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HCN Stock Watch: Valspar sputters

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Valspar took a 6.25% dive on Tuesday after the company released its third-quarter earnings, which fell below expectations and resulted in a downwardly revised full-year outlook.

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Lowe’s showcases Haier’s space-saving dorm solutions

BY HBSDealer Staff

Together with Lowe’s, appliance supplier Haier America is in the process of promoting its space-saving dorm products as students across the nation get ready to ship off to college.

Lowe’s is selling the products as well as offering decor tips and hundreds of storage solutions for optimizing small spaces.

"Personal appliances like our mini-fridges, microwaves, beverage centers and TV/DVD combos help ease the stresses of dorm room living," said James Liess, Haier senior manager of corporate communications. "With Haier, students enjoy the conveniences of appliances without losing valuable space."

Among the products are an in-room beverage center that measures 4.6 cubit feet and fits 150 drinks, small-capacity mini-fridges, microwaves, TV/DVD player combos and LCD HDTV televisions ranging in size from 32" to 22".

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PRO Group promotes Pedersen to associate buyer

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The Denver-based PRO Group has promoted Stephanie Pedersen to associate buyer. Pedersen has been with PRO Group since 2004 and was previously merchandising and marketing coordinator. 

Pedersen’s responsibilities include managing the growing pet category as well as working with additional vendors in hardware, lawn and garden, plumbing and paint sundries. She also maintains her role in the advertising planning process, coordinating special buys and recruiting new vendors for the group at industry trade shows and conferences, including distributor events and national events such as the National Hardware Show and National Lawn and Garden Show.

"It is an exciting time to be a part of the hardware business and I’m thankful that I have an opportunity," Pedersen said. "I have a vested interest in collaborating with vendors, distributors and retailers in order to help everyone succeed."

Shari Kalbach, managing director of PRO Group, said, "Stephanie has been an asset to PRO Group since her first day. Her ability to cultivate relationships with our distributor members and manufacturer partners has helped her grow into the associate buyer position. She is a valuable member of our team, and I look forward to her continued success at PRO in her new role as she takes on more responsibility." 

Prior to joining PRO Group, Pedersen worked at Canac Kitchens, where she served as service coordinator in the Denver office, and then transferred to the Dallas office where she managed work orders and operations.

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