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AV Homes touches down in Jacksonville

BY HBSDealer Staff

AV Homes is expanding its footprint into the Jacksonville market with the purchase of 80 acres in the metro, which deal closed Aug. 8 for an undisclosed price.

"This property is beautiful and truly unique," said David Smith, Florida division president. "The AV Homes team is committed to creating a community in harmony with its natural surroundings for future residents to enjoy."

The move puts AV Homes on the map in a community whose economic fundamentals have made a strong showing as of late, creating ripe conditions for new home demand.

"AV Homes recognizes the current and future housing needs in Jacksonville — the timing is right," said Smith. "Jacksonville is a vibrant city, and we know the AV Homes brand will be well received here."

Plans for the community so far are based upon an urban park design featuring front porches and extensive sidewalk space for pedestrians.

The property is located off the 295 Beltway and Butler Boulevard near St. Johns Town Center.

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Poly-Wood names director of sales and marketing

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Syracuse, Indiana-based Poly-Wood, Inc. named Megan Pierson as the new director of sales and marketing for the designer and manufacturer of high-performance, eco-friendly casual outdoor furniture. 

Previously holding the position of administrative director for Poly-Wood, Inc.,  Pierson now will direct the company’s sales team including in-house staff and independent representatives.

“Megan’s years of experience, not only within Poly-Wood, but as the owner of her own company, have created an opportunity for her to take an even greater position within our leadership team,” said Doug Rassi, president of Poly-Wood. “We look forward to the contribution of her enthusiasm and passion in the growth of our brand.”

Pierson will report to Rassi.

“There are exciting things happening and the leadership position we hold in our category ultimately benefits everyone within our company,” she said.

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Leadership transition at Klein Tools

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Mathias Klein III will retire as chairman of the board of Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Klein Tools  in June, 2015 but will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.  

The company said Klein’s 46-year career with the company helped transform Klein Tools into an innovative manufacturer and industry leader. Upon Mat’s retirement, current president Thomas R. Klein Sr. (Tom) will succeed him as chairman.  Additionally, Mark Klein, vice president of domestic sales, and Thomas Klein Jr. (Tom Jr.), general manager of heavy infrastructure, will be promoted and serve as co-presidents of Klein Tools effective Jan. 1, 2015.

“Mat will be long remembered for his steadfast commitment to the company,” said Thomas R. Klein Sr. “With his leadership and vision, Klein Tools is in a better position today than when he started years ago.”   

“Under Tom’s leadership as president, Klein Tools not only survived the recession, it emerged stronger and became the undisputed leader in the hand tool industry,” stated Mathias Klein III chairman of Klein Tools. “His compelling vision ultimately drove Klein to become the world-class manufacturer and new product development machine that it is today. In his new role as chairman, Tom will be in a position to continue to help drive Klein Tools into the future.” 

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