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Chelsea Building Products hires Fello

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Oakmont, Pa.-based Chelsea Building Products hired Brad Fello to the newly created position of quality assurance manager.

Fello began his career in the window industry at Thermal Industries as a branch manager and held director positions at Traco, including quality, manufacturing and materials. Experienced in Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Quick Response Quality Control and ISO-9000, he is also a graduate of Clarion University with a degree in business management.

Fello’s responsibilities will include developing systems to assure consistent quality of Chelsea’s products beginning with the raw materials and ending with the finished lineal extrusion.

Chelsea Building Products designs and extrudes PVC and composite profiles for the building materials market. 

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Familiar names are on the Corporate Equality Index

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released its Corporate Equality Index for 2014, which recognizes several names in the residential building and home improvement industry for their commitment to workplace equality for LGBT employees.

This year, a record 304 companies — in various industries and parts of the country — earned a top score of 100%.

Included in that cadre are 3M, Clorox, Owens Corning, Sears Holdings and Whirlpool.

For both Whirlpool and Owens Corning, 2014 marks a full decade on the list, or a 10th consecutive score of 100. Whirlpool is also the first appliance company to attain this recognition.

Clorox follows close behind at its ninth consecutive perfect score, 

To earn a perfect score, companies must have comprehensive equal employment opportunity policies in place (encompassing sexual orientation as well as gender identity and expression), offer partner health and employment benefits, offer transgender-inclusive health coverage, maintain organizational competency programs as well as an employee resource group, demonstrate a public commitment to equality and exercise responsible citizenship.

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BehrPro 2013 sweepstakes winners announced

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The two winners of the 2013 BehrPro Experience Tour sweepstakes were announced Wednesday on the heels of an 18-week mobile tour around the country.

Doug Kinder, owner of Madisonville, Tenn.-based Kinder Painting Company, and Jeff McCaffery of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Tom Kelly Construction Inc., will both be honored at local ceremonies this week. Each, as well, will receive a custom-wrapped trailer and trade tools, worth over $10,000 in total.

"We feel truly lucky, and grateful, to be receiving a custom trailer stocked with industry tools for our business from BehrPro," said Kinder. "With our very own, professional trailer, my business is in a better position to grow and organize how it approaches residential jobs of all sizes."

The sweepstakes had been in play since May, during which time the BehrPro Experience Tour traversed the nation to showcase BehrPro products and services. In the course of 18 weeks, the tour visited various cities and industry trade shows.

"We’ve felt the economy take a toll on our industry and winning this sweepstakes could not have come at a better time for me professionally and personally," said McCaffery. "The trailer and tools will be helpful for the day-to-day activities at my full-time position and also reduce overhead costs for the paint work I do on the side, allowing me to retain more of the profits."

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