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Interline Brands Announces Acquisition – GS Capital Partners and P2 Capital Partners For $1.1 Billion

May 30, 2012

Interline Brands, Inc. (NYSE:IBI), a leading distributor and direct marketer of broad-line maintenance, repair and operations (“MRO”) products, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of GS Capital Partners LP (“GS Capital Partners”) and P2 Capital Partners, LLC (“P2 Capital Partners”) for $25.50 per share in cash. GS Capital Partners is one of the world’s leading private equity investors. P2 Capital Partners, a shareholder of Interline, is a leading investment firm that applies a private equity approach to investing in the public market. The transaction, which was unanimously approved by Interline’s board of directors, is valued at approximately $1.1 billion, including the assumption of debt. The price of $25.50 per share represents a premium of approximately 42% relative to the Company’s closing stock price on May 25, 2012, the last trading day before the announcement of the transaction, and a 31% premium relative to the Company’s trailing 30-day average closing stock price. “This agreement provides excellent value to shareholders. This is also an exciting new chapter for Interline, one that we believe will bring broad benefits to all of our stakeholders,” said Michael J. Grebe, Interline’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain laser-focused on our goals and capabilities, and look forward to working with partners that have proven track records of investments in the distribution sector, as well as financial and operational expertise in global markets. Moreover, Interline has operated successfully in both public and private settings in the past. As we now look forward, GS Capital Partners and P2 Capital Partners have a shared vision of our value creation opportunities and the actions needed to realize them.” Interline intends to maintain its corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as its distribution and sales footprint. In addition to equity from funds managed by GS Capital Partners and P2 Capital Partners, it is anticipated that certain members of Company management will invest a portion of their proceeds from the transaction. GS Capital Partners and P2 Capital Partners have also secured committed debt financing from Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. Barclays is serving as financial advisor to Interline and has provided a fairness opinion in connection with the transaction. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as legal advisor to the Company in connection with the transaction.  Goldman Sachs is acting as financial advisor to GS Capital Partners, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is acting as legal advisor. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is acting as legal advisor to P2 Capital Partners. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including the approval of Interline’s shareholders and regulatory approvals, but is not subject to any condition with regard to the financing of the transaction. The agreement permits Interline to solicit alternative proposals from third parties through June 28, 2012. The Interline board of directors, with the assistance of its advisors, will actively solicit acquisition proposals during this period. If there is not a superior offer, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2012. Interline will be submitting a current report on Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission containing a summary of terms and conditions of the proposed acquisition. About Interline – Interline Brands, Inc. is a leading distributor and direct marketer with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. Interline provides broad-line MRO products to a diversified customer base of facilities maintenance professionals, professional contractors, and specialty distributors primarily throughout North America, Central America and the Caribbean. About GS Capital Partners LP – Since 1986, the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and its predecessor business areas have raised 16 private equity and principal debt investment funds aggregating over $82 billion of capital (including leverage). GS Capital Partners VI is the current private equity vehicle through which Goldman Sachs conducts its large, privately negotiated, corporate equity investment activities. A global leader in private corporate equity investing, GS Capital Partners is a family of funds with a focus on large, high quality companies with strong management and funding acquisition or expansion across a range of industries and geographies. Founded in 1869, Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. About P2 Capital Partners, LLC – P2 Capital Partners, LLC is a New York-based investment firm that applies a private equity approach to investing in the public market. P2 manages a concentrated portfolio of significant ownership stakes in high quality public companies in which it is an active shareholder focused on creating long-term value in partnership with management. The firm will also lead private equity transactions within its public portfolio. P2’s limited partners include leading public pension funds, corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, and high net worth investors.


