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Former Newell Rubbermaid exec heads to Acme Canada

BY HBSDEALER Staff

John Ward, formerly director of sales and channel marketing at Newell Rubbermaid Canada, has been appointed general manager of Acme United Canada. He will replace Harry Wanless, who has retired.

“We are excited to welcome John to our team," said Acme United president and COO Brian S. Olschan. "He has a very successful track record building and managing businesses, and we look forward to working with him.”

Ward brings robust experience in general management and sales to the table, specifically involving office products and industrial markets in the U.S. and Canada. He was heavily involved in the launch and growth of the Dymo product line at Esselte Corporation, which was acquired by Newell Rubbermaid.

Ward is a board member of the Canadian Office Products Association.

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Lumber Liquidators releases new catalog

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The latest catalog from Lumber Liquidators is here, featuring over 70 new flooring options and offering a window into the latest industry trends.

"As Lumber Liquidators has grown, we’ve developed a keen eye for trends that create our flooring mix," said president and CEO Robert M. Lynch. "We constantly receive feedback from consumers at our more than 300 retail locations and balance that with staying on top of design inspirations from around the world."

Among the popular trends that are front and center in the catalog are hand-scraped, French bleed edges, wide planks and click technology.

The catalog showcases new products, as well as sidebars and links to videos that serve to educate consumers about flooring options.

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California USG plant goes solar

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USG Corporation is installing a solar facility at its Plaster City, Calif., manufacturing plant via a Solar Energy Power Purchase and Sale Agreement (PPA) with Green Light Plaster City Solar 1 LLC.

The one megawatt photovoltaic system is expected to provide USG with predictable cost for its electricity usage for the next 20 years.

“We are always looking for opportunities for our plants to use solar energy, and it made a lot of sense to move forward with this renewable energy investment at our manufacturing plant in Plaster City,” said Al Zucco, senior director, Energy and Sustainability, USG. “This is an exciting project that demonstrates USG’s environmental stewardship and commitment to maintain environmentally-friendly operations.”

Beginning in September and ending in December, GLPCS1 will team up with local engineering firm ZGlobal, Inc. to install solar cells on eight acres of the site. 

According to the company, the installation is expected to bring in savings of over $1 million over 20 years.

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