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3M hosts Idea Exchange Lounge at SXSW

BY HBSDEALER Staff

3M was in attendance at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, where the company fostered an innovation brainstorm of sorts at its Idea Exchange Lounge.

Attendees were able to explore some of 3M’s latest projects, including new LED lighting solutions, glass films and building adhesives.

The Lounge also featured a mobile charging station; networking opportunities; free cocktails and cupcakes during certain hours; free samples of 3M Post-it Products and Privacy Screen Protectors; and a live art demonstration from Amsterdam street artist Max Zorn, who uses Scotch Packaging Tape and light to create portraits.

3M also gave away a total of $10,000 in prizes to reward attendees who participated in its Twitter campaign. Each idea shared on Twitter via #3MIdeaExchange inflated the 3M Idea Balloon at the lounge space a little further; whoever popped the balloon each won $500.

The 3M Lounge opened its doors March 7-9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brush Square Park, next to the Austin Convention Center.

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Steve Hill named president of ThermaCELL Repellents

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Former Black Flag Brands president Steve Hill has been named president of Bedford, Mass.-based ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellents, a subsidiary of the Schawbel Corporation.

“We have grown ThermaCELL into the go-to solution for outdoor enthusiasts, and with Steve’s business building expertise, consumers everywhere will know the comfort of our bug-free zone,” said Bill Schawbel, chairman of the Schawbel Corporation. “We are proud to have an experienced consumer products leader who has a long track record of growing insect control businesses.”

Hill has racked up four decades in insect control and consumer products. At Black Flag, his eight-year tenure saw a compound annual growth rate of 27%. Prior to his role there, he worked for The Scotts Company, where he was closely involved with the acquisition of the Ortho and Roundup brands.

“I’m tremendously honored to have the opportunity to work with such a committed and talented team to grow the most effective area repellent on the market,” said Hill.

ThermaCELL products are sold at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Home Depot, Wal-Mart and more.

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Carter Lumber opens second Atlanta-area yard

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After opening a store in Athens, Ga., in November, Kent, Ohio-based Carter Lumber today announced the opening of a new yard in the Atlanta area. 

The new location, a former Stock Building Supply unit, is in Oakwood, Ga. It is the company’s second location in the Atlanta area.

“Moving into Atlanta is an evolution of our long-term growth plan to select the right markets, get the best people to service the customers and let them produce immediate positive results,” said Carter Lumber president and COO Jeff Donley. “This business is based on relationships and opening a second location in the Atlanta market shows our commitment to providing the best level of service for our customers.” 

The 14-acre full-service lumberyard will offer rough framing lumber, engineered components and place a heavy emphasis on millwork products, the company said. 

“The warm reception we have received has expedited our timetable for opening this second location and will enable us to provide all the services that the market needs,” said Kip Gleckler, senior VP field operations.

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