Surfer dude plumbers bring running water to Haiti school

May 28, 2012


Surfer dude plumbers bring running water to Haiti school. After running a long-time plumbing company in Nashville, Tab Hunter was tired of the corporate white glove atmosphere. So when he purchased Pritchard Plumbing in Bradenton in October 2010, he wanted to do something a little different. His first call of action was to paint the company’s fleet like the Mystery Machine in the Scooby Doo cartoons and throw a couple of surf boards on top. Next were the technician uniforms, which now feature mandatory Vans shoes and Hawaiian leis. The rebranding to the Surfin’ Plumbers injected new energy into the company, which has helped it grow all of the way down to the North Port market. But Hunter also was ready to give back, something he says he never really did a good enough job of in Tennessee. About 600 children at a poor Haitian village now have running water because of it. Hunter and the business’ original owner, Tim Pritchard, who still works for the company, installed a free plumbing system for a school during a mission in March to Vignier, Haiti — an area ravished by the 2010 earthquake. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was amazing,” Hunter said. “As soon we turned the taps on, all of the children came hovering around to wash their hands and flush the toilets. They had never really been around running water before.” Pritchard had been taking missions to the school for a decade after meeting the preacher and owner at a Christian event. But the need was never greater than after the earthquake, which rocked the school into a pile of rubble. A contractor from Texas donated his time a new steel frame. Pritchard went last year to lay the underground plumbing. He took Hunter and Hunter’s 17-year-old daughter, Carly, back in March to finish the job. Because the village has no electricity, the crew installed a plumbing system that relies on gravity to power the water. The school uses a generator to bring water up the pipes to a 600-gallon tank that’s sitting on a platform about 70 feet above the ground. Once the tank is full, the generator turns off, and gravity pulls the water down to feed the sinks and toilets at the school. It’s a system only the village’s “wealthiest” residents typically can afford. “It was eye opening,” Hunter said. “The [school] is trying to teach proper hygiene because those who haven’t learned will just go on the side of the road or wherever when they have to. … There was one small river where a lady was washing a cooking pan, then several feet down a man was taking bath and then several more feet down a cow was drinking.” The schools serves about 600 children up to the age of 17, also providing one meal a day at least three times a week. It is regarded as one of the better schools in Haiti, where education is a privilege, not a segment of the government. Hunter said the experience was especially rewarding for his daughter, who was awakened by how children in less fortunate countries live — without the luxury of a Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts down the street. Pritchard also said he plans on continuing the missions, which have become almost an annual occurrence for him. “One thing is for sure, you never run out of work in Haiti,” Pritchard said. “There’s plenty that needs to be done.”

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KOHLER Introduces VibrAcoustic Sound Therapy Bath Tub

May 16, 2012


Adding to the wave of its recent technology innovations, Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design, introduces VibrAcoustic® technology on all nine models of the Underscore bath tub line. Vibroacoustic is a technology-based sound therapy defined as hearing and feeling sound vibrations through the body. Focused on complete body relaxation, the new Underscore VibrAcoustic baths are engineered to ease tension and stress. Additionally, the quality of the sound system is so good that it can be used as a stand-alone audio solution for the entire bathroom. The bather can stream music and podcasts through the bath from a mobile device via hardwire connection or wirelessly with a Bluetooth®* receiver. The VibrAcoustic technology is controlled by an intuitive full-color touch screen user interface. “KOHLER VibrAcoustic technology truly is a multi-dimensional experience. It’s like going to a rock concert – you can hear and feel the music and vibrations throughout your body,” says Ann Roever, business director for Kohler bathing products. “With four original compositions to choose from and the ability to play your own music, it’s an experience that can fit any mood –relax and unwind or rev up for a busy day or fun night out.” The four experiences are original compositions that integrate music, vibration and lighting in order to encourage the bather’s breathing rate to align with the beats or chord structures. The bather cannot help but drift into deep relaxation. The VibrAcoustic Experience – Four VibrAcoustic experiences envelop the bather in a multi-sensory environment. These original compositions were created in collaboration with a renowned sound therapist and are choreographed uniquely for this bath to optimize the vibroacoustic effect, in which the body is led into a state of complete relaxation. In addition, two massaging beat experiences add even more physical vibration that can be adjusted to the desired level of intensity to personalize the bathing experience. Six transducers producing music/vibrations are strategically placed surrounding the bath allowing the bather to not only hear but also feel the music streaming in from one of the four preset VibrAcoustic experiences. The transducers are located both below the water for the vibration experience and above the water for the audio. A newly designed touch screen user interface allows bathers full control of their experience and the option of listening to a favorite play list from their mobile device, internet radio or home computer by simply plugging your device into the amplifier or streaming wirelessly with your Bluetooth®* receiver. Chromatherapy lighting is synchronized with the four preset VibrAcoustic experiences and will also align itself with the rhythm of outside music. The four lights in the bath cycle through eight different colors and myriad color combinations and patterns. A color dial even allows bathers to choose a particular hue of each color. Underscore Bath Design. The acrylic Underscore bath is available in nine sizes ranging from 60-by-30 inches to 72-by-42 inches, including a 48-by-48-inch cube-shaped model, and is available in five colors with both drop-in and undermount installation to ensure a natural fit with other design elements in the bathroom. The Underscore baths’ simple, crisp design lines perfectly complement granite, stone or tile. Underscore baths feature a slotted overflow that creates a deeper-than-normal soaking experience. In comparison to overflow drains found on traditional baths that are round and positioned lower, limiting the water depth, the large, slotted overflow drain positioned near the Underscore bath rim maximizes the level of water in the bath for a true soaking experience.  About Kohler Co. – Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, tile and home interiors, and an international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

