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Former Sears exec heads to Knipex Tools

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Former Sears executive Stephanie Kaleta has been tapped by Knipex Tools LP to serve as key account sales manager.

Kaleta’s new role will involve directing sales and marketing plans for key accounts in the company’s retail and industrial channels.

“We are pleased for Stephanie to join Knipex Tools in this very important sales position," said VP sales Todd Shumate. "As we continue to increase our staff to support our customer base, it is a great opportunity for Knipex Tools to be able to bring aboard someone with Stephanie’s talents and qualifications."

Previously, Kaleta was the senior buyer for hand tools and electrical for Sears Holdings Corp. There, she was tasked with driving sales and margins for Sears and Kmart on a national level, with a particular focus on the pliers category. She also partnered with suppliers like Knipex and Craftsman during her time at Sears.

She has a total of over 20 years of retail experience, ranging from retail store management to inventory management, buying and merchandising.

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Smith-Midland hires a VP operations

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Smith-Midland Corporation, a Midland, Va.-based concrete products supplier, has recruited Mark Loscudo as its newest VP operations.

In his new role, Loscudo will play an important operative role in furthering the company’s lean manufacturing initiatives.

"Smith-Midland has begun its lean journey based upon the success of the Toyota Production System," says Smith-Midland president Ashley Smith. "The reason for becoming lean is to benefit our clients by providing the highest quality products and services at the lowest cost and in the shortest time and safest manner."

Loscudo has a history of leading lean transformation efforts at various companies, and he also taught lean principles as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and University of Tennessee. He served as division and plant manager for Faurecia Exhaust, where he spearheaded reductions in operating costs and improvements in quality and on-time delivery. Most recently, he took part in the transformation of printing and packaging systems manufacturer Steinhauser, Inc.

"Mark comes to us," says Mr. Smith, "with experience serving as a Shingo examiner with the Shingo Institute, reviewing the efforts of lean manufacturing organizations across North America. We are excited to put this expertise in recognizing successful practices together with his skill in implementing lean principles in order to drive our manufacturing and profitability to world class standards."

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Access Fixtures debuts new LED Wall Pack designs

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Responding to what the company says is an increased demand for LED wall packs — which are outdoor luminaires used to light walkways, building and parking areas — Access Fixtures is rolling out new designs in this category.

"The demand for more modern style wall packs has increased, along with the demand for high-performing LED technology," said Access Fixtures CEO Steven Rothschild. "We are glad to be able to provide the newest LED wall packs that combine modern styles to complement the newest architectural designs with CREE LED technology."

The new products are designed with a die-cast aluminum housing and CREE LED technology, featuring a clear glass lens to maximize light output as compared to traditional wallpacks with prismatic glass lens.

Additionally, they are available in 13w, 19w or 39w options and feature a color rendering index (CRI) of more than 75.

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