Manufacturers sound off on nuclear energy
The American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) Industry Confidence survey touches on hot-topic current events — nuclear energy and no-fly zones.
In addition to measuring industry confidence, the AHMA surveyed members on hot-topic current events.
One question dealt with nuclear energy: “Concerns about radiation leaks from nuclear power plants in Japan as a result of the recent earthquake and tsunami have some in the U.S. calling for increased restraints on the use of nuclear energy in this country. Do you agree with efforts to limit nuclear power as an energy source in the U.S.?”
Most — 66% of respondents — answered "no," 17% answered “yes," and another 16% answered "not sure."
A second question dealt with Libya. “The Obama administration, following a U.N. resolution, approved U.S. military involvement in the enforcement of a ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Libya. Do you agree with this action?"
More than half — 52% — responded “yes,” 7% responded “not sure,” and 41% responded “no.”
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HD Supply names new marketing exec
HD Supply has appointed Paula Presenkowski as the new VP marketing of its Facilities Maintenance division. She will report to Anesa Chaibi, president and CEO of HD Supply Facilities Maintenance.
Presenkowski will lead the marketing operations, creative services and research teams. She has extensive marketing experience that spans over 20 years and includes both business-to-consumer and business-to-business expertise.
Presenkowski joined HD Supply Facilities Maintenance in 1997 as marketing manager and most recently served as its strategic marketing director. Her accomplishments include leading the company’s annual strategic planning process and heading the development of its sustainability program.
HD Supply Facilities Maintenance is a leading supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products to owners and managers of multi-family, hospitality, educational and commercial properties; healthcare providers; and municipal and government facilities. HD Supply Facilities Maintenance has 36 distribution centers nationwide, a fleet of more than 600 delivery vehicles and more than 22,000 products.
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Sales squeak down 2% at WD-40 Co.
San Diego-based WD-40 Co. posted net sales of $79.2 million in the second quarter ended Feb. 28, down 2% from the same quarter last year.
Net income for the multi-brand maintenance-and-home-care-products company declined 15% to $9.1 million.
Garry O. Ridge, WD-40 Co. president and CEO said the company continues to invest in its core strategic initiatives — "which are to expand into growth markets, to bring innovation into existing markets, to develop our business through acquisitions and strategic partnerships and to take advantage of new marketing strategies to leverage our loyal end-users’ affinity for our brands." he said. "This focus continues to pay off as we plan for the future."
On the development side, it has been one year since WD-40 launched the Blue Works product line of industrial grade specialty maintenance products. Sales increased 32% in the United States in the second quarter, Ridge said. Blue Works launched in the United Kingdom earlier this year and will enter Canada in 2011.
The company said it is developing a WD-40 Specialist line, a new portfolio of specialty problem-solving products aimed at the trade and doer enthusiasts. The new line will launch in the United States and the United Kingdom by the end of the fiscal year.
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