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Executive succession at Mohawk

BY Brae Canlen

Mohawk Industries has announced the appointment of Brian Carson as president of Mohawk’s flooring business unit and John "J.T." Turner Jr. as president of the Dal-Tile business unit. Both appointments are effective Jan. 2, 2012.

Carson and Turner will succeed Frank Peters, current president of the Mohawk flooring business unit, and Harold Turk, current president of Dal-Tile. Both Peters and Turk will continue with the company by leading strategic development activities in their respective segments, according to the announcement.

Carson joined Mohawk in 2006, after 16 years with Armstrong World Industries, where he held a number of senior leadership roles. He started with Mohawk as president of hard surfaces in the Mohawk flooring business unit and was later promoted to VP operations division. In early 2011, Carson was promoted to his current role as chief operating officer of the Mohawk flooring business unit.

Turner began his career with Dal-Tile in 1990, progressing through a series of leadership roles in sales, operations and general management throughout the business. In 2005, Turner was promoted to senior VP sales and in 2008 was appointed senior VP operations. He assumed his current responsibilities as chief operating officer of Dal-Tile in early 2011.

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Retail container traffic to be up slightly in December

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports should be up 0.3% in December compared with the same month last year, as retailers head to the finish line of the holiday shopping season, according to the monthly “Global Port Tracker” report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“The uptick we’re expecting for December isn’t large at all but it comes after several months where retailers had reduced their imports from last year, so it’s a positive sign by comparison,” said NRF VP supply chain and customs policy Jonathan Gold. “Retailers are placing a cautious bet that consumer demand is increasing.”

The total for 2011 is forecast at 14.73 million TEU, down one-tenth of 1% from last year’s 14.75 million TEU.

Global Port Tracker counts only the number of cargo containers imported, not the value of their contents, so cargo volume does not directly correlate with retail sales. 

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Long Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston and Savannah on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast.

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Poly-Wood announces executive promotion

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Syracuse, Ind.-based Poly-Wood Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance, eco-friendly casual outdoor furniture, announced the recent promotion of Chad Yordy to VP sales and marketing. 

Yordy initially joined Poly-Wood in 2006 as director of sales for the contract division. In his new position, Yordy, who will continue to be responsible for the expansion of sales and distribution channels, also will coordinate the company’s growth strategies.

“Our growth in the coming years will focus on the convergence of technology and marketing initiatives,” said Yordy in a prepared statement. “I am looking forward to leading our efforts to implement unified sales and technology strategies and to the growth that can result.”

In addition to its casual furniture manufacturing operation, the company is also an industry leader in the manufacturing and marketing of plastic lumber to multiple industries from landscaping to farming.  Poly-Wood also recently acquired the Image Group, a leading design and advertising firm serving northeastern Indiana.

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