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April 23, 2014

New London, N.C.-based Fiberon, maker of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing products, hired Robert Staudte as its new European market manager. Staudte will oversee marketing and sales for all European countries from his office in Gütersloh, Germany.

April 23, 2014

Installed Building Products, Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based residential installer of insulation products, has named Robert Schottenstein to its board of directors.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Robert to our Board,” stated Jeff Edwards, chairman and CEO of IBP. "As chairman and chief executive officer of a leading publicly traded homebuilder, Robert brings a wealth of experience to IBP, particularly related to residential construction markets and corporate management, and complements the significant expertise and depth of our current board members.”

April 22, 2014

Bill Adams, founder and chairman of Adams Manufacturing, has been honored with the 2014 Inventor of the Year Award from the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA).

Adams took home the top honor this year due to his innovations in the design of suction cups, outdoor resin furniture, holiday accessories and other consumer products. It's also a nod to the significant economic impact he has made on the western Pennsylvania region and American manufacturing as a whole.

April 21, 2014

Brooke Grothe of Irwin Industrial Tool Group received a Presidential Award at the Reliable Distributors Management and Marketing Conference, held recently.

The award is presented to members and vendors for their outstanding commitment and leadership provided to the group.

Also during the conference, which carried the them “Living in America,” Reliable Distributors introduced new marketing programs, including a Made in USA-focused effort. 

April 18, 2014

The latest Living Spaces home furnishings store in Phoenix features a collaboration between the California-based retailer and home improvement TV star Jeff Lewis.

As Living Spaces’ Creative Director, Lewis’ designs and curated rooms can be viewed in the store’s “Styled by Jeff Lewis” gallery. Lewis hosts Bravo’s Flipping Out and Interior Therapy. 

Located off the 10 freeway at the 67th Ave. exit in Phoenix, the Living Spaces Phoenix showroom is the company’s second location in Arizona. 

April 18, 2014

Paul McNally of Apex Tool Group received a Presidential Award at the Reliable Distributors Management and Marketing Conference.

The award is presented to members and vendors for their outstanding commitment and leadership provided to the group.

Also during the conference, Reliable Distributors introduced new marketing programs, including a Made in USA-focused effort. 

The conference theme, in fact, was "Living in America."

Reliable is based in Libertyville, Ill. 

April 17, 2014

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Company named Randy Coleman as executive VP and CFO.

Coleman replaces Larry Hilsheimer, who has left the company after slighlty more than a year in his role.

Chairman and CEO Jim Hagedorn described Coleman as a better fit for the position.

April 16, 2014

Oakmont, Pa.-Chelsea Building Products hired Jason King as their business development manager for their Specialty Products division. As part of Chelsea’s sales department, King will focus on increasing sales through by focusing on specialty building product markets as well as other fabrication distribution markets.

April 16, 2014

Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser says it will reorder its leadership team this summer.

Current SVP, general counsel Sandy McDade is retiring in July. Succeeding her will be Devin Stockfish, who will also maintain his current role as corporate secretary. Stockfish has been serving as corporate secretary and assistant general counsel since last June. Before joining the company, he was VP & associate general counsel at Univar Inc.

Also retiring is Sara Kendall, VP corporate affairs and sustainability, on May 2.

April 15, 2014

Sears Holdings has tapped Arun Arora as SVP and president, Home Services, in which role he will take charge of the business unit's In-Home Repair Services, Service Contracts, Carry-In Repair, Sears Home Improvement Services, Parts Direct, Commercial Sales and Sears Franchise Businesses.

April 15, 2014

David R. Lumley, president and CEO of Spectrum Brands Holdings, has been elected to a one-year term on the nine-member board of directors of Husqvarna, the outdoor power products supplier.

April 14, 2014

The Group Merchandising Conference slated for June 16-18 in Atlanta will bring manufacturers and PRO Group-affiliated distributors together for business, according to event organizers.

During the event, vendors will have the opportunity to demonstrate products to distributor buyers at the GMC in suites with private, prearranged meeting times.

PRO Group Director of Merchandising Brendan Sullivan described the event’s format as time-tested.

April 11, 2014

Wood-Mizer, a sawmill manufacturer, announced the opening of a new sales center for small mills located in Reddick, Fla. Cordwin Custom Sawmill, owned by Chad Cordwin, will join Wood-Mizer’s growing distribution network as the 22nd sales center located within the United States and Canada.

