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Architectural Surfaces Group Announces Acquisition of Bedrock International

ANAHEIM, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Select Interior Concepts, Inc. (“SIC”), a holding company for the
consolidation and management of companies focused on interior building
products and services, announced today its Architectural Surfaces Group
(“ASG”) subsidiary acquired Bedrock International (“Bedrock”), the
leading distributor for natural stone in the Midwest. The transaction
allows ASG to enhance existing products from natural stone, quartz slab
and tile, while providing new offerings such as plumbing fixtures.

“Bedrock’s reputation for high-quality materials and unparalleled
customer service aligns with ASG’s reputation in the marketplace,” said
Sunil Palakodati, President of Architectural Surfaces Group. “The
acquisition will ensure we can continue to grow and scale, while adding
value for our customers.”

Consumer trends over recent years have indicated that Kitchen Bath
remodeling is ranked among the top consumer projects. These two room
classifications are the most functional, highly utilized rooms in the
home, therefore partnering with a reputable company like Bedrock allows
for ASG to take full advantage of this market opportunity.

“The ASG network allows us to continue providing superior service to our
customers, as well as providing new, exciting opportunities for our
employees,” added Byron Dougherty, founder of Bedrock International. “We
are excited about this new opportunity and look forward to working
together to build the business.”

The acquisition of Bedrock expands ASG’s reach across 20 markets,
including Des Moines, Kansas City, St. Louis and Tulsa.

About Bedrock International

Bedrock is the premier granite and quartz supplier of kitchen and
bathroom surface and other accessories for home remodeling. For more
information visit http://bedrockintl.com/.

About Architectural Surfaces Group

Headquartered in Austin TX, Architectural Surfaces Group specializes in
the design, sourcing, and distribution of natural and engineered stone
and other related products. ASG’s national footprint, proprietary
brands, broad product selection, and consultative sales approach
establishes ASG as the best in class product and service provider in the
industry. To learn more about ASG, visit www.archsurfacesgroup.com

About Select Interior Concepts, Inc.

Select Interior Concepts, Inc. (“SIC” and the “Company”), a newly formed
Delaware corporation, has been created as a holding company for the
consolidation and management of companies focused on interior building
products and services. Concurrent with the formation of SIC, Residential
Design Services (“RDS”) and Architectural Surfaces Group (“ASG”) have
become the first two wholly owned subsidiaries of SIC.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including
information about management’s view of Select Interior Concepts’ future
expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions
under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”).
In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words
“believes,” “hopes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” or
“may,” and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify
forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act, and are
subject to the safe harbor created by the Act. Any statements made in
this news release other than those of historical fact, about an action,
event or development, are forward-looking statements. These statements
involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which
may cause the results of Select Interior Concepts, its divisions and
concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in
such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to
time in documents. The forward-looking statements included in this press
release are made only as of the date hereof. Select Interior Concepts
cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or
achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements. Finally, Select Interior Concepts undertakes
no obligation to update these statements after the date of this release,
except as required by law, and also takes no obligation to update or
correct information prepared by third parties that are not paid for by
Select Interior Concepts.

For a discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please see our
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our public filings
with the SEC are available from commercial document retrieval services
and at the website maintained by the SEC at
http://www.sec.gov.

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Can analysts adopt a bullish outlook for Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN)?

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February 15, 2018 – By marketbeat

Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) Ratings Coverage

Among 17 analysts covering Howden Joinery (LON:HWDN), 8 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 47% are positive. Howden Joinery had 111 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Friday, July 22 the stock rating was maintained by JP Morgan with “Neutral”. UBS maintained the shares of HWDN in report on Monday, October 19 with “Buy” rating. JP Morgan maintained it with “Neutral” rating and GBX 440 target in Tuesday, March 21 report. The stock of Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) earned “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Wednesday, February 8. The stock of Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) earned “Hold” rating by Jefferies on Monday, December 5. Jefferies maintained the shares of HWDN in report on Wednesday, June 29 with “Hold” rating. JP Morgan downgraded Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) rating on Friday, July 1. JP Morgan has “Neutral” rating and GBX 390 target. Beaufort Securities downgraded the shares of HWDN in report on Friday, November 6 to “Hold” rating. As per Thursday, November 2, the company rating was maintained by Shore Capital. The firm has “Hold” rating by Peel Hunt given on Monday, June 19. Below is a list of Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) latest ratings and price target changes.

