Founder of Behr Process dies
Otho Behr, founder of paint maker Behr Process, has died at his home in Kailua, Hawaii. He was 92.
Behr, a division of Masco, is one of the largest DIY paint and stain companies in North America. The company’s products are sold exclusively at Home Depot.
Behr is survived by two sons, three stepsons and nine grandchildren. His family has planned a “Celebration of Life” service at McHenry Mansion in Modesto, Calif., on Aug. 11.
Menards plans a 221,000-square-foot store near Minneapolis
Menards will build a new 221,000-square-foot store and separate warehouse in Coon Rapids, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
The new store is expected to be finished by February 2008, according to the report.
Menards is expanding into several new markets in the Midwest, with store formats ranging from 80,000 square feet to 240,000 square feet. The Eau Claire, Wis.-based retailer has plans for — or has already opened — several larger variety stores carrying grocery items in locations including Gary, Ind.; St. Cloud, Minn.; Grand Forks, N.D.; and Milwaukee.
Most recently, the company has announced plans to build more stores in the North Toledo and Oregon, Ohio, areas.
Currently, the retailer operates six stores in the northwestern Ohio area, according to its Web site. The company plans another store in the south central Ohio city of Chillicothe.
Privately held Menards is the nation’s number six home channel retailer, according to HCN’s Top 500 Scoreboard of home channel retailers.
Wolseley names vp-acquisitions
Dan Parr has been named vp-acquisitions and business integration for Wolseley’s North American division.
Parr will oversee acquisitions in the North American divisions of Stock, Ferguson and Wolseley Canada.
Parr formerly served as manager of acquisitions and installations. Prior to that, he served as integration manager after the company acquired Hub Inc. and as internal auditor and internal audit manager at Ferguson.