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Master Bilt Walk-In Refrigeration Panels Offer High R-Value Ratings

BY CSA STAFF

Master-Bilt, New Albany, Miss., now offers one of the highest R-value ratings in the industry with its high-quality walk-in refrigeration panels made of foamed-in-place polyurethane.

The 4-in. panel has an R-value of 33, the 5-in. has an R-value of 41, and the 6-in. has an R-value of 50.  Master-Bilt is one of the only manufacturers to offer a 6-in. ceiling panel of up to 23 ft. in length with no additional support needed. To comply with the current California Energy Code, 5- or 6-in. panels are required. 

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the Energy Independence and Security Act will require walk-ins, with floor areas of less than 3,000 sq. ft., to comply with special efficiency-boosting design requirements to keep energy usage at reasonable levels. Master-Bilt meets or exceeds the new energy requirements.

Master-Bilt offers a complete line of refrigerated coolers and freezers, and strives to meet growing demand for energy-efficient equipment.

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Bon-Ton Stores announces September Goodwill Sale

BY CSA STAFF

YORK, Pa. The Bon-Ton Stores announced its semi-annual Goodwill Sale, which will take place between Sept. 10 and Sept. 22.

Customers who donate clean, gently-used clothing and home textiles at participating locations will receive 20% off coupons toward the purchase of new fall merchandise, including apparel and cosmetics. One coupon is given per donated item. The donations will be sold at Goodwill Industries retail stores, where the revenue generates job training programs and career services for local communities.

In spring 2008, Bon-Ton’s semi-annual Goodwill Sale generated nearly 3.3 million pounds of donated clothing and textiles, which in turn earned an estimated $2.3 million in revenues for Goodwill.

“This semi-annual event is a wonderful benefit to our customers. Our customers can donate their items to be re-sold for a great cause while receiving a substantial discount on new fall fashions,” commented Bon-Ton Stores president and ceo Bud Bergren. “The Goodwill Sale exemplifies our commitment to the communities in which we operate.”

“Bon-Ton is a valuable partner,” said Jim Gibbons, president and ceo of Goodwill Industries International. “By donating to Goodwill, Bon-Ton shoppers are helping people in their local community find and keep good jobs.”

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Staples 2Q sales up 18%

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Staples reported that total company sales for the second quarter increased 18% to $5.1 billion compared to the second quarter of 2007. Net income declined 16% year over year to $150 million, and earnings per share, on a diluted basis, decreased 16% 21 cents, from the 25 cents.

I am proud of our team for continuing to manage our business carefully during challenging economic times, said Ron Sargent, Staples chairman and ceo. We are optimistic about the future for each of our three businesses. Were excited about the opportunity to drive immediate shareholder value by integrating the Corporate Express acquisition into our North American Delivery business, were working hard to improve store productivity in North American Retail, and were taking the right steps to build on our foundation for long term growth in International markets. 

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