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ABC Supply names VP operations

BY HBSDEALER Staff

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.   

Jost has spent his entire career in building products distribution and brings a strong field perspective to his new role, the company said. Since joining ABC Supply in 2002, he has served as manager of the Springfield, Va., branch and held several positions on the company’s Northeast region team.

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DuPont rolls out new building wrap

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Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont Building Innovations launched DuPont Tyvek ThermaWrap R5.0, a building wrap that acts as a breathable air and water barrier, while providing continuous exterior insulation.

This new addition to the DuPont product portfolio helps builders achieve higher R-value wall assemblies, improving energy efficiency while helping to reduce the chance of water accumulation in the wall, which can lead to mold and water damage that may occur when using other non-vapor permeable exterior insulation products, according to the company.

“We recognized the need for a product that can be installed like a building wrap, and provide builders a level of insulation to help improve energy efficiency and air and water protection to improve the durability of their homes," said Angela Strzelecki, North America business director, DuPont Building Innovations. "At the same time, DuPont Tyvek ThermaWrap R5.0 can help builders meet or exceed increasingly stringent codes, standards and home certification programs. ” 

The product claims to deliver the benefits of a weather barrier along with an insulation value of R5.0 in a single, integrated product that can be installed using familiar installation techniques similar to those for DuPont Tyvek HomeWrap.

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Newell Rubbermaid appoints new HR officer

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Newell Rubbermaid has appointed Paula S. Larson to the post of EVP and chief human resources officer, succeeding the soon-to-be-retired James M. Sweet, effective Dec. 16.

“The development of our people is at the foundation of our Growth Game Plan – and throughout her career, Paula has helped companies navigate change and empower employees to achieve sustainable growth,” said Michael Polk, Newell Rubbermaid’s president and CEO. “As we deploy our new operating model and build key capabilities to speed, Paula has the perfect combination of strategic and executional HR leadership to strengthen our talent base and support our global growth ambition.”

She will be leaving her most recent role as chief human resources officer for The Western Union Company, where she transformed the company’s personal development approach and company culture. She has also served as chief human resources officer at Invensys plc, where she was noted for her role in helping to achieve top-5 performance among the London FTSE100 in 2009.

Larson has a track record of effecting changing on a company-wide level via her career as an HR business partner and strategic consultant. She has worked in 80 countries and maintains an emphasis on cultural and geographic diversity.

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