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Leviton played a role in disaster relief

BY HBSDEALER Staff

While most people think of water, food and shelter when it comes to emergency relief efforts, Leviton provided areas of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee with another essential product in the aftermath of recent storms and tornados: watertight locking plugs and connectors, 50 amp generator plus, and a wide assortment of other temporary power supplies.

The Melville, N.Y.-based manufacturer enacted its Emergency Response Procedures (LERP), which in this case meant immediately opening its 500,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Lebanon, Tenn., to ensure adequate supply of products in demand. 

“Leviton’s catastrophe preparedness policy is to always overstock our selected lines of commercial and industrial products,” said Ken Wallace, who manages Leviton’s distribution center in Lebanon. “We are always ready for such occasions, and the emergency response protocol helps us to make sure we can react quickly to get our products to where they are needed most.”

Wallace worked with Leviton manager Rodney Coots and Leviton Southeast  regional sales representative Keith Wiemann in the days following the April 27 storms and over the weekend of April 30 to manually pick items from the distribution center shelves to fill orders. Wiemann also took the extra step of driving the products more than 70 miles to meet distributors and contractors closer to affected areas to get much-needed connection products to disaster sites faster.

“There are no ‘hours of operation’ when it comes to helping communities in need and our valued customers. This team went above and beyond — some of them leaving family events and working through the weekend to make sure vital electrical products were available when needed,” said William Marshall, Leviton senior VP sales and marketing.

Diane Corso, a Leviton veteran of 35 years, coordinated the efforts of the Tennessee team through the weekend and made sure all customer orders were fulfilled. 

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J.Collins says:
May-13-2011 01:03 pm

This is a great story. I wish
This is a great story. I wish more companies did business like this. I have their products in our home and have never had an issue for over 30 years!

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Golden Hammer vendor winners unveiled in Vegas

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Las Vegas — Thirty-two home channel industry suppliers were recognized as Golden Hammer winners during a ceremony Wednesday in Las Vegas at the National Hardware Show.

The event also produced five vendor winners selected by the Golden Hammer retail committee in five retail disciplines. The Golden Hammer Committee Choice winners for 2011 are:

• Scotts Miracle-Gro, New Product Innovation;

• Irwin Tools, Inventory Management;

• Andersen, Serving the Pros;

• 3M, Category Management; and

• Weber Stephens, Quality Control.

The Home Channel News Golden Hammer Awards are based on an electronic balloting process that in 2011 generated a record number of votes for winners in 32 categories. The complete list of winners follows:

Hardware, tools and supplies

Cleaning Supplies – 3M

Electrical Supplies – Leviton

Fasteners – Midwest Fastener

Floor Care – Bonakemi

Hand Tools – Irwin

Gloves and Apparel – Wells Lamont

Home Security – First Alert

Paint Supplies & Tools – Purdy

Plumbing Supplies and Equipment – Fluidmaster

Power Tools – DeWalt

 Home decor

Decorative Hardware & Locksets – Kwikset

Decorative Lighting & Fixtures – Cooper Lighting

Fashion Fixtures – Kohler

Home Organization – Newell Rubbermaid

Major Appliances – Whirlpool

Paint Wall Treatments & Stains – Valspar

Small Appliances – KitchenAid

• LBM and durables

Bathroom Vanities & Procelain – Kohler

Building Materials – Quikrete

Insulation – Owens Corning

Caulking & Sealants – DAP

Doors – Clopay

Lumber & Plywood – Georgia Pacific

Windows – Anderson

• Outdoor living

Barbeque – Weber Stephens

Decorative Landscaping – Pavestone

Garden Accessories – Design House

Lawn & Garden Organics and Chemicals – Scotts

Lawn and Garden Tools & Irrigation – Ames True Temper

Outdoor Furniture – Palmetto Furniture

Outdoor Power Equipment – STIHL

Pools Supplies – ARCH

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Larry Stone enters Home Channel Hall of Fame

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With a stirring introduction from his longtime Lowe’s colleague Greg Bridgeford, Larry Stone entered the Home Channel Hall of Fame during the National Hardware Show Wednesday.

The Hall of Fame induction of Stone, a 43-year Lowe’s veteran, was one of the highlights of the 27th annual Golden Hammer Awards, a Home Channel News event.

In his introductory remarks, Lowe’s executive VP Greg Bridgeford explained how Stone always led by example, trying to be the best he could at any position he was assigned. He called him “the soul of Lowe’s” who rose from the mailroom to the presidency of the company.

Stone had about 20 jobs during his career at Lowe’s.

"Whatever job Larry took you always saw two predominant behaviors, first an obsession to understand the challenge of the position and what he needed to learn to succeed," Bridgeford said. "The second is an incredible drive to be the best at whatever challenge he took on."

Stone listed the five traits he considered essential to leadership:

• Authenticity. “Never try to be someone you’re not. Let people see the true you every day."

• Treat people the way you want to be treated. “Know what’s important to your people.”

• Passion. “As a leader, you cast a big shadow. Be passionate about your company.” 

• Be a team player. “Give your support and leadership to your team.” 

• Integrity. “Your integrity will last long after you’re gone.”

“I didn’t start in the mailroom and think, ‘Well, someday I could be president.’ But I did set goals,” said Stone, who also described his career as an adventure. "I hope I had a positive impact on the industry, because the industry and Lowe’s have had a tremendous impact on me," he said. 

Some 150 retailers and other industry leaders attended the breakfast event held in conjunction with the National Hardware Show.

In kicking off the induction ceremony, John Shields of MSA Safety Works, the event sponsor, described Stone as an extremely worthy inductee. "For his amazing rise through the ranks, and for his tremendous success at Lowe’s, and for the impact he has had on the people he’s worked with, and the industry as a whole, Larry Stone deserves a place in the Home Channel Hall of Fame," Shields said.

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