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Irwin gears up for National Tradesmen Day

BY HBSDealer Staff

Irwin Tools is preparing to celebrate America’s tradesmen during the third annual National Tradesmen Day on Sept. 20.

"America’s tradesmen: they build our homes, roads, businesses, and schools," reads a company statement on the dedicated website. "They are the backbone of our functioning nation — and that’s why they deserve a national day of recognition."

The event, which will be taking place nationwide, will feature celebrations, recognition ceremonies and related activities.

Leading up to the day’s events, Irwin Tools has launched a multimillion dollar advocacy campaign to attempt to reverse the shortage in skilled tradesmen. The campaign includes TV and digital advertising, media outreach, jobsite events and promotion at home centers and hardware stores.

“There was a time when tradesmen were revered for their pioneering spirit, but many of today’s tradesmen are under-appreciated," said Irwin’s senior VP marketing Rich Mathews. "National Tradesmen Day is about acknowledging the plumbers, welders, builders, electricians and those who work with their hands. Let’s thank them for their contributions.”

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W.R. Meadows promotes Weber

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Builiding products manufacturer W.R. Meadows promoted Brent J. Weber to VP sales. Weber was appointed to this position after the retirement of Dave Duewel, a 49-year veteran with the company. 

Weber joined Hampshire, Ill.-based W.R. Meadows as a full-time employee in 1970 after graduating from Judson College with a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 1983, he was named sales manager of the Elgin branch and later became regional sales manager in 1993, where his responsibilities included sales support for Atlanta, Elgin, York, Hampshire and Canada branch operations.

“I am very happy to continue fostering my career with W. R. Meadows,” said Weber. “I look forward to representing the company as VP sales.”

W.R. Meadows makes specialty construction materials, with a specialty in concrete. 

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Kevin Braun named PPG’s VP industrial coatings

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PPG Industries has appointed Kevin Braun to its post of VP industrial coatings, a horizontal shift from his previous role as VP global raw materials and Americas purchasing.

“Kevin is a superb leader, who combines excellent product and manufacturing experience with a keen awareness of the industry and market trends,” said Viktor Sekmakas, executive VP, PPG.

Braun’s new post, effective immediately, was enacted to replace Richard Zoulek, who left the company.

Braun has been with the company since 1991 and has served in several roles, including general manager of silica products and general manager of architectural coatings in Australia/New Zealand. Previous to his time with PPG, Braun worked with industrial coatings, fiber glass and architectural coatings.

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