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CORRECTION: Associated Materials CEO resigns

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Jerry Burris has resigned from his role as CEO and director of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Associated Materials to pursue other interests.

"I have enjoyed my time at AMI and am proud that our team’s accomplishments have positioned the company for a strong future," said Mr. Burris. "As a shareholder of AMI, I look forward to following its continued success over the coming years."

The company’s board of directors is currently in the process of seeking a replacement. In the meantime, current director and former CEO Dana Snyder will serve as interim CEO.

"We are thankful for Jerry’s significant contributions to AMI during his tenure as chief executive," said chairman Erik Ragatz. "Under Jerry’s leadership, AMI has made significant progress toward our strategic imperatives, including enhancing our customers’ experience and positioning the company for sustainable long-term growth. We wish Jerry the best in the next phase of his career."

[NOTE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Burris had been named CEO. HCN regrets the error.]

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Whirlpool to use Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent

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Whirlpool Corporation has announced its plans to adopt Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) in the manufacture of its U.S.-made refrigerators and freezers.

Citing energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, Whirlpool is harnessing the agent’s 99.9% reduction in global warming potential compared to the most common foam blowing agent in the U.S. The implementation is expected to be equivalent of removing over 400,000 cars from the road.

"Whirlpool Corporation and Honeywell believe we have responsibility to be as proactive as we can to preserve our environment, and meet the demands of our consumers," said Joseph Liotine, president of Whirlpool U.S. operations. "By introducing this new insulation to our refrigerators, we’ve taken steps to reduce global warming potential, the most significant contributor to environmental impact for refrigerators without compromising quality or the energy efficiency of our appliances."

According to the company, Whirlpool will be the first home appliance manufacturer in the world to use Solstice in its foam insulation. With a voluntary phase-out already underway in its use of hydroflurocarbons, its U.S. manufacturing centers are expected to be fully converted by the end of 2014.

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Lenox celebrates its 125th anniversary

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Lenox is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 125th annivesary with the tableware business.

Part of its 2014 agenda includes a new branding campaign based on the internet-friendly theme "Lenox, Where Entertaining is @." The Lenox website will provide more information to users looking for tips on how to entertain at home, including exclusive recipes, expert tips and product suggestions.

Lenox will also spotlight its best-selling patterns for the anniversary year, which include Opal Innocence, Butterfly Meadow, Vintage Jewel and Tuscany Classics.

Lenox’s century-plus career in the industry has made it a household name in fine china, crystal stemware and dinnerware for entertaining, bridal and gifting, all made in the USA. According to the company, it’s the only manufacturer of fine bone china in the United States.

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