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At the Trading PostImagine what it would be like to get caught inside a building that’s on fire. Now imagine that building is a barn and there are animals trapped inside their stalls. Most of us would probably try to unlatch the gates to their pens and let them outside. How long we have would depend on several factors, including how much smoke has filled the air, but if you’re wearing flame-resistant clothing, you may be able to buy valuable time that doesn’t leave you as vulnerable to fabric melting onto your skin and giving you second or third-degree burns.

Have you ever narrowly missed disaster, on the job? If you regularly work in hazardous conditions that expose you to toxic chemicals or extreme temperatures, on a daily basis, you’re probably concerned with workplace safety – especially when it comes to your work clothes. When faced with open flames, heavy equipment, and harsh weather conditions, you need to come prepared for whatever may happen in order to prevent a preventable injury.

Flame resistant clothing

If you work around open flames or hazardous materials, it’s important to wear appropriate protective clothing. Flame-resistant materials work by providing a layer of thermal insulation and preventing the fabric from melting or adhering to your skin. Be sure to protect both the upper and lower halves of your body by purchasing both shirts and pants that are flame-resistant – not merely one or the other. Some of the materials to look for are Nomex, polybenzimidazole (PBI), Kevlar, and wool.

The two most common types of hazardous fires in the workplace are flash fires and electric arc flash. Flash fires are due to the presence of hydrocarbon vapors from an ignitable liquid or highly concentrated, finely-divided combustible particles; whereas an electric arc flash is the passage of electrical current through air that’s been ionized by an electric fault. Occupational Health & Safety identifies five major characteristics of flame-resistant clothing that helps protect the wearer: it self-extinguishes or resists ignition; it does not melt onto skin; it provides thermal insulation from heat; it resists breaking open and exposing skin; and it reduces burn injury and increases chances of survival.

Don’t let all this technical language and criteria distract you from other important factors to consider when in search of flame-resistant clothing, however. Other more rudimentary characteristics to keep in mind are comfort, fit, and style. Nowadays, there are plenty of retailers, both online and locally, that feature clothing separates like flame-resistant shirts that are both functional and stylish. As a general rule, fabrics like Kevlar, Nomex, and other synthetics are better-suited to serious flame-resistant outfitting than cotton or denim.  However, treated cotton has proven to be just as effective for less industrial environments such as cattle ranching or construction work – just be aware of the ‘shelf-life’ of the fabric’s flame-resistance, as some types of treated fabric are only projected to last through a limited number of washes (e.g. 75).

Foot safety

The options for work boots these days are plentiful and varied. If you’re looking for a versatile boot that fits in around both the ranch and out to dinner, afterwards, you’d be surprised how many pairs of safe footwear masquerade as line dancing or cowboy boots!

Also, if your line of work requires that you walk through metal detectors on a regular basis, you may want to opt for composite-toed boots, since I imagine having to take your boots off and on several times a day would start to get a bit tiresome! Composite toe inserts have comparable compression and impact ratings; however, if you expect that it’s possible to have extremely heavy objects fall on your limbs or feet, it’s probably best to opt for steel or alloy toes. Lastly, if you regularly encounter mud, liquids, or water on the floor, where you work, consider waterproof or rubber soles with good traction.

Extreme weather conditions

Some of us are lucky enough to live in fairly temperate, mild climates. However, a large swath of the country deals with extreme weather conditions such as intense summer heat and humidity or freezing rain, sleet, or snow for at least part of the year. If this is the case for you, opt for natural, breathable materials like 100-percent cotton and linen in the summer. Or you can go for a 88-percent cotton, 12-percent nylon blend if you’re in need of a more flame-resistant shirt – the nylon helps keep the cotton from melting or grafting onto your skin by congealing with the fabric around it, first.

Also, if you want to keep cool during hot summer weather, denim is definitely the way to go. These days, you can find a variety of treated jeans that are both flame-resistant and extremely breathable. This makes them an excellent option for environments where you may be exposed to open flames. You can always opt for more relaxed fit jeans that are great for layering, if it’s snowing or freezing out.

