Leaders unite to keep construction going

Several states have shut down most commercial activity during the coronavirus pandemic but have exempted construction, and leaders in the industry want it to stay that way. Construction work is “vital and essential to the critical industries that must remain in operation,” says AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr and Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions. Read the Railway Track & Structures story here

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Restaurant chefs provide meals for health care workers

Roberta’s in New York City and The Matador in Seattle are among the restaurants delivering free meals to hospitals for health care workers, and others have added hospital donation options to their delivery menus. Read the Eater story here

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Walmart adds 25K in first week of hiring push

A compressed hiring process—which now takes several hours instead of the normal two weeks—has helped Walmart add 25,000 more workers to deal with surging demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Many of the newcomers are college students and workers laid off from the idled hospitality and restaurant industries, and Walmart has said its goal is to add 150,000 hourly employees, increasing its total workforce by 10%. Read the Bloomberg story here

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Commercial service providers gearing up for surge in repair work

With businesses in the United States facing major economic challenges for some time as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, owners and managers of the more than 6 million commercial buildings across the country are expected to delay planned renovations and needed replacements of everything from roofing and HVAC systems to plumbing and flooring.

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Restaurant chains announce plans to help franchisees

Major restaurant franchisers including Yum Brands, McDonald’s, Qdoba and Chick-fil-A have been announcing plans to help their franchisees cope amid the coronavirus pandemic. Financial help will include royalty reductions and deferrals, rent deferrals and suspension of required payments toward remodels and new unit development. Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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Starbucks plans additional pay for employees who work

Starbucks employees who report to work during the coronavirus outbreak will receive additional pay of $3 per hour through April 19, the company said. Starbucks has already committed to paying catastrophe pay to all staffers over the next month. Read the Restaurant Business online story here

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Woodster New Edge Sealer Ideal for Anti-Slip Tapes

Wooster Products’ new Flex-Tred™ Edge Sealing Compound is easier to use and with no VOCs, is easier on the environment.  A one-part, high solids, elastomeric sealant, this solvent release product is ready to use without mixing, priming or heating.  Easily applied by squeeze tube, this flexible compound seals Wooster’s Flex-Tred™ anti-slip tape to all types of metal including galvanized, wood, particleboard, plywood, EPDM and other kinds of rubber, thermoplastics, thermoset plastics, fiberglass and other fiber reinforced plastics, concrete, masonry and glass.  It and has excellent weather, UV and ozone resistance, for a long service life.   Fast drying Flex-Tred® Edge Sealing Compound is tack free in under an hour – and can be painted when dry.  It has outstanding water and moisture resistance, and resists cracking, chipping and peeling, enhancing the service life of Flex-Tred™ anti-slip tape products.

Surfaces to be bonded should be cleaned of all dust, oils, and other contaminants.  A solvent wipe is often adequate.  Bond to rigid surfaces are typically improved by a solvent wipe followed by light abrasion (180 grit) and another solvent wipe to remove abrasive residue.  Dry surfaces thoroughly before applying sealant.

Easy to use.  Simply apply a bead of adhesive/sealant to surface at temperatures above 40°F.  The applied bead will shrink approximately 55% so no tooling is necessary for most applications.  Bead surface will be tack free in 15-45 minutes, depending on ambient conditions.

Wooster Products is the industry leader in anti-slip stair treads and walkway products.  They have been manufacturing anti-slip products for new construction, renovation, marine and OEM applications since 1921 from their Wooster, OH facility.   Long respected for quality and innovation, their products include cast aluminum (Alumogrit®) cast iron (Ferrogrit®), extruded aluminum (Spectra, Supergrit®, Stairmaster®, and Flexmaster®), pressure sensitive adhesive tape/deck covering (Flex-Tred®), and coatings (WP-70, Walk-A-Sured®, and Safe-Stride®), as well as photoluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) nosings and treads (NITEGLOW®).  For additional information visit www.WoosterProducts.com, e-mail sales@wooster-products.com, call (800) 321- 4936, or write Wooster Products, 1000 Spruce Street, PO Box 6005, Wooster, OH, 44691.

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Ecosense Acquires Assets from Soraa

Ecosense®, a leading LED technology company, announced today that it has acquired assets from Soraa, a designer and manufacturer of full-spectrum LED lamps based in Fremont, California.

Under the terms of the deal, Ecosense acquires the Soraa name, intellectual property and lamps, including the company’s signature VIVID, BRILLIANT™ HL and HEALTHY™ product lines. This move is the first foray into the professional lamp category for Ecosense.

“This acquisition accelerates our strategy into the next wave of lighting,” explains Mark Reynoso, CEO of Ecosense. “Soraa has an unparalleled reputation for beam and spectral quality. Their intellectual property and technology portfolio—including ZEROBLUE™, full spectrum, and healthy lighting—highly complements our own intellectual property and related technologies. We will prioritize enhancing and accelerating their antibacterial technology to market.”

Soraa was co-founded by Shuji Nakamura, a 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for his invention of the blue LED. About the acquisition Nakamura said, “Soraa is a pioneer in full spectrum and circadian lighting. Combining with Ecosense, we significantly expand our leadership and intellectual property rights in these and related fields. We are excited about our next phase of growth together.”

To maintain consistency and quality of service, Soraa will continue to operate as its own distinct brand.

About Ecosense
Ecosense is an LED technology company. Recognized by the likes of Red Dot for innovation and design, as well as Inc. 500 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for consistently making their fastest growing companies lists, we serve a creative class of artists and designers and have been fortunate to light the most coveted spaces on earth. Ecosense strives to invent, inspire, and reshape how the world understands and interacts with artificial light.

About Soraa
Since 2008, Soraa has delivered a unique LED lighting experience with the singular purpose of leading the world in superior lighting products where color matters: high-end retail, world-class art museums, premium restaurants and hotels. Pioneering LEDs built from pure gallium nitride substrates (GaN on GaNTM), Soraa full-spectrum lamps and fixtures deliver superior color rendering and beam characteristics compared to others using LEDs created from non-native substrates.

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  Coverings Connected – April 20-23
Due to the cancellation of the Coverings 2020 show in New Orleans, we’re pleased to introduce Coverings Connected.

Coverings’ mission is to educate and grow the vibrant tile & stone industry. As we all adapt to our changing reality and landscape, we are committed to providing you with the best tile & stone content and access to exhibitor products and solutions through Coverings Connected.

We are excited to offer an online experience that will include:

  • A showcase of 900+ exhibitors
  • Selected educational sessions via webinars
  • The latest tile & stone trends
  • Podcast interviews
  • Live chats to provide you with resources on how to build your online brand
  • CID Award winning projects
  • The 2020 Coverings Rock Stars

and more…

Stay tuned for more information over the next few weeks, but make sure to save the date.

Coverings Connected – April 20-23

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Best Buy to offer curbside service, home delivery only

Best Buy stores switched to curbside service as demand for work-at-home equipment and appliances continued to grow. Customers still have the options of online ordering and home delivery, but installation services have been put on hold. Read the CNBC story here

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