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Growing e-commerce firm to move from Racine to Pleasant Prairie

Growing e-commerce firm, eImprovement LLC is relocating from Racine to Pleasant Prairie, where the company will lease 20,000 square feet of space in SuperValu’s office.

elmprovement LLC is the parent company of home improvement and lifestyle companies of Racine and Denver-based and Martz Supply. is an online retailer of faucets, sinks, fixtures, and accessories for the kitchen and bathroom.

elmprovement LLC was founded in Racine in 2003 as a two-person start-up and has grown into a home improvement retailer with almost 100 employees.

The company will move from 4061 N. Main St. in Racine to 8401 W. 102nd St. in Pleasant Prairie at the end of February.

“I’m excited for our team to begin a new chapter,” said Parvez Patel, chairman of  eImprovement. “Over the past year, we’ve been adding to our team, and building the foundations to position ourselves for continued growth. Our new home is another part of the foundation, giving us room to continue to expand, and ensuring our team members have a fun, collaborative environment to work.”

eImprovement is moving into a new unit that is being created from open space within SuperValu.

Over the last year, eImprovement has roughly doubled in size, with employees from Milwaukee and Chicago. Finding a location close to I-94 was important to the company, Patel said.

“We have team members sharing cubes and working in former storage areas without windows,” Patel said. “Our current office simply does not meet our standards and limits our ability to recruit top talent in the competitive e-commerce industry.”


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BRIEF-Whirlpool Recalls Kitchenaid Electric Kettles Due To Burn Hazard

Feb 20 (Reuters) – Whirlpool Corp:




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Samurai King Launches Zenith Knife Series with a Sleek and Intricate, Ultrasharp Blade on Kickstarter

Zenith Knives are made from specialized high grade steel to retain their ultrasharp blade, longer

LONDON (PRWEB) February 20, 2018

Zenith Knives, a series of professional kitchen knives, including a paring knife, chef’s knife, and Santoku knife, is the first crowdfunding campaign to come from Entrepreneur Vicky Simson. The Kickstarter campaign for Zenith Knives just launched late last week and in just 3 days has already surpassed its funding goal of $3,675.

Zenith Knives’ main focus is performance, so it can become the most trusted utensil the kitchen. The knives are lightweight, well balanced and ultrasharp. The handle of the Zenith Knife is made from pakka wood for the ultimate grip that works along with the ergonomically shaped handle. The series of knives are the perfect multi-purpose knives that people can use throughout their meal prepping process.

The Zenith Knife series includes four different knives. The Zenith Paring Knife is mainly used for chopping and peeling fruits and vegetables. The Zenith Chef’s Knife is a general-utility knife with the main purpose of slicing and cutting meat. Zenith has two different Santoku knives where Santoku translates into “three uses,” which refers to the three types of cutting operations the knife is best used for: slicing, dicing, and mincing. There is also a Santoku knife that comes with hollow edges to prevent food from sticking to the knife while cutting.

“Knives are probably one of the most used kitchen utensils, and having a really nice, quality chef knife or paring knife has almost become a luxury because of the high price tags on them,” said Vicky Simson, Founder of Samurai King. “We wanted to make a beautiful knife that was designed to last but wouldn’t hurt your pocket. We came up with Samurai King to create an affordable knife with the same quality that chefs around the world are using so that everyone could become a pro in the kitchen.”

A dull knife can be more dangerous than a sharp knife, which is why Zenith Knives are made with only the highest-grade steel to retain sharpness longer. Other knives require constant sharpening, which can cause the blade to become thin and weak. Zenith Knives use Japanese AUS-08 steel with a Rockwell hardness of 59-60 HRC to ensure consistent performance each time without becoming brittle. The knife core is sandwiched between 66 layers of Damascus stainless steel, giving it strength, corrosion resistance and a remarkable design.

Zenith Knives are currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter. Early adopters can get a Zenith Paring Knife for $30, a Chef’s Knife, the Santoku Knife, or the Santoku Knife with hollow edges for $61. To learn more, visit

About Samurai King

Vicky Simson is an entrepreneur based in London, United Kingdom. Samurai King is his newest venture into the world of high quality kitchen accessories. Zenith is his first crowdfunding project, and with some help from well-known manufacturing partners in Germany, he intends to deliver a high quality and long lasting product. To learn more, visit

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Chemicals in non-stick pans could be making you fat

A new study from Harvard University has linked chemicals found in non-stick cookware with weight gain, especially in women. 

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a class of man-made chemicals that are very persistent in the environment and in the human body. They do not break down when exposed to air, water or sunlight. 

Animal studies have shown that these chemicals have potentially disruptive effects on the endocrine system. Now, the new study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, has found similar associations in humans as well. 

The researchers conducted a 2-year long clinical trial to examine the effects of energy-restricted diets on weight changes. They recruited 621 overweight and obese participants between the ages of 30 and 70 and measured their body weight, concentrations of major PFASs, resting metabolic rate (RMR) and other metabolic parameters, like glucose and thyroid hormones over the course of the two years.

Participants lost an average of 14 pounds of body weight during the first 6 months and subsequently regained an average of 6 pounds during the period of 6–24 months. Importantly, the results showed that higher levels of PFASs were significantly associated with a greater weight regain, primarily in women. 

Water droplets on a non-stick pan. (Shutterstock)


Qi Sun, an assistant professor at Harvard and author of the study said for Time“The sex-specific difference did surprise us a little bit. But we also know that PFAS can interfere with estrogen metabolism and functioning, so this may be why we see this observation mostly in women.”

The possible mechanism for this effect is RMR—the rate at which your body burns calories when it is at rest. Higher levels of PFAS were associated with greater decline in RMR during the weight-loss period and less increase in RMR during the weight regain period in both men and women. This finding points to a potentially novel pathway through which PFASs interfere with human body weight regulation and metabolism. 

The results indicate that environmental chemicals may be an important contributing factor to the obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, it is practically impossible to avoid exposure to PFASs as they have been widely used in products like cookware, clothes, shoes, wrappers and furniture, to make them more stain-resistant, waterproof and/or nonstick.

Additionally, even though some PFASs (but not all) are no longer manufactured in the U.S., they continue to be in other countries around the globe. The long life of the chemicals and their ability to travel long distances through the air makes exposure possible even years after manufacturing and at completely different geographical locations. 

Nevertheless, Sun gives one more reason to stop eating junk food: “We know that PFAS exist in food packaging materials, like fast-food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags. If you don’t eat those foods, you can possibly reduce your exposure.”

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KitchenAid recalls electric kettles that can burn users

Whirlpool is recalling more than 40,000 KitchenAid electric kettles. The handle can loosen and fall off, spilling hot liquid on users.

The recall affects all KitchenAid 1.7-liter kettles. They were sold in stainless steel, red, black, white, liquid graphite and cocoa silver. KitchenAid is written on the front of the kettles.

Customers should stop using the recalled kettles and contact Whirlpool for free replacements.

Whirlpool has received 79 reports of handles separating, including three reports of minor burn injuries.

The products were sold at Bed Bath Beyond, Dillard’s, Fry’s Electronics, Kitchen Kaboodle, Kohl’s, Navy Exchange, Target, Williams Sonoma and other home improvement and retail stores.

They were also available online at and on other websites from September 2013 through February 2018 for about $100 to $120.

The following models are included in the recall, according to the CPSC.

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A blissful return to ‘Downton Abbey’ in New York City

The display, which continues through April 2, is a careful and lovingly crafted postscript to the “Downton Abbey” PBS series. For those still mourning the show’s end a few years ago, this exposition will deliver an ample helping of everything you loved about the original series.

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