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Industry rallies for ‘Spirit of Life’

BY HBSDealer Staff

City of Hope’s 2016 Spirit of Life event will honor Bob Tellier and Orchard Supply Hardware for their philanthropic efforts in support of the California-based charity.

The event will take place in Las Vegas Jan. 18 at Mandalay Bay on the eve of the International Builders’ Show. It will bring together hardware and home-building industry supporters of the treatment and research facility dedicated to finding cures and new treatments for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

The 2016 honoree Tellier, president of San Jose, California-based Orchard Supply, will be recognized for his individual philanthropic efforts, sharing the stage with the philanthropic legacy of the retailer — Orchard Supply has raised more than $7.5 million for City of Hope through 13 events held over the past 16 years.

Tellier assumed the role of president of Orchard Supply in February 2015. His extensive hardware industry background also includes roles with True Value Company and 14 years of progressive management roles in finance and operations in consumer product manufacturing.

Since it was founded in 1982, City of Hope’s Hardware/Homebuilding Industry has raised more than $150 million for lifesaving research, treatment and education programs. The group has grown to encompass a nationwide network of high-profile manufacturers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers' representatives and related members.

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Outdoor living’s place in the sun

BY HBSDealer Staff

“The emergence of modern grilling technologies has also influenced the purchase decision of end-users,” reads the introduction to Research and Markets’ “U.S. Outdoor Furniture Market 2015 Report.”

In other words, grilling and chilling has risen to a new level of sophistication. The research firm, which is selling its report, shared from the executive summary:

• The U.S. outdoor furniture market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4% over the period 2014-2019.

• People these days engage in more outdoor leisure activities in their backyards. This has been triggered by the emerging concept of staycation, wherein people spend their vacation at home and participate in various entertainment activities within their premises.

• People are increasingly engaging in outdoor activities.

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Not your father’s artificial turf

BY HBSDealer Staff

Hayward, California-based Global Syn-Turf rolled out Hollow Blade artificial grass that keeps moisture inside to stabilize the temperature of the lawn.

The end result, according to the company, is that the product remains cool in high temperatures and stays green and fresh in cold weather conditions.

"We are proud to introduce our latest revolutionary product, Hollow Blade, in the market since we are the very first and the only company to offer this product to the people,” said Rachel Brady, Sales and Marketing Manager, Global Syn-Turf. “The Hollow Blade is exclusively aimed to keep your lawns green and cool at an affordable price.”

This latest blade designed by GST has a hollow veil in the center of the grass which ensures that the temperature of the lawn continues to be stable despite the hot climate. There is also a water conservation story behind the product. Installation of Hollow Blade can eliminate the unnecessary water expense for the next two decades because this blade is designed to limit evaporation.

According to GST, the most important element in the artificial grass industry is creating a right angle during blade designing since it plays a crucial role for sunlight reflection. Failing to do so causes a substantial rise in the lawn temperature. It pointed to the Hollow Blade as the solution.

"Our team at Global Syn-Turf has combatted the single biggest challenge in the artificial grass industry today and that is lawns turning hot during bright sunny days. However, our customers can now heave a sigh of relief since Hollow Blade will prevent water transpiration thereby maintaining the lawn temperature regardless of harsh weather condition," said Brady

Hollow Blade is eco-friendly, certified by independent laboratories, and can withstand rough wear-and-tear and extreme weather conditions for approximately twenty years under standard use, the company said.

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