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IKEA hiring for Charlotte store

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In Charlotte, N.C., where new home and condo construction still shows strength in the face of the housing downturn, IKEA is planning to expand with a new store in the University City area.

IKEA is advertising for 400 new employees for the store, which is the company’s first in the Carolinas and its 36th in the United States. The store is set to open in spring 2009.

In addition to regular staff members such as cashiers and security workers, the store also will require around 75 food service workers for its planned 350-seat restaurant, “Swedish Foodmarket” and “Cafe Bistro.”

The new 356,000-square-foot IKEA store will sit on 25 acres and feature 10,000 “exclusively designed” items, three model homes, 50 room vignettes and a children’s play area.

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Former Hechinger, GP exec hired at Viance

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Viance, the Charlotte, N.C.-based wood treatment technology provider, has hired Chris Kollwitz as its new director of marketing. He comes to Viance from ELF Wood Products in Atlanta, where he worked as director of sales and marketing for two years.

Kollwitz’s career in the building products industry began at Hechinger, where he worked in store operations and planning from 1985 to 1993 and was involved in the former retailer’s launch of the “Home Project Center” concept.

In 1993, Kollwitz joined Georgia-Pacific as senior marketing manager for its building products businesses.  In 2004, he was promoted to national account executive to home improvement retailer Lowe’s, and later worked for BlueLinx after it purchased GP’s distribution business.

Ajoint venture between Rohm and Haas and Chemical Specialties, Viance is a provider of wood treatment technologies and services to improve the performance and durability of wood and wood products.

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Stimson Lumber auctions off mill items

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Stimson Lumber has auctioned off the inventory of its 125-year-old mill in Bonner, Mo.

The Portland, Ore.-based lumber company closed the mill in July of this year following a “chronic, long-term” shortage of logs in western Montana relative to the high milling capacity in the area.

According to the Missoulian newspaper, goods are being auctioned off of the mill through today, including blades, drill presses and numerous other items. The lumber mill has been up for sale since August, at an asking price of $16 million, according to the report.

Stimson Lumber operates nine manufacturing locations in the United States, in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

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