Ace’s Ziegler distinguished by governance group
David Ziegler, co-owner of Elgin, Ill.-based Ziegler’s Hardware and chairman of Ace Hardware’s board of directors earned recognition as a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
As an NACD Fellow, Ziegler has demonstrated his knowledge of the leading trends and practices that define exemplary corporate governance today, and has committed to developing professional insights through a sophisticated course of ongoing study, according to Ace. The designation is the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals.
“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up NACD’s Fellowship program and who have committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom leadership,” said Ziegler. “The resources, insights and connections I’ve made through NACD’s Fellowship program will be key assets to the companies I serve, as well as to my professional growth as a director.”
Ziegler, 57, was named chairman of Ace Hardware Corp.’s board of directors in 2008. Prior to his appointment, Ziegler was an Ace board member for seven years. He served as chairman of the Compensation and Human Resources committee during his tenure, as well as chairman of the Supply Chain Committee. Currently he serves on the Ace International Holdings board of directors. He is also a member of Ace’s Nominating and Governance, and Finance committees.
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Texas town to get new Ace dealer
A new hardware store is under construction in Chandler, Texas, the result of two years of land use preparations, according to an article in TylerPaper.com.
The owner, Dan Langen, also operates Noonday Hardware just south of Tyler, Texas. The building is estimated to cost $450,000. Plans call for a 15,000-sq.-ft. store, with 10,000 sq. ft. of retail selling space and a 5,000-sq.-ft. warehouse. A receiving dock on the north side of the store will allow 18-wheelers to make deliveries, the article said. Customers will have their own pick-up area near the parking lot.
In hopes of revitalizing business on the west side of town, the Chandler Economic Development Corp. and the Chandler City Council recently approved a $30,000 grant to help fund infrastructure and driveways for the new store. The city expects to recoup its money in four years, based on anticipated city tax revenues of $30,000 a year. Of this amount, 25%, or $7,500, would be earmarked for economic development, according to the city administrator.
Ace’s Clark+Kensington earns high marks
In Consumer Reports’ latest tests of interior paints, newcomer Clark+Kensington earned the highest scores of 65 products evaluated for overall finish, ability to hide and more.
Clark+Kensington is the paint-and-primer in one paint brand made by Ace Hardware in 2011.
"When choosing paint, don’t assume a leading brand you swore by last time will do just as well this time around," said Bob Markovich of Consumer Reports. "Our tests found paints can vary year to year — and a bigger name does not always equal a better product."
Consumer Reports found Clark+Kensington paint to be tops in satin and semigloss finishes, and among the best for flat paints. It was also impressive at hiding, leaving a smooth finish that resisted stains and scrubbing. Its volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are low enough to meet the toughest, regional California standards.
And while new formulas have improved some paints, others performed worse than they did just a year ago in Consumer Reports’ tests. Compared with earlier versions, the Behr Premium Plus Satin Enamel wasn’t quite as good at hiding and became dull when cleaned.
Some paints such as Olympic One Flat Enamel improved at hiding. Better hiding also helped move Valspar Signature matte and semigloss up in Consumer Reports’ Ratings, joining Behr in besting Benjamin Moore, which costs roughly twice as much, among flat and semigloss paints.
Twenty of Consumer Reports’ top picks were of the paint-and-primer-in-one variety. The full report on interior paints is available in the March 2013 issue of the magazine and online at ConsumerReports.org.
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