DeWalt pressure washers
take on ‘monumental’ project
DeWalt did its part to clean up Washington – or at least the Lincoln Memorial.
In July, a group of volunteers from across the U.S. converged with DeWalt Pressure Washers in hand to remove years of dirt and grime from the monument commemorating one of the nation’s greatest presidents.
The cleaning effort is part of Clean Across America, a volunteer effort organized by the Power Washers of North America (PWNA), the leading U.S. professional organization for professional power-washer contractors. Its members annually tackle projects around the country aimed at cleaning up public spaces.
The PWNA’s Clean Across America campaign began years ago when members donated their services to local communities, parks, public aid programs, and other charity-based organizations. This volunteer program has tripled the value of donated services in the past two years.
Self-locking framing system
helps cut labor costs
Trakloc saves time and labor, cutting the costs of a construction or remodeling job, according to David Jablow, president and CEO of the company that makes a steel framing system. The system minimizes the use of mechanical fasteners by allowing the stud to lock into the track. The patented, self-locking, interior drywall stud framing system allows metal framers to construct walls faster than with traditional drywall studs. The framer twists, locks and extends the stud between the tracks, which are installed in the same manner as conventional tracks.
Trakloc studs telescope to varying heights, and can compress to fit in standard elevators, which makes loading of retrofit jobs much easier.
Recently, Gateway Acoustics incorporated Trakloc into its 52-floor project at 20 Exchange Place in Manhattan. Carpenter foreman Michael Rossi estimates that Gateway Acoustics is cutting labor time by about 40 percent.
Trex pitches in to help ‘Big Easy’
Trex Company, Inc., the alternative decking category leader, is helping to rebuild New Orleans with donations of time and decking products for community venues that mark the city’s cultural, seaside and fishing heritage. Trex employees and building material distributor partners, in association with Habitat for Humanity, embarked on a full workday to help complete the celebrated Musician’s Village.
Trex will also contribute an initial $75,000 worth of decking products toward rebuilding efforts. This donation could potentially supply decking materials for more than 40 single-family homes, or for several public walkway and marina projects.
Trex employees and distributors partnered with volunteers to help build walls, shingle roofs, paint walls and lay foundations for homes within Musician’s Village, an Upper Ninth Ward neighborhood conceived by Harry Connick, Jr., and Branford and Ellis Marsalis to house displaced New Orleans musicians and other Habitat partner families.
CertainTeed guide outlines,
details ‘green’ topics
CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, unveiled its “Green Building Products” reference guide at Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Chicago in early November.
“Sustainable construction is undoubtedly one of the biggest and noisiest topics in our industry today. In this cluttered marketing environment, we understand the challenge in ascertaining what does and does not constitute green construction, which is why we created the CertainTeed ‘Green Building Products’ reference guide,” says Eric Nilsson, vice president of CertainTeed corporate marketing.”
The new brochure is available online at certainteed.com. n
Halco joins Energy Star’s
‘Change a Light’ efforts
Halco Lighting Technologies has joined the national Energy Star Change a Light — Change the World campaign. Halco unites with a growing community of businesses, schools, utilities, non-profit organizations, individuals, and countless others who have made a firm commitment to help change the world, one light — one energy-saving step — at a time. Halco is encouraging 10,000 individuals to pledge to replace at least one standard bulb or fixture at home with one that has earned the government’s Energy Star label, as a step to saving energy and joining the fight against global climate change. Ten thousand pledges could save 2,820,000 kWh and prevent 4,090,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, the company says.
Sakrete, Dodgers raise $11,000 to help homeless
Sakrete, North America’s original bagged dry cement mix brand, together with professional baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, presented a check for $11,000 at the Sept. 25 game against the Colorado Rockies to HomeAid (www.homeaid.org, a national non-profit provider of housing for the homeless.The ‘Sakrete Diamond Play of the Game’ program was created to help fight homelessness. For each Dodger home win during half of the season, a $200 donation was designated for HomeAid. Two teams, the Dodgers and the Baltimore Orioles, participated this year. A check presentation was made in Baltimore on Sept. 8.
Allied Steel Buildings teams up with NASCAR Canada
Allied Steel Buildings is now an official partner of NASCAR in Canada.
The Woodstock-based building company is the latest sponsor to sign on with NASCAR Canada, by finalizing a multi-year deal to support the growing popularity of stock car racing in Canada.
The company is also the primary sponsor of the No. 77 Allied Steel Buildings Dodge driven by Derek Lynch for the final three races of the 2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.