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Dave Heine joins BlueLinx

BY HBSDEALER Staff

BlueLinx, one of the industry’s largest building materials distributors, has hired Dave Heine, the former vp-retail development at Do it Best. BlueLinx confirmed that Heine started this week as a senior national account executive, where he will call on Do it Best accounts and other independent dealers.

“I have worked with [Heine] for over 20 years as a customer and always admired his abilities, leadership style and integrity,” said BlueLinx president and chief operating officer George Judd.

Heine, a 28-year veteran of Do it Best, left in July after serving in a number of positions that included vp-lumber and building materials, vp-building products, vp-purchasing for pro and commercial products and manager of the lumber and commodities division.

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Dunn-Edwards names new president

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Dunn-Edwards has named Michael Bader as its new president and chief operating officer, reporting to CEO Ken Edwards. Bader comes to the paint manufacturer from G&K Services, a uniform apparel and safety services provider, where he headed up eight business units in the company’s western region.

Bader has also worked for General Electric, where he held positions in GE Capital and GE Appliances, and Armstrong Flooring.

Bader succeeds Mike Rose, who served as president from 2000 until this past April, bringing Dunn-Edwards from a family owned to an employee-owned company.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Dunn-Edwards operates stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. It recently opened its 100th retail location.

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Back-to-school boosts mass merchants’ August sales

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Retailers reporting monthly sales for August were lifted by back-to-school shopping and posted a 2.9 percent gain year-over-year on a comparable-store basis, a according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

The performance was an improvement from the ICSC’s July tally — a 2.6 percent year-over-year increase.

“In August, sales picked-up a tad, but clearly the economic environment remains challenging for retailers,” said Michael Niemira, ICSC’s chief economist and director of research. “With continuing housing market problems, consumer spending trends will likely remain subdued in the foreseeable future,” Niemira added.

Wal-Mart Stores comp-store sales increased 3.0 percent in August, as rival Target posted a 6.1 percent gain.

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