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M&G DuraVent Sets U.S. Standard for Relining Factory-built Chimneys

M&G DuraVent has developed the industry’s first UL-listed relining system for factory-built chimneys for use in the United States. To date, there has never been a UL-approved product standard for such installations. All M&G DuraVent UL1777- listed relining systems combined with a patent-pending termination have been approved.

Safely relining factory-built chimney systems has been a longterm industry unknown. Many factory- built chimneys were designed and installed as a system with a solid-fuel–burning appliance, often a zero-clearance fireplace. This combined system was initially installed under its own UL safety standard, typically...

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TUUCI Website Receives Kudos

The recently redesigned website for TUUCI is receiving accolades from its customers and the advertising profession alike, recently garnering a gold ADDY®award in a competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. Integrating inspirational photography, action videos, and highly detailed technical product specifications, TUUCI has created an Internet destination that conveys the company’s passion for an active lifestyle on and near the water—made even better by shade structures that are as beautiful as they are durable and easy to use.

Dougan Clarke, TUUCI’s founder and CEO, says, “One of the many things that makes...

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Frank Heinricht Appointed Chair of the Board of SCHOTT AG

The supervisory board of SCHOTT AG unanimously appointed Dr. Frank Heinricht to the position of chair of the board of management at its meeting on February 27, 2013. Heinricht is currently chair of the board of management of Heraeus Holding GmbH. He completed a degree in physics and a doctorate in engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and began his professional career at TEMIC Semiconductor.

After holding positions as general manager and chair of the Integrated Circuits Division, he was appointed CEO of TEMIC Semiconductor in 1998. In 2003, Heinricht joined Heraeus Holding as a member of the board of...

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Couristan Offers Merchandising-display Promotion

Couristan, Inc., a leading manufacturer of rugs, is offering its annual promotion on the Outdoor Living merchandising box and the Without Walls display unit. Through June 28, 2013, authorized Couristan dealers can qualify for discounted rates on bundled orders of Couristan’s most popular outdoor area rug collections. Couristan will once again be offering the Without Walls display unit free of charge (with a minimum purchase). This includes the new Fresco, Berkshire, and Grand Cayman collections, as well as over 150 other SKUs from which to choose.

With 11 dynamic outdoor/indoor collections that blend fashion with function, Couristan has the...

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Couristan Promotes Steve Codella to Executive Vice President of Sales

Couristan, Inc., manufacturer and importer of fine area rugs, residential broadloom, and custom contract carpeting, has promoted Steve Codella to executive vice president of sales. Codella, who has been in the floor-covering industry for over 30 years, joined Couristan in 2000 as Eastern regional sales manager; he then advanced to become senior vice president of sales before taking on his new role. During his time at Couristan, Codella has assisted the company in building a versatile and highly skillful sales force and has consistently contributed to the growth of accounts on all levels. Codella will continue to oversee all residential sales...

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Parent Company Plans Sale of Vermont Castings Group

The Riverside Company, the parent of leading hearth and grill manufacturer Vermont Castings Group, has elected to exit its investment in the company and is seeking potential buyers. Dan Clifford, president and CEO of Vermont Castings Group, says, “Vermont Castings Group is a stable and profitable company with an enviable portfolio of brands and products, a solid team, and a strong growth strategy that requires additional investment. We know that Vermont Castings Group is an attractive asset, and we look forward to continued success in both the short and long terms.”

Riverside acquired the company, formerly known...

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NorthCape International Expands Into Latin America

NorthCape International has expanded into Latin America with the creation of a new distribution organization focused on the fastestgrowing cities of Latin America. NorthCape has established relationships and is the process of setting up new showrooms in Panama City, Panama; Lima, Peru; and Santiago, Chile.

Through this network, NorthCape is targeting a customer base to reach the design trade, developers, and dealers in touch with the fast-growing middleclass population in this part of the world. For more information about NorthCape’s launch into Latin America, visit the company’s LinkedIn page:

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Pelican Reef Wicker and Panama Jack Outdoor Open West Coast Warehouse

Pelican Reef Wicker and its Panama Jack Outdoor brand have established a West Coast warehouse and distribution center in Los Angeles, California. It will primarily ship to West Coast customers, while the company’s 110,000–square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Miami Lakes, Florida, will ship to those on the East Coast.

Allen Calzadilla, president, says, “The demand for Panama Jack Outdoor from new and existing West Coast dealers has been incredible, but our smaller dealers can’t buy the mixed containers, so a quick-ship West Coast warehouse was essential for them to grow with us.” He adds...

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