April 10, 2014

During the 2014 Spring Business Meeting, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry named immediate past president Art Donnelly of Legacy Builders & Remodelers Corp. in Mount Sinai, N.Y., as its chairman of the board.

According to the group, Donnelly will continue to focus on helping NARI provide positive experiences for its members and their customers through professional and educational opportunities.

April 8, 2014

Scheduled to appear in top form at this year's Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) 38th Annual Convention & Trade Show is keynote speaker Joe Gibbs.

Joe Gibbs is the former coach of the Washington Redskins, and, in STAFDA's words, "the force behind innumerable NASCAR wins." He started his NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing, in 1992 -- just before he retired from the NFL. He returned to the NFL to head the Redskins team from 2004 to 2008.

He will be speaking at the General Session of the event.

April 8, 2014

Sears Holdings has appointed William Hutchinson to the role of SVP and president, Supply Chain. He will succeed Raj Penkar, who is retiring on May 31, 2014 after leading the unit since 2011.

In his new role, Hutchinson will be responsible for all aspects of the supply chain, including distribution, transporation, customs compliance and global sourcing.

April 8, 2014

At the inaugural Best of U.S. awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Kori Ade, coach of U.S. Olympic figure skater Jason Brown, was honored with the USG Building Dreams award.

Ade had been Brown's coach for 14 years -- the only one he's ever had -- and has never missed a performance. She's seen him through 14 international trips and many junior, national and international wins. She also moved her family to help meet his training requirements.

April 7, 2014

Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale named Charles Smith as CEO of the company, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger, a manufacture of brick.

Smith is a 22-year veteran of General Shale and he previously served as president and COO. He succeeds Richard L. Green, who retired April 1.

"Charles has helped steer General Shale's operations through a major economic downturn, and he played an instrumental role in revitalizing the company's product development," said Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger.

April 4, 2014

Former Home Depot executive Troy Rice has joined Office Depot as EVP retail as the office products company continues to build out its senior leadership team in the wake of its merger with OfficeMax.

Rice replaces Juan Guerrero and will report directly to Roland Smith, chairman and CEO of Office Depot.

April 4, 2014

Albertson, N.Y.-based Marlin Lumber Sales Corp., which offers mill direct sourcing for hardwood flooring, welcomed industry veterans Kevin Kelly and Dave Nickodemus to the Marlin sales team.

"Both Kevin and Dave are key additions to the Marlin sales team," said Jan Schottenfeld, Marlin Lumber president. "We view these appointments as a sign of our commitment to continued leadership in the industry. I'm confident that Kevin and Dave will play key roles in provideing high quality solutions for our customers." 

April 3, 2014

Effective April 1, PPG Industries has named Dave Cole VP packagings coatings and Anup Jain VP specialty coatings and materials.

Jain was previously serving as VP silica products. In his new role, he will be responsible for the optical monomers and coatings and OLED/specialty synthesis businesses, as well as the photochromics R&D organization. He will continue to oversee PPG's silica products business.

Cole was formerly president of Transitions Optical, in which PPG owned a majority interest stake until just recently.

April 2, 2014

The Home Depot is announcing the nomination of Wayne Hewett for election to its board of directors during its 2014 annual meeting of shareholders.

Bonnie Hill, the board's lead director, will not stand for re-election; the company's corporate governance guidelines require directors to retire upon reaching the age of 72 by the end of the calendar year preceding the annual meeting. Gregory Brenneman has been selected to succeed her as lead director.

April 2, 2014

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) elected Steve Donner of Weiland Sliding Doors & Windows in Oceanside, Calif., as the association's 2014-2015 chair.

He replaces outgoing Chair Mike Salsieder, of Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork in Wausau, Wisc.

April 1, 2014

Lumber Liquidators has added a ninth member to its board of directors. Effective April 1, Nancy Taylor has been appointed as a Class III director.

"We are excited and pleased to welcome Nancy to our board of directors," said president and CEO Robert Lynch. "Nancy is a respected executive with a wealth of business and leadership experience. We look forward to benefiting from the knowledge and insight she will bring to Lumber Liquidators' board as we continue to grow our business."

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