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Lumber Liquidators hires OSH president as new COO

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators has announced the appointment of Robert Lynch as president and chief operating officer. He will oversee the company’s merchandising, supply chain and store operations, including the respective senior VPs of these areas. Lynch, who starts his new position on Jan. 17, 2011, will report directly to CEO Jeffrey Griffiths.

Lynch most recently served as president and CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware, an 89-unit chain of hardware stores in California. Prior to that, Lynch worked at The Home Depot in various store operations and business development positions. Lynch has also held positions at Accenture Consulting and at Ernst & Young. Lynch began his career with Walmart Stores.

Orchard Supply Hardware has “engaged a national search firm to commence a search for a new president and CEO,” according to a press release issued by the company on Dec. 20. In the interim, Allen Ravas, the former CFO of Sears Canada, has joined Orchard Supply Hardware as chief administrative officer and will also serve on the board of directors.

Based in Toano, Va., Lumber Liquidators operates 215 stores in the United States.

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Engine Products Group sues EPA over E15

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A newly formed group comprised of automakers and engine manufacturers called the Engine Products group is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its rule allowing the sale of E15 fuel, according to the ArgusLeader.com.

According to the article, the group is claiming the blend could damage the engines of boats, older cars and carbureted equipment such as chain saws. They also said it potentially opens manufacturers to liability lawsuits and that the waiver violates the Clean Air Act.

The Engine Products Group is a coalition of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.

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NTCA names Florida contractor Tile Person of the Year

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The Time Person of the Year is Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. But who is the Tile Person of the Year?

The answer is John Canto of Canto Tile & Stone in Tampa, Fla. The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) presented him with the Tile Person of the Year award at the industry’s Total Solutions Plus Conference.

Canto served four years as the association’s regional director in the late 90s. He served as NTCA president from 2006 to 2008 and chairman of the board from 2008 to 2010.

The Canto family has been associated with tile contracting for almost 80 years. Canto worked for his father at Hillsborough Tile from 1969 to 1982, specializing in both commercial and residential tile work. Later, Canto joined Tampa, Fla.-based Craig Tile, a growing commercial and residential contractor. Canto remained with the company for 25 years, starting as an estimator, and subsequently holding positions in sales and project management. During his tenure with Craig Tile he was promoted to VP and eventually president.

He formed Canto Tile and Stone in 2007, along with wife Linda, son John and daughter Natalie. In 2009 Canto Tile was awarded the NTCA Five-Star status — one of only 18 firms to do so to date. In 2010 Canto was recognized as an industry consultant, passing a rigid set of association criteria to honor industry experts for job site investigation and reporting. 

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