BehrPro 2013 sweepstakes winners announced
The two winners of the 2013 BehrPro Experience Tour sweepstakes were announced Wednesday on the heels of an 18-week mobile tour around the country.
Doug Kinder, owner of Madisonville, Tenn.-based Kinder Painting Company, and Jeff McCaffery of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Tom Kelly Construction Inc., will both be honored at local ceremonies this week. Each, as well, will receive a custom-wrapped trailer and trade tools, worth over $10,000 in total.
"We feel truly lucky, and grateful, to be receiving a custom trailer stocked with industry tools for our business from BehrPro," said Kinder. "With our very own, professional trailer, my business is in a better position to grow and organize how it approaches residential jobs of all sizes."
The sweepstakes had been in play since May, during which time the BehrPro Experience Tour traversed the nation to showcase BehrPro products and services. In the course of 18 weeks, the tour visited various cities and industry trade shows.
"We’ve felt the economy take a toll on our industry and winning this sweepstakes could not have come at a better time for me professionally and personally," said McCaffery. "The trailer and tools will be helpful for the day-to-day activities at my full-time position and also reduce overhead costs for the paint work I do on the side, allowing me to retain more of the profits."
Kathy Hendricks takes new ABC Supply post
Kathy Hendricks, who had overseen ABC Supply’s information technology function for 28 years, most recently as VP and chief information officer, has been named to the newly created position of executive director of customer connectivity.
In her new role, she will lead ABC Supply’s strategic initiative to design, develop and implement the new information technology services and solutions that will connect ABC Supply to its customers and make it easier for its customers to run their businesses.
Announcing Hendricks’ appointment, ABC Supply president and chief operating officer Keith Rozolis said, “With the advent of mobile platforms, our customers have made it very clear that they have a strong desire for enhanced connectivity with ABC Supply. Mobile engagement will be essential for ABC Supply to continue to deliver great customer service.”
ABC Supply is based in Beloit, Wis., and operates more than 450 branches in 45 states.
Central Garden & Pet posts wider Q4 loss
Central Garden & Pet Company’s loss widened in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2013, prompting a contrite response from president and CEO John Ranelli on the company’s lack of sufficient progress.
"Our financial results are simply unacceptable," said Ranelli. "While we will see some improvements along the way, it is going to take another year or two to get our performance consistently where we want it to be. We are taking deliberate actions to improve our company’s performance and achieve its true potential. We will continue to focus on putting our customers first, cutting costs, and raising profits to drive shareholder value."
The Company reported net sales of $368.8 million for the quarter ended Sept. 28, 2013, down 7% on a year-over-year basis.
Meanwhile, a net loss of $22.6 million for the quarter was more than double that of 2012’s Q4 loss of $10.1 million.
For the full year, the company’s net sales were $1.65 billion, down 3% from $1.70 billion in fiscal 2012. The net loss for the full year was $1.9 million, compared to earnings of $21.2 million in the previous year.
"We have made good progress in our Pet segment in laying the foundation for future success," added Ranelli. "However, our Garden results are disappointing. We are beginning to implement the same operating philosophies and disciplines we are instituting in our Pet segment to drive improvement in our Garden segment. Although our Company’s results are expected to be choppy, I am confident these improvements will drive more favorable results over the long term."