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Industry Dashboard for April 11, 2011

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Home Channel Stock Roundup shows Tractor Supply Co. lighting up the grid — up 15% from the month and 90% for the year.

Gas prices are high, too — rising to $3.74 per gallon of regular, compared with $3.62 last week.

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Scotts names new marketing officer

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. announced that Jim Lyski has been named executive VP and chief marketing officer. 

Lyski will also be accountable for advancing the Marysville, Ohio-based company’s "Consumer First" strategy specifically to maximize opportunities for sustainable brand portfolio and market share growth, along with continuing to build stronger relationships with consumers.

Prior to joining Scotts Miracle-Gro, Lyski was chief marketing officer for Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, where he was responsible for corporate strategy, marketing, brand management, advertising and communications. He has also held senior level positions in strategy and marketing for CIGNA HealthCare Inc. and FedEx Corp.

"While Scotts Miracle-Gro’s brands are market-leading in their categories and are the most recognized in the industry, I believe we still have opportunities to take them from good to great," Lyski said in a prepared statement. "I’m thrilled and proud to be part of a company like ScottsMiracle-Gro and look forward to maintaining the momentum gained from the company’s ‘Consumer First’ mindset."

Lyski will report to Scotts Miracle-Gro President Barry Sanders.

"Jim will drive closer alignment between our marketing organization and our consumers by sharpening our focus on insights and analytics and providing increased regional marketing support," Sanders said. 

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Suspected shoplifter hides under laundry

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A woman suspected of stealing two faucets from a Home Depot in Glastonbury, Conn. was found in a nearby home hiding under a pile of dirty laundry, according to an article in the Hartford Advocate

U.S. Marshalls arrested a 23-year-old female after the alleged shoplifting incident, where a police officer tried to apprehend the woman after she left the scene in a car, crashed it, and then fled on foot. Her boyfriend soon showed up in another car, according to police, and drove his vehicle at a police officer. The boyfriend was shot in the wrist.

A multi-agency team later located the woman in a home in Bloomfield. She has been charged with three counts of violation of probation and three counts of failure to appear in court.

 

 

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