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August 22, 2014

Cary Dunston has been named president and COO at American Woodmark Corporation, in which role he will assume the added responsibility for the company's finance and information technology operations.

August 21, 2014

Among the decisions facing Sears Holdings is what to do with its 51% stake of Sears Canada.

Rob Schriesheim, Sears Holdings' chief financial officer, addressed that question and others as part of the company's second-quarter earnings report.

August 20, 2014

A partnership between American Standard Brands and Water For People will focus on improving quality of life and access to safe sanitation around the globe, according to both companies.

August 20, 2014

Sierra Pacific promoted Bob Taylor to VP of business development and customer service for its Window Division.

Taylor played a key role in the success of the SP Window and Door operations and was previously the Plant Manager at the SP Windows Plant in Red Bluff, California. 

August 19, 2014

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wastequip has hired Andrew Bardsley to the newly created role of VP retail for the Toter brand, in which he will be charged with leading the team's new Retail Business Unit.

With Bardsley in place, Toter's consumer business is poised to work toward its new long-term growth initiatives, including a move that will involve shifting all of its manufacturing operations to the U.S. Bardsley will be at the helm of Toter's "Made in America" initiative.

August 18, 2014

Chad Price has joined Fort Mill, South Carolina-based Frieling USA as VP sales and marketing, a new position created to accelerate the expansion of the company’s sales and support. 

August 15, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid's EVP and CFO Doug Martin has put in his notice and is moving on to life with a new -- and undisclosed -- company.

August 14, 2014

American Standard Brands is investing in its design team via three new hires at its Piscataway, New Jersey headquarters, where the design studio is located.

Emilie Williams, Greg Reinecker and Gabriela Ravassa have joined the team, reporting to new VP design Jean-Jacques L’Hénaff.

Williams has been brought on board as associate design director for faucets. Previously, she served as senior designer at Ignite USA, working for the Contigo and AVEX housewares brands. She also had roles at Delta Faucet and Masco Corporation.

August 14, 2014

3M has appointed Sondra Barbour to its board of directors. 

Barbour currently is executive VP of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions business division and an officer of Lockheed Martin.

August 13, 2014

Gina Schaefer, CEO of nine-store, D.C.-area Ace chain A Few Cool Hardware Stores, was recognized recently as a top female CEO during the SmartCEO Brava! Awards.

Schaefer was among 32 women (of 200 applicants) recognized by Washington SmartCEO Media during the July 30 ceremony.

Schaefer has been at the helm of the Ace chain since opening her first hardware store in 2003. Today, she sits on the Ace Hardware Corporate Board and is the board president for Think Local First D.C., a board vice chair for House of Ruth and a member of the Advisory Board for Jubilee Jobs.

August 12, 2014

Kmart has a new president and chief member officer in Alasdair James, who will be leaving his job as Tesco's commercial director, global business.

In his new role, James will be charged with driving the Kmart format strategy, managing the Kmart P&L and aligning merchandise, marketing, pricing and selling for Shop Your Way members.

August 11, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. added Nick Talarico as a divisional manager, effective Aug. 1.

In his new role, Talarico will oversee the hand tools, plumbing, cleaning, housewares and InCom departments within merchandising. He had previously served as the co-op’s manager of internal audit since May 2011.

August 11, 2014

Mathias Klein III will retire as chairman of the board of Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Klein Tools  in June, 2015 but will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.  

August 11, 2014

Anderson, California-based Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) hired Tom Takach as VP of operations for the windows division of Sierra Pacific Industries – a family owned and operated wood products business. 

In this new position, Takach will oversee manufacturing and operations for Sierra Pacific’s Red Bluff, California Windows Plant as well as the two newly acquired Hurd and Superseal Window and Door plants in Wisconsin. 

August 11, 2014

Syracuse, Indiana-based Poly-Wood, Inc. named Megan Pierson as the new director of sales and marketing for the designer and manufacturer of high-performance, eco-friendly casual outdoor furniture. 

August 11, 2014

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has named StudentsFirst CEO Michelle Johnson to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Johnson will serve on the company's Compensation and Organization and Innovation and Marketing Committees; her term expires in 2015.

August 8, 2014

Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Klein Tools hired James Pultorak as VP manufacturing. He will replace Chris Hargan, current senior VP manufacturing, who will retire at the end of 2014.

Pultorak brings over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations in a variety of industries, including hand tools, tool storage, printing, packaging, roofing and automotive.

August 7, 2014

Paul Drobnitch has joined building products distributor ABC Supply Co. as director of corporate development. In his new role, Drobnitch will work with the company’s acquisition team to identify market opportunities and businesses for acquisition.

“Acquisitions are a key component of our growth strategy,” said ABC Supply president and CEO Keith Rozolis. “Paul’s background and experience will be valuable in identifying the quality businesses that will help us grow and serve our customers.”

August 7, 2014

Lumber and building material industry veteran Michel E. Dowling, 68, of Marana, Arizona, died unexpectedly at his home. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. 

Born in Rhode Island, Dowling entered the WT Grant’s organization’s management training program after college. He served as a hard goods buyer, remaining in that position until the Grant store's demise in 1976.   

August 6, 2014

Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning announced Wednesday that it had added two new members to its board of directors. The new members are NBCUniversal EVP Cesar Conde and FMC Technologies SVP and CFO Maryann Seaman.

"We welcome Maryann and Cesar to our Board of Directors," Owens Corning Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman said. "Our company will benefit from their broad business experience and diverse backgrounds."

August 6, 2014

STAFDA president Eric Grabowski says the association’s distributors are regaining ground lost since the recession of 2007. 

In a column from the STAFDA Trade News newsletter, Grabowski, of Edge Construction Supply of Spokane, Washington, said construction jobs are showing growth in the Northwest.  

August 6, 2014

Trex CEO and president Ronald Kaplan gave a few words on the company's recent entry into a new development project in Dubai -- what will eventually be the Emirate's longest boardwalk.

"We are honored to have been chosen to be part of such a significant and beneficial endeavor," said Kaplan. "This project marks a major milestone for Trex as the Corniche represents one of the largest uses of Trex decking in a single public installation. Selection of our Transcend product is a testament to the proven quality and durability of Trex offerings.

August 5, 2014

Keith Spano, president of Flooring America, a division of CCA Global Partners, says the recent successful year for Flooring America members will be bolstered by a three-year strategic plan. 

This year, he said, “is proving to be another successful year for our members, over 20% of our members seeing a 20% increase in business, and we continue to outpace the industry by 5%. Pretty impressive to say the least.” 

August 5, 2014

Noted futurist J. Walker Smith will kick off the Home Improvement Research Institute’s 2014 Fall Conference. This year’s conference is titled "Managing The Future in Home Improvement" and will be held on Oct. 16, 2014, in Chicago. 

Smith is executive chairman of The Futures Company, a market research and consulting firm. His topic is described as “Planning for the Future of Home Improvement.”

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