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Bird-B-Gone’s Ian Rowsby sets out on 2,650-mile trek

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ian Rowsby, director of sales at Bird-B-Gone, has embarked on a 2,650-mile trek across the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

“Since I first read about the trail 10 years ago I’ve wanted to hike the PCT, and now seems like the perfect time,” Rowsby said.

The PCT is a 2,650-mile stretch of rugged terrain that consists of temperatures ranging from below freezing to 115 degressFahrenheit, 50 mountainous passes, serene wilderness and harsh desert climates. The journey will begin in Campo, California, on the border of Mexico and ends in Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada.

Rowsby will have food packages delivered to a number points along the trail. “You burn about 5,000 calories per day, so it’s nearly impossible to get enough food," he said. 

This trek is not Rowsby’s first adventurous pursuit. Born and raised in the U.K., he raced motorbikes professionally until the age of 27. He then moved to the United States. After completing his degree (B-tec in Entomology), Rowsby pursued a career in the pest control industry, focusing on bird control.

The Bird-B-Gone family will be tracking Rowsby along his journey via GPS. “It’s inspiring to witness a friend and colleague follow through on a long held dream and begin a new chapter of life,” said a colleague of Rowsby’s.

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April unemployment rate falls to 6.3%

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Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today shows the April unemployment rate at 6.3%, the lowest level since September 2008.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in April. Job growth had averaged 190,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

In April, employment growth was widespread, according to the Bureau, led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.

Also in April, employment in construction grew by 32,000, with job growth in heavy and civil engineering construction (+11,000) and residential building (+7,000). Construction has added 189,000 jobs over the past year, with almost three-fourths of the gain occurring in the past six months.

 

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Mark DeVincent named group president at Nortek

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Nortek has announced the appointment of Mark DeVincent as group president of its Custom and Engineered Solutions (CES) segment. DeVincent replaces Eric Roberts, who resigned after five years with the company.

DeVincent joined Nortek with 22 years of experience in manufacturing operations and sales management. Most recently, he was senior VP and general manager at Flextronics International, where he was the senior executive responsible for the company’s $2.5 billion server and storage business. 

"Mark is an experienced manufacturing leader with a deep background in sales," said Nortek president and CEO Michael J. Clarke. "His previous leadership at Flextronics will serve CES well, as the segment focuses on broadening and deepening its customer and channel partner relationships, both in the United States and abroad.  Mark brings a perspective and abilities that will accelerate the growth of this key business, and we are excited to welcome him to Nortek." 

Prior to Flextronics, DeVincent served as director, account management at Sanmina-SCI and Director, Western Region at HADCO Corp.

Nortek is a global, diversified company whose offerings include audio/video and security solutions, digital display mounting solutions, ventilation products such as range hoods and bathroom fans, heating and cooling products, and air management systems.

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