23/01/2018 Broker: Peel Hunt Rating: Hold Old Target: GBX 470.00 New Target: GBX 470.00 Maintain
16/01/2018 Broker: Liberum Capital Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 506.00 New Target: GBX 540.00 Maintain
06/12/2017 Broker: Peel Hunt Rating: Hold Old Target: GBX 445.00 New Target: GBX 470.00 Maintain
27/11/2017 Broker: Barclays Capital Rating: Equal-Weight New Target: GBX 447.00 Initiate
07/11/2017 Broker: JP Morgan Rating: Neutral Old Target: GBX 440.00 New Target: GBX 460.00 Maintain
02/11/2017 Broker: Canaccord Genuity Rating: Speculative Buy Old Target: GBX 120.00 New Target: GBX 120.00 Maintain
02/11/2017 Broker: N+1 Singer Rating: Hold Maintain
02/11/2017 Broker: Shore Capital Rating: Buy Maintain
02/11/2017 Broker: Peel Hunt Rating: Hold Old Target: GBX 445.00 New Target: GBX 445.00 Maintain
02/11/2017 Broker: Liberum Capital Rating: Buy Old Target: GBX 506.00 New Target: GBX 506.00 Maintain

The stock increased 1.02% or GBX 4.6 during the last trading session, reaching GBX 454.5. About 1.50M shares traded. Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) has 0.00% since February 15, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 16.70% the SP500.

Howden Joinery Group Plc engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of kitchens and joinery products in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. The company has market cap of 2.82 billion GBP. It offers kitchen families, cabinets, accessories, handles, worktops, sinks, and taps; appliances, including ovens, hobs, extractors, refrigerators, dishwashers, laundries, fridge-freezers, and appliance manuals; internal, sliding wardrobe, external, fire, French, and garage doors; door frames, linings, and casings; intumescent and acoustic products; and breakfast bars. It has a 15.84 P/E ratio. The firm also provides joinery products, such as hardware, skirting and tair parts, plus the tools, fixings, and accessories, as well as moldings; wood, timber, tile laminate, and vinyl floorings; flooring accessories; and bathroom cabinets.

Another recent and important Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) news was published by Marketwatch.com which published an article titled: “Howden Joinery Group PLC” on July 20, 2017.

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Chemicals Found In Non-Stick Pans Linked To Weight Gain, Report Says

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Chemicals Found In Non-Stick Pans Linked To Weight Gain, Report Says

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Little Learners program creates fun lessons for preschoolers

A new preschooler-friendly program at Fort Vancouver will give children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers a chance to explore history and archaeology through items that include teacups, toys and animal furs.

As the mother of a 3-year-old daughter, assistant curator Meagan Huff said that, “We wanted to create something for other kids and their parents, and the gamut of people who care for kids.”

Each of the four monthly Little Learners programs will feature a talk by a curator, a story reading, crafts and archaeological artifacts from the National Park Service collection at Fort Vancouver.

“We have hands-on materials that represent items from the fur trade period: 1840s children’s toys, a Spode teacup, and, of course, furs,” Huff said.

Children and adults will be free to explore the hands-on objects before and after the presentation. Other historic items will be displayed in an exhibit case.

The storytimes will use contemporary children’s books to make connections between the present and the past at Fort Vancouver.

The four sessions all are at 10:30 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month.

• Feb. 22 — Book: “Windows” by Julia Denos. What would you see if you looked through the windows at Fort Vancouver? Learn about life at Fort Vancouver and see everyday artifacts used by the people who lived here.

• March 22 — Book: “Whose Moon is That?” by Kim Krans. Like the moon, national parks belong to everyone. Learn about what they protect, and about each element of the National Park Service arrowhead.

• April 26 — Book: “The Turnip” by Jan Brett. What kinds of food can you grow in a garden? Explore the historic Fort Vancouver garden, see agricultural artifacts including tools, and take home a seedling to plant.

• May 24 — Book: “Leave Me Alone!” by Vera Brosgol. Being a fur trapper was a tough and solitary job. See artifacts and furs related to the fur trade and make your own animal tracks booklet.

The program takes place inside the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. Fifth St., at the Barclay Quarters. Entrance fees are $7 per person; 15 and under are free. Reservations are not required.

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A New iPhone Bug Is Crashing Messaging Apps

You can stock your kitchen with every type of modern slicer, dicer, and immersion circulator you want, but the piece of cooking equipment that comes most highly recommended by chefs has been around for centuries: the cast-iron skillet. Like the name suggests, this essential cooking tool is molded from molten iron and coated with a protective seasoning. The result is a durable, versatile piece of cookware that’s perfect for making everything from dump cakes to sunny-side up eggs.

