Derby Building Products shakes off the storm
Derby Building Products' Miami plant is back up and running after getting slammed with 100 mph winds and torrential rain from Hurricane Irma. The plant, which manufactures Tando and Novik product lines, lost power for over a week. Still, orders were sent out every day during the power outage, trhe company said.
Employees worked without air conditioning, lights or power and are now working to get caught up on production.
"Most importantly, our colleagues are all safe after this monstrous storm,” said Ralph Bruno, President, Derby Building Products. “Their dedication during this difficult time was nothing short of extraordinary.”
The company also expressed pride over the way Tando's newest product, Beach House Shake, performed during the storm. The demo wall in back of the plant was in the direct path of the hurricane winds and rain, yet the wall and product survived without any damage.
High praise for Indiana town
And the number one place to live in America is – Fishers, Indiana.
At least, that’s the suggestion by the editors of Money magazine, which made the Northeast suburb of indianapolis the cover story of its most recent issue. The October issue shows a family-friendly two-story house in what looks like a happy Fishers neighborhood.
Kim Young, an owner of Fishers Do it center, described the town’s newfound notoriety as a pleasant surprise.
“I think it’s wonderful,” she said. As for its impact on business: “It’s not going to have an immediate impact, but maybe more people will buy homes here. It can’t hurt.”
The market, which is grown rapidly in the past 20 years to a population of about 90,000, is also served by a Menards and a Home Depot.
Fishers Do it center, a 22-year-old business, has changed as the community changed, Young said. The transition occurred slowly as the company began largely as a supplier of new construction projects to a dealer that now caters more to maintenance and repair.
More on the Money rankings can be found here.
PPG executive to resign
Viktor Sekmakas will be resigning as executive VP, effective Sept. 30. During his 20-year career with PPG, Sekmakas has held numerous key leadership roles in PPG’s automotive, industrial and packaging coatings businesses, as well as in the company’s Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.
“Viktor has truly been a dynamic global leader for PPG. He has played a key role in expanding our global businesses and operations; strengthening many important customer relationships; and developing new, more efficient and effective business processes,” said PPG Chairman and CEO Michael McGarry. “We thank Viktor for his many contributions to PPG and wish him and his family all the best in the future.”
As a member of the PPG Executive Committee since 2012, Sekmakas played an important role in PPG’s strategic portfolio transformation and growth. In particular, Sekmakas spearheaded the efforts to maximize shareholder value in the divestitures of the glass and fiber glass businesses while championing the decision to enter the coatings services business.