Dixon brand makes North American exit
Husqvarna Group division Husqvarna Professional Products has announced its decision to discontinue the Dixon brand name in North America.
That means Dixon’s zero-turn mowers, walk-behind mowers and tractors will bow out from the market, though Husqvarna plans to manufacture similar products under alternative brands.
"The decision to phase out the Dixon brand is part of the Husqvarna Group’s strategic plan, a strategy that seeks to reduce operational complexity, improve efficiency and give additional focus to the consumer," said Jeff Dewosky, VP dealer sales, Husqvarna.
As of the end of this year, the distribution of products under the Dixon brand name will cease in North America, but will continue internationally for the time being. The company will continue to process Dixon warranty claims and provide service parts for a period of time.
No jobs are expected to be lost in the transition, nor does Husqvarna expect a radical change in its financial standing.
Report: Lowe’s makes moves in Brazil
Citing insider sources, Bloomberg reported Friday that Lowe’s is working with Goldman Sachs in its search for acquisitions in Brazil, although the company is still reportedly weighing its options.
The move would help Lowe’s establish a presence in a market without clear leaders — one that’s expanding as incomes (and the number of new homeowners) grows in Brazil. As it stands, there’s little competition aside from corner hardware stores.
According to the sources, Lowe’s is considering buying part of BR Home Centers, a home improvement holding company, as well as Curitiba-based Balaroti Materiais de Construcao SA.
The companies involved have yet to comment, Bloomberg reported.
Lowe’s will report its second quarter earnings early Wednesday morning.
Frieling creates new marketing position
Chad Price has joined Fort Mill, South Carolina-based Frieling USA as VP sales and marketing, a new position created to accelerate the expansion of the company’s sales and support.
He will be responsible for managing the sales force and increasing sales and distribution of the company’s gourmet kitchenware and tabletop lines. He reports to Monika Schnacke, CEO.
“Chad has the expertise and relationships to help us take our business to the next level, working with our able staff,” said Schnacke.
Price has a diverse background and strong track record in sales, marketing, product development and senior level management in the tableware, housewares and foodservice industries. For the past 9 years he was Vice President of Consumer Products for Schott-Zwiesel and Fortessa. He has also served as Executive Vice President for Bormioli Rocco USA and Vice President of Sales for Arc International.