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Fastener Week II: The CAMO Edge

HBSDealer tightens its visual message for another week of Fasteners.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The CAMO Edge Fastening System was developed to address the pain points of affordability, ease of installation, splinter reduction and the creation of a fastener-free deck surface. The above video demonstrates and explains how the system from National Nail Corp. is “changing the face of decking.”

The CAMO Edge Fastening System is one of several participants in HBSDealer’s Fastener Week II, running through Oct. 12. The HBSDealer Daily Newsletter will feature a new concept, theme or trend from the fastener industry each day of the week.

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Readers respond: Absolutely Prefabulous

Manufactured Housing Institute says 22 million people live in manufactured home.

BY HBSDealer Staff

A plurality of readers believe that prefab housing will be a major player in the housing industry’s not-too distant future.

At least that’s what the latest HBSDealer poll question found. Specifically, HBSDealer asked: “What’s your take on the future of manufactured housing?”

With more than 100 votes cast, here are the results:

  • “Prefab housing will be a major player in the not-too-distant future.” — 44%
  • “Respectable growth as technology improves.” — 35%
  • “Slow growth and a continued niche role in the housing industry.” — 22%.

According to the Manufactured Housing Institute, 22 million people live in manufactured homes. And the same source estimates that 10% of new home starts fall in the category of manufactured housing.

The manufactured housing industry garnered the interest of none other than Amazon.com, which recently announced an investment in Plant Prefab – a Rialto, Calif.-based prefabrication company.

Plant Prefab manufactures custom single and multi-family homes that are “high-quality, sustainable, healthy and durable,” the company says, noting that it’s the first home factory in the nation focused on sustainable construction, materials, processes, and operations.

Check out this and other polls at the HBSDealer Poll Archive.

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GE Appliances investing heavy in Louisville

Plant expansions could lead to 400 new jobs.

BY HBSDealer Staff

GE Appliances is investing more than $200 million to expand its dishwasher and laundry manufacturing facilities and add 400 new jobs in Louisville, Ky.

Throughout this year and next, GEA will invest in Appliance Park, its largest manufacturing facility and headquarters location in Louisville.

Plans include expanding its laundry production facility to add an industry-leading new topload washer, completely new dryer platform and additional production capacity for existing models. The laundry production expansion will increase manufacturing capacity by approximately 20%.

The manufacturer also plans to expand its dishwasher production plant’s capabilities by 35% for new plastic and stainless-steel tub models.

“The investments we are making today continue our mission of creating product and production supersites where we can more efficiently channel our innovation and manufacturing expertise by product line,” said Kevin Nolan, president and chief executive officer for GE Appliances. “This will greatly accelerate our ability to provide innovative new products that will delight consumers, expand our workforce and enhance our leadership in the major appliance industry.”

GE Appliances said its operations generate an annual economic impact of $4.6 billion in the area. This includes more than 6,000 GEA employees earning more than $515 million in salaries and benefits.

The combined impact of operations, employee compensation and today’s announced $200 million investment will result in creation of an additional 13,500 jobs in the region.

Over the next five years, Appliance Park is expected to increase its already substantial economic impact by an additional $18 billion.

“GE Appliances has long been an exemplary corporate partner for Louisville and the Commonwealth,” Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said. “This iconic company has employed many thousands of Kentuckians for generations, and we are grateful for their most recent investment in the Bluegrass State. As GE Appliances continues to adapt to a changing marketplace, we are confident that they will remain a perfect fit right here in Kentucky—America’s center for engineering and manufacturing excellence.”

Earlier this year, GE Appliances announced a series of investments in its U.S. operations totaling $275 million and creating more than 650 new jobs. Moves include expansions at plants in Selmer, Tenn., and Decatur, Ala., and four new distribution facilities across the company’s vast distribution network.

GE Appliances is based in Louisville and is a subsidiary of Haier, the Chinese conglomerate.

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