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Lowe’s says Aloha to Iwilei

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Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s will open an 117,000-sq.-ft. store in Iwilei, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu Thursday, according to a report in the Honolulu Star Advertiser

The store will be the company’s fourth in Hawaii, and second on Oahu. According to the report, the store was originally planned in 2005, but various setbacks have delayed its opening. It will be located very close to a Home Depot and a City Mill home center.

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Central Garden & Pet makes exec appointment

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Central Garden & Pet has announced the appointment of Gus Halas as president and CEO of its Central Operating Cos., effective April 18.  Halas will report to William Brown, Central’s chairman and CEO.   

Halas has worked as a consultant to the company since 2009. From 2003 to 2009, he was chairman, president and CEO of T3 Energy Services. He previously served as president and CEO of Clore Automotive and Marley Cooling Tower Co. and held senior executive positions with a number of other companies, including Ingersoll-Dresser Pump Co. and Sulzer Industries. 

Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., Central Garden & Pet is a supplier of lawn, garden and pet products under a variety of brands, including Pennington, Kaytee, Amdro, Sevin, Ironite, Norcal and New England Pottery.

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New officers for masonry veneer group

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The Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (MVMA), the trade association organized specifically for the adhered masonry veneer industry, has announced new officers.

Dan Mulhern, of Veneerstone, will serve as president and Chuck Stein, of Environmental StoneWorks, will serve as VP. Ardeen Brever, of Boulder Creek Stone, will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer, and Ralph Vasami of Kellen Co. will continue to serve as the executive VP.

“We are very excited to have the new team of officers on board,” said Mike Fischer, general manager of MVMA. “The outgoing officers did a really outstanding job, and I am confident that this group will continue to build on their success and do many great things for the industry.”

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the MVMA’s main goals are to build awareness of manufactured stone products, establish industry codes and standards, and to build collaborative partnerships with stakeholders in the industry.

As the new officers of MVMA, Mulhern, Stein and Brever will oversee and lead the communications, education and technical operations of the association.

Mulhern is the president of Veneerstone, a leader in the manufactured stone market and one of the original members of the MVMA.  He has served on the MVMA’s board of directors since 2007, and has served as VP of the board for the last two years.

Stein has been the president and CEO of Environmental Stoneworks for the past two years.  Prior to that, he worked for Owens Corning for 12 years, where he was president of the Cultured Stone business for three of those years.  He has more than 15 years of experience in the building materials industry.

Brever of Boulder Creek Stone has been in the cast stone industry since 1977. He has been involved in the installation and manufacturing of stone.  He has served as the secretary/treasurer of the Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association from the time it was formed in 2006. 

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