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Central Garden & Pet makes exec appointment

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Central Garden & Pet has announced the appointment of Gus Halas as president and CEO of its Central Operating Cos., effective April 18.  Halas will report to William Brown, Central’s chairman and CEO.   

Halas has worked as a consultant to the company since 2009. From 2003 to 2009, he was chairman, president and CEO of T3 Energy Services. He previously served as president and CEO of Clore Automotive and Marley Cooling Tower Co. and held senior executive positions with a number of other companies, including Ingersoll-Dresser Pump Co. and Sulzer Industries. 

Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., Central Garden & Pet is a supplier of lawn, garden and pet products under a variety of brands, including Pennington, Kaytee, Amdro, Sevin, Ironite, Norcal and New England Pottery.

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New officers for masonry veneer group

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The Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (MVMA), the trade association organized specifically for the adhered masonry veneer industry, has announced new officers.

Dan Mulhern, of Veneerstone, will serve as president and Chuck Stein, of Environmental StoneWorks, will serve as VP. Ardeen Brever, of Boulder Creek Stone, will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer, and Ralph Vasami of Kellen Co. will continue to serve as the executive VP.

“We are very excited to have the new team of officers on board,” said Mike Fischer, general manager of MVMA. “The outgoing officers did a really outstanding job, and I am confident that this group will continue to build on their success and do many great things for the industry.”

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the MVMA’s main goals are to build awareness of manufactured stone products, establish industry codes and standards, and to build collaborative partnerships with stakeholders in the industry.

As the new officers of MVMA, Mulhern, Stein and Brever will oversee and lead the communications, education and technical operations of the association.

Mulhern is the president of Veneerstone, a leader in the manufactured stone market and one of the original members of the MVMA.  He has served on the MVMA’s board of directors since 2007, and has served as VP of the board for the last two years.

Stein has been the president and CEO of Environmental Stoneworks for the past two years.  Prior to that, he worked for Owens Corning for 12 years, where he was president of the Cultured Stone business for three of those years.  He has more than 15 years of experience in the building materials industry.

Brever of Boulder Creek Stone has been in the cast stone industry since 1977. He has been involved in the installation and manufacturing of stone.  He has served as the secretary/treasurer of the Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association from the time it was formed in 2006. 

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Lowe’s plans million-sapling giveaway

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In partnership with American Forests, the Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s will celebrate the Earth Day weekend by giving away 1 million tree saplings to customers.

“Putting trees into the hands of our customers is a simple way to make a big difference on Earth Day," said Kevin Measel, Lowe’s VP nursery merchandising. "We hope that these trees will be a catalyst for our customers to seek out other simple ways to give back to the earth at home and in day-to-day life."

The giveaway will have a high-tech component. Each tree will be bar-coded so customers can register their trees online at Lowes.com/earthday and see where other trees are being planted across the country. Customers will also be able to scan a 2-D bar code on the tree bag from a mobile phone for instant access to tree facts and a short informational video on how to plant and care for the sapling. 

Lowe’s and American Forests identified species for each region that can grow successfully in the climate conditions and terrain. The size of the sapling depends on the type of tree. 

Trees will be available while supplies last. 

In addition to the 1 million tree giveaway, Lowe’s will host a special Earth Day Build and Grow clinic at 10 a.m. on April 23. Every Lowe’s store nationwide will offer the Build and Grow clinic, which guides children through building a wooden birdhouse to take home.

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