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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/19/08 -- announces that a new market research report related to the Metal manufacturing industry is available in its catalogue. World Perlite Markets This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Perlite in Thousands of Tons. The specific end-use segments discussed are Construction Market, Horticulture Market, Industria Market, and Other End-use Market. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2000 through 2015. The report profiles 57 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as Aegean Perlites SA, American Perlite Company, Australian Perlite Pty Limited, Cornerstone Industrial M... (more)

Donna Kowalski Joins Case Handyman and Remodeling of Charlotte as Assistant Project Designer

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Donna Kowalski joined the team at Case Handyman and Remodeling of Charlotte ( as Assistant Project Designer. As assistant project designer, Kowalski meets with the remodeling consultant and homeowner at their residence to gather information, measure, sketch and take photos. She assists clients in their selecting of cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures, lighting, paint color and flooring. Once a project is underway, she checks on the progress and consults with the client for continued follow-up and feedback. Donna Kowalski previously worked as a design/sales consultant at a top furniture store, was an assistant to an interior designer and was an assistant project manager for a builder. She has an Associate's degree in Interior Design. "I chose to work for Case because it seemed to be a ... (more)

RONA Unveils New Products in HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT Lines

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 06/03/09 -- RONA inc. (TSX: RON), the largest Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, renovation and gardening products, today unveiled new products in the HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT lines, the Company's own controlled brand of tools, now available across the network including Totem stores in Alberta and Reno-Depot in Quebec. HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT accessories and products are exclusive to RONA and make use of the latest technology in the professional tool industry. "RONA is constantly innovating to remain at the forefront of trends and to always meet customers' evolving needs. Building on the success of RONA and RONA X-PERT lines, we redefined our strategy in terms of private label tools and are now offering HAUSSMANN and HAUSSMANN XPERT products in stores across our network," said Normand Dumont, RONA Execu... (more)

Visually Stunning Virtual Plants Brings an Early Summer to Your iPad

AARHUS, DENMARK -- (Marketwired) -- 04/15/13 -- Editors Note: There are two photos associated with this press release. Leading Unity3D developers Unity Studios today announced the Canadian launch of their visually stunning iOS iPad application Let's Grow! (published by Competent Developments Ltd.) The application allows players to create, grow and share snapshots of their own 3D plants. It will be available for download on App Store Denmark and Canada from Friday19th April. Watch the trailer: iTunes Download link:!/id588671980 (Active from Friday 19th April) Let's Grow! is a free virtual 3D plant creator, which gives the player easy access to explore different gardening styles. Take the minimalist approach from the Zen temple gardens of Japan, the classical approach seen in the timeless... (more)

First Data Releases June 2014 SpendTrend® Analysis

Like a toddler balancing on newly discovered, yet slightly rubbery legs, consumer spending tottered a bit in June, but remained on its feet, poised to tackle its next steps forward. While slower than last month, solid June spending growth in a number of sectors was reported today by First Data Corporation, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, in its First Data SpendTrend® analysis for May 31, 2014 through June 30, 2014, compared to June 1, 2013 through July 1, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four million merchant locations serviced by First Data. A slowly improving economy and growing job market have helped drive consumer spending. Spending growth in June slowed slightly from May but remained positive on a year-over-year basi... (more)

Therapeutic Horticulture to Plant New Memories for Alzheimer's and Dementia Residents at Elite Care

TIGARD, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 02/18/15 -- Elite Care knows firsthand the positive impact therapeutic horticulture can have on residents living with Alzheimer's and dementia. According to Alzheimer's Weekly, horticultural therapy helps overcome short-term memory loss by bringing back good feelings and lost moments from the past. Its practice can help overcome dementia's limitations by offering purposeful, creative work. With the launch of its new therapeutic horticulture program, Elite Care is committed to making this an integral part of its overall philosophy of care. To ensure the program's success, Tara Hicks, a registered horticultural therapist, has been brought on as the newest member of the Elite Care team as the garden activities coordinator. Hicks brings an enormous amount of expertise and is leading the implementation of breakthrough horticultural therapy... (more)

