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Billy Teaford named Klein Tools’ 2013 Electrician of the Year

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Klein Tools has named its 2013 Electrician of the Year: Billy Teaford, a Southeast region finalist from Fincastle, Va., was the winning ballot out of more than 140 entries.

Teaford will receive $5,000 in prizes — half in Klein tools and half in cash — as well as an ultimate Klein garage package that includes a 41-piece tool kit, mini-refrigerator, golf bag, bar stools, can insulators, beverage opener tools and peg board.

“Billy demonstrates a passion for electrical safety and professionalism in addition to his charitable work,” said Mark Klein, VP domestic sales at Klein Tools. “His enthusiasm is contagious and has gained the respect and following of his co-workers and neighbors alike.”

Teaford has worked as an electrician at Roanoke Cement for 40 years and has had the same lock-out tag for just as long, as well as an ongoing stretch of zero lost-time accidents.

“No matter what employee it is, they always say, ‘Thank you for letting me work with Billy,’ ” said Dan Babish, Roanoke Cement technical manager. “Billy takes the time to teach them about why they are doing something, how to do it properly and why they are doing it this way to help the shift employees down the road… he takes the time to train the next generation of electricians.”

Teaford also received a nod from Captain Kenneth Argot of the Roanoke Salvation Army, who acknowledged his service to the organization and his initiation of the annual bike drive.

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Meet MHLDA’s Lumber Person of the Year, Rich Protsko

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Back in November, the Mid-Hudson Lumber Dealers Association honored their 2013 Lumber Person of the Year, Rich Protsko.

At the West Hills Country Club in Middletown, N.Y., MHLDA director Tim Erchick presented the award to Protsko at the 2013 Annual Meeting Nov. 1.

Protsko, who currently works for American Lumber Co. and serves as ex-officio on the MHLDA board of directors, has been in the lumber and building materials industry since he graduated high school. He got a job with a hardwood company from Holland (H&L Lumber), where he learned to operate the kilns, as well as grading, surfacing and machine maintenance.

After serving with the Air National Guard as an optician, he rejoined the industry via a job with Hallock Lumber, unloading rail cars, driving forklifts and handling lumber. Wishing to better his lot, he attended the NAWLA School of Lumber to earn his lumberman credentials.

His career has included stints at Mid-State Lumber, Wiener Crowley & St. John and American Lumber Co. He was also simultaneously involved with the military, retiring from the Air National Guard after 22 years as a master sargent in 2002.

“Everywhere I worked I had a blast and continue to do so,” he told the MHLDA. “It is the people in this industry who make it that way. It’s not always sunny and bright, but no job is. Somehow it always comes down to having fun.”

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Michael Sarrica named president of Ames True Temper

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Griffon Corporation has appointed Michael A. Sarrica as president of Ames True Temper, a landscaping products company based in Camp Hill, Pa. He is replacing Eugene Colleran, formerly CEO of Griffon’s Home & Building Products segment and of Ames, who has left the company.

“Mike Sarrica is a market focused leader with hands on experience in operations, manufacturing and innovation," said Griffon CEO Ronald Kramer. "We look forward to continuing to grow the Ames business with an emphasis on delivering customer satisfaction. We expect Mike’s leadership to have an immediate impact on Ames.”

In his most recent role, Sarrica was president of DRS Network and Imaging Systems, a subsidiary of DRS Technologies, Inc., which serves the military, industrial and commercial markets. He worked for DRS for 20 years.

Sarrica will report to Robert Mehmel, Griffon president and COO.

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