In terms of footwear, there are many steel-toed boots out there that will allow you to keep walking if you accidentally drop a log on your right foot. However, what you might not realize is that a composite toe may be better for your line of work if you often find yourself working in extreme temperatures.  This is because metals serve as conductors of heat and cold. That is, they amplify whatever temperature is already present – which means that if it’s more than 100 degrees out, your feet will start to feel a tad toasty. The same goes for freezing temperatures.

The bottom line

Opt for safety first, since you never know when you might encounter a flood, a fire, or plain, old-fashioned human error. After all, to ere is human, and accidents are bound to happen in your place of work. Best of luck suiting up with all the best gear you can find! You’ll be outfitted and ready to hit the trail or the work site in no time!

boots and jeans | Fotolia/ChiccoDodiFC

Comfortable jeans and work boots are a cowboy's best friends. | Fotolia/ChiccoDodiFC


At the Trading PostHardwood flooring has long been a favorite choice for interior design, for both style and function.

It can provide a rustic feel to any home, a refined feel to any business, or it might simply be a pragmatic choice for cleaning and maintenance.

While hardwood floors can blend beauty and function, they are vulnerable to damage and require regular refinishing.

Slaughterbeck Floors Inc. is proud to carry what many believe to be the future of flooring: Fusion™ Hybrid Floors - the green and durable waterproof floor.

Waterproof flooring

The new challenger to all traditional forms of vinyl flooring, or luxury vinyl tile, Fusion™ Hybrid’s high density core is made of a variety of green materials including recycled woods, bamboo, limestone and virgin vinyl.

The most revolutionary new feature of this floor is its hydrophobic construction. In layman’s terms, this means that Fusionflooring will not absorb water or take damage from it over time, which will give your floor protection against the dreaded danger of water exposure to other types of floors.

Fusion™ sports a Greenguard Gold Certified approval-rating. That means not only is it made from quality materials, it is also certified by the State of California to be safe and contain minimal emissions of chemicals. Thus, Fusion™ flooring is safe for sensitive environments, such as homes with children.

Fusion Hybrid Flooring | courtesy Slaughterbeck Flooring

Fusion flooring | courtesy Slaughterbeck Flooring

Why consider Fusion™ Hybrid?

Fusion™ Hybrid outranks other LVT's and laminates in its durability and ease of use. The secret is its composition; three layers are used to give Fusion™ Hybrid flooring its various characteristics.

The upper layer is a wear layer that is stain-resistant and durable enough for commercial applications. The middle layer gives the Fusion™ flooring its resistance to abrasive forces, rendering it scuff, mark, and chip resistant (and attractive, to boot). The lowest layer is the Permacore layer, the 'secret weapon' of the Fusion™ Hybrid floor.

The Permacore layer does more than add to the impressive strike-resistant durability of Fusion™ flooring; it also grants it some unique properties. For one, it is water resistant. Fusion™ Hybrid flooring is mildly hydrophobic and does not absorb water nor take on damage from it. This also adds to the other secret of Fusion™ flooring: it is completely stable and does not expand or contract when exposed to various conditions. The size during installation is the size it will stay, meaning it won't require replacement due to bending, bowing or other damages.

Where is it available?

Slaughterbeck Flooring, Campbell, CaliforniaSlaughterbeck Floors, Inc., a family-owned flooring company, is proud to supply this new flooring to Santa Clara County and adjacent counties in Northern California. They have been offering their products and services for over 30 years, gaining a favorable reputation as seen on Angie's List and Yelp. Fusion™ Hybrid Flooring is available for viewing in the Slaughterbeck showroom in Campbell, California.


Chick Feeder, LLC announced that its newest product, the BriteTap® Chick Feeder, is now available for pre-sale on the company's web site. The patent pending BriteTap Feeder keeps chick's food free from contamination, is easier to fill than other chick feeders, and can be used outdoors to provide scratch, grit, mealworms, and oyster shells when the chicks mature and leave the brooder.

