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BMC Select to establish “best practices” councils

BY HBSDEALER Staff

BMC Select, the Boise, Idaho-based pro dealer, has announced the appointment of Dave Ondrasek, the VP and general manager of its Houston operations, to chair its new Millwork Best Practices Council. Ondrasek, who will stay based in Houston, will work closely with BMC Select senior management and corporate purchasing personnel to identify key strategic objectives for the company’s 27 door and millwork facilities. Areas that will be addressed include sales strategies, sourcing and vendor relationships, equipment utilization, productivity and expansion opportunities.

BMC Select operates door and millwork plants in eight states: California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington — including regional multi-family and commercial facilities in Charlotte, N.C., and Frisco, Texas. It also provides installed millwork services in seven  markets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Stan Wilson, BMC Select’s president and chief operating offer, noted that the company has previously maintained advisory panels for its millwork and truss operations, as well as other key segments of its business.

“The millwork group is merely the first such council we’re emphasizing since we have united under a single new brand, Wilson said.  “We are presently in the process of reestablishing numerous best practices councils for 2010.”

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Whirlpool names Ottawa, Ohio, plant official manufacturing site

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Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool has announced that the former W.C. Wood manufacturing site in Ottawa, Ohio, will become an official Whirlpool manufacturing site of freezers, effective May 3.

“We have determined that the Ottawa facility has the potential to produce freezers under our leading portfolio of brands at globally competitive cost and quality levels,” said Alan Holaday, VP manufacturing operations, North America Region, Whirlpool. 

“Once fully operational, the Ottawa facility will be an integral part of our U.S. operations team, which includes employees in production, research and development, warehousing and operations. Our employees design and build the most innovative appliances in the world,” Holaday said.

The company said the facility will create approximately 190 jobs.

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USG names new VP and controller

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USG Corp. has elected William J. Kelley Jr. to the position of VP and controller, effective March 30. Kelley replaces D. Rick Lowes, who was named senior VP finance.

Kelley will serve as USG’s principal accounting officer and oversee all corporate control activities, including management of external financial reporting, corporate accounting and management reporting. He will report to Richard H. Fleming, USG’s executive VP and chief financial officer.

He previously served as VP finance at Pepsi Beverages Co.

Kelley holds a number of professional designations: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor. He began his career as an accountant with a Chicago subsidiary of Cargill Inc. and later worked for Arthur Andersen.

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