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Don Van Winkle tapped as Kimball EVP

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Kimball International, a manufacturer of electronic components and commercial furniture, has promoted Donald Van Winkle to the role of executive vice president, effective immediately.

“Don has demonstrated his market insights and earned respect for his valued judgments," said Kimball International president and CEO Jim Thyen. "It is my pleasure to make this appointment, as an acknowledgement of Don’s accomplishments and of his growing role in the strategic leadership of Kimball International as a whole."

Van Winkle will retain his position as president of the company’s Office Furniture Group. He assumed this role, in addition to VP of Kimball International, in February 2010.

He originally joined the company in 1991 as Office Furniture divisional controller and was named VP, general manager of National Office Furniture in 2003. Within that time, he has pulled off a successful track record overseeing accounting, finance, sales, market analysis, information technology, demand management and quality control operations.

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On the growth path, Carter Lumber consolidates

BY HBSDEALER Staff

With a focus firmly set on long-term growth, Kent, Ohio-based Carter Lumber identified 26 mostly Midwestern locations for closing. 

In announcing the moves, the company explained that its growth plans require consolidation in some smaller markets and an emphasis on those markets that can support growth. The moves allow the 143-location pro dealer to “support our growth, increase market share and expand into new markets,” according to an announcement.

Carter is no stranger to growth, particularly since residential construction turned south in 2006.

"During the recent economic downturn, while many competitors were tring to survive, Carter Lumber transformed itself from a $500 million traditional lumberyard, into almost a $1 billion professional lumberyard," said Jeff Donley, president. On top of that, during the last 18 months, Carter expanded with new stores in Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; and Outer Banks, N.C. 

“Sometimes, we make this business too complicated,” said Kip Gleckler, senior VP field operations for Carter Lumber. “Look at the markets, pick the best location and hire talented people to service the customer. It’s that simple. It’s not like we’re saving lives; we’re just shipping lumber and we need to do it better than anyone else.”

Locations set for closing represent only 5% of the company’s sales. They are: 

In Ohio: Akron, (Wadsworth Road location); Ashland, Bucyrus, Celina, Clyde, Coshocton, Eaton (lumber and plumbing), Fredericktown, Hillsboro, Huntsville, Kenton, Reno and Van Wert (lumber and plumbing).

In Indiana: New Castle, Rochester, Rockport (Kight Home Center), Shelbyville (lumber and plumbing) and Warsaw.

Also: Bad Axe, Mich.; Sturgis, Mich., Elizabethtown, Ky.; and Laurinburg, N.C.

The closings and consolidation will result in the loss of less than 30 full-time positions, the company said.

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Makita introduces Impact Gold insert bits

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Touting an ability to last up to 10 times longer than standard insert bits, Makita has announced its new Impact Gold insert bits collection, designed for use with high-torque impact drivers.

“Insert bits are clearly lagging behind the increased fastening power of high torque impact drivers, and the result is more broken bits and more wasted time for contractors,” said Brandon Stover, accessories product manager. “Makita has delivered a solution with new technology that revolutionizes fastening applications with up to 10-times longer bit life and superior fitment to prevent ‘cam-out’ and stripped screws. Impact Gold is the new gold standard in impact driving.”

The collection includes insert bits, bit holders, double-ended power bits, nutsetters, sockets and socket adapters, all made with high-quality steel and Xtreme Torsion Technology, which provides greater flexibility within the torsion section of the bit and decreased pressure on the bit tip. The end result is an increased ability to withstand high-torque settings.

The inserts are also designed to maintain their fitment via a five-stage manufacturing process that includes a correction stage for consistency: machining, hardening, correction, burr removal and coating.

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