The votes are in … Qualified Remodeler readers selected products from Chief Manufacturing and Ainsworth as the ‘Remodelers’ Choice’ products for September. They generated the highest amount of requests of any other product featured in the May and June issues.
Chief Manufacturing was founded 28 years ago to make projector slide stackers. As the need for this old audio/visual technology began to diminish, they found other ways to use their knowledge. Today, Chief Manufacturing focuses its attention on professional-grade audio/visual mounting solutions. In our May issue, Qualified Remodeler introduced you to the PAC-500 In-Wall Swing Arm Accessory for large flat panel TVs. The PAC-500 converts swing-arm mounts from low profile to absolutely no profile and flat with the wall. With the PAC-500, screens float on the wall making the mount arm completely hidden in the wall, even from the side. “One popular place we’re seeing the swing arm used is in great rooms,” says Sara Schiffler, communications manager for Chief Manufacturing. “It allows the TV to be seen in the kitchen or family area and then pulled around to be viewed in the dining room.” Chief makes mounting solutions for just about any A/V situation, including wall boxes, swing arms and mounts for flat panels and traditional TVs. Up next, Chief plans to launch a line of automated products, including automated swing arms.
Ainsworth is a leading Canadian forest products company that was founded in 1952. Founder David Ainsworth did what other sawmills weren’t doing at the time. He headed toward the interior of Canada and began harvesting pine trees, something not widely used at a time when cedar was big. In 2001, Ainsworth sold off their last sawmill as they refocused their efforts on oriented strand board (OSB) and plywood instead. Ainsworth products are primarily used for walls, roofs, floors and sheathing. Among Ainsworth’s brands are Durastrand Flooring and Thermastrand Radiant Barrier, which we brought you in Qualified Remodeler’s June issue. “People may not know our name, but they probably recognize our color,” says Robert Fauquet, vice president of sales and marketing for Ainsworth. “David Ainsworth chose our distinct turquoise color for sealing the edges of our boards to contrast the red being used on cedar.” Ainsworth’s next step is already in full swing as it secures timber resources and continues with research and development. By year’s end, Ainsworth hopes to release their new mold-resistant panel.