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Central Garden & Pet names new HR chief

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Central Garden & Pet has announced the appointment of Janet Brady as senior VP, human resources, effective Feb. 7, 2011. Brady will report to William Brown, the company’s chairman and CEO.

Brady served as VP, human resources at the Clorox Co. from 1993 to 2003. She replaces Sherry Perley, VP human resources at Central Garden and Pet since Sept. 2009.

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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NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, is up slightly over December. The reading from January 2011 shows consumers are slightly less concerned than they were last month.

The NPD Group’s U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measures consumer beliefs about the current and near-term state of the U.S. economy, on a scale of 0 — "very concerned" — to 100 — "very confident."

Source: The NPD Group Inc./The Economy Tracker, January 2011

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Blinds Chalet promotes cordless blinds

BY HBSDEALER Staff

With child safety in mind, Blinds Chalet is promoting free retrofit kits available through the Window Covering Safety Council. 

“Children’s safety is a top priority for Blinds Chalet,” said Chris Stanley of Blinds Chalet. “Every year we do our best to educate parents and parents-to-be about the need for cordless blinds in baby and children’s rooms, as well as play rooms."

Cordless blinds safety awareness also applies to pets.

"We urge pet owners to be aware that pets too can become entangled in hanging cords. For the safety of your loved ones, we encourage homeowners and renters alike to replace old blinds and shades with safer cordless blinds," Stanley said.

 

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