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October 24, 2014

Gregory Cairo, president of Groupe SEB USA has been named treasurer of the International Housewares Association.

He joined Groupe SEB USA as VP of sales in August 2006, and was named president in 2010. He oversses the cookware and small domestic appliances for brands including All Clad, Emeril, Imusa, Krups, Lagostina, and T-fal.

As officer of the IHA, Cairo will serve a one-year tem, ending Sept. 30, 2015.

October 24, 2014

GreenWorks has launched GreenWorks Pro, a commercial line of cordless outdoor tools featuring brushless motor technology and 80-volt lithium ion batteries.

This means the tools don't rely on gas or oil, delivering gas-comparable power without the need for tune-ups, maintenance or emissions.

October 23, 2014

Effective Nov. 1, Whirlpool Corporation has named Michael Todman and Marc Bitzer vice chairmen of the company, each with his own individual areas of oversight.

"Mike and Marc have the experiences in these new roles to help drive our aggressive growth strategy, integrate acquisitions, and drive product leadership and innovation in a recovering global economy," said chairman and CEO Jeff Fettig. "This structure will bring leadership focus on our strategic initiatives for growth within all of our global markets."

October 22, 2014

Joseph Liotine has been promoted to EVP, Whirlpool Corporation and president North America, reporting to Vice Chairman Marc Bitzer.

"Joe has proven himself a strong leader with an ability to drive profitable growth," said Bitzer. "He brings a vast array of experiences including sales and marketing, and he understands what it takes to create opportunity in each of the markets that comprise the important North America Region."

October 22, 2014

Mt. Prospect, Illinois-based Skilsaw Power Tools has rebranded itself with a new logo and the introduction of two new direct drive Sidewinder circular saws.

The new brand identity draws on the company's heritage as the inventor of the circular saw in 1924: the logo design features an iconic "diamond knockout" from a worm drive saw blade.

October 20, 2014

Illinois-based The Vendor Center will be attending the 2015 Executive Planning Conference hosted by Distribution America. 

The new business-to-business secure website will be presented to Distribution America member distributors and vendors.

“We are thrilled and look forward to demonstrating what a powerful tool The Vendor Center can be for Distribution America Member Distributors and Vendors,” said Darrell Wabschall, president of The Vendor Center.

October 17, 2014

The Hyde Group has promoted Robert Scoble to a new key role as president of Hyde Group. 

Scoble will be responsible for all the Hyde Group companies, which are Hyde Tools and Industrial Blade Solutions, of Southbridge, Massachusetts, and A. Richard Tools of Canada.

October 15, 2014

Beacon Roofing Supply has completed its acquisition of Dallas-based Wholesale Roofing Supply, a distributor of residential roofing materials.

With projected sales of about $34 million in 2014, WRS maintains a nine-acre facility in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, serving the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.

WRS President Rick McLaughlin will remain onboard as leader of the unit after the transition is completed.

October 14, 2014

TRI Pointe Homes' Southern California division has promoted Tom Grable to division president, citing his skills in leadership, community development and home design innovations.

“Tom’s talent is obvious to anyone who has worked with him, here at TRI Pointe, or at any point in his impressive career in the building industry,” said TRI Pointe president and COO Tom Mitchell. “He was one of our earliest team members, and with his active involvement in our industry and other community organizations, Tom makes a difference in the lives of others."

October 8, 2014

Xylem Group, LLC, a kitchen and bath products company, has changed its corporate name to Xync Brands, LLC. 

The company also changed is the former Xylem product brand name—now Ryvyr —and its former Xylem Hospitality division name, which has become Xync Contract. 

The name changes of the Roswell, Georgia based company take effect immediately. 

With a concentration in the kitchen and bath industry, Xync Brands president Hal Weinstein plans to take the new Ryvyr brand name to market with an array of upcoming, exciting new products. 

October 3, 2014

D.R. Horton, Inc.'s vice chairman, president and CEO Donald Tomnitz has officially retired, having been succeeded by David Auld on Oct. 1.

Auld was previously serving as EVP and COO and has now taken on the formal title of president and CEO. He has been with the company since 1988, initially joining the team as division president, Orlando. He was promoted to region president for Florida and the Carolinas in 2005, and he was tapped to serve in his most recent role last November.

