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Cary Dunston named CEO at American Woodmark

BY HBSDealer Staff

Cabinet supplier American Woodmark Corporation has a new CEO in Cary Dunston, effective in August.

Dunston is currently serving as president and COO of the company. He will assume his new role concurrent with the company's Annual Shareholders Meeting on Aug. 26, succeeding Kent Guichard.

Dunston has been with the company since 2006, when he joined as senior VP manufacturing. Since then, he has held the roles of executive VP operations, executive VP and COO, and president and COO.

Dunston has also been serving on the board since 2014.

Guichard will remain with the company as non-executive chairman of the board.

"Over the past few years, we have been preparing our senior management team for the orderly transition of the company's leadership," said Guichard. "Transferring the full responsibilities of CEO to Cary is the next step in this process. During his nine years with the company, Cary has spent time working in a variety of key roles that have involved him in all aspects of our business. Since 2013, Cary has led the effort to drive us towards our 2019 Vision to become a world class organization. He has assembled an outstanding team that I am confident will take American Woodmark to even greater success. I congratulate Cary and look forward to working with him in my continuing role as chairman."

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Great States recalls electric mowers

BY HBSDealer Staff

Great States is recalling about 1,200 units of its cordless 17-inch electric lawn mowers due to a reported injury hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the mower has a tendency to start when the key is not in the starting position.

At the moment, however, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recall affects Earthwise cordless electric push lawn mowers with a 17-inch mowing deck. The recalled mowers have a silver motor housing and deck with a side discharge chute, a black foldable handle and a bright green bail lever, height adjustment lever and handle knobs. The mowers have a 24-volt removable, rechargeable battery. Brand name “Earthwise” and “17” appear on the front of the mowers. Model number 60517 is on the name plate on the back of the motor cover.

They were sold at Menards stores, Seventh Avenue catalogs and online at PowerSales.com and SeventhAvenue.com from January 2014 to May 2014.

Consumers are being advised to immediately discontinue use, remove the battery and contact Great States Corporation for a free replacement.

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Deckorators launches ‘Certified Pro’

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Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Deckorators, a brand of the Universal Forest Products, rolled out a new preferred-status program that aligns contractors with the leading brand in decking, railings, balusters, post caps and more.

Called Certified Pro, the program is designed to increase contractors’ professional business opportunities and drive their deck sales and installation services.

The new program encourages contractors who use Deckorators products to become trained as specialists. Upon completion, Certified Pros earn points simply by tracking the Deckorators products they use for their projects. Points are redeemable for promotional items or cash back.

Each Certified Pro is job-site trained by an expert Deckorators representative, said Chris Camfferman, director of product management and merchandising, Universal Forest Products. “This is invaluable,” he said. “In addition, Certified Pros receive a Pro Profile webpage and a preferred contractor listing on Deckorators.com, they gain access to the Deckorators Pro-only site, they’re sent a welcome kit and marketing tools, and much, much more. We’re excited about the potential these advantages offer our professional Deckorators installers.”

Also, Certified Pros have a direct line of communication to the Deckorators team. They’ll be the first to know about new products and promotions prior to official launch, and they’re encouraged to provide feedback on ways to improve the Deckorators product line and programs, according to the company.

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