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March 24, 2014

Jenn-Air is expanding its ventilation hood collection with new updraft models built for the powerful BTUs of today's high-end, contemporary cooktops.

"This year will mark an unprecedented expansion of the Jenn-Air appliance collection," notes Juliet Johnson, manager of brand experience for Jenn-Air. "Given the importance of keeping the air fresh and clean both in the kitchen and beyond, increasing our offerings in this category allows for a range of options for creating a well-designed kitchen."

March 21, 2014

New London, N.C.-based Fiberon, a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing products, hired Dustin Ferriso as territory manager.

Ferriso will serve Fiberon’s distributor and dealer customers on the 118-mile-long territory of Long Island, N.Y., including the five boroughs of New York City. He will work out of an office based in Lindenhurst, N.Y.

March 20, 2014

Jenn-Air has released three new refrigerators -- which go by the name of Obsidian -- featuring an unusual black interior

"Black lends a very flattering and sophisticated look to this collection and gives everything within the refrigerator more prominence and visual pop," notes Juliet Johnson, manager of brand experience for Jenn-Air. "The dramatic interior shade extends the elegant design of our products from outside to inside the appliance, and puts food on display in an impressive, pristine way."

March 18, 2014

Riding the wave of its recent appointment as the EPA's 2013 WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year, Delta Faucet is promoting the EPA Watersense "Fix a Leak Week," taking place March 17-23, through consumer education.

January 31, 2014

Eighty Four, Pa.-based 84 Lumber Co. promoted Don Baker to the position of VP of talent acquisition.  Baker has been with 84 Lumber for over 25 years starting his career in the store operations department and rising through the ranks to area and regional manager. Since 2001, Don has been in charge of 84 Lumber’s executive recruiting. 

January 31, 2014

Do it Best Corp. has promoted Bob Gumash to regional sales and business development manager for the northeastern United States, effective immediately. He replaces Rob Schmiedel, who was recently promoted to national sales manager.

“I’m honored to lead this outstanding regional team as we work to achieve our No. 1 goal: helping our members grow,” Gumash said. “I’m excited to combine my previous experiences as a territory manager and retail performance manager to bring an unparalleled level of service and support to our members.”

January 14, 2014

One thing a manager covets is a genuinely engaged employee. Recognition companies and training programs abound to help employers foster a culture in which workers feel valued, absorbed in their jobs and connected with their colleagues.

January 10, 2014

IKEA has appointed Selwyn Crittendon as the manager of its upcoming Miami-Dade store, opening this summer in Sweetwater, Fla.

January 6, 2014

Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal Quality Assurance Manager Helen Patricia received honors in the 2nd  Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards presented by The Manufacturing Institute. 

December 23, 2013

Intech Equipment & Supply, a Phoenix-based roofing and insulation equipment provider, has hired Dennis Alter as southeast technical service manager.

Alter will be based in the company's Madison, Ga. location and will support its five full service branches in California, Texas, Arizona, Missouri and Arkansas, as well as coverage for some other southeastern states.

December 23, 2013

Spartanburg, S.C.-based Merit Distribution Group hired Paul Van Noy as category manager, responsible for the direct management of vendor lines including sales growth, profitability and inventory rationalization.

"We are very pleased to have Paul joining the Lancaster team," said Mitch Jolley, CEO of the Merit Distribution Group. "As an industry veteran, Paul has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will bring immediate benefits to our customers and vendors."

Merit operates the Lancaster, Merit Supply, Merit Trade Source and Marit Pro trade names.

December 17, 2013

It’s performance evaluation time at many companies, and for managers it’s time to brush up on ways to break good and not-so-good news, such as:

• “We’re giving you more responsibility but no raise.”

• “You hit all your goals, and now you get tougher ones.”

• “You’re still employed, but we’re putting you on a performance improvement plan.”

December 16, 2013

Building products distributor Cedar Creek hired John Edwards as engineered wood manager in Statesville, N.C.

