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OSHKOSH, WIS.—Girbau Industrial recently introduced the PC-80 Flatwork Ironer. The PC-80—available in 118-, 130- and 138-inch finishing widths—features up to three 32-inch diameter rolls, delivers up to 93 percent energy efficiency, produces ironing speeds reaching 147 ft./min, and offers optional GHelp remote diagnostics. Models are available in natural gas, thermal oil or steam.
SAN FRANCISCO—WiSuite, a provider of guestroom energy management systems, announced that the Hilton San Francisco Union Square has selected the WiSuite system to achieve significant reductions in energy consumption in its 1,915 guestrooms.
NEW YORK—GROHE America, a division of GROHE AG, the leading provider of sanitary fittings, has appointed Jennifer Humphrey as Director of Hospitality. In this position, Humphrey will be responsible for developing the GROHE relationship with the top global hospitality brands headquartered in the United States.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—Two bamboo bath vanities created by Native Trails, the eco-chic California company known for its artisan-made kitchen and bath products, were recently recognized with a 2014 GREEN GOOD Design Award, which honors the best in modern green design. Both award recipients—the Amelie Vanity and the Halcyon Vanity—are part of Native Trails’ Renewal Series, a contemporary collection of bamboo bath vanities and mirrors.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Xeros as a Founding Sponsor. According to Xeros, its polymer bead technology significantly reduces laundry costs, increases the life of linens, and helps hotels advance their commitment to green operations. The system uses up to 80 percent less water, 50 percent less energy, and approximately 50 percent less detergent as compared to conventional washing.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper, a leader in energy-efficient lighting controls, recently announced expansion of its Birmingham, Ala. office, adding new positions to support commercial building control projects throughout the United States and Canada.
DALTON, GA.—J+J Flooring Group is launching the Counterbalance Collection, its second offering of award-winning Kinetex textile composite flooring. Kinetex textile composite flooring, introduced last year, is an effective and efficient alternative to hard surface flooring. Constructed of knitted polyester fabric and cushioned polyester felt backing, it provides the durability of hard surface flooring, the comfort and warmth of soft surface flooring and better acoustics and safety than either.
NEW YORK—Atlanta-based Interface, Inc., the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer, announced at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, its commitment to expanding Net-Works in partnership with Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Net-Works is an innovative, cross-sector collaboration designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities, while at the same time supporting one of the company’s ambitious Mission Zero goals to source 100 percent recycled nylon.
WOODRIDGE, ILL.—Gerber Plumbing Fixtures recently unveiled its new Avalanche CT high efficiency toilet (Model # 21-019). The Avalanche CT (which stands for concealed trapway) toilet features a one-piece configuration and a concealed trapway—both features that cater to a desire for easy cleaning and simple, attractive design.
MORROW, GA.—TOTO, the largest plumbing manufacturer in the world with $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales, announced that the company is increasing its market reach in the Northeast region of the United States by entering into a distribution agreement with Blackman Plumbing Supply. TOTO’s full line of residential and commercial fittings and fixtures are available at all of Blackman’s 19 branch locations throughout Long Island, New York, and New Jersey and will be on display in all Blackman showrooms.
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