Briggs & Stratton hires a couple industry vets
Briggs & Stratton Corporation has hired Randy Lockyear and Rick Wendt, both veterans of the commercial engine industry.
"Randy and Rick are both respected leaders in the commercial and industrial engine community and we’re excited to have them lead our commercial sales team," said Joe Wright, SVP and president, Briggs & Stratton engines group. "We have made significant investments in commercial engine innovation and product offerings over the past few years. The addition of Randy and Rick, with their deep industry knowledge, significantly enhances the strength of our commercial sales team and reinforces our commitment to growing our commercial engine business and profitability."
Lockyear will take on the role of senior director of commercial sales, overseeing sales in North America of the company’s commercial engines (especially those of the Vanguard brand). In his previous role, he served as national sales manager for North American/Australian engine sales for Kawasaki Motors Corp, where he has worked for over 20 years.
Meanwhile, Wendt will step in as director of commercial sales, with a focus on the light construction and utility commercial business. He hails from American Honda Motor Company, Inc., where he worked for over 30 years, most recently as national OEM sales manager.
WDMA gains a new member
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association added Lexington Manufacturing as a member.
The WDMA provides advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ways for members to provide greater value to their customers.
Lexington Manufacturing supplies close tolerance components for the window, patio door, residential entry door, architectural passage door, fire door, as well as cabinet and furniture manufacturing industries. They manufacture structural millwork components for the packaging industry and supply distributors serving the industrial millwork and commercial building industries.
"Lexington Manufacturing is extremely pleased to join the WDMA and provide support in serving the window and door industries," said Bob Dimke, President of Lexington Manufacturing Inc. "Lexington’s commitments to customer service, innovation, and product development for the fenestration and architectural door industries is what generates the high level of enthusiasm of the Lexington Team."
A Brooklyn lumberyard burns
Marley Building Supply in Brooklyn, N.Y., erupted into flames over the weekend, and local news accounts described plumes of smoke that reached hundreds of feet into the cold night sky.
According to the New York Daily News article, some 200 firefighters fought the blaze from midnight to the early moring of Jan. 4. No one was hurt in the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to the report.