October 2, 2014

Fastenal Company has acquired certain assets of Av-Tech Industries, a wholesale distributor of aerospace fasteners, electronic components and aircraft parts.

"We feel there is a strong opportunity for our company to continue to grow within the aerospace market," said Fastenal president Lee Hein. "Av-Tech Industries will be a great asset in that mission and a great fit for the Fastenal team, sharing the same core values, commitment to quality, and culture of customer service."

October 2, 2014

The International Casual Furnishings Association recognized Baldwin Park, California-based Treasure Garden as the 2014 Manufacturer Leadership Award in the shade category.

October 1, 2014

Natchez, Mississippi-based Central Network Retail Group expanded further into the Southeast, bringing Hiawassee Hardware of Hiawassee, Georgia to its portfolio of stores.

The new addition to CNRG marks the network's fifth store in Georgia, and its 47th in the United States. 

October 1, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries has promoted Rick Audsley to the post of senior director of engineering, Window Division.

“Rick is uniquely qualified to direct the engineering departments in our California and Wisconsin operations," said Sierra Pacific Window Division president Kendall Pierson. "We are counting on him to play a significant role in integrating the product lines of our plants and help streamline production processes to improve efficiencies."

September 30, 2014

President Obama announced his intent to appoint advisors, including Retail Industry Leaders Association President Sandra Kennedy, to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Kennedy was first appointed to the ACTPN in 2010.

September 26, 2014

Family owned hand-tool supplier Channellock is keeping it in the family and promoting within its ranks, with Jonathan DeArment replacing his father William as the company's new president and COO.

Effective Oct. 1, 2014, DeArment will transition from his current role as VP manufacturing and engineering

September 26, 2014

House-Hasson Hardware is using two tactics – cultural awareness and corresponding product delivery – to achieve new business growth in America’s Amish and Mennonite communities.  

“We’re generating a lot of Amish and Mennonite business because we listen to them, pay attention to them, and craft what we do in their communities to be beneficial to these customers,” said Don Hasson, president of House-Hasson Hardware, described as America’s largest independent regional hardware distributor. 

September 25, 2014

Color expert Kate Smith is predicting bold choices for residential door exteriors come 2015, according to Fortune Brands' Therma-Tru.

"Five of the colors that I believe will find their ways to many front doors in 2015 are bold and influenced by cross-cultural experiences, such as Bronze Tone and Tripoli Sand," said Smith, president of Sensational Color. "Then there are five other colors -- like Thyme Green and Amazon Soil -- which are more muted hues that invite us to step out of the fast flow of life to relax in our homes."

September 24, 2014

Eagle Materials has named Richard Beckwitt, president of Lennar Corporation, to its board of directors.

Beckwitt has been with Lennar Corporation for the past eight years. In the past, he has held various other top-level positions, including his role as president of homebuilder D.R. Horton.

September 18, 2014

The National Association of Women in Construction installed Sandy K. Field as its 60th National President during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Indianapolis.

Field, Office/HR Manager for Horizon Group International, has been a member of NAWIC’s Houston, Texas Chapter since 2005.

September 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is rethinking the way it responds to natural disasters and emergencies.

In an effort to bolster national disaster-preparedness measures and preventative rebuilding, HUD's Rebuild by Design effort entails a National Disaster Resilience Competition in which communities recovering from major natural disasters will compete for $1 billion in federal subsidies.

September 15, 2014

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, a Fremont, California-based roofing and solar company, has promoted Erin Clark to president of its consumer solar power business.

“Erin Clark has displayed the kind of high-performance leadership qualities that PetersenDean prides itself in and his expertise and experience in roofing and solar are important to this position," said PetersenDean founder Jim Petersen. "We are confident that these skills will help lead us down the right road in the future as we grow and evolve."

September 12, 2014

Providence, Rhode Island-based air management company Nortek, Inc. named Jeffrey Mueller as group president of its Residential Ventilation (RESV) segment.

"Jeff Mueller's deep expertise in global kitchen and bath product manufacturing, operational improvement and strategic growth for leading brands will serve our RESV business well," said Nortek president and CEO Michael Clarke. "He has a solid record of results in an impressive series of previous positions, and we are excited to welcome him to the Nortek team."