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Ames True Temper, Clopay combine under new exec

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Griffon Corp., a diversified management and holding company, has named Eugene (Gene) Colleran as the new CEO of Ames True Temper and the new president of its home and building products division.

Griffon also announced that Ames True Temper and Clopay Building Products will both become part of the home and building products division and report to Colleran. Clopay is a manufacturer of garage doors for both the residential and commercial markets. 

Duane Greenly, the former CEO of Ames True Temper, is retiring after nine years with the lawn and garden tool maker, the last three as CEO.

Colleran had been head of Clopay Building Products for the last 11 years. Prior to joining Clopay, Colleran spent nine years with Newell Co., most recently as president of BernzOmatic, a leading manufacturer of gas-powered hand torches. Prior to Newell, he spent nine years in various sales and marketing management roles with Chicago-based United States Gypsum.

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KB Home names senior VP marketing

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Los Angeles-based KB Home has named Tom Silk senior VP marketing and communications. Silk will be responsible for the home builder’s marketing, advertising, communications and social media outreach across its U.S. home-building operations. 

"We are pleased that Tom has joined KB Home as a member of our executive team," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home. "I believe having someone of Tom’s caliber and expertise in this important role will help us to connect with consumers on a new level." 

Most recently, Silk was VP marketing for hydration brands at PepsiCo Beverages Americas. Previously, he led global marketing efforts for the Guitar Hero and Call of Duty franchises at Activision-Blizzard. He also served as a brand marketer at The Clorox Co., and began his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

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Allied Building Products makes space for solar

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Allied Building Products, one of the industry’s leading distributors of exterior building products, is adding solar panels and accessories to its lineup in a special pro-oriented display. Solar products will have a dedicated area within Allied’s Contractor Tool Center, which the company opened on May 12 at its East Rutherford, N.J., headquarters. 

The 7,000-sq.-ft. facility includes power tools, roofing products, flashings, sealants, fasteners, safety equipment and other products regularly used by contractors. The solar products area includes solar panel displays, string inverters, combiner boxes, Quickmount PV products, solar fasteners and other accessories.

Allied Building Products sells residential and commercial roofing, siding, windows, drywall, acoustical and metal framing in 29 states. Annual revenues are approximately 1.7 billion. The company is a division of Oldcastle Inc., the North American holding company for CRH plc.

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