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AAON receives 2013 Employer Award of Excellence

BY HBSDEALER Staff

AAON Coil Products received the Employer Award of Excellence for the Workforce Solutions East Texas area at the 17th Annual Texas Workforce Conference.

Longview, Texas-based AAON Coil Products is a subsidiary of AAON, which manufactures heating and cooling products. 

AAON’s East Texas facility has more than 300 employees and has been an active participant in the WorkKeys initiative for the East Texas board.

Held Dec. 4-6 in San Antonio, the conference is organized by the Texas Workforce Commission to recognize employers with a positive community impact and active involvement with their local workforce boards.

"The partnerships between our employers and our local workforce boards are so important in continuing to develop a skilled, well-trained workforce in Texas," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. "I congratulate AAON Coil Products and Workforce Solutions East Texas for providing a great example of the power of those partnerships."

AAON Coil Products was also honored as the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year by the Longview Chamber of Commerce. The award will be presented at the chamber’s Annual Banquet on Jan. 14.

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Seasonal Specialties recalls pre-lit Christmas trees

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Seasonal Specialties is recalling approximately 1,800 units of pre-lit Christmas trees that were sold exclusively at Menards between September and November 2013.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission cited fire, burn and shock hazards due to a tendency for the tree’s electrical components to overheat and melt.

Menards has received two reports of overheating, melting or smoking, though no injuries have been reported.

The product in question — Twinkling Pine, sold under the Enchanted Forrest brand — measures approximately 7.5 feet tall. 

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Vulcan Materials makes some management moves

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Vulcan Materials Company has made a few changes to its management structure, all of which are effective Jan. 1, as part of an ongong succession process.

"These are key steps in our succession planning process, which is an important and ongoing focus of our Board of Directors," said Vulcan’s chairman and CEO Don James. "We are blessed with great talent and experience at Vulcan, and these appointments position us well for future growth opportunities that will further enhance shareholder value. Tom, John, Danny and Dan have played immensely important roles for Vulcan and will continue to do so in their new positions. We are excited about our future, and about their roles in helping shape it."

Current SVP, South Region Tom Hill has been promoted to EVP and COO of Vulcan Materials. He will replace Danny Shepherd, who has been promoted to the position of vice chairman, in which he will advise the company on organization, business development and succession planning, among other things. He will also help with the current transitions taking place.

John McPherson, currently SVP, East Region, will step into the role of EVP and CFO of Vulcan Materials. He replaces Dan Sansone, who will take the role of EVP Strategy. In this role, Sansone will spearhead strategic initiatives and assist the transition of new senior managers. He plans to retire at the end of 2014.

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