Herman Miller CEO appointed to UFPI board
Herman Miller president and CEO Brian Walker is the newest director on the board of Universal Forest Products, Inc.
“Brian’s financial acumen, his global business perspective and his years of strong leadership at Herman Miller provide him with the background and skills we need to lead Universal into the future. He will help us provide strong, knowledgeable guidance to the dynamic companies of Universal Forest Products,” said UFPI chairman William Currie. “We are pleased he has joined our board and we look forward to his contributions to our efforts and our success.”
Walker has been serving as CEO of Herman Miller since 2004 (and president since 2003). Previously, he was serving as president of Herman Miller North America, and as executive VP and CFO prior to that.
Prior to his time at Herman Miller, Walker was working as a CPA for accounting firm Arthur Andersen.
He also currently serves on the board of directors for Briggs & Stratton Corporation, The Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research and The Right Place, Inc. of greater Grand Rapids.
With Walker's appointment, UFPI's board now sits at 10 members.
Andersen signs climate declaration
Bayport, Minnesota-based Andersen Corporation, Renewal by Andersen LLC and Silver Line Building Products LLC announced today that they have signed the Ceres Climate Declaration.
The Climate Declaration works to accelerate the adoption of sustainable business practices to build a healthy global economy. Andersen is the first window and door manufacturer, and just the second in the building industry, to sign the declaration, which also champions the innovative environmental actions already taking place within U.S. companies.
“Buildings are responsible for a significant proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jay Lund, chairman, president and CEO of Andersen Corporation. “Adding our signature to this declaration affirms our responsibility and commitment to provide energy efficient products that can be part of the solution. Our sustainability goals go a step further to demonstrate how we put our support to action within our own operations.”
In addition to signing the Climate Declaration, Andersen also announced new corporate sustainability goals, which are to reduce solid waste, energy and water use by 20 percent per unit of product, by 2020, using 2013 as a baseline. The company says it is the first major window and door manufacturer to declare measurable sustainability goals.
“Signing this declaration is one more step in our evolution as an industry leader,” Lund said, “and it exemplifies our drive for ongoing improvement across our full product lifecycle – from the forest, to our operations, to our customers’ homes and ultimately our communities,” Lund said.
AZEK meets augmented reality
Scranton, Pennsylvania-based AZEK Building Products has an app that improves how customers visualize a deck before it’s even built.
The company enhanced its 3D iPad App with a realistic Deck & Rail design feature that allows a user to utilize “augmented reality” to envision their deck and rail creations on the back of their homes or in their own backyards.
The free app uses a “visualization marker" to allow a user to customize each design with various AZEK Deck and Rail products, colors and even baluster infills. The result is a virtual, 3D image of what the new deck will look like; in the exact space it will be built.
Originally introduced in July 2014, the AZEK iPad App now offers two different 3D Augmented Reality visualization options. In the original 3D feature, a user customizes a single-family home by choosing deck and porch colors, railing profiles and colors, and even selecting paver colors and designs for the walkway and driveway.
In the latest update, the new feature allows a user to actually “build” a deck by placing the marker at the desired deck location on the back of their home or outside area.
The marker activates the software and, with a touch of the screen, the user can add deck boards and desired railing profiles in any chosen color and with any infill – cable, composite, aluminum or glass. The result is a 3D image that allows the user to “see” the finished deck as it would appear in the chosen location.