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Lumber Liquidators names new head merchant

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Lumber Liquidators, a nationwide retailer of hardwood flooring, has hired William Schlegel as its chief merchandising officer, effective March 14, 2011. 

In this position, Schlegel will oversee the company’s merchandising, replenishment and allocation and global sourcing activities. He reports directly to Robert Lynch, president and CEO. 

A former Home Depot merchant — he held global procurement and merchandising roles during his 10 years at the Atlanta retailer — Schlegel most recently served as VP merchandising at Harbor Freight Tools, where he reorganized the Global Sourcing and Quality Group. Previously, he held the position of VP merchandising at Gander Mountain. 

Based in Toano, Va., Lumber Liquidators sells 340 varieties of hardwood flooring through 230 stores. 

 

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In Connecticut, green subdivision planned

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According to an article in the Hartford Courant, a central Connecticut builder is proposing a "green" subdivision.

The home builder, By Carrier, is proposing to build a subdivision in Berlin, Conn., that meets the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), administered by the National Association of Home Builders. The project, called "Summerlin Trails," would feature 83 homes and be the first of its kind in Connecticut, according to the article.

 

 

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Harris Seeds introduces Worm Power

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Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Seeds, a provider of garden seeds, supplies and organic gardening solutions, is partnering with Worm Power to offer its organic fertilizer to gardeners nationwide. The agreement makes Harris Seeds the primary distributor of Worm Power in the United States.

Worm Power’s fertilizer, which shares the company name, is produced by millions of earthworms. The rich and crumbly, odorless fertilizer is now available nationwide in convenient shaker cans and in three bag sizes. Brew-it-yourself Worm Power Shower is also available, allowing gardeners to feed plants with liquid Worm Power.

“Promoting Worm Power to gardeners and garden centers was a natural step, given Harris Seeds’ expanding line of seeds and supplies for organic gardeners,” said Solveig Hanson, organic product manager at Harris Seeds. “There’s a symbiosis between Harris Seeds and Worm Power. Our partnership means that Worm Power can focus on taking care of its 60 million earthworms and producing top-quality organic fertilizer, while we can do what we do best: connect with our extensive network of gardeners and provide excellent customer service.”

Founded in 2003 and located in Dairy Country in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Worm Power has built and operates the largest earthworm composting facility in the Western hemisphere.

 

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