Content about general manager

November 7, 2014

Fastenal CEO Willard Oberton has officially tendered his resignation to the company's board of directors, which has already named a successor in president Leland Hein Jr.

Hein has been with the company since 1985 and has held various sales and managerial roles, including general manager, district manager, regional VP and EVP sales. He has been serving as president since July 2012.

Oberton gave his notice on Nov. 3, stating that he plans to resign, effective Dec. 31, 2014. Hein will step into his new role on Jan. 1.

November 6, 2014

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company created the Hawthorne Gardening Company, a wholly owned subsidiary focused primarily on the emerging areas of indoor and urban gardening products.

September 30, 2014

The International Housewares Association, the Rosemont, Illinois-based trade group for the housewares industry, announced that Dave Elliott, general manager, KitchenAid Global Small Appliances has been elected IHA chairman of the board.

Elliott joined Whirlpool Corp. in February 2009. Whirlpool is the parent company of KitchenAid and the largest manufacturer of major and small appliances in the world. Before joining Whirlpool, he worked for Jarden Corp. from 1997 to 2009, where he was VP of global marketing with responsibility for personal comfort and wellness products. 

September 8, 2014

The Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm will soon be making their debut in Belgium, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.

In addition, Nest is also making some strategic energy partnerships in Europe via Direct Energie, Essent and Lampiris.

August 27, 2014

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rolled through the Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties of California Aug. 24, but the Boral ProStone/Cultured Stone by Boral facilities in Napa are reporting "no harm done."

The plant survived the earthquake with no structural damage or interruptions, nor were there any injuries to employees or their family members, though the region as a whole suffered extensive damage.

August 26, 2014

Parr Lumber named Jon Friesen as the new manager of the company’s Tacoma, Washington, location.

Friesen most recently served as the manager of Parr’s Portland location on MLK Blvd. and prior to that as the assistant manager at Parr’s West Linn facility.

The appointment is effective Sept. 2. 

Before joining the Parr team, Friesen worked for BMC for 15 years and served as the lumber division manager of BMC’s Tacoma location and the Vancouver general manager.

July 31, 2014

What Silicon Valley company is the reigning “Business of the Year,” as determined by the Campbell, California, Chamber of Commerce?

Is it Netflix? Apple? Google?

The answer (and you can Google it) is Economy Lumber, established in 1936 in neighboring San Jose. Today, when everyone seems to be chasing dot-com gold in an age of disruptive technologies, the Campbell lumberyard is doing things almost the same way it has for generations.

Almost, but not quite.

June 30, 2014

Wholesale building material distribution company Cedar Creek announced five management promotions.

“Our continuing expansion has created opportunities for top performers in our organization,” said chief operating officer D. Wayne Trousdale. I am very pleased to announce these promotions.” 

• Regional VP Mark Corso joined Cedar Creek from Roberts & Dybdahl, where he spent the last 33 years in a number of executive roles. Corso began his career at GP.

January 24, 2014

Montgomery, N.Y.-based Russin Lumber has added Scott Orr to the company’s executive team as VP market development.

A seasoned professional with a long tenure of success in building products, Orr comes to Russin having spent the past 25 years with Moulding & Millwork, most recently serving as group general manager heading up all sales and operations for the company in the northeast.

January 16, 2014

PPG Industries, the Pittsburgh-based coatings company, has promoted Kevin McDonald to the role of VP fiber glass.

Beginning March 1, McDonald will transition from his current role as PPG general manager, reinforcements and leader for fiber glass in the Americas and EMEA. He will succeed Thomas Kerr, who is retiring effective the same day.

November 1, 2013

Snavely Forest Products -- Dallas has expanded its product offerings to include TimberTech's full decking and railing collection, which it will distribute statewide in Texas in addition to a complete line of AZEK products.

"We only invest in high-quality products," said general manager Dave Adams. "TimberTech decking and railing is the option we are produ to carry and provide to our customers in Texas."

The company cites a robust housing recovery in Texas and increased demand for new products in the building materials industry.

October 31, 2013

The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association (WCLBMA) has elected officers and directors for 2014, including Mark Ganahl as president. 

Ganahl is VP of Ganahl Lumber and general manager of the company’s Anaheim, Calif., location. Ganahl Lumber is the state’s oldest lumberyard, with a history that dates back to 1884. Today Ganahl Lumber has nine locations in Southern California.

October 15, 2013

Honeywell has announced that its full line of Wi-Fi thermostats will enable homeowners to connect with their utility and receive incentives for cutting down on electricity use. 

"The same technology people purchase today to lower their heating bills can pay extra dividends in the summer months," said Tony Uttley, general manager of Home Comfort and Energy Systems at Honeywell. "Honeywell can easily link homeowners to these additional savings."

