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Lighting fixtures sold at Home Depot recalled

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lighting fixtures sold at Home Depot stores under the Thomasville Brand name have been voluntarily recalled, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

According to the commission’s report, a cable that supports the light fixtures from the ceiling can fail, causing the fixture to fall. The commission received five reports of fixtures falling, causing bruises in two cases.

In all, the recall includes about 7,500 of the fixtures, which were manufactured in China and imported by Progress Lighting of Greenville, S.C. The recall includes the “International Series” indoor light fixtures, which were sold with metal hardware and frosted white glass.

In addition to Home Depot stores, the fixtures were sold by various lighting and electrical products distributors in the United States. The items were sold from January 2005 through March 2008 for $290 to $1,150, according to the commission.

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Niblock named chairman of RILA

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The Retail Industry Leaders Association has named its board of directors for 2008, with the CEO of Lowe’s set to serve as chairman of the trade group.

Robert Niblock, chairman and CEO of Lowe’s, will head the board of the organization, which serves as an advocacy group for the retail industry.

Niblock is joined by new board members representing various retail channels, including Eduardo Castro-Wright, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores; Richard Dreiling, CEO of Dollar General Corp.; and Eric Wiseman, president and CEO of clothing company VF Corp.

Other members of the group’s board of directors for 2008 are:

• Gregg Steinhafel (vice chairman) president and CEO of Target

• William C. Rhodes (treasurer), chairman, president and CEO of AutoZone

• Brad H. Anderson (immediate past chairman) vice chairman and CEO, Best Buy

• Sally Jewell, president and CEO, Recreational Equipment

• Robert Moran, president and CEO, PetSmart

• James M. Myers, CEO of PETCO Animal Supplies

• Jeffrey A. Rein, chairman and CEO, Walgreen Co.

• Sandra L. Kennedy, president, Retail Industry Leaders Association

• Joseph W. McClanathan, president and CEO, Energizer Battery

• Michael B. Polk, president of Unilever Americas; Unilever

• Jeffrey R. Smith, global managing director, Accenture Retail Industry

• Bruce Westbrook, national managing director, consumer and industrial products, Deloitte Consulting Deloitte & Touche

• Andrea J. Ayers, business unit president, Convergys.

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Simonton names new national sales vp

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Simonton Windows, a division of housewares and building materials giant Fortune Brands, has named Tom Danisch as its new vp-national sales.

Danisch will work with Simonton’s network of national customers and assist in growing the company’s business in various market segments throughout the country, according to a statement from Simonton.

Danisch most recently served as general manager of Illinois Tool Works’ Miller business unit. He also has held spots at Andersen Windows, Azek Trimboards and flooring manufacturer Armstrong World Industries.

Simonton Windows, based in Parkersburg, W. Va., has six manufacturing facilities in the United States.

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