Edwards is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering and has spent 27 years in the EWP industry, most recently with International Beam. The company says he "will use his extensive experience to help lead Cedar Creek’s market share growth across Statesville’s multi-state coverage area."

December 16, 2013

Masco's Pender & Pettus Insulating has opened a new location in Statesville, N.C., marking the third location for the company in the state.

December 12, 2013

Oakmont, Pa.-based Chelsea Building Products hired Brad Fello to the newly created position of quality assurance manager.

Fello began his career in the window industry at Thermal Industries as a branch manager and held director positions at Traco, including quality, manufacturing and materials. Experienced in Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Quick Response Quality Control and ISO-9000, he is also a graduate of Clarion University with a degree in business management.

December 10, 2013

Beloit, Wis.-based ABC Supply named Mike Jost to the newly created position of VP operations. 

In his new role, Jost will be responsible for the company’s operations, safety, education, real estate, marketing and merchandising functions. Most recently, Jost had been the Mid-Atlantic district manager.   

December 5, 2013

The next time one of your employees admires your business suit, it’s OK to wonder if she’s sucking up.

More than one in five U.S. employees admit to complimenting managers to get on their good side -- even if the flattery is a bunch of hooey.

Just be glad you aren’t a supervisor in India: Almost half of workers there (46%) say they sweet-talk their bosses even if they don’t mean it.

November 25, 2013

Shares of Lumber Liquidators (LL) were down 11.75% after hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson announced a short position in the company, citing questionable environmental practices.

November 25, 2013

Lumber Liquidators issued a statement in response to hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson, whose short position on the company caused shares to plummet nearly 12% on Friday.

Tilson made the announcement at the Robin Hood Investors Conference in New York on Friday, citing allegations surrounding the company's sourcing practices that surfaced earlier this fall.

November 21, 2013

Horizon Distribution, recognized by Denver-based PRO Group as the “Farm Mart Distributor of the Year,” says one of the keys to high performance is constant vigilance. 

“I think we just listen to our customers and try to fill their needs,” said Mike Dawson, retail division manager for Yakima, Wash.-based Horizon. “We try to provide them with ideas on how to move forward, whether its marketing, inventory control or new products.”

November 21, 2013

Scott Wirges has been named store manager of Parr Lumber's Eugene, Ore. location, effective Nov. 11.

Wirges is returning to the company after a four-year hiatus. Previously, he had held numerous positions with the company between 1991 and 2009. 

Before he joined the building industry as a Copeland Lumber employee, Wirges served in the Marines.

November 20, 2013

Greensboro, N.C.-based Snavely Forest Products hired Jon Forsyth as the Engineered Wood Products (EWP) manager.

Forsyth brings more than 20 years of experience in engineered wood, specifically in the areas of design, optimization and value engineering.

October 30, 2013

Former hedge fund manager Jeff LaCava is setting his sights on the startup realm: specifically that of the remodeling industry, where there's opportunity to bring digital tools into the contractor selection process. is an Angie's-list type website where homeowners can go to find local home contractors, share their experiences and access an online forum related to home improvement topics. The site also features a dedicated blogroll, an evolving contractor FAQ and more.

October 24, 2013

Many employers encourage workers to decorate their workspace or dress up for Halloween, or allow workplace Halloween parties featuring decorations and costumes.

But what one person considers funny and harmless, another may view as tasteless or offensive.

On a blog called “Ask a Manager,” one black reader inquired about how to tell white co-workers that painting their faces dark so they could imitate basketball stars would offend her. Her question inspired both empathy and disbelief.

October 18, 2013

Before: If David and John Huntington, owners of Huntington Lumber & Supply Co., had known that their much-needed expansion would eventually bring them daily personal thanks from their customers, they might have gotten around to it much sooner. Despite the fact that the third-generation lumberyard in Hazlehurst, Miss., was overflowing past its 2,000-sq.-ft.