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Laundry Call-back Creates Profit.

Web "Call-back" Feature Helps Properties Profit and Offers Another Amenity

The Launrimate System from the Web Service Company allows residents to stay in their apartment homes or anywhere if they have a cell phone, until their laundry is done.

This technology is a direct line to the laundry room that allows the resident to call and find out if machines are available; reserve machines if all are in use and get a call when they are free; and receive a call from the system when laundry is ready. The call back feature can increase laundry room usage for property owners and eliminate resident frustration about waiting or continuously checking the laundry room. For more information, call 800/421-6879, ext. 619.

Sears PartsDirect Launches Commercial Website

Business-to-business customers now have direct access to one of the world's largest selections of parts and accessories for appliance, home electronics, lawn and garden equipment, power tools and more online. Sears, Roebuck and Co., is expanding it's direct parts Internet business to include commercial customers through Sears PartsDirect Sales at

The new e-commerce site offers businesses more than 4.2 million parts from over 400 manufacturers and includes owner's manual for most major brands such as GE, Whirlpool, Amana, Kitchen Aid, Maytag, Briggs & Stratton, Kohler, Black & Decker, Panasonic, RCA, Kenmore and Craftsman.

Liftmaster Offers Safety and Maintenance Alert Features

A new value package combining special safety and maintenance tracking features for apartment garage doors is now available from Liftmaster Professional Products Group.

The new 90-ASP value package combines a heavy-duty commercial operator with the LiftMaster Logic Control Board Version 2.0. The Logic Control Board eliminates the need for a centrifugal start switch on the motor, preventing problems from switches that bind. A number of safety features include: the CPS Commercial Protector System II, a non-contact photo safety sensor designed to sense an obstruction and signal the door operator to reverse to open and a positionable red/green warning light system to tell apartment residents when it is safe to pass through the overhead door.

The Liftmaster's exclusive Maintenance Alert System incorporates an internal cycle counter, set by the installer for a certain number of cycles, which activates a warning light on the three-button control station to signal the need for routine maintenance. For more information, call 630/279-3600.

Superior Aluminum Adds Variety to Aluminum Columns

Superior Aluminum now offers a full line of lightweight, extruded aluminum columns in square smooth and square panel. Each decorative column's design can be used both indoor and outdoor. The columns are available in four colors white, almond, sandstone and brown or in a primed finish. The baked-on finishes ensure years of maintenance-free beauty. Both designs can be used as load-bearing structural elements and can support 15,000 lbs. Despite the fact that they are lightweight. The columns can be assembled by one person.

The columns range in width from four to 16 inches and standard lengths run from eight to 24 feet. Matching caps are available in Standard, Doric and Charleston styles.

Products can be shipped within two days of the initial order. Superior Aluminum also offers square fluted and round columns as well as railings and fencing. For more information, call 937/526-4065 or email Delivers Total Communications Control

A new web-enabled software product, BuildLink, can improve the way building management companies communicate with their building staffs and occupants. BuildingLink gives management and residents a 24/7 presence on daily operations.

The program operates on the web and can be accessed from anywhere. BuildingLink offers several basic modules and custom modules that can be activated for a building's particular needs such as maintenance reports, communications between management and residents, archives of meetings, official notices, and downloadable forms and emergency instructions. Residents can have much of this information automatically emailed to their accounts. For more information, call 212/501-7117.

Aqua-Flo Offers Full Service Low Pressure Boiler Butler

Aqua-Flo, Inc., is now offering a full service low pressure steam boiler water management system. This is a low cost, maintenance enhancement item without interlocking to the boiler safety devices, per ASME Section IV code.

The water management system eliminates the need for manual blow down and scale inhibitor chemical costs. It's easy to install and affordable for even the small 20 Hp steam boiler. One size fits all up to 150 Hp (5,000 lbs. Steam/hour).

The "Boiler Butler" requires no complicated sizing or piping calculations because it's plumbed in and out of a single mud leg or bottom blow down joint. Available with optional 4-20mA remote water quality monitor. For more information, call 800/368-2513 or visit our website at

Alum-A-Pole Introduces First Solid Vinyl Grained Coil

Alum-A-Pole Corporation has created the very first solid vinyl grained coil; a bendable product that offers more features than PVC coated aluminum. This patented grained coil is scratch and dent resistant. Pressure treated wood will deteriorate aluminum and PVC coated aluminum, but will not affect Pro-Trim.

If a wrong bend is made, ProTrim can be placed back in the brake and be rebent. Pro-Trim can bend and will not break, even if dropped 25 feet to a concrete sidewalk. For more information and the nearest dealer, call 800/421-2586 or visit our website at

RentPort Launches Solution for Reporting Rent to Credit Bureaus

RentPort, Inc., recently unveiled the first, national comprehensive business solution for reporting rent payments to the major credit bureaus.

Residential property owners and managers will have the ability to review whether a prospective resident pays rent on time and will provide an actual incentive for residents to pay their rent on time. RentPort can improve the quality of a resident base, increase time rent payments and assist residents in strengthening their credit standing.

RentPort automatically collects rent information from every major property management and real estate accounting system and then covert it to meet the stringent standards and requirements of the nation's three largest credit report bureaus (TransUnion, Equifax and Experian). For more information, call 212/391-9654.

Heat-N-Glo Introduces New Fireplace Design

Heat-N-Glo recently introduced the European style of the Everest fireplace. Its taller than wide shape opens fireplace installation where it's never been possible.

The Everest's 30,000 BTU/hr. Input offers generous flames and heat output. The Flame-Out-of-Log technology with a unique pyramid style pan burner offers an unmatched burn with flames at multiple levels.

The Everest's direct vent design features an air-tight combustion chamber that takes all of its combustion air from outside, making it ideally suited for today's tightly sealed homes.

Direct vents also keep the warm air in and the cold air out while provided exceptional thermal efficiency. They will not alter the quality of your room air in any way, making them suitable for all rooms including the bedroom. For more information, call 612/985-6000 or visit our website at
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