Former Masco group president hired at Tempur-Pedic
Timoth Yaggi, a former executive of Masco, Whirlpool and Norelco, was named chief operating officer of Lexington, Ky.-based Tempur-Pedic International.
Most recently, Yaggi was group president of the North America Builder Group at Masco, the $7.5 billion manufacturer, distributor and installer of home improvement and building products. From 1994 to 2008, he held a number of senior management positions at Whirlpool. As executive VP market operations, North America for Whirlpool, Yaggi was responsible for leading operational functions that accounted for approximately $12 billion in revenue, including brand marketing, product management and development, sales, supply chain and consumer care.
Yaggi received his AB from Princeton University and an MBA from Michigan State University.
Yaggi said, "I’m looking forward to working with [CEO Mark Sarvary] and the entire Tempur-Pedic team to implement the strategic vision and to help manage the operational complexity of a company that has achieved tremendous growth."
Irwin introduces multi-material drill bits
Irwin Tools has introduced a new full line of multi-material drill bits, which the company says will simplify the tasks facing tradesmen.
Irwin Multi-Material drill bits will drill through just about any type of material, the company said, including brick, block, tile, metal, wood, laminate, plastic and marble. And the product can drill through multiple materials at the same time.
The new bits have a unique diamond-ground, four-facet carbide tip with super-sharp cutting edges that guarantee centered starts with no walking, fast drilling and excellent hole quality. These bits are built tough for hammer drilling, but recommended for use in rotary mode.
Jon Schlosser, director of marketing for Irwin Tools, said tradesmen "repeatedly express frustration with having to carry around multiple types of drill bits, and switch out bits depending on a particular material they need to drill into at any given time. It’s time-consuming and discouraging.”
Irwin Multi-Material drill bits are compatible with all standard 1/2-in. and 3/8-in. chuck drills. They are available in 3-in. to 5-in. jobber lengths and 16-in. extended length, with diameters ranging from 1/8 in. to 1/2 in. The suggested retail price ranges from $3.99 to $20.99, depending on length and diameter.
BrassCraft releases no-lead instructional video
BrassCraft Manufacturing has produced a video that provides information on the new federal no-lead law, which takes effect nationwide Jan. 4, 2014. The video, “Leading the No-Lead Wave,” comes on the heels of the company’s no-lead law landing page on its website and a national advertising campaign.
The offers asummary of the Federal Public Law 111-380, which will prohibit the sale of plumbing fixtures with a wetted surface area containing more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead. This law will virtually eliminate the lead content of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures intended to dispense water for drinking or cooking.
“The video not only does an excellent job of explaining the new law, it provides plumbers and wholesalers with some vital information on how to prepare for the mandate,” said Patty Stinson, director of product management and innovation. “Included in the video are tips on transitioning to a 100% compliant inventory and ways to stay current with the latest industry developments.”
BrassCraft has also published its no-lead catalogs for water supplies, fittings, and gas appliance and water heater connectors in advance of the 2014 deadline.