CG&P names new CEO
Central Garden & Pet has named John Ranelli as its new president and CEO, effective Feb. 11. Ranelli has been a member of the company’s board of directors since 2010. He also sits on the board’s audit committee. Ranelli will remain on Central’s board, while current chairman and CEO Bill Brown will continue as chairman.
In a prepared statement, Brown said: “Over the last two years, [Ranelli] has become a leader on our board and a trusted partner. His close to 40 years of experience in building consumer products companies will be invaluable as we position Central for the next phase of growth and continue our transition to an integrated branded consumer products company. While we have considerable work yet to do, Central is a different company today than it was a year ago. We are transforming Central from what was essentially a collection of more than 20 operating companies into an integrated organization. We are focused on building our brands and introducing innovative new products to the marketplace. We are eliminating redundant costs and pursuing a plan to achieve significant savings over the next few years.”
Ranelli has extensive experience in leading mid- to large-size consumer products companies. He has served as CEO at several companies, including Mikasa, a global dinnerware, crystal and home accessories company; FGX International (FosterGrant), a global optical company; and most recently, Woolrich, an outdoor clothing company.
Ranelli has also served as an adviser to companies and private equity firms since leaving Mikasa Inc. when it was sold in 2008. Previously, he served in senior executive capacities with the Timberland Company, Stride Rite Corp., Deckers Outdoor Corp. and TLC Beatrice.
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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Behr color forecast: think blue
Paint manufacturer Behr has introduced a color trends forecast aimed at professional painters, contractors and remodelers. Blue has been pinpointed by Behr as the leading color family in 2013. Deep, rich jeweled blues such as sapphire, lapis and cobalt will be used in combination with the already available aqua, turquoise and coral families, according to the company.
Blue is contained within each of Behr’s four color scheme projections, which pair the color with other shades or materials, such as wood and stone.
"BehrPro strives to give professional contractors, painters and remodelers all the solutions they need to better their businesses, and the four distinct color palettes — devised by our team of experts — are versatile for today’s home owners and property managers," said Colin Jaffe, senior VP operations for professional products and services at Behr Process Corp. "While gray will be a predominate color story for neutral walls, we encourage adding splashes of color on accent walls, ceilings and doors to draw attention to open areas and drive traffic to points of interest. Professionals who strengthen their color expertise are adding a beneficial component to their portfolio that will contribute to a better, stronger business foundation."
The BehrPro service program offers free jobsite delivery by certified coating specialists who can provide onsite color advice and answer product questions. BehrPro also provides access to factory tinting for accurate and consistent color matching. The 2013 Behr color trends brochure and new colors are currently available at Home Depot stores nationwide.
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Dog nabs shoplifting suspect at Lowe’s
A canine officer helped capture a suspected thief at a Lowe’s store in Chico, Calif., according to an article in the Chico Enterprise-Record.
A Chico police officer patrolling the area at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, noticed a damaged chain-link fence in the store’s garden center. Merchandise was stacked nearby.
Two previous shoplifting incidents had been reported at Lowe’s and Home Depot, on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, respectively.
The Chico officer, Regan Ortega, called for back-up, according to the news report. Several officers responded, including a K-9 unit. One of the suspects, 40-year-old Russell Castor, surrendered. But his brother, Brian Castor, 34, did not. The canine officer, named Luna, was sent in, and the second suspect was apprehended after he was bitten by the dog.
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