Things are Tuff all over at Smead

A generation of kids went to school wearing Toughskins jeans that were stiff and indestructible. Maybe the polyester pants inspired Smead, the Hastings-based maker of office products. Its latest file folders bear some similarities. The new Smead Tuff Pockets are built with heavyweight, double-thick front and back panels, and have side gussets fully lined with tear-resistant Tyvek extending into the front and back panels twice as far as standard file pockets -- making the gussets virtually impossible to rip out even when pulled off the shelf by using the gusset. The folders come in five expansion widths, from 1¾ to 7 inches, and come in letter and legal sizes. Tuff Pockets are part of Smead's newly expanded line of Tuff products. The entire Tuff product line can be seen at

3M projectors get up-close and large-format

Last week, 3M Co. introduced its 700 and 800 series projectors in its digital media system, featuring Vikuiti super-close projection technology. The 3M projectors combine projection and sound into a single tabletop or wall-mounted device. The Vikuiti technology allows projectors to sit close to a screen or display area, projecting larger images from a shorter distance. The 800 series projectors are wall-mounted and deliver a 60-inch image at just 2.5 feet from the screen. The 700 series projectors sit on a tabletop and deliver an 80-inch image at 3.5 feet from the screen. That makes them ideal for small conference and meeting rooms. The projectors work with digital whiteboards or traditional screens and include an integrated 40-watt stereo TruSurround XT sound system.