Entertaining is @." The Lenox website will provide more information to users looking for tips on how to entertain at home, including exclusive recipes, expert tips and product suggestions.

Lenox will also spotlight its best-selling patterns for the anniversary year, which include Opal Innocence, Butterfly Meadow, Vintage Jewel and Tuscany Classics.

Lenox’s century-plus career in the industry has made it a household name in fine china, crystal stemware and dinnerware for entertaining, bridal and gifting, all made in the USA. According to the company, it’s the only manufacturer of fine bone china in the United States.

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Rust-Oleum Group acquires Citadel floor coatings business

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RPM International’s Rust-Oleum Group has acquired Citadel Restoration and Repair, a St. Paul, Minn.-based floor coatings business.

"Citadel has an outstanding technology platform that we believe can be rapidly expanded in the marketplace by utilizing Rust-Oleum’s marketing and distribution expertise," stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and CEO. "Patrick Ilfrey, majority owner of Citadel, will continue to lead the Citadel business as part of the Rust-Oleum Group."

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, though the deal is expected to be accretive to earnings within one year.

Citadel, which specializes in concrete and wood deck floor coatings for contractors and DIYers, has annual sales of approximately $10 million.

Its solutions provide for a 24-hour cure, compared to market alternatives that require at least 72 hours of cure time.

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