Glidden adds layer to paint promotion
Glidden paint followed up on its massive paint-giveaway promotion with a mail-in rebate deal over Labor Day weekend at Home Depot.
Glidden offered a mail-in rebate plan allowing $5 off a one-gallon can or a $20 off a five-gallon pail of any color of Glidden paint Sept. 3 to 7.
The discount program followed on the heels of a massive summer deal called Glidden’s National Free Paint Giveaway promotion, during which more than 100,000 cans of Glidden interior paint were delivered through the mail to consumers, according to company officials.
Glidden is a division of Dutch-based AkzoNobel.
David Weekley announces “Partners of Choice” winners
David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately held home builder, has named its 2009 “Partners of Choice” winners for exceptional quality and service.
Suppliers awarded the highest “AA” honor included Masco Builder Cabinet Group, Dow Building Solutions, DuPont Building Innovations and Boise Engineered Wood Products.
This was the fifth consecutive year that Dow was awarded David Weekley’s highest honor. James Hardie received the same recognition.
BMC West, iLevel by Weyerhaeuser, and Simpson Strong-Tie were among those bestowed with an “A” rating for superior quality or service. This was the third year in a row for iLevel’s award.
In a prepared statement, Stan Wilson, BMC West’s president and chief operating officer, said: “We know that today’s market amplifies our customers’ scrutiny of supply chain performance. We are doing more with less, reacting quicker to customer needs, and our goal remains to achieve the exceptional performance necessary to succeed in these unprecedented conditions.”
The annual Partner of Choice awards are based on quarterly reviews of suppliers completed by approximately 600 David Weekly employees in every market and from every level of the organization. Headquartered in Houston, David Weekley Homes operates in 14 cities across the United States.
Whirlpool to close U.S. plant
Whirlpool, the Benton Harbor, Mich., appliance manufacturer, has announced its plans to close a manufacturing facility in Evansville, Ind. Production of top freezer refrigerators made at Evansville will be transferred to one of the company’s existing manufacturing facilities in Mexico. Production of icemakers made at the facility will be relocated to a company-owned site yet to be determined.
The closure will eliminate approximately 1,100 full-time positions in mid-2010. The company’s decision followed a comprehensive review of alternatives for product consolidation within the refrigeration product category, it said.
“This was a difficult but necessary decision,” said Al Holaday, VP North American manufacturing operations, in a prepared statement. “To reduce excess capacity and improve costs, the decision was made to consolidate production within our existing North American manufacturing facilities. This will allow us to streamline our operations, improve our capacity utilization, reduce product overlap between plants and meet future production requirements.”
Whirlpool operates 67 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world, making home appliances under the Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana and other brand names. Sales in 2008 were approximately $19 billion.