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Man reportedly bitten by snake in garden center

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A man was bitten on the hand by a pygmy rattlesnake in a Wal-Mart Supercenter garden center in Pembroke Pines, Fla., according to local media reports and the Associated Press. The snake apparently was hiding in the foliage of plants displayed in the store and sprang out at the customer as he was shopping.

Following the July 6 incident, the man reportedly was taken to nearby Miramar Hospital and given antivenin for the bite.

Bites from pygmy rattlesnakes, native to Florida, are rarely fatal. The 42-year-old man was recovering from the incident, according to reports.

The store immediately closed the garden center following the incident for an inspection by local animal control authorities; the center has since reopened.

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Carpet One Floor & Home names new COO

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Carpet One Floor & Home, a subsidiary of CCA Global Partners, has announced the appointment of Scott Wheeler to the post of chief operating officer.

Wheeler most recently served as vp-merchandising for Carpet One Floor & Home.

Prior to that, Wheeler served as president of Flooring America before it was acquired by CCA Global Partners in 2000; and as executive vp for Avalon Carpet Tile & Flooring, a multi-unit flooring retailer based in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Carpet One Floor & Home is one of North America’s largest floor covering retailers, with more than 1,000 locations in Australia and New Zealand. CCA Global Partners has approximately 3,600 retail locations in all worldwide, under banners including Flooring America and ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings, among others.

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Briggs Plumbing names new CEO

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Stephen Glaser has been named president and CEO of Briggs Plumbing Products, a Charleston, S.C.-based manufacturer of toilets, sinks and faucets.

Glaser has been with Briggs since 2004, when he joined the company as vp-operations. In 2007, he was appointed general manager.

Prior to joining Briggs, Glaser held positions with appliance-maker Electrolux as well as with electronics giant Sony Electronics. He formerly served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as an engineering officer.

Briggs Plumbing Products is a division of CISA Holdings and manufactures products including toilets, bidets, lavatories, bathtubs, kitchen sinks and the Sayco brand of faucets.

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