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Hannan named to board of SFI

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Georgia-Pacific CEO and president Jim Hannan has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) board of directors.

"I have great respect and appreciation for the work SFI does to promote responsible forest management and sustainable forestry," said Hannan. "All of us who depend on the future of our forests need to continue to work together to achieve our shared goals, and I am pleased to play a role in that crucial process." 

SFI’s governance represents environmental, social and economic sectors equally to meet the many needs of forests and communities. SFI’s 18-member board includes representatives of public and private landowners, manufacturers of forest products, conservation groups, academia, aboriginal interests, community organizations, labor and government officials. 

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NLBMDA chief O’Brien to speak at ProDealer Industry Summit

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Among the five speakers scheduled to present at the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit is Michael O’Brien, CAE, who is president and CEO of the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Assocation (NLBMDA).

At the helm of the association, O’Brien is in charge of the day-to-day as well as various strategic initiatives. He oversees lobbying, grassroots and political action campaigns for the organization, as well as operative functions such as membership services, public relations, federation relations, industry relations and financial management.

The ProDealer Industry Summit, which is hosted jointly by HCN and the NLBMDA, will take place in Nashville, Tenn., this Oct. 23-25 and will provide educational and networking opportunities for dealers, distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers.

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Scotts to acquire Tomcat rodent control business

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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has agreed to acquire Bell Laboratories’s Tomcat consumer rodent control business.

"Consumer rodent control is an attractive and growing category in which a vast number of our consumers already participate," said Barry Sanders, Scotts Miracle-Gro president and COO. "While our limited line of Ortho Home Defense rodent control products have brought innovation to the category since 2009, the addition of the Tomcat consumer business allows us to significantly expand our global commercial footprint. With a strong consumer brand and full line of rodent control products we are better able to serve both our consumers and our retail partners."

Scotts will assume ownership of the Tomcat brand and will enter into a long-term partnership with the company to promote rodent control technologies to consumers. The terms of the transaction are as of yet undisclosed.

"This transaction is consistent with the strategic direction we have articulated," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro. "It is complementary to our existing controls business and fills a gap in our current product offering."

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Scotts Miracle-Gro’s operating margin beginning in the 2014 fiscal year.

Tomcat products are currently sold in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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