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Irwin Tools appoints new president

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Irwin Tools, a leading maker of hand tools and power tool accessories based in Huntersville, N.C., has named Ross Porter as its new president. Porter has held a variety of positions during his 18 years at Newell Rubbermaid, Irwin’s parent company. He most recently served as president of EMEA Transformation, where Porter led the company’s European transformation efforts, including implementation of a new European business model, integration and implementation of SAP enterprise system, and relocation of its European headquarters.

Other positions held by Porter include president of Newell Rubbermaid’s hardware division, which includes the Shur-Line, BernzOmatic and Bulldog brands. He also served as president of office organization (Rolodex and Rubbermaid brands) and group VP finance for tools and hardware (Irwin and Lenox brands). This business is now called the tools, hardware and commercial products segment.

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Lowe’s scraps Florida store

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Lowe’s has canceled its plans to build a store in Land O’Lakes, Fla., according to a report by the St. Petersburg Times.

The proposed 117,000-sq.-ft. store with an attached 31,000-sq.-ft. garden center was first announced in 2007. It would have been located on State Route 54 near Route 41, two main arteries that run through town. The North Carolina retailer has put the 42-acre site up for sale, the newspaper reported.

A Lowe’s spokesperson said the company weighed “a number of factors” in making its decision. Lowe’s signed a $2.7 million contract in 2005 for the property, which is situated between an RV park and a fire station. Part of the acreage is wetlands, according to the report.  

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Fulton named chair of Harvard Joint Center board

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The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies has named Dan Fulton, president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser, as the new chair of its Policy Advisory Board.

“I’m honored to step into the chairman position,” Fulton said. “As a longstanding member of the Policy Advisory Board, I’ve always respected the rigorous research taking place at the Joint Center. I’m looking forward to being involved on this new level.”

The Joint Center also appointed Michael Thaman as the board’s new vice chair. Thaman is the chairman and CEO of Owens Corning.

Established in 1959, The Joint Center for Housing Studies is Harvard University’s center for information and research on housing in the United States and beyond. The JCHS is a collaborative unit affiliated with the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School. The Policy Advisory Board, which was created in 1971, has a longstanding history of supporting housing research at Harvard.

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