October 8, 2013

John Ward, formerly director of sales and channel marketing at Newell Rubbermaid Canada, has been appointed general manager of Acme United Canada. He will replace Harry Wanless, who has retired.

“We are excited to welcome John to our team," said Acme United president and COO Brian S. Olschan. "He has a very successful track record building and managing businesses, and we look forward to working with him.”

September 26, 2013

The International Housewares Association (IHA) has elected Dave Elliott to a second three-year term on its board of directors, as well as appointed him treasurer of the board.

Elliott, who will serve a one-year term as treasurer from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014, is currently general manager of small appliances at KitchenAid.

He joined Whirlpool Corp., the parent company of KitchenAid, in 2009. Previously, he worked for Jarden Corp. for 12 years as VP global marketing.

September 10, 2013

Guadalupe Lumber in San Antonio has a reputation for its eclectic product mix. “Jackets, boots and all sorts of stuff,” said Kyle Grothues, fourth-generation general manager of the three-store hardware home center retailer. “We ended up with a lot of statues of the Virgin Mary one year.”

And the results? “We sold all of them.”

The ability to seize merchandise opportunities is one of the common themes among the crop of 2013 Hardware Store All-Stars.

June 19, 2013

Las Vegas — Ray Griffith kicked off the Golden Hammer retail awards presentation with a joke: "Does everyone have an hour? I have a long speech." He got an even bigger laugh when he called out a moderator for his use of the word "entertainment" to describe the panel discussion.

But the concepts that Griffith and the other retail honorees shared during the 29th Golden Hammer Awards ceremony held here during the National Hardware Show contained a serious tone as hardware stores appear to be poised to pounce on a swelling industry recovery.

February 25, 2013

The new building center and showroom will occupy the site of the former Franklin Emery (F.E.) Wheaton Lumberyard.

Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Edward Hines Lumber, a subsidiary of US LBM Holdings, will open a full-service building supply center and showroom in May in the Chicago area.

The new facility will occupy the site of the former Franklin Emery (F.E.) Wheaton Lumberyard. The downtown Wheaton, Ill., property has been vacant since F.E. Wheaton closed in 2010. The new lumberyard will be managed by former F.E. Wheaton 
general manager of 28 years, Pat Briody.

January 7, 2013

Style Crest, the Fremont, Ohio-based distributor of building materials and manufacturer of vinyl siding, has appointed Jeff Buckley as president, Residential Housing Group.

Buckley spent his career in building products and distribution, most recently with Weyerhauser, where he held the position of general manager of the Eastern Division since 2006. 

June 11, 2012

Home Channel News selected 50 hardware stores -- one from each state -- for inclusion in the second annual Hardware Store All-Star list. The stores distinguish themselves with strong customer service, innovative approaches to retail and a connection to community and customers.

The alphabetical listing of All-Star stores, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, continues here with New Mexico, New York and North Carolina: 

March 8, 2012

Sales and marketing veteran Rick Brinton has been appointed as the general manager for the fence, rail and decking business at CertainTeed Corp. He will assume this leadership role in addition to his existing responsibility as the general manager for the company’s Restoration Millwork Exterior PVC Trim product line.

January 18, 2012

CalStar Products, a manufacturer of low-energy, low-CO2 masonry products, has hired Joel Rood as its new CEO. Rood has worked in the building products and materials industry for 15 years, most recently as general manager for CertainTeed Canada. He also served as general manager of the southern U.S. division at James Hardie Corp.

Rood’s previous positions also include assignments with Hilti and Schlumberger in the United States and internationally.

January 11, 2012

SieMatic USA, a maker of high-end kitchen cabinetry, has appointed Hans Henkes as its new general manager. Henkes will oversee operations in North America, serving as liaison to SieMatic’s corporate and independent partner showrooms, as well as leading the company’s commercial division.

Henkes, who has been with the company for four years, has a background in international management. He will be responsible for managing SieMatic USA operations and market development throughout the United States and Canada.

January 6, 2012

The Caribbean island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands is known throughout the world as a vacation destination with remarkable beaches and unbeatable sailing and diving.

For Micheal Thomas, the second-generation general manager of CTL Home Center, Tortola is also an island of home improvement opportunity. It is here where the company’s transformation from plumbing supply house to showroom to full-service LBM dealer and home center is under way.

December 9, 2011

The incoming chairman of the Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) spelled out his top 10 goals in a recent note to his membership. Among them: a double-digit percentage gain in FBMA membership and the introduction of a fishing and skeet-shooting event.

George Fishtorn II, general manager of Kimal Lumber & Hardware, with locations in Nokomis, Englewood and Venice, will begin his term Jan. 1. Fishtorn told Home Channel News he was "extremely honored" to hold the position with FBMA, which was established in 1921.