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New No-Tools Toilet from American Standard is Fastest and Easiest to Install

March 26, 2012

New No-Tools Toilet from American Standard is Fastest and Easiest to Install. Powerful and efficient, the Cadet 3 Ovation elongated toilet is exclusively available at The Home Depot. The easiest bathroom remodel you’ll ever tackle starts with the new no-tools, high-efficiency Cadet® 3 Ovation™ toilet. A do-it-yourselfer’s dream, the sleek one-piece Cadet 3 Ovation from American Standard doesn’t require sawing off long bolts, nor a wrench to tighten bolts. No getting caught short, mid-installation, without the right tools, either. Everything you need is right in the box. Now available at The Home Depot, in select locations. “Even someone who has never installed a toilet can install a high performance, great flushing American Standard® toilet with confidence,” said James Walsh, vice president and general manager, fixtures. Designed to fit elongated comfort in the space of a round seat toilet, the Cadet 3 Ovation features the EverClean® Slow Close Seat, which eliminates the loud slamming of standard toilet seats. Both the Cadet 3 Ovation toilet and seat feature the American Standard permanent EverClean surface. A time-saver for cleaning, EverClean inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria on the surface, which means your toilet will stay cleaner longer. The Cadet 3 Ovation is available in a 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf) WaterSense® certified high efficiency model, which uses 20 percent less water than 1.6 gpf standard toilets without sacrificing flusperformance. The toilet has also been independently rated to flush 1,000 grams of solid waste in the Maximum Performance (MaP) test, an independent report of toilet bulk removal performance, for a powerful flushing experience every time. Available exclusively at The Home Depot, the new Cadet 3 Ovation elongated toilet is available in a one-piece Tall Height™ model with a limited lifetime warranty on chinaware, 5-year warranty on all mechanical parts, and 1-year warranty on the toilet seat. Tall Height designs meet all ADA requirements for accessibility.

ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS – American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners.