The BriteTap Feeder is comprised of a Feeder Tube that acts as a reservoir for food, a Lid that covers the feeder tube and allows users to easily refill the feeder, a Shield that surrounds the Feeder Tube to protect chick's food from contamination, rain and snow, and a Base that dispenses the food.

Keeps Food More Sanitary

The BriteTap Feeder's unique Shield blocks chicks from perching on top of the feed tray and thus keeps the feed free from droppings. As chicks mature, the Shield can be raised by screwing it up the threads on the outside of the Feeder Tube in much the same way that a nut screws up a bolt. Periodically raising the shield allows chicks to feed comfortably as they grow taller while still preventing them from perching on the Base.

When attached to a metal or plastic base and filled, the BriteTap Chick Feeder holds 4 cups (20 ounces) of feed, scratch, grit or oyster shells. Owners can increase the capacity of the feeder by an additional 2 cups (10 ounces) by purchasing an additional Feeder Tube. The Feed Tubes screw together, allowing owners to extend the capacity of the BriteTap feeder. Each additional tube holds 2 cups (10 ounces) of food.

Easier Filling/No Mess or Waste

The BriteTap Feeder is easier to fill and more economical than traditional Mason jar feeders. These traditional feeders require owners to remove the jar and invert the feeder base in order to refill them. This necessarily results in spills and wasted feed. The BriteTap Feeder stays attached to the base at all times. Users re-fill the BriteTap Feeder by opening the Lid on the Feeder Tube and re-filling from the top. No inversion. No spills. No wasted feed.

Grows With the Flock

The BriteTap Feeder can be used long after chicks have left the brooder and other chick feeders have been placed into storage. When chicks mature, the BrtieTap Feeder can be used outdoors to provide scratch, grit, oyster shells or a combination of all of these to adult chickens. The Shield on the BriteTap Feeder serves the additional purpose of preventing rain and snow from entering the Base and thus prevents these foodstuffs from spoiling.

Height Adjustment

Pre-Sale Now Accepted

The BriteTap Chick Feeder is now available for pre-sale online. Product will begin to shipping to customers the second week in March 2015. A kit containing the Feeder Tube, Lid and Shield costs $29.95 + shipping & handling. Since many potential customers already own a chick feeder base, a red plastic base is sold separately for $5 for those needing one. Extra Feeder Tubes to extend the capacity are sold as an accessory for $10. Customers buying during the pre-sale period will receive a free 1/2 cup feed scoop with their orders.

About's mission is to make it easier for poultry hobbyists, urban farmers, and homesteaders to keep a healthy flock of chickens. In 2012, the company launched the BriteTap® chicken waterer, a dispenser that shields poultry's water from contamination by dirt and debris, thereby providing cleaner and safer water than traditional pan-style chicken waterers. is a privately held company located in Palo Alto, California, USA.

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Michelin Work Boots

From the very beginning, the Michelin name has meant innovation. As the world's leading tire manufacturer, Michelin has helped to advance the mobility of goods and people for 125 years.  Customers have counted on Michelin tires for safety and performance on the road. So, and understandably, many know of Michelin for their truck, tractor, construction, farming, off-road or pickup truck tires as well as for the tires which carry their families to work, school and activities.  Relying on Michelin for durability, performance and total cost of ownership is a given but what many may not know is that Michelin is also a brand that can be trusted to provide maximum comfort, superior traction and technology in everyday work and lifestyle products.

Leveraging the company's technical expertise in managing contact with the ground and in providing comfort and safety, Michelin offers a growing line of professional footwear, vehicle mats and liners, wiper blades, coolers, tools, seat covers, ice melt, compressors, gauges, passenger car snow chains, sports sneakers and tire inflators.

