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Dog poisoned after chewing house palm

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The poisoning of a golden retriever has brought attention to warning signs — or lack thereof — on plants that can kill pets.

A golden retriever in Dublin, Ohio, is dying of liver failure after its owners bought a Sago Palm in a local home improvement store, according to a report by NBC4-TV

The dog’s owners, Beth and Dennis Radcliff, said the 1-year-old dog, named Francine, chewed up the potted plant, which looks like a miniature palm tree. According to the website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, just one seed from the plant can kill an animal.

Francine suffered liver failure, and doctors reportedly gave the dog only several weeks to live. 

The Radcliffs have complained that the palm had no warning tags on it. The store, which was not named, and plant distributor were friendly at first, according to the Radcliffs. But the couple has since received a letter denying any claims or changes with how the plant will be tagged, according to the report. 

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Recall issued on air compressors

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with DeVilbiss Air Power Co. of Jackson, Tenn., has issued a voluntary recall of certain air compressors due to a fire hazard.

DeVilbiss has received nine reports of motors overheating, including three reports of fire damage to surrounding property. No injuries have been reported. Approximately 460,000 compressors were sold under the Craftsman, Delta Shopmaster, DeVilbiss, Husky and Porter-Cable brand names, according to the announcement.

The recalled compressors were sold at home centers nationwide from January 2003 through December 2004 for $199 to $299. Craftsman-brand compressors were sold at Sears stores nationwide from September 2000 through December 2005 for $199 to $229.

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More executive promotions announced at Lowe’s

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Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s announced a variety of executive promotions, including a replacement for the post vacated by Robert Gfeller Jr., who was recently promoted to executive VP merchandising.

Troy J. Dally has been promoted to Gfeller’s old job, senior VP and general merchandising manager-hardlines/building products. Dally joined Lowe’s in 1999 and has served as merchandising VP millwork for nearly five years, following seven years in other areas of the building materials division. He has nearly 20 years of home improvement experience.

Also today, Lowe’s announced Maureen K. Ausura was promoted to executive VP human resources, having served as senior VP in the same capacity since joining the company in 2005. She oversees all aspects of human resources, including employee recruitment and benefits for Lowe’s approximately 238,000 employees in North America. Ausura has more than 25 years of human resources experience.

Gaither M. Keener has been promoted to executive VP, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, having served as senior VP in the same capacity since 2006. He began his career at Lowe’s in 1985. Keener directs and determines all legal and compliance matters for the company and its subsidiaries.

Ausura and Keener will continue reporting to Robert A. Niblock, chairman and CEO.

Lowe’s announced two other promotions: 

• William L. (Leroy) Allen has been promoted to senior VP logistics, replacing Rick D. Damron, who was recently promoted to executive VP store operations. Allen joined Lowe’s in 2003 as VP logistics flow and support and served more recently in the corporate supply chain organization as VP logistics planning and forecasting.

• Everett B. (Britt) Dayton has been promoted to senior VP IT business management, after previously serving in store operations support as VP store delivery fleet operations. In his new role, he will work across Lowe’s business areas on IT strategy, architecture, program management and prioritization to ensure successful delivery of technology to support the company’s business objectives. Prior to joining Lowe’s in 2003, Dayton worked for more than 20 years in retail supply chain development and information systems.

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