Lumber Liquidators announces change at the top
Flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators has announced that Robert Lynch, its current president and chief operating officer, will succeed current CEO Jeffrey Griffiths on Jan. 1, 2012. As part of the company’s succession plan, Griffiths will also retire from the board of directors at the same time.
Lynch has served as Lumber Liquidators’ president and COO since January 2011. Prior to joining the company, he served as president and CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware. Previously, Lynch worked at Home Depot in various store operations and business development positions. He has also held positions at Accenture Consulting, and at Ernst & Young in the National Consumer Products & Retail Consulting Practice. Lynch began his career with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Based in Toano, Va., Lumber Liquidators operates more than 260 locations selling hard-surface flooring nationwide.
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Water heater plant earns LEED silver
An A. O. Smith manufacturing facility in Johnson City, Tenn., earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.
The 470,000-sq.-ft. Johnson City facility manufactures residential and light commercial gas and electric water heaters.
Johnson City is the first A. O. Smith facility awarded LEED certification. To achieve LEED certification, given by the U. S. Green Building Council, a facility’s operation and maintenance must meet specific standards in energy efficiency, environmentally responsible business practices and maintaining a healthy work environment.
“This certification is the result of more than five years of work by the Johnson City team to reduce energy and water consumption, improve efficiency and reduce cost,” said Ajita Rajendra, president and chief operating officer of A. O. Smith. “It demonstrates the team’s commitment to operating to world-class standards in every facet of the business.”
Among the short-term and long-term initiatives that enabled Johnson City to earn the LEED certification were:
• Reducing water usage for compressed air cooling by $80,000 per year;
• Reducing the annual water usage in restrooms by 25% per year;
• Efficient lighting and ventilation systems that resulted in annual electricity savings of more than $40,000;
• A “green” cleaning program that reduced chemical costs by $5,000; and
• A long-term recycling program that has achieved cost savings of more than $30,000 per year.
In its submission to the Green Building Council, the plant listed its lighting and ventilation system and water usage programs as “innovative practices.” The Johnson City team customized a purchased software package to automate the building’s ventilation system. A series of 17 temperature sensors throughout the building enable staff to monitor and control the system to deliver improved efficiency.
The system has enabled the plant to reduce its energy consumption, as well as the amount of water required for its air-cooling compressors.
For the plant to get LEED
For the plant to get LEED silver must be something commendable, as not many people or companies take the effort to ensure that they comply with the guidelines, especially those in the industrial works. Good job!
Jeld-Wen recognized for safety record
Jeld-Wen received an award for its safety-related record that includes an 80% reduction in annual workers’ compensation injuries since 2002.
Jeld-Wen was presented with the 2011 Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Award (“Teddy Award”) at the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.
Since 2002, Jeld-Wen has reduced its annual workers’ compensation injuries in the United States by 80%. Entrants were judged on their safety improvement practices and results. While Jeld-Wen’s reduction in incidents was important in the judging process, the company was also praised for its development of training programs, tracking and feedback mechanisms, and a host of prevention measures. Previous Teddy Award recipients include AT&T, Nissan, Marriott and Frito-Lay.
“I would like to thank our employees for generating suggestions and ideas for continual improvement, adopting a culture of safety, and their unending commitment to safety,” said Kelly Beegle, VP insurance and risk management at Jeld-Wen. “The true reward is that our employees continue to have a safe and healthy work environment.”
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