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February 24, 2012

New products are one of the engines that drive sales within the home improvement industry, and now attendees at the 2012 National Hardware Show® will be able to find the latest and greatest product innovations easier than ever during the event, which will be held May 1-3 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For the first time ever, this year’s National Hardware Show will feature more than 1,000 new products and inventions in a special Innovation Station display area located off the main show floors. “We know that retail and wholesale buyers are very interested in the latest products and line introductions, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for buyers to see these products in one easy-to-shop location,” says Sonya Ruff Jarvis, vice president of attendee programs with the National Hardware Show. The Innovation Station area will house: •The New Product World display, which spotlights hundreds of new products from the industry’s leading manufacturers. •The Inventor’s Spotlight, where attendees can get an inside look at what may be the next big product or service in the industry. This year the Inventor’s Spotlight section at the National Hardware Show will also be co-located with Pitch Tank, which will give inventors the opportunity to pitch their breakthrough business concepts and products to Kevin Harrington, Investor Shark on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and chairman of TVGoods, and Steve Rogai, CEO and co-founder of TVGoods.  •Green Product World, which allows retailers to keep up with the growing demand for environmentally friendly products and gather information on the latest in green, eco-friendly and sustainable products that today’s consumers are looking for. Along with these exciting highlighted areas within the Innovation Station, the National Hardware Show will feature its New Product Launch Spotlight area in the central concourse adjacent to the NRHA Village and Stage. The New Product Launch Spotlight area features a host of items that are truly brand new to the industry, have not yet hit the market and have no pre-negotiations, pre-sales and no distribution exclusivity. “By providing areas that are designated to spotlight new products, we hope it will make it even easier for show attendees to see the latest and greatest innovations that manufacturers have brought to the show and provide exhibitors with an even more productive way to launch and showcase their newest offerings,” Jarvis says.  For manufacturers like MJSI Inc., the National Hardware Show provides the ideal venue for launching new products to the home improvement marketplace. “Launching new products at the National Hardware Show is just plain smart. It’s a place where every key decision maker is gathered in one place at one time for the same reason-to see what’s new,” says Marlena Cannon, director of marketing communications at MJSI. “We have exhibited here for seven years and debuted our products with incredible success.”  Rene Pardo, CEO of Brainwave Products, echoes Cannon’s sentiments about the show providing an ideal launching pad to the industry. “Brainwave values the National Hardware Show both for the diversity of attendees (users and resellers) in its target market, as well as the presence and high quality of exhibitors who are also potential clients.”  From an attendee’s perspective, the ability to see such a range of new products from across the spectrum of categories all in one place makes the National Hardware Show a must-attend event. “To actually be able to see all these new products in one place and be able to touch and feel them and talk to the exhibitors about the new lines, there’s nothing else like it,” says Karen Ruedisueli of Paddletown Hardware in Oscoda, Mich. “I’m always blown away by how innovative and clever the manufacturers can be in coming out with new products, and the National Hardware Show lets me see so many different lines and brands all in one place.”  About the National Hardware Show – The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 66 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s to today’s current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show® continually evolves through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving America’s quality of life through their homes. Today, the National Hardware Show® is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insights to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers.  Industry professionals who would like to attend can register for free by going to

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GE Opens First New Manufacturing Operation in Louisville, Ky. in Over 50 Years

February 24, 2012

GE General Electric Appliances has announced the opening of its GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater manufacturing facility at Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky. – the first to open there since 1957. The $38 million investment in the new product and a revitalized facility is the first milestone in commitments GE has made since 2009 to invest a total of $1 billion ($800 million in Louisville) and create more than 1,300 new jobs in the U.S. by 2014. The new product and other recent investments at Appliance Park has also created hundreds of highly skilled salaried jobs in fields like engineering, industrial design and manufacturing. “The journey we started in 2009 to get to this day has been an inspirational one,” said GE Appliances President and CEO Charles “Chip” Blankenship. “To reverse decades of outsourcing by bringing new, industry-leading products and jobs back to the U.S. takes tremendous cooperation, imagination, courage and plain hard work by a lot of people. I want to thank our local union, our employees, government and company officials for having and executing a vision that is bringing these jobs to Appliance Park and creating a bright future for our business.” Lean manufacturing and a more competitive wage structure for new employees led to the selection of Louisville as the production site for the new water heater instead of China, where an earlier version of the product was made. Not only can the new product now be made more competitively in the U.S., the GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater, developed by the Louisville team, has an enhanced feature set, offers better performance with greater energy savings and will be more affordable for consumers. The GeoSpring has the distinction of being the first GE Appliances product designed and built using Lean manufacturing principles  . The Lean process, which uses a cross-functional team of employees – including hourly manufacturing workers – to design the product and the manufacturing process, will help increase the competitiveness of the operation by identifying and removing waste in materials and work effort often found in traditional manufacturing. State and local governments also supported putting the new GeoSpring in Louisville with up to $17 million in incentives to design and build the new energy-efficient facility and other investments that the company will make at Appliance Park during the next several years. “We made a commitment early in my administration that energy-related development would be a high priority,” Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said. “We developed an aggressive plan to not only research and develop new kinds of energy production, but to attract businesses and projects that are similarly committed to cleaner, greener energy applications. GE’s new hybrid water heater is a perfect match for our energy commitment and our strong manufacturing core.”

