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New leadership for remodeler group

BY Ken Clark

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named immediate past president Dean Herriges, of Urban Herriges & Sons Inc. in Mukwonago, Wis., as its chairman of the board and elevated Art Donnelly, of Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp. in Mount Sinai, N.Y,. to the office of president. 

“This has been a strong, transitional year for the remodeling industry, coming out of a challenging economic climate into a growth period,” Herriges said. “NARI has strengthened strategic alliances, launched a research program and continued representation in Washington are focused on sustaining future growth of NARI member businesses as the recovery continues.” 

Donnelly assumed the role of president after serving as president-elect and treasurer in the past year. His experience in NARI leadership includes currently serving on the NYC/LI NARI chapter board of directors for seven years. During that time he was awarded with several honors, including the Outstanding Service Award from 2004-2006, Al Hovanian Memorial Chapter Award in 2006 and 2009, and most recently the 2011 Chapter President’s Award.

For the upcoming year, Donnelly is focused on refining NARI’s direction and the direction of the industry, drawing from shifts in remodeling trends and technological advancements, according to NARI. “We’re re-evaluating NARI’s 2010 Strategic Plan to ensure full representation of our vision and goals in the new remodeling climate,” Donnelly said. “In addition, NARI will encourage professionalism in the industry through increased awareness and commitment to the highest standards in members. Finally, I hope to continue to advance our legislative agenda and member participation to support our industry in a year of predicted growth.” 

The remaining officers, also elected and announced during the meeting, include: president-elect Kevin Anundson, of Owner Assisted Remodeling, in Elm Grove, Wis.; treasurer Judy Mozen of Handcrafted Homes, in Roswell, Ga.; and secretary H. Dale Contant of Atlanta Design & Build, Marietta, Ga.

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Industry Dashboard for April 29, 2013

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Sherwin-Williams paces the field on the Home Channel Stock Roundup. Also, the national average for a gallon of regular gas stands at $3.51, down from last month and last year.

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Product prevents wet basements

BY Ken Clark

Wayne Water Systems’ new Sump Minder promises to take the worry out of sump pump operation by calling you before there’s a problem.  It is designed to gauge urgency and contact the homeowner so they can take action before a flood occurs.

“A sump pump is a mechanical device, and like any mechanical device, it can fail because it has components that will wear out over time,” said Tony Renfro VP sales and marketing for Wayne Water Systems. “Also, power outages are more frequent because of population growth that puts stress on the power grid, and extreme weather conditions.”

Sump Minder’s technology combines self-testing and continuous battery checks with an auto-dial feature connected to a phone line. The unit continually checks for AC Power and 12 volt DC battery status. If the power goes out or the DC battery needs replacing, the system will dial the phone numbers you program in with a voice alert. In addition, every 14 days the unit runs a self-test sequence, checking the float switch status and cycling the DC backup pump. If the system is not functioning properly, the homeowner gets a phone call to check the unit.

The system connects to a standard land line, or a VOIP telephone connection. Since a standard land line (POTS) continues to work during a power outage, this is the most reliable telephone connection. If you use DSL, or cable service for telephone service (VOIP), the company recommends that the modem and router have a battery backup. If you don’t have land line service, check with your local phone company for what is called a service line, which is available for third-party monitoring systems or a device like this, and is typically a fraction of the cost of standard phone service.

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