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Marcus criticizes Obama administration

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In an interview with CNBC, The Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus criticized the Obama administration for failing to support small businesses and for creating excessive regulations, including the expanded 1099 filing requirement.

Marcus had praise for Home Depot CEO Frank Blake, who he described as a CEO who operates like a small business owner on a very large scale —  “He’s in the stores constantly, he’s not sitting on the 22nd floor.”

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Briggs & Stratton files counterclaim in patent case

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Milwaukee-based Briggs & Stratton has filed a counterclaim in a U.S. district court in Omaha against Beatrice lawnmower maker Exmark Manufacturing, according to the Journal Star.

Exmark, a division of the Toro Co., sued Briggs & Stratton and Schiller Grounds Care in May, alleging their mowers infringe on its patents.

At issue is Exmark’s 863 Patent, which covers multi-blade mowers equipped with baffles between blades, allowing the mower to be converted from a mulching to a side-discharge mower.

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Royal names new Bluegrass business manager

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Atlanta-based Royal Group announced the appointment of Timothy Johnson as business manager of Bluegrass, Royal’s mounts, shutters and vents business. Johnson will be responsible for injecting new focus into the brand of finish mounts, shutters and vents for the residential housing market.

“We are delighted to welcome Timothy Johnson to the Royal Group family,” said Simon Bates, VP and general manager of Royal Building Products. “His skills in brand strategy, product development, sales and business management are assets that will contribute significantly to the growth and success of our organization. We look forward to Tim’s contribution.”

Prior to joining Royal Group, Johnson held roles of increasing responsibility with Velux America and GAF Materials Corp.

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