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Do it Best names new retail development vp

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Do it Best Corp. has named Jay Brown to the post of vp-retail development.

Brown formerly served as vp-merchandising at the co-op, where he helped open two global buying offices in Asia. He also helped bring such programs to the co-op’s biannual markets, including the “Friday Night Sneak Peek” and “Power Tool University.”

Previously, Brown was senior general manager for paint manufacturer Valspar.

“Jay was instrumental in creating merchandising programs and services that helped our member-owners become more successful,” said Bob Taylor, Do it Best’s president and CEO.  “He has done an outstanding job as vice president of merchandising and we know he will bring that same energy and enthusiasm to his new role with our field staff.”

Ft. Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best serves approximately 4,100 member-owners in the United States and 45 foreign countries.

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Lowe’s undertakes campaign to aid flood victims

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lowe’s has announced all of its stores in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas will be set up to receive cash donations on-site following serious floods in parts of those states. Funds will benefit the American Red Cross.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will match donations from customers, up to $50,000.

Rains have caused serious damage in river communities in those southern states. Earlier, a state of emergency was declared in Oklahoma, while more than a thousand homes reportedly have been destroyed by floods in Texas, and thousands of residents have been displaced in all three states.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the nation’s second largest home channel retailer, aids a variety of organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, local education systems and others.

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Miron Building Supply acquires Catskill dealer

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Miron Building Supply, an LBM dealer based in Brooklyn, N.Y., has purchased Bogner-Seitel Lumber for an undisclosed price. The deal was effective July 2.

Headquartered in Monticello, N.Y., Bogner-Seitel Lumber is situated in the heart of the Catskills and serves contractors, camps, hotels and commercial operations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In addition to its Brooklyn store, Miron Building Supplies has locations in Gardiner and Ridgewood, N.Y.

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