California’s Lead-Free Law Nears

California’s “Lead-Free Law,” which mandates the pipes, fittings and plumbing fixtures connected to a drinking water system be lead-free, is set to take effect January 1, 2010.

Lead-free as defined by the law means not more than 0.2 percent lead when used with respect to solder and flux and not more than a weighted average of 0.25 percent when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes and pipe fittings, plumbing  fittings and fixtures. This is a stricter standard than the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), originally passed in 1974, which states that lead-free plumbing may contain up to 8 percent lead.

Vermont has legislation, also scheduled to take effect January 1, 2010, similar to the California bill. Maryland is among states reported to be considering lead-free legislation, and federal legislation modeled on the California bill also is said to be under consideration.

Major plumbing fixture manufacturers have introduced lead-free products in anticipation of the law and consumer demand.

Green Manufacturers

Whirlpool One of Greenest

Whirlpool Corporation has been named to the Newsweek Green Rankings, a list of the 500 greenest big companies in America. Whirlpool ranked 78th on the list.

The Newsweek Green Rankings are a “green” analysis of America’s 500 largest companies. Companies were selected from among the 500 largest U.S. companies as measured by revenue, market capitalization and number of employees.

The rankings are a product of a year-long collaboration between, Newsweek and environmental research firms KLD Research & Analytics and Trucost.


iPhone App Helps Spec Products

Surfaces, Inc. (, a wholesale supplier and distributor of mosaics, glass and porcelain tile, has launched Surfaces, an Apple iPhone and iPod Touch application. This application is designed to make product specification and selection easier. The first version features more than 400 individual products along with product and installation images and technical specifications. The application allows designers and end users to search and access products, view those products installed, place requests for samples and/or place the order.

Garage Doors

Overhead Door to Acquire Wayne Dalton

Overhead Door Corp. and Wayne-Dalton Corp. announced they have reached a tentative, nonbinding agreement in principle, pursuant to which Overhead Door Corp. would acquire Wayne-Dalton Corp.’s overhead door business in North America and Europe.

Under the terms of the tentative agreement, Overhead Door Corp. would acquire substantially all of the assets of Wayne-Dalton Corp.’s commercial and residential overhead door business, as well as their Fabric-Shield storm panel business in a cash transaction. Wayne-Dalton Corp. would retain its garage door opener and wireless home access control businesses.

The tentative agreement in principle contemplates that Overhead Door Corp. will continue to promote and make available Wayne-Dalton Corp. openers and wireless home access products to Wayne-Dalton Corp.’s current customers.