Do it Best names plumbing merchandise manager
Do it Best has named Todd Miller as plumbing merchandise manager, the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op announced. In this position, Miller will assist Do it Best member-owners in the selection and marketing of plumbing products, evaluate existing and new plumbing products and implement retail service center and drop ship programs.
Miller was hired by Do it Best in 1997 as an associate merchandise manager in plumbing and has served as housewares merchandise manager for the past five years. Prior to joining Do it Best, he was in hardware store management.
Todd’s retail experience, combined with his previous experience in the plumbing category, is a tremendous benefit to our member-owners,” said Steve Markley, vp-merchandising for Do it Best. “Plumbing is a broad product category, and our members serve everyone from professional plumbers to weekend warriors doing their own repairs or remodeling projects.”
Demand dips for lawn and garden products
Unfavorable weather patterns, lower home values and rising fuel and energy costs conspired to limit demand for lawn and garden products in 2007, according to market research firm Freedonia Group.
Consumer demand for fertilizers, pesticides, soils, mulch and other garden products hit a snag last year when parts of the United States experienced a cold spring and drought conditions throughout the summer, according to a recently released study by the Freedonia Group. Spending on packaged lawn and garden products in 2007 was also dampened by rising fuel and energy costs, as well as lowered home values, the study said.
Going forward, the Freedonia Group projected an annual 4.5 percent rise in lawn and garden sales, with consumers spending approximately $9.3 billion in 2012. The graying of the Baby Boom generation will boost demand, especially for products that extend living spaces like patios and decks.
Other growth categories listed by the study are: fast acting and easy-to-use fertilizers; rubber and colored mulches; and premium soils. Increased concerns over the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides will provide opportunities for organic products, which are expected to undergo substantial improvements in effectiveness, availability and marketing, as well as lower prices.
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DuPont prevails in unusual dioxin case
DuPont prevailed in the retrial of a civil lawsuit brought by Mississippi resident Glen Strong, who won a $14 million jury verdict from the manufacturer in 2005. Strong had claimed his rare blood cancer was caused by dioxins from a Gulf Coast DuPont plant which he ingested through the air and by eating oysters from the Bay of St. Louis.
ADuPont titanium dioxide plant is located in DeLisle, Miss., about five miles from Strong’s residence.
DuPont attorney Deborah Kuchler told the Associated Press the company argued there was no connection between Strong’s illness and the plant. She said 850 more claims are pending against DuPont stemming from operations at the DeLisle plant.
“DuPont’s plan is to continue to defend these cases and the safety of its operations,” Kuchler told the wire service.
Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont has operations in more than 70 countries.
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