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Dunston promoted at American Woodmark

BY HBSDealer Staff

Cary Dunston has been named president and COO at American Woodmark Corporation, in which role he will assume the added responsibility for the company’s finance and information technology operations.

"Over the past year, Cary has provided invaluable leadership in rebuilding the organization and meeting the needs of our customers and constituents as the industry continues to recover from the recession," said chairman and CEO Kent Guichard. "Consolidating the additional support functions of finance and information technology will further enhance our ability to align all aspects of the Company in pursuit of the 2019 Vision to set the standard as a world class operation. I look forward to continuing to work with Cary as we drive the organization forward."

American Woodmark is a manufacturer and distributor of kitchen cabinets and vanities, operating via nine manufacturing facilities and nine service centers across the country.

In his most recent role, Dunston was serving as EVP and COO.

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Sears Canada opens new fulfillment center in Calgary

BY HBSDealer Staff

Sears Canada is opening up a new fulfillment center in Calgary, Alberta that will serve customers in Western Canada who use the Sears Direct channel.

The 240,000-sq.-ft. facility will feature advanced product and packaging systems to increase efficiency in packing and shipping small-ticket items available through Sears Canada’s catalogues and ecommerce website. The addition of the facility is expected to save an average of 1 to 2 days in delivery time for most customers in Western Canada.

"The substantial capability enhancements and flexibility offered by this new facility will result in faster delivery for most Western Canada orders, improving the overall customer experience," said Doug Campbell , president and CEO, Sears Canada. "The new facility will enable Sears to make significant customer service improvements and meet the requirements of today’s Direct customers."

Orders of $99 or more made via catalogue and Sears.ca will begin shipping for free beginning Aug. 23.

The new facility is also expected to create approximately 200 jobs.

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SolarWorld announces product recall

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SolarWorld, the Camarillo, California-based subsidiary of Germany-based SolarWorld AG, recalled certain solar systems with copper grounding lugs.

SolarWorld solar panels installed with bare-copper grounding lugs can corrode which could result in a faulty ground circuit, posing an electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard, according to the recall announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

The firm has received one report of corrosion related to the bare copper lugs. No injuries have been reported.

The products in question were sold by SolarWorld installers and distributors, or other distribution companies from June 2011 to June 2014 for about $1,000 to $10,000 depending on system size.

The recall affects about 1.3 million units  in the U.S. and 210,000 in Canada.

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