Masonite adds to executive team
Masonite International Corporation has hired Mike Nelson as VP and business leader of Masonite Architectural Door Systems, as well as Tony Hair as VP and business leader, Residential Door Business.
In his newly created role, Nelson will oversee financial performance, strategic planning, customer support, sales, marketing, branding and product strategy for the segment, which was developed after a series of strategic acquisitions boosted Masonite’s commercial and architectural doors portfolio.
Nelson has 21 years of experience in sales, marketing and general management for companies such as 3M Corporation, Mead Westvaco and Wausau Paper, where he worked previous to his role with Masonite. He will report to Larry Repar, EVP and COO of Masonite.
Meanwhile, Hair will be serving in a parallel capacity with Masonite’s North American residential door business, reporting also to Larry Repar.
Hair’s resume includes over 20 years of experience in R&D, engineering, supply chain, marketing and general management with Newell Rubbermaid and Maytag. In his previous role, he was SVP and general manager for Newell’s Decor Business, before which he served as president of the global Hardware Business Unit. He also spent 15 years at Maytag in eight distinct roles, including VP of sales strategy.
Don Van Winkle tapped as Kimball EVP
Kimball International, a manufacturer of electronic components and commercial furniture, has promoted Donald Van Winkle to the role of executive vice president, effective immediately.
“Don has demonstrated his market insights and earned respect for his valued judgments," said Kimball International president and CEO Jim Thyen. "It is my pleasure to make this appointment, as an acknowledgement of Don’s accomplishments and of his growing role in the strategic leadership of Kimball International as a whole."
Van Winkle will retain his position as president of the company’s Office Furniture Group. He assumed this role, in addition to VP of Kimball International, in February 2010.
He originally joined the company in 1991 as Office Furniture divisional controller and was named VP, general manager of National Office Furniture in 2003. Within that time, he has pulled off a successful track record overseeing accounting, finance, sales, market analysis, information technology, demand management and quality control operations.
On the growth path, Carter Lumber consolidates
With a focus firmly set on long-term growth, Kent, Ohio-based Carter Lumber identified 26 mostly Midwestern locations for closing.
In announcing the moves, the company explained that its growth plans require consolidation in some smaller markets and an emphasis on those markets that can support growth. The moves allow the 143-location pro dealer to “support our growth, increase market share and expand into new markets,” according to an announcement.
Carter is no stranger to growth, particularly since residential construction turned south in 2006.
"During the recent economic downturn, while many competitors were tring to survive, Carter Lumber transformed itself from a $500 million traditional lumberyard, into almost a $1 billion professional lumberyard," said Jeff Donley, president. On top of that, during the last 18 months, Carter expanded with new stores in Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; and Outer Banks, N.C.
“Sometimes, we make this business too complicated,” said Kip Gleckler, senior VP field operations for Carter Lumber. “Look at the markets, pick the best location and hire talented people to service the customer. It’s that simple. It’s not like we’re saving lives; we’re just shipping lumber and we need to do it better than anyone else.”
Locations set for closing represent only 5% of the company’s sales. They are:
In Ohio: Akron, (Wadsworth Road location); Ashland, Bucyrus, Celina, Clyde, Coshocton, Eaton (lumber and plumbing), Fredericktown, Hillsboro, Huntsville, Kenton, Reno and Van Wert (lumber and plumbing).
In Indiana: New Castle, Rochester, Rockport (Kight Home Center), Shelbyville (lumber and plumbing) and Warsaw.
Also: Bad Axe, Mich.; Sturgis, Mich., Elizabethtown, Ky.; and Laurinburg, N.C.
The closings and consolidation will result in the loss of less than 30 full-time positions, the company said.