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Former Sears exec becomes COO of Public Storage

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Mark Good, a former executive with Sears Holdings, has been hired as chief operating officer and senior vp-Public Storage, a Glendale, Calif.-based operator of self-storage facilities.

Since 1997, Good had been executive vp and general manager of Sears Home Services.

Good will report to CEO Ronald Havner Jr. His appointment comes as Public Storage is revamping its management structure in preparation of the retirement of John E. Graul on Dec. 31.

Based in Glendale, Calif., Public Storage is a self-managed real estate investment trust that owns and operates self-storage facilities.

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Wolf recalls 24,000 ranges

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Madison, Wis.-based Wolf Appliance has recalled 24,000 gas ranges manufactured in the United States due to a delayed gas ignition problem.

The faulty gas ignition can cause a flash of flames to come out of the range door when it’s opened.

The company has received 97 reports of delayed ignition, as well as 15 reports of minor burns, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There have been no reports of fires or property damage.

The ranges were sold through a variety of home-building and appliance stores around the country from January 1998 to June 2008. Some units were sold directly to home builders.

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True Value retailer named Citizen of the Year

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Raymond Chamberlin of Belmont True Value Hardware in Belmont, N.Y., was recently named Citizen of the Year by the Belmont Betterment Association and the residents of Belmont.

Chamberlin received the honor in recognition of his achievements in business and overall contributions to the community. Since purchasing Belmont True Value in 1981, he has expanded the retail selling space from 3,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet, and has added building materials and a lumberyard.

“In rough times we’ve had lately, we’ve been able to thrive by working on customer service, making people feel special when they walk in the door,” Chamberlin said. “I think the Betterment Association is appreciative to see a small business doing well in this society.”

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