If you’re used to steel or aluminum frying pans, cooking with cast-iron may sound intimidating. But don’t let horror stories of skillets tarnished by dishwashers or a few hours in the sink turn you off: The metal does require some special knowledge to maintain, but what you get in return is well worth the effort. “You can cook practically anything with it,” Dominique DeVito, author of The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook, tells Mental Floss. “It’s definitely a kitchen staple.”

So what is it exactly about cast-iron that entitles it to a spot on your stovetop? Here are some points to consider.

DURABILITY

Iron is prized by engineers for its high-tensile strength, so you can bet it will hold up to whatever you throw at in the kitchen. But the metal does have one crucial weakness home cooks need to be aware of: water. Iron combines easily with oxygen, which is how you get iron oxide or rust. When iron is exposed to water, that liquid mixes with gases in the air to create a weak carbonic acid. The acid corrodes the iron, and the oxygen in the water bonds with the newly dissolved iron and forms iron oxide. While it won’t necessarily poison you, rust isn’t something you want flavoring your dinner.

Fortunately, keeping your skillet rust-free is easy to do. All cast-iron pans need to be seasoned before they’re ready to hit the stove. To season a pan, you can coat it with a thin layer of neutral fat like vegetable oil and heat in the oven. During the frontier days, DIY seasoning was the only option for cast-iron owners, but today most pans come pre-seasoned.

The difference between an unreliable skillet and one that’s built to last usually comes down to the quality of the seasoning. DeVito recommends cast-iron products from Lodge, which has been making cookware in the U.S. since 1896. “They put out a nice finished product that’s consistent and smooth,” she says. “It becomes something that you have an expectation about. I know that every time I go to my Lodge, it’s going to perform.”

But even well-seasoned cast-iron benefits from a little extra care from time to time. Before re-seasoning a skillet, DeVito suggests wiping it clean of any grease or caked-on food that’s left over from whatever you cooked last. Instead of scrubbing it with a soapy sponge, she washes her pan with hot water and a brush. Tough plastic works well for this, as well as chain-link metal that you can use like a hand towel to wipe down the pan. After she cleans it, DeVito likes to dry her cast-iron by placing it over low heat on her gas stovetop for a few minutes. Once it’s dry, she rubs it with a quarter teaspoon of vegetable oil using a paper towel, lets it sit over low heat for a few minutes more, and then wipes off the excess oil with another dry paper towel.

While it may not fit into your regular dishwashing routine, treating cast-iron cookware correctly pays off. A well-maintained pan is tough enough to withstand super high heat, meaning you can start cooking a dish on the stove and finish it in the oven in the same pan. The iron itself will endure any type of utensil you use on it, whether it’s a wooden spoon, metal tongs, or a plastic spatula. And if you ever damage the skillet’s seasoning or allow it to rust, it can be restored without too much trouble. “Ideally, you should be able to hand it down to your kids,” DeVito says.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Cast-iron offers health benefits beyond the nutritional value of the food it cooks. The first is a healthy dose of iron added to your meals. If you have an iron deficiency, like close to 10 million people in the U.S. do, your doctor may recommend incorporating more meat, beans, and leafy greens into your diet. In addition to eating iron-rich foods, you could also try preparing more meals in a cast-iron skillet. As the metal heats up, small amounts of iron leach out and enrich your food. The is especially apparent with acidic, higher-moisture ingredients like applesauce and tomato sauce. The iron you get is definitely not enough to replace dietary iron, but it’s a nice bonus if you’re looking for more ways to sneak the nutrient into your meals.

With cast-iron, you know the only thing being added to your food is an essential mineral. Nonstick Teflon pans, on the other hand, are made from substances that aren’t safe to be eaten. (Though you don’t really need to worry about these chemicals contaminating your food unless you’re really abusing the pan.) If your cast-iron is seasoned well enough, it will produce the same nonstick effects as Teflon without the unwanted chemicals.

And that brings us to the final health benefit: Cooking with cast-iron requires less oil than conventional pans. Because oil is already baked into the cast-iron’s exterior, you don’t have to worry about meat and vegetables getting stuck to the surface. You can either add a small amount of oil or no oil at all so you don’t end up adding more fat to your dinner than necessary.

COOKING QUALITY

Even without the industrial strength and bonus minerals, the cast-iron skillet would still be prized by cooks for the incredible effects it has on food. This is because of the way it reacts to heat. Iron is much thicker and denser than materials like copper and aluminum, so it takes longer to heat up. But once the metal has been heated through, it packs a lot more thermal energy than most metals heated to the same temperature. All that harnessed energy is the key to achieving crisp, golden-brown sears on foods like steak, hamburger patties, eggplant, and scallops.

