Metabo promotes four executives
West Chester, Pa.-based Metabo, a manufacturer of professional-grade portable electric power tools and abrasives, promoted four individuals to newly created and existing positions.
The changes, effective immediately, are a strategic move in preparation for company-wide growth in 2013, according to Martin Cross, president of Metabo.
Promoted to VP finance and operations, Jens Knudsen will be responsible for all customer support activities at Metabo’s West Chester facility, including credit and finance, purchasing and logistics, as well as overseeing the customer service department.
“Jens and his team are dedicated to the company’s ‘Operational Excellence’ initiative and will strive to improve the effectiveness of Metabo’s support functions for both the company’s field sales team and our customers,” said Cross. Knudsen previously served as controller.
Mark Linn, formally national accounts manager, has been promoted to director of national accounts. In his new role, Linn will cultivate new business with targeted national distributors, as well as focus on expanding the company’s national accounts presence.
Formally regional manager-South/Central, Larry Pecht has assumed the newly created position of national key account manager (end user program). In this role, Pecht will work closely with Metabo’s sales team to identify, convert and grow end users, as well as develop programs and products specifically for this targeted customer group.
Darren White has been promoted to regional manager-South/Central from sales representative in north Texas. As regional manager, White will be responsible for overseeing the sales efforts in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Southern Illinois.
Electrolux earns green recognition
Electrolux has this year been included in the Global 100 ranking of the world’s most sustainable companies, returning to the list for the first time since 2005. The company was also for the second year running named Sector Leader in the RobecoSAM 2013 global sustainability rating, and ranked as one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies in terms of addressing climate change.
“Sustainability is an integral part of everything we do at Electrolux, from improving the eco-efficiency of our appliances to reducing the carbon footprint of our manufacturing facilities,” said Henrik Sundström, VP group sustainability affairs at Electrolux.
The Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world was presented on Jan. 23 at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The ranking has been published by the Canadian research firm Corporate Knights since 2005. It is based on 12 key indicators, including energy use and gender diversity in the management team. Read more on global100.org.
The RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook is an annual assessment of how companies cope with sustainability trends and challenges that are likely to have an impact on shareholder value creation. Electrolux received a Gold Class label as the leader of the durable household products sector. Key differentiating factors in this sector, according to RobecoSAM, are innovation, quality and branding. Leading companies have also actively managed safety and environmental issues throughout the product life cycle. Read more on robecosam.com.
In December 2012, a ranking from the non-profit organization Climate Counts named Electrolux as one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies in terms of addressing climate change. Electrolux shared the third best score among 145 consumer brands. The companies were assessed on a 100-point scale based on 22 criteria. These criteria measured efforts to assess the companies’ climate footprint, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support progress on climate legislation, and communicate their efforts clearly and comprehensively to consumers. Read more on climatecounts.org.
Retail sales rise 0.1% in January
Retail sales increased ever so slightly in January, up 0.1%, according to the tally from the U.S. Census Bureau released Wednesday morning.
The data show advanced estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $416.6 billion. While the figure was essentially flat compared with the prior month, it’s up 4.4% compared with January 2012.
Retail trade sales were up 0.1% from December 2012 and 4.1% above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 15.7% compared with January 2012.
In the home channel’s overarching 444 NAICS classification of building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, January sales were an estimated $25.031 billion. That’s up 0.3% from December 2012, and up 2.0% from January 2012.