Familiar names are on the Corporate Equality Index
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released its Corporate Equality Index for 2014, which recognizes several names in the residential building and home improvement industry for their commitment to workplace equality for LGBT employees.
This year, a record 304 companies — in various industries and parts of the country — earned a top score of 100%.
Included in that cadre are 3M, Clorox, Owens Corning, Sears Holdings and Whirlpool.
For both Whirlpool and Owens Corning, 2014 marks a full decade on the list, or a 10th consecutive score of 100. Whirlpool is also the first appliance company to attain this recognition.
Clorox follows close behind at its ninth consecutive perfect score,
To earn a perfect score, companies must have comprehensive equal employment opportunity policies in place (encompassing sexual orientation as well as gender identity and expression), offer partner health and employment benefits, offer transgender-inclusive health coverage, maintain organizational competency programs as well as an employee resource group, demonstrate a public commitment to equality and exercise responsible citizenship.
BehrPro 2013 sweepstakes winners announced
The two winners of the 2013 BehrPro Experience Tour sweepstakes were announced Wednesday on the heels of an 18-week mobile tour around the country.
Doug Kinder, owner of Madisonville, Tenn.-based Kinder Painting Company, and Jeff McCaffery of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Tom Kelly Construction Inc., will both be honored at local ceremonies this week. Each, as well, will receive a custom-wrapped trailer and trade tools, worth over $10,000 in total.
"We feel truly lucky, and grateful, to be receiving a custom trailer stocked with industry tools for our business from BehrPro," said Kinder. "With our very own, professional trailer, my business is in a better position to grow and organize how it approaches residential jobs of all sizes."
The sweepstakes had been in play since May, during which time the BehrPro Experience Tour traversed the nation to showcase BehrPro products and services. In the course of 18 weeks, the tour visited various cities and industry trade shows.
"We’ve felt the economy take a toll on our industry and winning this sweepstakes could not have come at a better time for me professionally and personally," said McCaffery. "The trailer and tools will be helpful for the day-to-day activities at my full-time position and also reduce overhead costs for the paint work I do on the side, allowing me to retain more of the profits."
Kathy Hendricks takes new ABC Supply post
Kathy Hendricks, who had overseen ABC Supply’s information technology function for 28 years, most recently as VP and chief information officer, has been named to the newly created position of executive director of customer connectivity.
In her new role, she will lead ABC Supply’s strategic initiative to design, develop and implement the new information technology services and solutions that will connect ABC Supply to its customers and make it easier for its customers to run their businesses.
Announcing Hendricks’ appointment, ABC Supply president and chief operating officer Keith Rozolis said, “With the advent of mobile platforms, our customers have made it very clear that they have a strong desire for enhanced connectivity with ABC Supply. Mobile engagement will be essential for ABC Supply to continue to deliver great customer service.”
ABC Supply is based in Beloit, Wis., and operates more than 450 branches in 45 states.