Michelin Rubber Boots


Michelin has applied its knowhow and expertise relating to rubber and traction to its range of footwear. Michelin footwear is practical and stylish with sole designs inspired by Michelin's high-performance tires. No matter what boot is necessary — durable work boots, steel toed work boots, steel toes rubber boots, slip-resistant work shoes, rugged outdoor shoes, hiking boots or more casual lifestyle shoes  and sneakers — Michelin provides solutions for all performance needs. Highly advanced technology is incorporated into every style.

Michelin offers more than 25 different industrial footwear styles ideal for working professionals or simply for casual wear — many with sole designs inspired by Michelin's high-performance tire tread designs. The comprehensive range of Michelin-branded safety and protective footwear has been embraced by the construction, food service, waste management, mining and manufacturing industries. Michelin footwear has also been coveted by rugged outdoorsmen and by those who like to walk in comfort.

High slip, oil and chemical and abrasion resistance are just some of the qualities that make Michelin boots ready for any industrial work place. For example, Michelin's Pilot Exalto Metatarsal Steel Toe Boot and Michelin’s Sledge Met Guard Work Boots have shock-absorbing midsole cushions, orthotic insoles and an ASTM F2413-05 Electrical Hazard rating. The ANSI/ASTM-rated class 75 metatarsal guard protects against unexpected foot impacts. The oil- and slip-resistant multi-density sole of Michelin's XPX761 Sledge Work Boots deliver comfort and durability for those needing a premium welding boot. Steel toe boots are available in men’s sizes up to size 13.  Tennis sneakers are available in men, women and children’s sizes through Dick’s Sporting Goods or at the BabolaT website. The complete Michelin industrial footwear collection can be found online at and at independent footwear retailers nationwide.

Michelin Car Equipment

Tools and products

Michelin is not focused on just tire manufacturing alone. It offers many other premium products such as custom floor liners, all-weather utility/cargo mats, seat covers, winter blades, scrapers, ice melt, tire inflators, pressure washers, and 12 volt coolers. For example, the Symphony line of passenger wiper blades are designed for efficiency (no dirt and snow buildup), durability (use of fortified rubber), and convenience (employment of advance connector system) and are available up to size 28. And, similar to the tires from the brand, these blades are all-weather in design and are perfect for heavy-duty drives. The custom floor liners are constructed by precision laser measurements providing the best possible vehicle fit.  The raised containment walls and extended edge prevent spills from damaging vehicle interior while the deep, sculpted channels trap and contain water, sand, dirt and debris. The all-weather utility/cargo mats have a universal fit mat designed to fit more vehicles including cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s. The premium rubber provides maximum protection from the outside elements and is naturally soil and stain resistant and mold to the contours of vehicle floor for a smooth, snug fit. For more information, visit the Michelin website.

Maps and Guides

Over a century ago, the Michelin brothers published a guidebook that would inspire motorists to travel and make their trips rewarding. In the years since, the Michelin guides have been a trusted friend to travelers who are eager to pursue their passions around the globe. Michelin guides equip travelers with comprehensive information they need to get the most out of their travel. From countries to regions to cities, Michelin’s legendary maps and guides help travelers taste, see and experience some of the world’s most memorable destinations. There are over 60 maps, atlases, Red Guides, and Green Guides available in North America alone covering popular destinations such as New England, Florida, Toronto, Hawaii, Alaska, Cancun, Havana and Las Vegas. Green Guides include recommendations for lodging, attractions, dining and event.


 Curtis Industries Heavy Duty Vehicle Plow

Curtis Industries LLC, manufacturer of cab enclosures, attachments and accessories for compact vehicles, announces the release of its new heavy-duty utility vehicle plow. The plow ships fully assembled to dealers to significantly reduce installation time and cost.

This durable plow is powder coated for corrosion resistance and painted in a polished silver-gray finish that complements any color vehicle. The plow features a 72" wide x 19" high adjustable full-trip moldboard with 6" double-sided cutting edge for longer life. It's designed with a 48" trip frame and heavy-duty springs to protect the plow and vehicle from ground obstructions.

