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Hunter Douglas acquires Acme Window Coverings

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Hunter Douglas, one of the country’s largest window coverings manufacturers, has acquired the assets of Acme Window Coverings, based in Willowbrook, Ill. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Acme has been a longtime fabricator for Hunter Douglas’ custom products, according to the company. Acme’s sales organization will continue to support its existing dealer base, and Joe Tantillo will continue to serve as president of the Acme unit.

Hunter Douglas plans to transfer Acme’s fabrication operations to Hunter Douglas Fabrication in Cumberland, Md. The Cumberland facility recently was expanded by 120,000 square feet, and it is Hunter Douglas’ largest fabrication site.

“We are pleased to acquire this outstanding company,” said Marv Hopkins, Hunter Douglas president and CEO.

Hunter Douglas is headquartered in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

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EPA fines home builders for storm water violations

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In a major crackdown against violations at construction sites, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department have announced agreements with four major home builders. Centex of Dallas; KB Home of Los Angeles; Pulte Homes of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and M.D.C. Holdings of Denver agreed to pay a total of $4.3 million in fines and penalties. Combined, the four builders accounted for more than 124,000 home closings in 2006.

The companies named in the settlements allegedly failed to obtain permits before clearing land for subdivisions and to prevent dirt, silt and other runoff materials from leaving 2,202 construction sites in 34 states from 2001 to 2005.

Along with the federal government, seven states will share in the settlements based on the number of sites within each state. Those states include Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee and Utah.

The settlements are the latest in a series of enforcement actions to address storm water violations from construction sites around the country. A similar consent decree, reached in February with Home Depot, required the company to pay a fine of $1.3 million and establish a comprehensive storm water compliance plan to prevent future violations.

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Mythic Paint names Sherwin-Williams, Ace veteran as vp

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Mythic Paint, the Hattiesburg, Miss.-based no-VOC paint company, has announced Bud Moses will serve as vp-sales and marketing and will help spearhead a planned television and print advertising campaign.

Moses has served in the coatings industry for 20 years, most recently with Ace Hardware, where he served as a senior district sales representative. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with Sherwin-Williams as a sales representative. He also has worked as a retail development specialist for Do it Best.

Moses will be responsible for national and international retail and trade sales for Mythic. He also will be heavily involved with what the company called an “extensive marketing campaign,” scheduled to launch in July for the company’s line of zero-VOC paint, which features a 1,232-color palette.

“Bud brings with him a unique blend of experience in ‘real world’ store management, direct and international sales and marketing not easily found in our industry,” said Rocky Prior, president of Mythic Paint.

Mythic Paint, a subsidiary of Southern Diversified Products (SDP), was developed in cooperation with the University of Southern Mississippi.

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