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AHR Expo 64th International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition Big Event

January 6, 2012

The 2012 Show in Chicago is shaping up to be the largest AHR Expo 64th International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition Big Event ever, hosting more than 2,000 exhibiting companies from over 30 countries from around the globe. AHR Expo 23-25 JAN 2012 is the one event where leading manufacturers and innovative suppliers showcase their latest products: from the most energy efficient systems and more sustainable building technology to state-of-the-art automation and controls, software, innovative tools, services, and much more. Where over 50,000 visitors come to see what’s new – contractors, engineers, facility managers, OEMs, and other HVAC&R industry professionals – from all 50 states and over 120 countries. The drive for greater energy efficiency, greener products and sustainable technologies has accelerated the pace at which new products and innovations are coming to market.  In this challenging economy, HVACR professionals must also be more innovative in their businesses or be left behind.  That’s why AHR Expo is the one event you don’t want to miss.  What You’ll Find … over 1,800 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest HVACR systems, equipment, products and services in these areas: AC, Heating & Refrigeration Systems, Equipment & Components, Building Automation, Controls & Facility Management Products, Specialized Climate Control Systems, Radiant Heating & Hydronic Systems, Plumbing Products, Ventilation, Air Movement & Indoor Air Quality  Products, Labor-saving Tools, Software, Business Support Services, and much more. With over 100 educational sessions, workshops, product presentations and special exhibits, we are sure you will find what you are looking for at this year’s event. Certification Exams – This year, various certification reviews and exams will be held during during the Show – ASHRAE Certification Programs – CxA Workshop and Exam (AABC Commissioning Group), HVAC Review and NATE Testing, AFE Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) Review Course and Exam. Plan now to be at the world’s largest HVAC&R marketplace.

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Delta Faucet EPA WaterSense Partner – You Got It

October 12, 2011

The WaterSense program, a partnership program by the EPA, aims to protect the future of the U.S. water supply by providing people with easy and identifiable ways to conserve water. In addition, the program helps consumers make smart water choices in order to maintain high environmental standards and save money without compromising performance. Launched in 2008, the WaterSense Partner of the Year awards recognize partners that help advance the overall mission of the WaterSense program, demonstrate overall excellence in the water-efficiency arena and increase awareness of the WaterSense brand in a measurable way. Each year, the program recognizes just one manufacturer that demonstrates exceptional performance in each of these areas.  “Delta Faucet Company is honored to be recognized by the EPA as its 2011 WaterSense Partner of the Year,” said Keith Allman, president of Delta Faucet Company. “As a company, we place a high priority on products that address today’s water conservation concerns and promote water quality and accessibility. We strongly value our relationship with the WaterSense program, a sentiment that is due in part to our organizations’ shared belief that it is possible to create products that are both water-efficient and high performing without taking away from the end user’s experience or decreasing the quality of performance.”  A WaterSense partner since the program’s inception, Delta Faucet Company is a pioneer in the advancement of performance standards for water-saving products and has developed several groundbreaking technologies that help promote water conservation in the bath. Its proprietary H2Okinetic Technology®, for example, is an innovative shower technology that uniquely shapes and affects the water it delivers to create larger water droplets that retain heat longer for a more drenching shower experience. Using this technology on a shower flowing at a rate of 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) allows consumers to reduce their water usage without compromising their shower experience.  In the absence of WaterSense specifications for kitchen faucets, Delta Faucet Company has taken the initiative to develop products that provide water-efficiency in this space. The Delta brand introduced its unique Multi-Flow(TM) feature as a potential water-saving solution for kitchen faucets. The Multi-Flow wand enables consumers to toggle easily between spray and stream functionality. For ordinary tasks, the standard flow rate is a water-efficient 1.5 gpm, which saves up to 32 percent over the industry standard 2.2 gpm in the kitchen. Ongoing ethnographic research, in-home interviews, focus groups, and retail shadowing ensure consumer needs are being met throughout the development of new advancements in water-saving technologies, like these, and also helps influence the creation of new products designed to conserve water.  “We take pride in the fact that we provide consumers with a wide range of products featuring sustainable designs, innovative solutions and most of all, water efficiency,” said Patton. “More than anything, we want to continue to develop new and innovative solutions that help people use water in smarter and more environmentally responsible ways while also enhancing the end user’s experience.”  Delta Faucet Company has been actively involved with the WaterSense Program for a number of years and is passionate about educating everyone about water conservation and the WaterSense Program. Delta Faucet Company helps build awareness with many different audiences, including consumers, designers, plumbing contractors, builders, and media, in its advertising and public relations efforts, many of which incorporate the WaterSense label or messaging.  Within the industry, Delta Faucet Company maintains memberships and is a leading voice in several key trade associations directed toward promoting water conservation, with employees taking active roles in various committees. Some organizations in which Delta Faucet Company is involved include the Alliance for Water Efficiency, one of the largest and most influential advocates of water conservation in the United States, as well as the United States Green Building Council and the Plumbing Manufacturers’ International (PMI).  For more information about the EPA WaterSense  WaterSense® is a registered mark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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American Standard Expands Dual Flush Toilet Offerings with Sleek New Luxury Performance Styles

