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Douglas Meyer is Agaia Homes’ new CEO

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Former Burt’s Bees CEO Douglas Meyer has been named CEO of Agaia Home, the consumer branch of green cleaning products company Agaia, based in Fort Lauderdale.

"We’re delighted that an industry leader of Doug’s caliber recognizes the revolutionary nature of our technology and its potential for transforming the household cleaning industry," said Benjamin Shell, chairman and CEO of Agaia. "Safe, non-toxic cleaners are finally taking center stage, and Doug’s arrival at Agaia is an important moment in the shift from petroleum-based cleaners to the post-petroleum era."

In his new role, Meyer will help spearhead the growth strategy of Agaia’s plant-based home care products, which were recently adopted by Walmart.

"I’m well-trained by some of the world’s best companies, know what to look for, and at first couldn’t believe the excellence of these products," Meyer said. "I literally spent the first 40 years of my career preparing for this opportunity — to lead a game-changing technology with the ability to transform the marketplace while, at the same time, greatly benefiting the environment."

Meyer’s resume touts 40 years of consumer packaged goods experience, which includes his time leading Burt’s Bees, as well as his role as VP and general manager at Colgate-Palmolive and as president of North America and regional manager of the Americas at Benckiser.

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Citing fire hazard, Viking recalls refrigerator freezers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Viking is recalling its built-in side-by-side refrigerator freezers with in-door dispensers after receiving 27 reports of electrical shorts, as well as four reports of fires.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the electrical connectors in the wiring harness have a tendency to overheat.

The recall affects about 750 units of Viking 42-in. and 48-in. built-in side-by-side refrigerator freezers with in-door water and ice dispensers. They were manufactured between October 2012 and May 2013, sold for between $5,400 and $6,400, and come in various colors and finishes. Model numbers begin with FDSB5421D, VCSB5421D, FDSB5481D and VCSB5481D.

The CPSC is urging consumers to turn off and unplug the freezers, and to contact Viking for a free, in-home repair.

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Carter Lumber expands in Georgia

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Kent, Ohio-based Carter Lumber expanded south with the opening of its first store in Georgia. 

The 144-unit pro dealer acquired Athens Building Supply in Athens, Ga., which opened yesterday under the Carter Lumber banner.

"Carter Lumber is not chasing trends or building permits, but rather developing markets with opportunities inside or very near our successful footprint," said Carter Lumber president Jeff Donley. "One of the most important parts of entering a new market is ensuring that we have quality people from the lumberyard industry who understand our business platform, know the market and the customers."

The 22-year veteran Brian Massie was hired to serve as district manager for the greater Atlanta market. Carter also hired J.R. Whitfield as sales manager. Russell Kozlowski was named general manager of the Athens location.

"This is Carter Lumber’s first store in the state of Georgia," Massie said. "As we continue to grow and open new locations, we look forward to building relationships with our customers, supporting the local communities and being the best lumberyard in the state of Georgia."

Carter now operates in 12 mostly Midwestern states from Michigan to Georgia.   

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