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Americans Are Traveling Less

Solair Launches Redesigned Awning Visualizer

Napoleon Prestige Pro Ranked No. 1 Gas Grill

C.R. Plastic Products Purchases New Facility



Americans Are Traveling Less

From American Consumers Newsletter

Americans are traveling less than they did before the Great Recession, according to data collected by the Consumer Expenditure Survey and analyzed in a Monthly Labor Review article. The number of domestic trips taken by American households fell 14 percent between 2006 and 2013, from 230 million to 198 million. The number of international trips fell 25 percent during those years, from 17 million to 13 million. Neither domestic nor international travel show recovery from the Great Recession.

– By Cheryl Russell

View the Monthly Labor Review article here.


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Solair Launches Redesigned Awning Visualizer

As part of the brand’s newly designed website, Solair introduces a redesigned and mobile-optimized awning visualizer to offer consumers a user-friendly digital outdoor design experience.

 With an emphasis on usability for mobile and tablet devices, the newly-outfitted awning visualizer will allow homeowners to take a photo of their home on their devices and preview a superimposed, high-quality image of a Solair awning fitted onto their house. Users can also browse through more than 100 Sunbrella awning fabrics and experience a realistic view of how an array of attractive color and pattern options may complement their existing outdoor space.

Additionally, the awning visualizer features a shareable functionality allowing homeowners to email their design to themselves or share it with their friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

“The new awning visualizer is user-friendly and will help consumers in their decision-making process by showcasing how a Solair awning can define their outdoor space,” said David Heiman, Solair Commercial Sales manager. “Showcasing the fabric can be a challenging part of an awning purchase because it needs to complement the home’s exterior. The awning visualizer is our digital solution that will give homeowners reassurance that an awning will complete their backyard.”

Accessible via the Solair website, the awning visualizer was built using modern web technologies while remaining compatible with older web browsers and devices. The upgrade also improved cellular connections, upload speeds, mobility and social share-ability.

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Napoleon Prestige Pro Ranked No. 1 Gas Grill

BARRIE, ONTARIO (May 5, 2015)

Napoleon’s Prestige PRO grill has been given top honors in a recent Top 10 ranking of gas grills.

Built with both beauty and performance in mind, the Napoleon Prestige has been awarded a perfect score in a gas grill review done by TopTenReviews.com – a popular product and business services review website.

Compared to the competition, the Prestige PRO outperforms with its industry-leading core components along with many added features, including eight burners and an integrated wood chip smoker tray (lit with a dedicated gas tube burner).

“We take pride in designing grills that not only perform at the highest standards, but also make a nice showpiece for your home,” says Stephen Schroeter, senior vice president of Napoleon. “With the Prestige PRO being ranked No. 1 among gas grills, it shows our passion for producing quality grills is well-respected and it’s a fantastic honor.”

To see the gas grill review done by TopTenReviews.com, please click here.
Visit the Napoleon Grills website.


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C.R. Plastic Products Purchases New Facility

C. R. Plastic Products has purchased a new 300,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and corporate head office. For the past 21 years, C. R. Plastics has been designing and manufacturing premium quality casual furniture, from post-consumer, recycled plastic. What started as a small flea market business has boomed into a global enterprise with product distribution on nearly every continent.

“We are ecstatic that our product quality, customer service and environmental mission has resonated so strongly with our customers from all over the globe,” said company founder and president Jamie Bailey. “Not only are we expanding our operations, we are also expanding our presence as a local employer and partner in our community at large.”

C. R. Plastic Products was founded in rural Stratford, Ontario, Canada, where it is currently one of the largest private employers, and the largest furniture producer in the region. This new facility will offer future employment opportunities to the local Stratford workforce.

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