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Universal Forest Products names new director

Universal Forest Products has named Bill Payne to its board of directors, effective April 2009, to replace outgoing board chairman emeritus Peter Secchia, who will retire next year.

Payne currently serves as chief of staff for Alticor Inc.; he formerly worked in sales and marketing at the company’s Amway Corp. branch.

“He brings well-cultivated business skills, a strong aptitude for strategy and an understanding of our company, business and culture,” said UFP executive chairman William Currie in a statement.

As chief of staff for Alticor, the parent company of Amway Corp., Quixtar North America / Amway Global Inc., Access Business Group LLC and Alticor Corporate Enterprises, Payne works with Alticor’s office of the CEO “on priority projects and oversees day-to-day management of the global Alticor enterprise,” according to a statement.

Universal Forest Products markets, manufactures and engineers wood and wood-alternative products for a number of home building and home improvement applications.

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