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Deere razes building in East Moline plant

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Deere and Co.’s Harvester Works began razing its oldest building at its East Moline, Ill., plant, according to the WCF Courier.

The C/D building, built in 1914, was the plant’s oldest and has outlived its useful lifespan, according to the article.

The demo project is the last step in a $32 million plant improvement project started in 2006.

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Appelmann out at Stock Building Supply

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Joe Appelmann, CEO of Stock Building Supply, is no longer with the company, according to a statement issued today by chairman of the board Tim Meyer.

Anew CEO has already been identified, according to a company spokesperson, and an announcement will be made “very shortly.”

Appelmann was a 22-year veteran of Stock, holding many key posts, including VP finance, senior VP logistics and chief operating officer. He became CEO in 2007 and led the company through a sale to The Gores Group, a Los Angeles private equity firm, and a major Chapter 11 restructuring.

Speaking about his departure, Appelmann said: “Stock is an exceptional place to work with a bright future. I would like to thank every associate for the courtesy and loyalty they extended to me during my tenure. My sincere hope is they will provide the same support to my successor. I cherish all of the friendships I developed over the years and look forward to maintaining those relationships in the future.

“It was a privilege to work with such a talented management team,” he added. “They were instrumental in transitioning the company to committed ownership and restructuring the organization for future growth and performance.”  

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Circular of the Week

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This year, get your Thanksgiving wares at the hardware store. Montana-based Billings Hardware is featuring deals on everything from pop-up turkey timers to lancers and even infrared turkey fryers and marinade injectors. Not to fall too far behind the Christmas curve, it is also starting deals on outdoor lights and accessories, including an extreme cold-weather extension cord.

Hot Deals

• CharBroil oil-less infrared turkey fryer for $165; • Six-piece party traveler kit for $25; and • Weston Brand heavy-duty food slicer for $99.

The Skinny: While supplies last

The message of urgency takes up just a small amount of real estate on a circular, but its impact is huge. The red banner with “While Supplies Last” in bold letters above the circular sends a clear message to customers: It’s in their interest to come to the store as soon as they can.

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