The plow ships with moldboard, trip frame, A-frame, lift frame, hydraulic pump and motor and angle cylinders fully assembled, including hydraulic fluid. Quick installation and one-plug electrical connection means greater time and money savings.

Custom vehicle mount kits are designed for the John Deere Gator XUV; Club Car XRT 1550/ Case; Polaris Ranger XP 900; Bobcat 2200, 2300, 3400 4x4; Case Scout and Scout XL; Husqvarna HUV 4421 and 4421XL; New Holland Rustler 120 and 125.

The mount kit bolts directly to the existing holes in the vehicle frame. No drilling is required. Once installed the plow easily mounts on standard 2" receiver hitch in less than 30 seconds.

"We have thousands of touch points with our customers annually and we are constantly asking for their opinions." said Michael Alexander, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "What they want in a plow is durability and faster installation time, and this plow delivers.

The plow's rapid speed hydraulic lift and angle controls operate within 2 seconds. The plow includes a 4-button hand-held controller allowing the user to operate the controls with one hand from the comfort of the vehicle.

The hydraulic reservoir is enclosed in a removable metal housing above the mount frame for easy access to hydraulic fluid, hoses and coil valve while protecting the components from the weather. Skid shoes, high-visibility blade markers and jack leg, which are accessories on some plows, are included as standard equipment.

"This plow is an exceptional value and built to last season after season," said Alexander. "Curtis has a long history of engineering on-road plows for larger pickup trucks. That same expertise and technology has gone into this off-road vehicle plow.

The plow is perfect for schools, universities, parks, resorts, municipalities and home owners with acreage.

Curtis offers an optional snow deflector and rubber cutting edge for the plow. Other snow and ice accessories are also available such as a vibration kit, gate control units and spreaders for salt, sand, fine gravel and fertilizer.

About Curtis Industries

Curtis Industries, LLC, an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company, is recognized as one of the most innovative designers and manufacturers of compact vehicle enclosure systems, attachments and related accessories that enhance our customers' comfort and productivity. The company, which started in 1968, also manufactures truck plows and snow & ice control equipment for tractors and utility vehicles. Curtis markets its products through OEM vehicle manufacturers and a large network of dealers in the United States and Canada as well as Europe and Asia. The company operates from a 150,000 sq. ft. facility in Worcester, Massachusetts.

For more information on Curtis products, please visit

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Skid auger

Land Pride’s SA20 Skid Auger fills a need for users that require a quality post hole attachment but don’t require our heavy-duty, commercial-grade SA35 Auger. This lighter planetary drive Skid Auger is ideal for land owners, landscapers, hobby farmers, or contractors.

The Land Pride SA20 Skid Auger digs holes from 9” to 36” in diameter and up to 48” deep or deeper with available auger extensions. With 10 different augers available — 7 double flight augers from 9” to 36” and 3 tree augers in 24”, 30”, and 36” — the SA20 is a versatile and dependable tool.

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Yanmar America Corporation is a proud supporter and Title Sponsor of this year’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR being held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort  Friday, September 12, through Sunday, September 14  in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events that offer hands-on seminars covering topics from small scale agriculture to renewable energy. Visitors to the fair can experience Yanmar’s recently launched new line of sub-compact tractors first-hand in booth 621. 

Yanmar will also be hosting a local farm to table dinner for special VIP guests and agricultural leaders of the mid-Atlantic and New England regions on the evening of September 13 in the Alpine Room at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

For more information on Yanmar agricultural equipment, please visit To learn more about Yanmar America Corporation, visit

About Yanmar America Corporation:

Yanmar America Corporation, located in Adairsville, GA, is the regional headquarters of Yanmar Co., Ltd. a global company based in Osaka, Japan. Yanmar Co. Ltd., was established in 1912, and in1933 became the world's first manufacturer to develop a practical small diesel engine. Today, Yanmar is a recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced performance diesel engines and diesel-powered equipment. Yanmar America Corporation is located at 101 International Parkway, Adairsville, GA 30103.

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