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April 2, 2014

Columbus, Ohio-based Simonton Windows, vinyl window and patio door industry manufacturer, now offers a free Master Consultant Sales Training course designed to strengthen in-home selling skills for remodelers and contractors.

October 24, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. -- A few months ago, John Burns described himself as a raging optimist. Today he's just an optimist.

That was one of the observations from the real estate consultant's presentation at the ProDealer Industry Summit. The fundamentals of the housing recover are solid, he said. But in the sales office, sales and bargains and price drops surged in September. A survey showed 10% of builders surveyed dropped prices, from zero in the previous month. 

October 9, 2013

Sears, Roebuck & Company, together with Whirlpool Corporation, filed petitions for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court Oct. 7, according to global law firm and Whirlpool representative Mayer Brown.

The retailers are asking the Court to review class certifications related to Sears v. Butler and Whirlpool v. Glazer, two similar class action suits that allegedly cast a large umbrella over varied defects involving Whirlpool washing machines. Each certification involved complaints of musty-smelling front-loading washing machines.

September 23, 2013

Inventor, engineer and longtime General Tools & Instruments consultant Burt Weinstein lost his battle with cancer at the age of 87. 

Weinstein and his partner, Richard (Dick) Deaton, founded Simp'l Products in 1989 with the goal of inventing products that would streamline woodworking joinery for both professionals and novices at an affordable price. General Tools purchased the company in 2006 and hired Weinstein as a consultant.

September 10, 2013

Orlando -- Author and customer service consultant Shep Hyken told Ace Hardware dealers that being helpful means more than just making sales. It means being a bigger part of the community.

Hyken is author of “Amaze Every Customer Every Time,” an analysis and case study of Ace Hardware stores. During the General Session of the Ace Hardware Fall Convention & Exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center, Hyken pointed to tools retailers can use to beat the competition at customer service.

His advice:

May 1, 2013

Rob McIntyre joins the sales team for the division of ITW Building Components Group.

ITW Building Components Group announced that Rob McIntyre joined the Alpine Systems Corp. sales support team as a sales and software consultant serving Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

McIntyre has worked in the building component industry since 1998, most recently in a sales support role with Mitek Canada. Previously, Rob has excelled in similar roles with both Jager Building Systems and Taiga Building Products.