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Pavestone steps up its mobile optimization

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Atlanta Pavestone, a manufacturer of pavers, retaining walls and other segmental concrete products, introduced a new mobile-optimized website. Designed with intuitive navigation, users can easily and quickly access the product and project information they need from a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

“We’re committed to helping every customer successfully address the unique circumstances of each job while staying on schedule and in budget,” said Tim Berns, VP of sales at Pavestone. “With national distribution supported by regional resources, we consistently deliver on that promise.”

He added that the new site offers a streamlined customer experience. It offers customized information ranging from  municipal programs with sophisticated sustainability requirements to do-it-yourself backyard project inspiration.

The website functions include a product gallery a project gallery and project videos. And it’s designed to connect contractors, specifiers, landscape architects, retailers and homeowners to customer service, technical expertise and other local sales representatives.

“The website is a one-stop-shop,” said Berns.

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WORX points to increased power

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The WORX Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner has doubled its battery capacity this spring with a new model powered by a 40V MAX battery. The 40V battery increases Hydroshot’s run time and performance capabilities, the company said.

 

Typical projects might include watering projects around the home, dock, poolside and other fresh water access areas.

 

“Unlike conventional pressure washers, we saw a need for a light duty portable power cleaner that was safe to use and could effectively tackle jobs at home, or in remote areas,” said WORX Product Manager, Brandon Martin. “By increasing Hydroshot’s battery voltage to 40 volts, homeowners benefit by getting longer run times with greater water pressure to manage a variety of tasks.”

 

Hydroshot connects to fresh water sources through a standard garden hose or its 20-ft. accessory hose with intake (included). The intake draws water from lakes, rivers, pools or buckets. It includes an adjustable float, like a bobber, to keep it from touching bottom. Hydroshot also connects to most 2-liter bottles with a 1 in. opening through an optional Bottle Cap Connector accessory.

 

The steady improvement of battery performance is one of the top trends in the outdoor power equipment arena, and has been for years.

 

In the case of the Hydroshot, power is provided by a 40V Max 2.0 Ah battery. This battery has an LED power gauge. By pressing the battery’s red keypad, it signals how many bars are left before it needs recharging. Run time varies based on the selected operating mode and speed. When the nozzle is in the low shower spray pattern, it can run up to 45 minutes.

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Construction and specialty trades continue to grow jobs

BY HBSDealer Staff

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 313,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1%, according to the latest report issued this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Construction employment increased by 61,000 jobs last month, with specialty trade contractors growing by 38,000 positions and construction of buildings growing by 16,000. Construction has added 185,000 jobs over the past 4 months, according to the bureau.

Retail employment increased by 50,000 over the month with general merchandise stores adding 18,000 jobs and clothing and accessories increasing by 15,000.

Building material and garden supply stores added 10,000 jobs in February.

Although employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month, U.S. manufacturing added 31,000 jobs in February.

With the unemployment rate at 4.1%, this marked the fifth straight month the number has remained unchanged while unemployment stood at 6.7 million.

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