Acclaimed Irish Chef Debuts Second U.S. Public Television Series Kevin Dundon's Back to Basics

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In Kevin Dundon's Back to Basics, the award-winning Irish chef demonstrates how easy and straightforward cooking can be without using an abundance of convenience foods. From poaching eggs to mastering a soufflé to a lesson on how to joint a chicken, Dundon breaks down the basics for even the most novice home cook. The chef also takes viewers to the source of ingredients, with visits to an organic farm, a flour mill, a cattle mart and more. Eight, 30-minute episodes will premiere nationally on public television's Create TV Sunday through Friday at 6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. beginning Friday, March 13. In addition, Create TV will run a Kevin Dundon marathon the premiere weekend, airing a selection of the Irish chef's new episodes from Back to Basics along with episodes of Dundon's first public television serie... (more)

Starting Out With Seeds and Seedlings

Whether you’ve got a lot of space to work with or you’re simply hoping for a few tomatoes in containers, it can be hard to know where to start with your vegetable garden. Just deciding what to grow can pose a challenge for some, but the best advice anyone could give you is, happily, simple: Grow mainly what you like to eat. Courgettes are easy to grow – as legends of neighbours of grow-your-owners hiding from yet another delivery of them can attest – but if you’re not that keen, having kilos of the beggars at your disposal is a waste of time. Keep things interesting by growing at least one thing that’s “exotic”/you’ve never tried and best of all, ignore the people who tell you to keep it simple and don’t grow too many different things: variety is half the fun of it. Some canny inter-cropping will see you getting more out of the same space too. Once you know what ... (more)

TypePad Makes Blogging Easier and More Connected Than Ever With New Social Features and Free Microblogging

New Media on Ulitzer Six Apart blogging software and services company, today unveiled a free level of the TypePad blogging service, called TypePad Micro, that makes blogging easier than ever for people who want to share their interests with others. The announcement caps more than a year of major developments that have resulted in an easier, more social, and more connected TypePad network of 88 million bloggers and readers. Simple, Social Blogging A new form of blogging is emerging -- somewhere between the status updates of Facebook and Twitter and the full-length posts of classic blogs -- focused on being easy, fun, and connected. TypePad Micro is built for this growing form of blogging, making it easy for people to curate compelling content from the web -- be it text, photos, or videos -- and share it in real time with people on their blog and by automatically cros... (more)

Korbel Garden Bubbles Over With the Effervescence of Spring

GUERNEVILLE (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY), Calif., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Korbel Champagne Cellars' magnificent garden -- a vibrant feast for the eyes -- is set to reopen to the public on April 15, 2007. The garden has been a delightful oasis for flower lovers and gardeners for well over two decades, offering free tours Tuesday through Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. through mid-October. (Photo: ) The Korbel Garden's impressive collection of roses -- more than 250 varieties in hedge-lined beds in front of the circa 1882 Korbel Family House -- is off to an amazing start this season. Many antique rose varietals have been reestablished in the garden over the winter and are budding up for a spectacular display. A wide range of perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood, and flowering plum trees, and plants n... (more)

RONA Increases its Presence in the ICI Market by Acquiring Plumbing and Heating Specialist Best-MAR

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/09/08 -- RONA (TSX: RON), the leading Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, increases its presence in the specialized plumbing and heating market in Ontario by acquiring the operating assets of Best-MAR Plumbing and Heating Supplies Inc. ("Best-MAR"). This transaction further strengthens RONA's position in the fast growing ICI market ("Institutional, commercial and industrial") and follows the 2007 Noble Trade acquisition. The three Best-MAR locations will be integrated to Noble Trade's existing network of 19 branches. The transaction has been finalized pending certain conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008 and will be financed through RONA's existing credit facilities. Best-MAR (please see was founded in July 1994. Toda... (more)