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DriTac promotes executive

BY Brae Canlen

Flooring products supplier DriTac has announced the promotion of Larry Scott to VP field technical services.

As technical director for DriTac, Scott has become a recognized industry expert in flooring, adhesives, proper substrate preparation, moisture-control systems and installation methods. Prior to joining DriTac in 1999, Scott owned his own flooring installation company. Responsible for multiple crews, he supervised flooring installations of all kinds for more than 30 years. Scott has built long-standing relationships in the flooring industry and often provides consultation and installation training to major flooring contractors nationwide.

Founded more than 55 years ago, DriTac Flooring Products supplies flooring adhesives from coast to coast through more than 100 distributors and in warehouses, including Clifton, N.J.; Dalton, Ga.; City of Commerce, Calif.; and Dallas.

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Lowe’s recalls gas grills

BY Brae Canlen

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Lowe’s, has recalled approximately 37,000 Master Forge gas grills due to potential fire and burn hazards. The products were made by Guangdong Vanward Electric of China and imported by LG Sourcing, of North Wilkesboro, N.C.

If improperly installed, the hose connecting the gas tank and regulator to the burner control can touch the burner box and cause the hose to melt and rupture when the grill is lit. This poses a fire and burn hazard.

No injuries have been reported, but there have been two incidents of hoses melting and rupturing.

The product, a four-burner grill with a single-door base, was sold exclusively at Lowe’s nationwide from November 2011 through May 2012 for about $270.

According to the recall announcement, consumers should immediately stop using the grill and inspect it to make sure that the gas hose runs along the outside of the grill cabinet and passes through the round hole in the side panel. Consumers should contact Guangdong Vanward Electric for revised instructions and a warning label to apply to the grill that shows how to properly install the hose and the regulator. More information can be obtain by visiting the recall website.

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Longtime Orgill chairman to retire position

BY Ken Clark

William Fondren, who has served as chairman of Orgill board of directors since January 2005, has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2012.

Fondren spent 24 years as Orgill’s president and CEO, leading the Memphis, Tenn.-based from a regional distributor serving the Midsouth to one of the industry’s largest independent hardlines distributors, with retail customers in all 50 states, throughout Canada and in more than 60 countries around the world.

Ron Beal, Orgill’s current president and CEO, will succeed Fondren as board chairman while retaining his current responsibilities with the company. Fondren will also continue to serve as a member of Orgill’s board.

“We are delighted Bill has agreed to remain on Orgill’s board and that we will continue to have access to his advice and counsel,” Beal said.

Added Fondren: “As a privately held company, one of the most important things Orgill can do is plan for an orderly transition on our board and establish a continuity of leadership for our team; these changes are a reflection of that type of planning.”

Fondren first joined Orgill in 1977, when he served as general manager of the company’s appliance division. Later he became executive VP and general manager of Orgill’s hardware division and was responsible for sales, purchasing and merchandising of hardware products. He was named president and CEO in 1981 and eventually succeeded Joseph Orgill III as board chairman. 

“Bill has always championed the value of a strong team and has been instrumental in assembling and guiding the team here at Orgill for more than three decades,” Beal said. “Not only has Orgill experienced unprecedented growth during this period, but we have also been able to help thousands of retailers achieve greater success in their own operations, which is our ultimate mission.” 

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