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Window blinds continue to stir safety debate

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Blind manufacturers and consumer advocates don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to blinds and child safety, according to an article in Thursday’s New York Times.

The task force created by the Consumer Products Safety Commission and manufacturers to find a solution to the problem of child strangulation is hoping to offer a plan this fall. But the article reports that negotiations are off to a rocky start. 

About 12 children per year strangle on window treatment cords, according to the article.

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Cox Industries opens new customer portal

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As part of a series of technology upgrades, Orangeburg, S.C.-based Cox Industries unveiled a new customer portal to log in and view, download, and upload account specific information. 

Today, when customers access the Cox website, their recent account activity and order literature will be displayed. Customers also get the benefit of direct access to the entire Cox team who are available to assist with orders, literature requests and questions, according to the company.

Later this year, the manufacturer and distributor of treated outdoor wood products plans to launch a live chat and additional reporting features. 

 

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Kleer Lumber introduces Kleer Decking

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Westfield, Mass.-based Kleer Lumber, manufacturer of extruded free foam cellular PVC building products, has introduced Kleer Decking, a seven-color array of PVC decking that has the natural look of wood and features cap stock technology on every deck board within the line.

Kleer Decking is packaged in smaller 48 piece units in lengths of 12 ft., 16 ft. and 20 ft. Fascia boards are available in 24-piece bundles of 12-ft. lengths in the five solid colors. 

“The challenge with launching a new product offering in a category full of sameness is in delivering uniquely innovative solutions that rise above other products currently in the marketplace,” said Walt Valentine, president of Kleer Lumber. “Kleer Decking meets this challenge with numerous product features and contractor benefits that are difficult to find in the product lines that are currently available.”

Backed by a transferrable lifetime warranty that includes labor for the first two years, Kleer Decking features two collections — Coastal and Sierra — and offers a 100% PVC core, which is void of any organic material that might promote the growth of mold and mildew. In addition to ultra-low maintenance, Kleer Decking is designed with PVC and polymer caps to resist scratching, staining and color fading.

The Kleer Decking Sierra series provides five color selections with solid earth tones and tropical hardwood tones. All five display natural wood grain textures and feature a proprietary polymer cap stock that won’t delaminate. It also offers superior scratch, stain and fade resistance, according to the company.

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