The following items were reported by Plastics News managing editor Don Loepp at the National Hard-ware Show, held Aug. 11-14 in Chicago. Step2 Corp. continues to move beyond toys with new products for the hardware and home and garden markets.
The Streetsboro, Ohio, rotational molder introduced six products at the Hardware Show, including two new-style mailboxes, an upright shelved storage shed, two wall-mount storage shelves, and a flat-bed wagon designed for yard work.
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Injection molder Nutron Plastics Ltd. of Edmonton, Alberta, plans to start marketing planters for houseplants in the United States. The company exhibited for the first time at the Hardware Show, and introduced a line of conventional plastic planters.
Until now, the company has emphasized a line of self-watering planters, which feature a wick at the bottom. Plant roots draw water through the wick from a separate compartment at the base, said Greg MacDonald, sales manager.
``We think the concept is ready to explode in the United States,'' he said.
The company, which also does some custom molding, is looking at the large U.S. market in part because of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which lowered duties, MacDonald said.
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Rubbermaid Inc.'s Home Products Division introduced more than a dozen hardware products, including a structural foam molded stationary workbench.
The bench has four molded structural pieces that can be assembled in 15 minutes and are capable of supporting up to 250 pounds.The Wooster, Ohio, firm will begin shipping the $119 bench in late 1996.
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Carlisle Plastics Inc. introduced a line of trash bags aimed at the hardware/home center market.
Ruffies Pro features thicker bags, and packaging aimed at professional contractor and heavy-duty do-it-yourself custo-mers, said David Riffey, vice president of sales for the Minneapolis company's Non Foods Division.
``We're in Lowe's now, and we want to expand our business into other home centers,'' a fast-growing segment, Riffey said. The Ruffies brand relies on discount retailers for most of its sales.
The new high and low density polyethylene bags will hit stores Oct. 1. Carlisle of Phoenix is being bought by Tyco International Ltd. of Exeter, N.H. That deal was set for completion Sept. 1.
Tel. (612) 884-7281, fax (612) 885-9317.Shakopee, Minn.-based plastics processor Empak Inc. has restructured to form two separate firms.
Emplast Inc. will concentrate on expanding its line of injection molded consumer storage products.
Empak will continue to serve other nonstorage markets.
At the show, Emplast featured its refrigerator storage products, including new freezer shelves.
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