Joseph Liotine named EVP at Whirlpool
Joseph Liotine has been promoted to EVP, Whirlpool Corporation and president North America, reporting to Vice Chairman Marc Bitzer.
"Joe has proven himself a strong leader with an ability to drive profitable growth," said Bitzer. "He brings a vast array of experiences including sales and marketing, and he understands what it takes to create opportunity in each of the markets that comprise the important North America Region."
Liotine’s promotion takes effect Nov. 1. His new role will see him charged with leading all North American operations, expanding on his most recent role as president U.S. operations.
Liotine has been working for Whirlpool since 2004. He held various roles since, including VP and general manager of Whirlpool Canada, general manager key account sales for the U.S., and VP marketing North America. He was named president U.S. operations in November of last year.
Knowledge is power at Searing
This year’s Horizon Distribution PRO Hardware Retailer of the Year, Searing Electric & Plumbing in Longview, Washington, features a team with more than 150 years of combined experince.
“If I had to choose one word to describe Searing Electric & Plumbing PRO Hardware, it would be knowledgeable,” said Mike Dawson, Horizon Distribution’s retail division manager. “Plumbing and electrical projects can be intimidating, but with the pros at Searing helping you out, they become much less daunting.”
Owner Chris Searing and his store were selected due to outstanding support of PRO key suppliers. The Searing customer service team has over 150 years of experience in plumbing, electrical and hardware and can be counted upon to provide top-quality service and knowledgeable advice in a clean and well-merchandised environment.
The store was honored along with Paul L. Cosgrave Memorial Award winner Cherokee (North Carolina) PRO Home Center and other honorable mentions.
“These annual awards honor the best of the best of the PRO family,” said Shari Kalbach, managing director of PRO Group. “These independent retailers are more than competing — they’re successful and thriving. We’re proud to have these businesses represent PRO Group.”
Skilsaw unveils new brand identity
Mt. Prospect, Illinois-based Skilsaw Power Tools has rebranded itself with a new logo and the introduction of two new direct drive Sidewinder circular saws.
The new brand identity draws on the company’s heritage as the inventor of the circular saw in 1924: the logo design features an iconic "diamond knockout" from a worm drive saw blade.
"We spent a considerable amount of time in the field talking with professionals to learn more about what drives them and how to improve our brand and products to better meet their needs," said Roger Amrol, president. "The over-arching message was that tradesmen are passionate about the work they do, and they rely on their Skilsaws to help them meet challenges on the job. Ultimately, there’s a need among trades for a line of saws that are as hard-working and reliable as our legendary worm drives."
As for the new product releases, there’s the SPT67WM-22 with magnesium guards, foot and motor housing and SPT67WL-22 resin housing saw. The new model, the company claims, is the only all-magnesium circular saw on the market, making for added strength and jobsite durability.
"This new generation of Skilsaws will inspire and empower our pro users throughout their career," said Nancy Struijk, product manager, circular saws. "From the rugged magnesium motor housing inspired by our worm drive to our unique Dual-Field motor made specifically for saws these new circular saws will help users optimize their productivity on the jobsite."