Irwin’s latest release is a fast one
The company points to ergonomic enhancements to its Vise-Grip Next-Gen locking pliers.
Hand tool manufacturer Irwin launched its Vise-Grip Next-Gen Fast Release Locking Pliers. The new Fast Release Locking Pliers are ergonomically designed to provide more control than ever before, the company said.
Irwin says the product is designed with the end-user in mind, providing more comfort and control than the brand’s prior version of locking pliers. The end-user will have an easier time gripping, squeezing, and releasing the locking plier because the handle span in the open position (the position most difficult to grab and operate a locking plier) is reduced by 20%.
“Irwin is continually looking to make tools that deliver, so that our end-users can deliver,” commented Matthew Grella, product manager. “We are excited about the innovations to the Vise-Grip Next-Gen Fast Release Locking Pliers product line, which were designed to provide best-in-class strength, durability and comfort to users in a variety of industries.”
The pliers are more comfortable to use because the end-user is not forced to open their hands wider than their natural span. The reduced hand span also allows the locking operation of the plier one-handed, leaving the other hand free for the end-user to support themselves on a ladder or while working under a vehicle.
Primary end-users for the Fast Release Locking Pliers include automotive mechanics, welders, contractors (especially in the metal framing industry) MRO’s, and DIYer’s. Primary uses include holding/clamping, bolt and fastener removal, automotive repairs, welding and soldering pipe.
Georgia-Pacific expanding lumber production
New planned facility in Georgia is third mill announced in past 12 months.
Strength in the U.S. housing market has prompted Georgia-Pacific to continue expanding its lumber production operations.
Georgia-Pacific plans to open a new lumber production facility in Albany-Dougherty County, Ga. at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.
Construction of the $150 million, 320,000-square foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in 2018 with an anticipated startup in late fall 2019.
Once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 130 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.
“Albany-Dougherty County is an ideal site for the latest of three new lumber production facilities in the Southeast,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have been incredibly supportive of this new venture and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.
Once in production, the new facility expects to receive approximately 180 log trucks a day and produce approximately 300 million board-feet of lumber per year.
This is the third softwood lumber mill opening that Georgia-Pacific has announced in the past 12 months. The Atlanta-based manufacturer also plans to build a 340,000-square-foot facility in Warrenton, Ga. and last year announced 300,000 square-foot facility in Talladega, Ala.
Masonite posts strong Q2 earnings
Sales soar in Europe for the door manufacturer.
Masonite posted net sales of $567 million in the second quarter of 2018, rising 9% from net sales of $520 million in the second quarter of 2017.
The Tampa, Fla.-based door manufacturer said the increase in net sales was the result of a 5% increase in acquisition volume, a 3% increase in average unit price, and a 2% benefit from foreign exchange.
North American Residential net sales were $378 million, a 3% increase over the second quarter of 2017, while sales in Europe rose 36% to $101 million.
Architectural net sales increased 11% to $82 million. The 2018 acquisition of Graham & Maiman and the 2017 acquisition of A&F Wood Products combined to contribute 12% of incremental net sales, Masonite reported.
The manufacturer also reported a net income attributable to Masonite of $35 million in the second quarter, rising 30% from a net income of $27 million for the same period last year.