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Former Hechinger, GP exec hired at Viance

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Viance, the Charlotte, N.C.-based wood treatment technology provider, has hired Chris Kollwitz as its new director of marketing. He comes to Viance from ELF Wood Products in Atlanta, where he worked as director of sales and marketing for two years.

Kollwitz’s career in the building products industry began at Hechinger, where he worked in store operations and planning from 1985 to 1993 and was involved in the former retailer’s launch of the “Home Project Center” concept.

In 1993, Kollwitz joined Georgia-Pacific as senior marketing manager for its building products businesses.  In 2004, he was promoted to national account executive to home improvement retailer Lowe’s, and later worked for BlueLinx after it purchased GP’s distribution business.

Ajoint venture between Rohm and Haas and Chemical Specialties, Viance is a provider of wood treatment technologies and services to improve the performance and durability of wood and wood products.

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Massachusetts hardware store to test alcohol sales

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County Line Farm and Hardware in Brimfield, Mass., recently received a license to sell beer and wine, according to an article in the The Republican newspaper.

County Line owner Robert H. Clark told the local Board of Selectmen that “funds are tight” for the store and that the license to sell alcohol would help “keep its doors open,” the article said. The County Line store carries about 8,000 hardware skus, as well as cigarettes and other convenience store type items.

Local government officials voted unanimously to approve the license. It is now pending before the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which has final say over all liquor licenses in Massachusetts. According to state regulations, the town is allowed to have five retail stores with licenses to sell beer and wine.

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HCN Index surges Monday

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On a day of the Dow’s biggest bounce back ever — up 936 points — the HCN Stock Index surged 6.36 percent.

Friday’s historic surge brought the HCN index, a basket of 20 home channel companies weighted by market cap, to 775.53. The increase made up for the dramatic losses of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but the index was still down from the 820.85 level at the beginning of last week.

Home Depot and Lowe’s led the charge, up 9.92 percent and 11.73 percent, respectively. Of the 20 companies on the HCN index, only three declined during Monday’s bullish run: Sears Holdings, down 4.3 percent; BlueLinx, down 1.67 percent; and Huttig, down 5.74 percent.

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