Lumber dealer runs for state office
Jeff Brandes, director of real estate holdings for Tibbetts Lumber, is running as a Republican against a Democrat incumbent in a swing district that was Republican six years ago, according to the FBMA newsletter. Brandes, the grandson of company founder Linton Tibbetts, hopes to become the next state representative for House District 52 in St. Petersburg.
Brandes served as an officer in the Army and was deployed to Iraq. Before launching his campaign, Brandes oversaw land issues for Tibbetts Holdings domestically and in the Cayman Islands, where the company also has a location.
Briggs & Stratton files counterclaim in patent case
Exmark, a division of the Toro Co., sued Briggs & Stratton and Schiller Grounds Care in May, alleging their mowers infringe on its patents.
At issue is Exmark’s 863 Patent, which covers multi-blade mowers equipped with baffles between blades, allowing the mower to be converted from a mulching to a side-discharge mower.
Royal names new Bluegrass business manager
Atlanta-based Royal Group announced the appointment of Timothy Johnson as business manager of Bluegrass, Royal’s mounts, shutters and vents business. Johnson will be responsible for injecting new focus into the brand of finish mounts, shutters and vents for the residential housing market.
“We are delighted to welcome Timothy Johnson to the Royal Group family,” said Simon Bates, VP and general manager of Royal Building Products. “His skills in brand strategy, product development, sales and business management are assets that will contribute significantly to the growth and success of our organization. We look forward to Tim’s contribution.”
Prior to joining Royal Group, Johnson held roles of increasing responsibility with Velux America and GAF Materials Corp.