And just as cast-iron takes a while to get hot, it’s also slow cooling down. That means that once you’ve left your pan to sit over a raging burner or in a screaming-hot oven for long enough, you can trust it to maintain that heat, even after filling it with cold or room-temperature ingredients. The cooling effects food has on other metals is one of the most common culprits that leaves foods pale and flabby rather than brown and crunchy.

Even when a hard sear isn’t your end goal, a cast-iron skillet is often still the best tool for the job. The versatile design makes it a great option for baking, shallow-frying, and sautéeing. A few of the items DeVito likes to cook in her cast-iron include cakes, pies, cornbread, eggs, hash browns, bacon, and vegetables. “I use it for a lot of things, like reheating leftovers and improvising with whatever I have in the fridge,” she says. “You could put a lid on it and cook rice or pasta in there—you really could put almost anything in there.”

COST

With so many desirable qualities, you may expect a cast-iron pan to rank up there with other rite-of-passage kitchen items in terms of price. But it’s actually easy to find a cast-iron pan for less than other pans that don’t perform as well or last as long. Lodge, the brand DeVito recommends, has 10-inch skillets available for around $25 on Amazon. You can find fancier cast-iron pans from brands like Le Creuset selling for over $150, but when it comes to this kitchen essential, simplicity is hard to beat.

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Smart Kitchen Appliances Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012 – 2016) and Opportunity Assessment (2017 – 2026)

LONDON, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Smart kitchen appliances are fine quality products/ kitchen accessories that are typically designed in a way with a view to provide efficiency and comfort in almost every operation taking place in a kitchen. Compared to traditional kitchen appliances, smart kitchen appliances are costly yet more efficient and time saving. There are several benefits associated with smart kitchen appliances, such as waste reduction, efficient cooking operations, enhanced safety, and the user can receive timely alerts as well as gain remote access and achieve cost and energy savings.

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There are various smart kitchen appliances such as smart refrigerators, smart dishwashers, smart coffee maker, smart cookware and cooktop, smart oven and smart scales and thermometers. The market for smart kitchen appliances is influenced by various factors such as increasing disposable income coupled with rising per capita expenditure on technology and appliances and increasing technological research and development.

Future Market Insights has captured the pulse of the global market for smart kitchen appliances in its recent research report. The fact based research report on global smart kitchen appliances market covers various aspects such as trends, drivers, challenges and opportunities that have an influence on the growth and expansion of the global market.

All these factors are analysed across key regions of Latin America, North America, Europe, Japan, Middle and Africa (MEA) and Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ). The research report includes historic data and statistics as well as future value projections of various segments of the global smart kitchen appliances market for a period of nine years, starting from 2017 and ending in 2026. According to the analysis done by Future Market Insights, the global smart kitchen appliances market is projected to grow at a high CAGR to reach a valuation higher than US$ 2 Bn by the end of the period of assessment from a value of around US$ 703 in 2017.
Revenue from Smart Dishwashers to Skyrocket in the Coming Years

The global market for smart kitchen appliances includes appliances category which his further segmented into smart refrigerators, smart dishwashers, smart oven, smart coffee maker, smart cookware and cooktop and other appliances. Of these, the smart dishwasher segment is the largest from the market share perspective.

In 2017, the smart dishwasher segment reflected a value of more than US$ 140 Mn and is the second largest in terms of revenue generation. But with the increasing use of smart dishwashers, the sales revenue is anticipated to grow higher in the coming years and this segment is expected to lead the global market with a valuation of more than US$ 580 Mn by the end of the assessment year.

Wi-Fi Technology is Widely Used in Smart Kitchen Appliances
In the connectivity technology category, the Wi-Fi segment is expected to grow at a high rate during the forecast period. In 2017, the bluetooth segment dominated the global market with a high market valuation. However, the Wi-Fi technology is expected to catch steam and is projected to grow at a stellar 16.8% value CAGR throughout the period of forecast and reach a higher valuation thus dominating the global market by the end of 2026.

Competition Analysis
The research report on global smart kitchen appliances has profiled some of the major players operating in the market. Key companies such as Whirlpool Corporation, LG Electronics, AB Electrolux, Panasonic Corporation, Haier Group, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Koninklijke Philips N.V., General Electric Co., Onida, SectorQube and Dacor have been profiled in this research study.

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