Meet MHLDA’s Lumber Person of the Year, Rich Protsko
Back in November, the Mid-Hudson Lumber Dealers Association honored their 2013 Lumber Person of the Year, Rich Protsko.
At the West Hills Country Club in Middletown, N.Y., MHLDA director Tim Erchick presented the award to Protsko at the 2013 Annual Meeting Nov. 1.
Protsko, who currently works for American Lumber Co. and serves as ex-officio on the MHLDA board of directors, has been in the lumber and building materials industry since he graduated high school. He got a job with a hardwood company from Holland (H&L Lumber), where he learned to operate the kilns, as well as grading, surfacing and machine maintenance.
After serving with the Air National Guard as an optician, he rejoined the industry via a job with Hallock Lumber, unloading rail cars, driving forklifts and handling lumber. Wishing to better his lot, he attended the NAWLA School of Lumber to earn his lumberman credentials.
His career has included stints at Mid-State Lumber, Wiener Crowley & St. John and American Lumber Co. He was also simultaneously involved with the military, retiring from the Air National Guard after 22 years as a master sargent in 2002.
“Everywhere I worked I had a blast and continue to do so,” he told the MHLDA. “It is the people in this industry who make it that way. It’s not always sunny and bright, but no job is. Somehow it always comes down to having fun.”
Michael Sarrica named president of Ames True Temper
Griffon Corporation has appointed Michael A. Sarrica as president of Ames True Temper, a landscaping products company based in Camp Hill, Pa. He is replacing Eugene Colleran, formerly CEO of Griffon’s Home & Building Products segment and of Ames, who has left the company.
“Mike Sarrica is a market focused leader with hands on experience in operations, manufacturing and innovation," said Griffon CEO Ronald Kramer. "We look forward to continuing to grow the Ames business with an emphasis on delivering customer satisfaction. We expect Mike’s leadership to have an immediate impact on Ames.”
In his most recent role, Sarrica was president of DRS Network and Imaging Systems, a subsidiary of DRS Technologies, Inc., which serves the military, industrial and commercial markets. He worked for DRS for 20 years.
Sarrica will report to Robert Mehmel, Griffon president and COO.
Monkey Bars Storage now offering garage cabinets
Garage storage company Monkey Bars Storage has recently begun producing its own cabinets, as well as a cabinet bracket that’s designed to hold larger items inside.
The cabinets offer a combination of hardiness and attractive design, with various color options and a contemporary interior design aesthetic.
Cabinets also come with adjustable shelves and can be outfitted with various storage implements to suit one’s needs.
Monkey Bars’ patented garage shelving system holds 1,000 pounds per four feet of shelving and comes with a lifetime warranty.