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Andersen promotes within its Renewal Division

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Andersen is making some personnel moves within its Renewal by Andersen division. The company’s leadership team now includes Troy Barrow as VP marketing, Grant Davis as VP company owned retail operations and Jeanne Junker as VP affiliate retail operations.

“This is an exciting time for Renewal by Andersen,” said Renewal president Paul Delahunt. “These key leaders have helped us deliver strong growth over the past few years with a keen focus on customer satisfaction. I look forward to their continued leadership and passion for success.”

Barrow has been with the company since 2010 as director of marketing, a role he also once held with Lifetime Fitness. His resume includes roles at Best Buy, E&J Gallo Winery and the Pillsbury Company.

Davis has been with Renewal in various leadership roles since 2004, most recently as general manager of company owned retail operations. He was previously a sales and marketing consultant and held a variety of sales and marketing positions at Kohler Company.

Junker has been with Renewal the longest of all three — since 2000 — and has held a number of strategic leadership positions, most recently as director of business development. She is also credited with leading the integrated efforts of the affiliate retail sales, business development, product management, and the service and warranty teams. She has also worked for Ergodyne Corporation and Spinetech.

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Fluorescent shop lights recalled from Home Depot

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Cordelia Lighting is recalling its Commercial Electric Fluorescent Shop Lights from Home Depot shelves after receiving 888 incident reports.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the lamp sockets have a tendency to foster loose connections, which creates a potential fire hazard.

Of the many reports, 382 have involved smoking, 328 units have caught on fire, 173 involved sparking and five units exhibited electrical arcing. No injuries have been reported.

The recall affects about 222,000 units of the Commercial Electric brand lights that use two 48-in., two-pin, T8 fluorescent lamps. The metal fixture is about 48 ins. long, 4.25 ins. wide and 2.5 ins. high and comes with two 10.5-in.-long chains for hanging. A white label on top displays model number CESL401-06 and SKU number 201-462. They were sold exclusively at Home Depot from August 2013 through March 2014 for about $13.

The CPSC is urging customers to immediately discontinue use and unplug the lights. They can be returned to any Home Depot store for a full refund.

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Nest recalls 440,000 smoke alarms

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Nest Labs is recalling approximately 440,000 units of its Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm after discovering potentially dangerous flaws in the Nest Wave feature.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearby activity during a fire can prevent the alarm from immediately sounding when the Nest Wave feature is enabled, which is intended to silence alarms with the wave of an arm. However, there have been no reports of any incidents thus far.

The announcement follows shortly after the company decided to halt sales of the product.

The recall affects all Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms, which come in black or white with the word "nest" on a large button on the face of the alarm. They were sold at Best Buy, Home Depot and other retailers nationwide, as well as online at nest.com, amazon.com, bestbuy.com and homedepot.com from November 15, 2013 to April 3, 2014 for about $130.

Users who are connected to the wireless network should receive an automatic electronic update that disables the Wave feature. 

Those who aren’t connected are advised to do so immediately in order to receive the update, and to confirm with Nest Labs that their software is up to date.

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