Mike Miazga 2014-02-11 04:37:28
Boilers recalled due to CO poisoning hazards > The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, along with boiler manufacturers U.S. Boiler Co., New Yorker Boiler Co. And Crown Boiler Co., recently announced voluntary recalls of boiler models due to carbon monoxide poisoning hazards. Consumers should stop using these products unless otherwise instructed. Also, it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. The reason for the recalls is that the air-pressure switch can fail to shut down the burners when there is a blockage in the vent system, allowing the recalled boiler models to emit excessive amounts of carbon monoxide and posing a CO poisoning hazard to consumers. No injuries have been reported, but consumers with recalled boilers should immediately contact the installer or distributor from whom they purchased the boiler or the manufacturer to schedule a free in-home safety inspection and repair. Consumers who continue using the boilers while awaiting repair should have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside sleeping areas in the home. For additional details on the recalls, visit the industry news section at www.supplyht.com. Annual conference brings resources to distributors > One of the main highlights of Evolve ’13, HARDI’s annual conference held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix late last year, was the presentation of results from the Demand Qualification Project, a landmark research project launched in an effort to better understand distributors’ roles in the demand creation process. The study was conducted by the HARDI Education and Research Foundation and Indian Rivers Consulting Group. Based on some of the research findings, IRCG Managing Partner Michael Marks encouraged distributors to segment their customers by how the customer wants to buy. He also noted that, according to the study, 87% of contractors already know what they want or need by the time they get to a distributor’s counter. Later in the presentation, Marks cautioned manufacturers and distributors to take a close look at what they consider to be company growth. “Much of what individual manufacturers and distributors see as growth,” he said, “is really share shift within existing markets.” ITR chief economist Alan Beaulieu’s biggest advice during his “The Economy Is on Your Side” presentation was to plan for growth now. He noted that although 2014 is predicted to be soft compared to the last year or so, it is not supposed to be as severe a drop as before. Beaulieu emphasized growth as he looked at overall trends to come noting now is the time for a business to smartly borrow money to expand its space, technology and equipment. He said interest rates are still at a considerable low and it looks as though they will be trending up the second half of 2014 and beyond. “Borrow now and pay with inflationary dollars later,” he explained. His financial message was one that showed a tighter second half of 2014 and definite changes to the economic landscape, but it also encouraged attendees that the end has not come financially and the United States is in a period of slow growth as opposed to a recovery. Royce Henderson, president of Charles D. Jones, Co., of North Kansas City, Mo., was installed as 2014 HARDI president. F.W. Webb opens New York location > F. W. Webb Co. Recently opened a new location in Ballston Spa, N.Y. The 40,000-sq.-ft. facility will feature F.W. Webb’s full inventory in a convenient, open-concept layout. In addition to a broad selection of products, the new facility offers assistance to contractors, tradesmen, facility managers and other industry professionals. The Ballston Spa location will receive regular stock replenishment from the company’s 400,000-plus-sq.- ft. Central distribution center in Amherst, N.H. The new location will be the future home of a Frank Webb’s Bath Center retail showroom, slated to open in the first half of 2014.
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