Volume 46, Issue 6 - July/August 2007

The Next Big Thing

Green As Green Can Be
Koch & Co. Inc. in Seneca, Kan., says its cabinets truly are green. The company uses a formaldehyde-free, wheat board-core material instead of particle board. It also says the adhesives used in its products are non-VOC and its finishes are low-VOC. Cabinets are available in rustic and clear German beech, both PEFC certified.

These green cabinets do not require any special storage, other than being kept dry like any other, and they install just like any other cabinet. All come with a one-year warranty and retail for approximately $435 to $600 per lineal foot. www.kochandco.com

Put the Pressure on Moisture Problems
Benjamin Obdyke Inc.’s Home Slicker® is part of a rainscreen component system that alleviates moisture problems in residential wall assemblies by creating a pressure-equalized air space immediately behind exterior cladding and a water-resistant barrier.

The Horsham, Pa.-based company says its rainscreen is 39.37 inches wide by 46½ feet long and ¼-inch thick, with a coverage area of 150 square feet.  It weighs 7.2 pounds per roll, resists UV exposure for 30 days (maximum) and offers a 50-year limited, non-transferable warranty. This product retails between 55- and 65-cents per square foot, depending on project size and distributor region. www.benjaminobdyke.com

Automatically Easy
It’s hard to “measure twice and cut once” when a machine is doing the work. But Remington Industries Inc.’s Cordes Machine Division says its Machine Stair-Rout™ Model 40 allows an operator to enter decimals or fractions just like they are written on work orders and see a to-scale picture of the step prior to cutting.

The Mountainside, N.J.-based company also says its fully automatic CNC model cuts various types of steps, including open stringers, with just the push of a button. A 3.5-axis, 10-horsepower, dual direct-drive machine routes stringers used for box stair construction, with no template to adjust and no setup or programming needed. www.cordesmachine.com

Get a Handle On It
Handling nails, tools and wood products requires more than just your standard glove. And why make your customers go somewhere else to pick them up, when they could grab a pair right in your showroom? Remington Arms Co. Inc., a manufacturer of shooting and high-performance equipment and gear, has developed a new line of work performance gloves designed as a long-lasting general utility accessory.

The Madison, N.C.-based company says each of its glove types offer various features from an elastic flair cuff, terry cloth thumb, reinforced fingertips and leather palms to a breathable spandex back, gel-padded palms and a neoprene knuckle band. www.remington.com

Tough Comfort
If you’ve never considered a clothing rack for your showroom, now may be the time to start. Blåkläder, a Swedish work clothing provider, is introducing its product line to North America. The entire line is specially engineered and crafted to provide building professionals with unsurpassed comfort, quality, safety and individuality.

The company’s work pants are loaded with pockets designed with utility storage that’s easily accessible even when squatting or kneeling; angled corners to keep screws and nails handy at all times; kneepad storage with foam or gel inserts; four bellowed designs that keep tools from cutting into the legs; and individual storage for pencils, secure items and a phone. There’s also a webbed hammer loop and detachable screwdriver pocket to finish it off.

For the warmer months, Blåkläder offers shorts with all the same features. www.blaklader.com

Do You Serve Coastal Area Builders?
If you want to offer hurricane-resistant windows in vinyl, MGM Industries says its Series 8065 and 5665 double-hung vinyl windows have received a DP65 rating for use in residential coastal applications. 

To receive this rating, a window must be able to withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 195 miles per hour. The Hendersonville, Tenn.-based company says tests were conducted at its new in-house testing facility and verified by an independent laboratory source. 

Founded in 1965, the company says it’s still a family-owned business which extrudes and assembles a wide range of custom- and standard-sized vinyl patio doors and windows for new home construction and replacement use. www.mgmindustries.com

Put the Eye on Hardwood
After its success in parquet production inspections, Innovativ Vision AB says it has added broad hardwood applications to its WoodEye scanner. The Linköping, Sweden-based company says it’s now possible to sort and optimize hardwood in regards to nuances and aesthetic qualities such as edge-glued panels, solid flooring and parquet—without any additional equipment.

The company also has introduced a new graphical user-interface and a new scanner solution for dimensional planing that can match the speeds of today’s planers. www.woodeyeinc.com

Take the Leep
Leeper’s Stair Parts, a supplier of stair parts for residential and commercial builders located in Long Beach, Calif., is now offering the Fusion™ balustrade system to the U.S. market. Manufactured by Richard Burbidge Ltd. in the United Kingdom, the product is a complete off-the-shelf product that comes ready to install for a typical straight stair flight and only requires seven saw cuts.

Fusion balustrade systems are composed of natural wood with chrome-plated or brushed-nickel connectors that fit together in a variety of configurations. Rails and newels come unfinished in oak, cherry or maple for custom staining. The system can be used in cut-string or closed-string staircases. The system has been approved by the International Code Council Evaluation Service for compliance with 2006 International Residential Code® and International Building Code®. www.leepers.com

So Trendy
StairTrends has expanded its capabilities to include flutes, reeds, ropes, twists, barley and more. The company says it can manufacture one-of-a-kind custom turnings from the smallest of parts up to 124 inches long and 15 inches in diameter. Recent custom work includes: stair balusters and newels, bun feet, kitchen island columns, legs—round and square-tapered, lamp components, bedposts, finials and garden tool handles. www.stairtrends.com 

Make Space
Is your showroom getting tight? How would you like to be able to pack seven full-sized garage doors into a space no wider than four feet? Emes Marketing Inc. in Thornhill, Toronto, has introduced a roll-out garage door display that does just that.Garage doors roll in and out of this metal display on wheels and the company says it costs less than other garage door displays that hold only one door.

Emes offers a full line of metal displays for a variety of different building materials, such as: windows, entry doors, patio doors, granite, marble slabs and tiles. They are all light-weight, easy-to-assemble and maintenance free, according to the company. It can also modify any of its existing display styles or completely custom-design one to meet your specific needs. www.emidisplays.com

When Two-Faced Makes Sense
Wouldn’t it be nice to stock a trimboard that’s compatible with most siding products? VERSATEX™ Trimboards in Leetsdale, Pa., offers a patent-pending Stealth™ Trim System that features a two-sided trimboard specially designed to do just that. The smooth side is designed to resemble clear, painted wood, while the other offers a unique Timber Ridge woodgrain designed to complement the leading fiber cement siding products. 

These products can be installed using standard tools and fasteners, and can be cut, routed and milled like any premium wood. They accept 100-percent acrylic latex paints, but do not require painting for protection from the elements. All VERSATEX products carry a transferable 30-year warranty and the company has a complete stocking dealer program featuring promotional and rebate items for those who make a small inventory commitment. There are no special storage needs or shelf life and VERSATEX offers a cut-to-length option for larger projects that can help builders cut down on waste. www.versatex.com 

Endless Staircase Possibilities
Choice Stairways says it specializes in one-of-a-kind design. This Prince Frederick, Md.-based company is capable of providing a full-ellipse design and uses materials such as: Brazilian teak, Sapele mahogany and even anodized aluminum. Every component of a project can be custom and builders are provided with plywood templates to be used in the framing process. www.choicestairways.com

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