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Contractor steals credit card data, police say

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Police in Batavia, N.Y., have arrested a 32-year-old man suspected of working three jobs to gain access to customers’ credit card data so he could fraudulently purchase $22,000 in building materials. According to an article in The Batavian, Dustin Hurlburt made the purchases at Armor Building Supply, where he worked, using credit card numbers he obtained while also employed as a gas station attendant.

The purchases, made from October 2009 to December 2009, were made for a local building site, where Hurlburt worked as a contractor, police say.

After a three-month investigation, Hurlburt was arrested on March 5. Detectives executed a search warrant on a property in Bethany, N.Y., on March 23 and recovered thousands of dollars of building materials allegedly bought with stolen credit cards from Armor Building Supply, the newspaper reported.

Hurlburt is being charged with multiple counts of grand larceny. The U.S. Secret Service has joined the investigation, which is being led by the Batavia Police Department.

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Whirlpool names Ottawa, Ohio, plant official manufacturing site

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Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool has announced that the former W.C. Wood manufacturing site in Ottawa, Ohio, will become an official Whirlpool manufacturing site of freezers, effective May 3.

“We have determined that the Ottawa facility has the potential to produce freezers under our leading portfolio of brands at globally competitive cost and quality levels,” said Alan Holaday, VP manufacturing operations, North America Region, Whirlpool. 

“Once fully operational, the Ottawa facility will be an integral part of our U.S. operations team, which includes employees in production, research and development, warehousing and operations. Our employees design and build the most innovative appliances in the world,” Holaday said.

The company said the facility will create approximately 190 jobs.

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USG names new VP and controller

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USG Corp. has elected William J. Kelley Jr. to the position of VP and controller, effective March 30. Kelley replaces D. Rick Lowes, who was named senior VP finance.

Kelley will serve as USG’s principal accounting officer and oversee all corporate control activities, including management of external financial reporting, corporate accounting and management reporting. He will report to Richard H. Fleming, USG’s executive VP and chief financial officer.

He previously served as VP finance at Pepsi Beverages Co.

Kelley holds a number of professional designations: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor. He began his career as an accountant with a Chicago subsidiary of Cargill Inc. and later worked for Arthur Andersen.

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