Retailer Recognizes Top 10 Product Innovations of the Year
ATLANTA, Oct. 23 /CNW/ -- The Home Depot(R), the world's largest home
improvement retailer, today announced that American Standard won the
retailer's 2007 Innovation Award for its Speed Connect(TM) drain system. The
annual award recognizes the most revolutionary new products that provide true
benefits to consumers and the companies that exceeded expectations in sales,
service and program execution. Cub Cadet/MTD Products, Inc. received first
runner-up honors for the industry's first zero turn lawn tractor, and Cash
Acme won second runner-up honors for its SharkBite(R) Push Fittings(TM), which
provide an instant push-fit connection for water distribution pipes. The
manufacturers are being honored at a ceremony in Atlanta today.
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"The Home Depot's goal is to offer customers the most innovative, ground-
breaking products that will help them improve their homes while saving them
time and money," said Craig Menear, executive vice president, Merchandising
for The Home Depot. "Our merchants consistently work with our manufacturing
partners to develop pioneering products that differentiate The Home Depot and
The 2007 Innovation Award winner, the American Standard(R) Speed
Connect(TM) drain system is comprised of only four parts, versus a traditional
drain's 14 parts, so it installs in one-third of the time. In addition,
installation doesn't require any tools, tape or putty, and a flexible cable
design enables it to fit into tight places. The Speed Connect(TM) drain system
is ideal for homeowners looking for a quick and easy project to upgrade a
bathroom in a few hours.
In addition to the top three award winners, The Home Depot recognized the
companies that round out the top 10 product innovations:
-- Natural Impressions(TM) Ashlarstone retaining wall from Anchor Wall
Systems emulates the look of natural stacked stone, yet it installs as
easily as a concrete retaining wall.
-- Eco Options(SM) organic and earth-friendly lawn and garden products.
These organic herbs, vegetables and garden supplies were produced by
Bonnie Plant Farms, Scotts, Espoma, Terra Cycle and Woodstream.
-- TrafficMaster(R) Allure vinyl plank flooring from Halstead New England
Corporation installs quickly, with little preparation, over an
existing floor and gives the look of wood or tile.
-- Hampton Bay(R) AeroBreeze(R) Technology by King of Fans moves up to 25
percent more air than standard ceiling fans, which can save energy for
homeowners and provide a cooler, more comfortable environment.
-- The Kwikset(R) SmartKey(TM) enables a homeowner to re-key a lock in 30
seconds, without removing the lock from the door.
-- Stonemark(TM) Granite from Innovative Stone(R) is a stain-resistant
granite countertop with PermaShield(TM) protection, and it withstands
heat, scratches and UV light.
-- The Ridgid(R) Max Select Cordless Power Tool System, from Techtronic
Industries North America, Inc., is the first "dual voltage" cordless
tool collection that allows the user to power the tools with 18-volt
or 24-volt batteries, utilizing either traditional NiCd or Lithium
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About The Home Depot
The Home Depot(R) is the world's largest home improvement specialty
retailer, with 2,221 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In
fiscal 2006, The Home Depot had sales from continuing operations of $79.0
billion and earnings from continuing operations of $5.3 billion. The Company
employs approximately 350,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on
the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones
industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index. HDG
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