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Do it Best names e-commerce manager

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Do it Best has hired Joe Caldwell — who has a background in e-commerce infrastructure and more than five year’s experience in network administration — as its e-commerce manager.

In this position, Caldwell will oversee the development, administration and operation of the company’s Web site, doitbest.com, including coordinating on-site advertising with vendors and shipping orders. The company’s customer service center, which helps members with logistics, shipping and product information, also falls under his jurisdiction.

Caldwell will report to Bill Zielke, vp-marketing, for the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op.

Caldwell previously worked as facility manager with Brentwood, Tenn.-based American Color, one of North America’s largest full-service premedia and print companies, where he managed the print projects for Do it Best. Prior to that, he worked with Kruse International in Auburn, Ind., as a network administrator, coordinating the online and live auto auction administration.

Aresident of Fort Wayne, Ind., Caldwell is currently working toward his bachelor’s degree in internet information security at ITT Technical Institute.

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American Woodmark reports tough first quarter

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Kitchen cabinet and bath vanity maker American Woodmark saw earnings fall to $156,000 in the first quarter of 2009, down from earnings of $5.1 million in the same period last year.

Sales fell 16 percent to $139.2 million from $166.1 million in the same period last year.

The decline in sales was attributed to lower volume in both the company’s remodeling and new construction customers.

The Winchester, Va.-based manufacturer also saw a decline in its profit margin, in part because of significantly higher freight and material costs. The company was able to reduce operating expenses by reducing head count in the first quarter.

American Woodmark distributes its products through home centers, major builders and a network of independent distributors.

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Sears’ home services head to depart

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Sears Holding has announced that the head of its home services division, Mark Good, will leave the company. The reason for Good’s departure was not disclosed.

Sears home services include installation services, such as windows, doors and siding, as well as HVAC work and carpet cleaning.

Good has been with Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears since 1997, and he has overseen the home services division since 1999.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Sears said it will announce a replacement for Good in “the very near future.”

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