A.O. Smith signs on as QSC education sponsor
Ashland City, Tenn.-based A.O. Smith signed on as the Official Education Sponsor for Quality Service Contractors (QSC).
QSC is a trade organization serving plumbing and HVAC service and repair contractors.
As sponsor, A. O. Smith will provide many of the tools and resources used to supply contractor education to QSC members throughout the year as well as at the upcoming QSC Power Meeting XXXIV April 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn. A. O. Smith will also provide bi-weekly tech training, QSC HR consulting, and other online resources to contractor members.
“A. O. Smith stands behind the QSC mission to provide high level business management, education and professional development to its contractor members and their employees,” said Jeff Storie, national manager of contractor marketing for A. O. Smith Water Heaters. “A. O. Smith is proud to support QSC and their contractors any way we can.”
Menards is mum on $5 million land purchase
Home improvement retailer Menards isn’t saying why it bought the 2.2-acre property next to its store in Richfield, Minn., according to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But there’s much speculation that the Eau Claire, Wis.-based retailer, which has torn down other stores and rebuilt bigger units, might have the same plans in Richfield, a suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul twin cities.
Menards paid $5 million for the land, which currently holds a Chinese restaurant. A Richfield city official said that the retailer has already expressed an interest in expanding its local store. Last month, Menards opened a teardown/rebuild unit in Eden Prairie, Minn., and the company is getting ready to raze a 128,000-sq.-ft. store in Golden Valley and replace it with a two-story, 250,000-sq.-ft. store, according to the newspaper.
In Quebec, RONA opens 17th Reno-Depot store
Boucherville, Quebec-based RONA opened a new Reno-Depot store in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The 102,000-sq.-ft. store is part of the company’s "new generation" of stores.
The store is the 17th to carry the Reno-Depot banner. At the center of the store is the Project Space, a consultation area where customers can meet with experienced advisers — called Project Guides — to discuss their renovation projects.
The central aisle is lined with boutiques offering various decoration and finishing products, such as flooring, doors and windows, kitchens, bathrooms, paint, interior decoration and storage. The storage boutique, an emerging priority for consumers, is located near the entrance to the store.
"RONA is proud to continue developing its network and to offer the people of Vaudreuil-Dorion a big-box store with an innovative concept, built to meet the criteria of the LEED system for new construction," said Robert Dutton, RONA president and CEO.