HD continues to centralize distribution
Home Depot plans to lay off 225 customer support and distribution workers in Baton Rouge, La., over the next 18 months, according to an article in The Advocate.
Spokesman Stephen Holmes told the newspaper that the company made the decision based on logistical and geographical concerns. The downsizing will affect 90 employees at Home Depot’s distribution facility for online purchases and another 135 people who work in sales, purchasing and finance positions for Your Other Warehouse, a Home Depot subsidiary that distributes kitchen and bath products.
The 135 Your Other Warehouse will probably be relocated to Atlanta, where the company is headquartered, Holmes said. The 90 distribution center positions are also slated for Georgia, where Home Depot is planning to open a new 1 million-sq.-ft. e-commerce DC. The retailer also plans to close an older Rapid Deployment Center (RDC) in Braselton, Ga.
Last October, Home Depot announced the layoffs of 400 people at its Baton Rouge call center. The company plans to open new call centers in Atlanta and Ogden, Utah.
Lowe’s looks to build in Cape Cod
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s is in the early stages of bringing a store to South Dennis, Mass., on Cape Cod.
"The site Lowe’s is pursuing has been designated in the Cape Cod Commission’s Regional Policy Plan as being within an Economic Center," said Stacey Lentz, a Lowe’s spokeswoman. "We will work with the town, Cape Cod Commission and stakeholders to make this a project the community and Lowe’s can be proud of."
The timing is also a question, but a finished project appears to be “a few years away," according to an article in the Cape Cod Times.
Lentz said the company was currently working with local officials to determine the size of the store.
The area has a tradition of resisting national chains. The project must pass muster with the Cape Cod Regional Policy Plan and a Development of Regional Impact review, according to the article.
Lowe’s intends to build 10 stores in 2012, pushing its count to 1,755.
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CertainTeed plant noted for sustainability
A CertainTeed roofing plant in Shreveport, La., recently strengthened the sustainability of its operations and achieved the globally recognized ISO 14001 certification.
Developed by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 14001 standards were created to help companies minimize their environmental impact and achieve continual improvement of its environmental performance. To secure the globally recognized certification, Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed developed a formalized environmental management system that underwent rigorous, third party evaluation.
“ISO 14001 instills a culture of environmental responsibility and continuous improvement that maximizes the sustainability of our operations,” said Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “The Shreveport plant certification shows a superlative team effort and validates CertainTeed’s position as a leader in the development of sustainable building products that are manufactured with respect for the environment.”
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