Merillat Cabinetry gears up for product launch
Merillat Cabinetry has announced its plans to unveil a new collection of products at KBIS 2014 that will amount to somewhat of a rebranding for the company.
"Orville Merillat used to say, ‘Do your best and then some.’ This launch is our ‘then some,’" said Dan Smith, product development director.
Visitors at KBIS can expect to see six new door styles and seven new color options, including the new Bayville door style with its "pillow-like" edge and a new Dusk color.
In addition to the new cabinetry options, Merillat will also exhibit new storage products and design solutions, as well as promote its ability to ship built-to-order cabinets in as little as five days. A replica of an early kitchen hand-built by founder Orville Merillat will also be on display at the booth.
"KBIS will be an extraordinary statement for our company," said Rick Roetken, president, Masco Cabinetry. "Business is strong, we have a lot of momentum on our side, and we’re ready to show the world what we’ve been up to. We’ve spent the last two years listening, working, and building. This is a long-awaited public unveiling of those efforts as we work to build relationships, one handshake at a time."
Central Garden & Pet reshuffles management structure
Central Garden & Pet Company has made a couple executive appointments. Effective immediately, J.D. Walker has been tapped to lead the Garden segment, with Dan Pennington leading the wild bird and private label business. Both will report to EVP Michael Reed.
“I am pleased with the appointments of J.D. and Dan to lead their respective commercial areas of the Garden business and the return of Mike to his leadership role for our Garden segment,” said president and CEO John Ranelli. “I believe this is a winning combination of leadership and experience. Mike, J.D. and Dan are experts in their fields, and together with their knowledge of Central, we fully expect a seamless transition. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Garden team to create value for our customers, employees and shareholders.”
In his new role, Walker will be responsible for sales, marketing, innovation, control products, grass seed products, decor products, retail sales and service within the Garden business. Pennington will be charged with overseeing the wild bird business within the Garden segment, as well as Central Garden & Pet’s private label lawn and garden business.
Walker has been with the company since 2011 and has 33 years of experience in consumer packaged goods, including 16 years in garden products. His resume includes stints at Duracell, Gillette and Spectrum.
Pennington hails from Pennington Seed, where he has worked for 32 years in virtually every aspect of the business.
Conifex hires Patrick Bell as EVP
Canadian timber company Conifex announced that Patrick Bell has been appointed to the newly created role of executive VP of Conifex Timber Inc.
Bell brings to his new role experience derived from a diverse background. During his political career, he served three terms in the BC Legislature and held a number of high-profile positions with the Provincial Government, including Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Minister of Forests and Range, and Minister of Agriculture. Bell’s entrepreneurial career involved interests in a variety of businesses, including a logging company and a trucking company. Earlier in his career, he worked in the hospitality industry at a corporate level and remains involved with the organization as a franchisee.
The role of executive VP will be based in Conifex’s Prince George, B.C., office and will focus primarily on the enhancement of the company’s regional operations, including raw material supply, lumber manufacturing, capital expenditure programs and human resources.
Bell was appointed to the company’s board of directors in August 2013 and will continue to serve as a director.
Conifex CEO Ken Shields commented: "Pat’s passion for and knowledge of the forest industry became apparent in his role as a Conifex director. We are delighted to now have full-time access to Pat as a senior executive."