August 11, 2011

American Standard Expands Dual Flush Toilet Offerings with Sleek New Luxury Performance Styles. Saving water in luxurious comfort and style is easier than ever with the new Boulevard® and Studio®dual flush toilets from American Standard. These luxury performance (LXP) toilets offer users the choice between a standard 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) for solids or a reduced 1.1 gpf for liquids, meeting WaterSense®criteria for using 20 percent less water than standard models while offering superior flushing performance. Design matched to complement the rest of the bold, Bauhaus-inspired fixtures in the complete Boulevard Collection, this dual flush toilet is a one-piece, elongated Right Height® model. The Studio models — elongated and round front, both in the Right Height configuration — boast a clean, modern look achieved with the simple geometry reflected in their matching collection of bathroom fixtures and furnishings. Using the innovative, siphonic-action PowerWash® technology from American Standard, these two LXP toilets offer optimum performance that ensures both a powerful flush and superior bowl cleaning, every time. Both the Boulevard and Studio dual flush toilets have been independently rated to flush as much as 1,000 grams of solid waste —the highest possible score in the Maximum Performance (MaP) test, an independent report of toilet bulk removal performance. Maintaining the attractive looks of these new dual flush toilets is a breeze with the EverClean®permanent finish that inhibits the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface. Moreover, with no hard-to-clean curves, the smooth-sided concealed-trapway design is not only beautiful, but easier to maintain. These toilets include a top-mounting slow-close toilet seat and cover, with an easy lift-off feature for simple removal and reattachment for cleaning. The two-button chrome actuator on top of the tank allows the choice of the appropriate flush. American Standard Studio Concealed Dual Flush Elongated Toilet – Install Video  ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat®and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. For more information, visit

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GE Carousolar: Old Fashion Clean Fun Meets Futuristic Technology Fun And Sun At NYC South Street Seaport

August 7, 2011

General Electric brings goods thing to life for Mother Nature with a unique solar powered LED-illuminated old-fashioned merry-go-round. The GE “Carousolar,” a refurbished 1926 kids ride spreads joy using a solar-powered electric motor. The GE solar-powered twist on the family favorite carousel has landed in New York’s South Street Seaport from August 3rd through September 7th, and is available to the public from 10 AM to 10 PM daily, running every 10-15 minutes with back-to-back rides all day. – Kids can take a free ride on the GE “Carousolar” 1926 refurbished, carnival carousel using solar panels, while moms and dads can charge their mobile devices at one of the 12 GE solar-powered charging stations and check out lots of new and innovative things GE is currently working on in solar designbuild. The beautiful all-white carousel lights the night sky illuminated by very cool and colorful GE TETRA Contour LED lights, the power behind the venue are 100 GE CdTe thin film solar panels an innovative, ultra-thin film solar module which harnesses the power of the sun to produce electricity hopefully be used to generate significant amounts of clean energy in the future as opposed to using coal or gas. It is not just fun playful model ponies that makes this merry-go-round spin solar power is doing most of the pushing. GE rebuilt an old Allan Herschell Co. carousel from Arkansas. Among the 30 horses, two chariots and two chickens, some of the parts were nearly a century old. Workers stripped the ancient three-phase AC motor and replaced it with a quieter motor from an electric car. GE Indoor Lighting luminaries are designed to produce optimum illumination from the lamp, optical system and ballast, while providing specific light patterns for specific applications. These reliable systems help to improve safety and energy savings, while enhancing productivity and efficiency, to put your industrial workplace in the best possible light. The cost-competitive GE solar solution requires less material than alternative technologies to achieve high levels of performance, a breakthrough that is said to nearly double the Thin Film share of the solar panel market by 2013. According to Rodger Ester of Plumbing Supplies Depot New York City, ‘the future of solar is here today making hot water and electricity; some customers even sell surplus electric to major utilities grid making solar a popular cost-effective solution to improve the bottom line’.

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