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DIY Council taps Seagrave as president

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Jayne Seagrave will take over as  president of the Worldwide DIY Council, effective May 1. Seagrave will take over for past executive secretary Donald Droesch, who is retiring from the Council. 

Seagrave is marketing director of the Vancouver Tool Corp. She holds a Ph.D in Criminology and is an active speaker and author. She has been a member of the council for more than six years and served on the board from 2007 to 2010. She is the first woman to hold the position and also the first Canadian to do so.

“We’re delighted to have persuaded Jayne to take the helm," said Bill Marsheck, vice chairman of the board. "She is well known to many of us in the home improvement industry and brings to the position not only the experience of a North American manufacturer with firsthand international sales experience, but is also well respected amongst her Canadian, United States and European peers. We expect her charismatic personality, energy and enthusiasm will inject a totally new dynamic into our organization.” 

The Worldwide DIY Council is an organization comprised primarily of American and Canadian manufacturers selling to the consumer, commercial and industrial hardware markets with an interest and commitment to grow their export business. Members range from young entrepenurial firms to well known, market-leading companies and brands. 

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Lowe’s to carry regional paint line

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lowe’s has added Yolo Colorhouse, a regional line of eco-friendly paints, to its West Coast stores, according to an article in the Portland Business Journal.

Portland-based Yolo will sell its no-VOC interior paints and primers in Oregon, Washington and California, according to the article. A 1-gallon container will retail for $22.98. 

The 92-color line will be available at 20 Lowe’s stores between Seattle and Los Angeles. 

Yolo Colorhouse currently is distributed through its own website, as well as homedepot.com and green building material stores. 

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Window blinds continue to stir safety debate

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Blind manufacturers and consumer advocates don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to blinds and child safety, according to an article in Thursday’s New York Times.

The task force created by the Consumer Products Safety Commission and manufacturers to find a solution to the problem of child strangulation is hoping to offer a plan this fall. But the article reports that negotiations are off to a rocky start. 

About 12 children per year strangle on window treatment cords, according to the article.

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