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Home Depot Canada will phase out pesticides

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Home Depot Canada has announced it will voluntarily stop selling pesticides and herbicides in its stores across Canada by the end of this year.

Product categories currently affected by Home Depot’s voluntary phase-out include herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, slug baits, moss control products and lawn fertilizers with weed control. A total of 60 products will be affected.

In Canada, there currently are more than 55 municipalities where the residential use, but not sale, of pesticides is banned. In Quebec, Home Depot stores already don’t sell pesticides.

“Like our customers, we are concerned about the environment,” said Annette Verschuren, president of Home Depot Canada and Asia, in a statement. “We are going above and beyond government regulations by working with our suppliers to develop pesticide alternatives that are environmentally friendly and produce excellent results on lawns and gardens.”

The pesticides will be phased out of Home Depot stores across Canada starting this week. By June 2008, The Home Depot anticipates that 62 of its 166 stores in the country will no longer sell pesticides, with all 166 stores offering additional “environmentally preferred” replacement products by the end of 2008.

“Our stores will prominently feature green pesticide alternatives, in addition to our current Eco Options products,” Verschuren added, “and our trained associates will continue to provide customers with product information and tips, as well as online support.”

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NAWLA announces regional meeting dates

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The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) has announced dates for its two regional meetings in May.

Each NAWLA Regional Meeting will include a reception, lunch or dinner, keynote speakers discussing regional industry specific issues impacting NAWLA members and networking events, according to the organization.

NAWLA Regional Meetings have been scheduled for:

• Tuesday, May 20, in Boston at the Marriott Boston Newton with keynote speaker Rick Grandinetti, founder and CEO, Vision Planning.

• Thursday, May 22, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the DC Ranch Village Health Club and Spa with speaker Jason Metnick, director, Market Access and Product Labeling, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

The North American Wholesale Lumber Association is an international trade association of more than 650 forest products and building material industry wholesalers, manufacturers and affiliated companies.

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Weyerhaeuser names new chief information officer

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Federal Way, Wash.-based Weyerhaeuser recently named Kevin Shearer vp-information technology and chief information officer, effective May 1.

Shearer joined the company in 1980, holding numerous positions in timberlands, corporate support and wood products. Shearer held leadership positions in information technology during the company’s acquisitions of several companies, including Cavenham, MacMillan Bloedel, Willamette and Trus-Joist.

Since 2007, Shearer has served as vp-business operations. He will succeed Susan Mersereau who is retiring.

Weyerhaeuser is one of the worlds largest forest products companies, with sales of $16.3 billion in 2007.

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