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Hunter Douglas donates $350,000 to Colorado flood relief

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Custom window coverings manufacturer Hunter Douglas has donated $350,000 to two nonprofits working to help those affected by the recent flooding in Colorado: Foothills Flood Relief Fund, a nonprofit run by Foothills United Way, and veteran service organization Team Rubicon.

President and CEO Mary Hopkins presented the donations to United Way president and CEO Mimi Vilord and Team Rubicon co-founder William McNulty at Hunter Douglas’ Pearl River headquarters.

"On behalf of all Hunter Douglas employees throughout North America, I am honored to present these donations to these two organizations that have been crucial to providing assistance to those affected by the Colorado flooding: the Foothills Flood Relief Fund, created by Foothills United Way in response to the devastation caused by the severe flooding in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, and Team Rubicon, which mobilized veteran volunteers to the area," Hopkins said.

The company matched donations from employees on a two-for-one basis: $115,000 was raised by Hunter Douglas employees, to which the company added another $235,000.

Several employees at the Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division in Broomfield, Colo., were affected by the flooding.

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Jenn-Air expands 3-D rendering capabilities for interior designers

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Jenn-Air has partnered with 20-20 Technologies, a maker of 3-D interior design and manufacturing software, to extend the capacity for interior designers to incorporate Jenn-Air appliances in their 3-D renderings.

Users of 20-20 Technologies can now select products from Jenn-Air’s appliance line to plan and conceptualize kitchens with realistic 3-D drawings.

"Successfully executing a project requires the ability to clearly communicate the design concept to clients," said kitchen and bath specialist Morton Block CMKBD, IIDA, CAPS. "Having the ability to incorporate a wide range of high-end appliances into a kitchen rendering in such a vivid way is a great planning tool that helps clients envision the final results."

Products ranging from Jenn-Air’s Pro-Style ranges to its built-in refrigerators are included in the Jenn-Air 20-20 catalog.

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Eco Red Shield selected in New Jersey Sandy rebuild

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Eco Red Shield protected lumber has been selected as the lumber of choice in the construction of new modular homes for New Jersey’s Hurricane Sandy rebuild.

According to parent company Eco Building Products, a total of 75 modular homes by Statewide Custom Modular Homes are under contract to be constructed using Eco Red Shield; seven of which have aleady been ordered by Statewide president Bruce Goodstein.

"Being that this is a rebuild, and perception is 9/10 of the law, Bruce and his team knew that to remain the leader in their market, they had to raise the bar and provide a superior product for their clients," said Steve Conboy, president and CEO of Eco Building Products. "Recent Web-based articles are circulating that highlight the fire dangers associated with modular homes and light-gauge construction. Bruce Goodstein and Statewide Homes have decided to switch to Eco Red Shield at all costs to ensure his modular homes are not included in that discussion."

Conboy added that Statewide’s Virginia-based producer, Nationwide Homes, will be working closely with Eco’s affiliate in Virginia in the creation of the new channel opportunity. It is expected that all of Statewide’s future modular homes will eventually be constructed with Eco Red Shield, Conboy said.

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