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Masco Home Services to certify WaterSense homes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Masco Home Services has joined a group of licensed certification organizations qualified to oversee inspections and certify WaterSense-labeled new homes. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the WaterSense label is earned by single-family new homes that use 20% less water than traditional models inside and out.

“Masco Home Services has partnered with the EPA to help support builders committed to bringing WaterSense-labeled new homes to their community,” said Larry Laseter, president of Masco Home Services. “The WaterSense label is a simple way for consumers to identify water-efficient products, programs and new homes that will use less energy and save water for future generations.”

Homes in the program conserve water through efficient plumbing fixtures, efficient products and hot water delivery systems, and water-saving landscape features.

All new homes must be inspected and certified before they can earn the WaterSense label. Masco Home Services completed EPA training in order to work with inspectors and provide quality assurance that homes are certified to meet WaterSense criteria.

“If just 10% of new homes built were WaterSense-labeled, Americans could save 1 billion gallons of water per year,” said Sheila Frace, director of the EPA Office of Water’s Municipal Support Division. “WaterSense-labeled homes are an investment for the future of our planet.”

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Off-duty cop nabs shoplifter

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Ashoplifting suspect who may have impersonated a Lowe’s employee was arrested on Oct. 13 after an off-duty police officer became suspicious, according to an article in Herald-Citizen.

Off-duty police officer Shannon Smith was shopping at a Lowe’s store in Cookeville, Tenn., when she allegedly saw a man take a Paslode cordless nail gun out of the store without paying. She contacted other officers, then watched the suspect leave with another individual in a newer model white Toyota.

Police were able to stop the vehicle based on Smith’s description. An officer allegedly found the nail gun, still in its box, and five hypodermic syringes. Arrested were the driver, Rainn Wanos Martin, 31, and Brent Lee Hamby, 29, the passenger. Both were cited for shoplifting and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lowe’s employees told officers they saw one of the suspects in the store wearing a Lowe’s apron. An employee apron was later found that had been “cut completely in half down the back,” according to the police report.

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Lancaster names new marketing executive

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Lancaster, a paint sundries distributor, has appointed Geff Lynch as its new senior VP sales and marketing. Lynch will oversee all sales and marketing functions for the Lancaster/Five Star groups.

Lynch is replacing Bruce Sherman, who is leaving the company to spend more time with his family. Sherman has served in the role of VP field sales for Five Star this past year and previously held the position of CEO for The Five Star Group.

Lynch has worked as VP marketing at The Merit Group since January 2008. He has a 24-year background in the paint sundry industry, including sales and marketing positions for GMG Distributors and Gaco Western.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., The Merit Group distributes its products through its Lancaster, Five Star, Merit Trade Source and Merit Pro trade names. The company, which operates nine distribution centers, serves more than 10,000 retail locations including national, regional and independent paint chains, home improvement centers, hardware stores, lumberyards and drywall yards in the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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