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New Do it Best chairman elected

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Do it Best members elected Mike Fujimoto of Hawaii Planing Mill in Keaau, Hawaii, as chairman, taking over from Niel Crowson, of E.C. Barton in Jonesboro, Ark.

“Mike is well respected and runs a great operation on the Big Island,” said Bob Taylor, CEO of Do it Best. “He continues to be an innovator. His analysis and foresight is important from a member’s perspective, and he’ll be a great chairman.”

The dealers also approved Pat Sullivan Sullivan Do it Best Hardware, Indianapolis, as vice chairman; Steve Phillips, Phillips Lumber Do it Center, Cedar Hill, Texas, as secretary; and J. Johnson, Johnson’s Home & Garden, Maple Valley, Wash., as treasurer. Also re-elected to the board were Ron Gadek, Northbrook (Ill.) Do it Best Hardware; Tom Lamberth, Russell Do it center, Alexander City, Ala.; and Tony Ruggiero, Horseheads (N.Y.) Do it center.

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Former Hechinger, GP exec hired at Viance

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Viance, the Charlotte, N.C.-based wood treatment technology provider, has hired Chris Kollwitz as its new director of marketing. He comes to Viance from ELF Wood Products in Atlanta, where he worked as director of sales and marketing for two years.

Kollwitz’s career in the building products industry began at Hechinger, where he worked in store operations and planning from 1985 to 1993 and was involved in the former retailer’s launch of the “Home Project Center” concept.

In 1993, Kollwitz joined Georgia-Pacific as senior marketing manager for its building products businesses.  In 2004, he was promoted to national account executive to home improvement retailer Lowe’s, and later worked for BlueLinx after it purchased GP’s distribution business.

Ajoint venture between Rohm and Haas and Chemical Specialties, Viance is a provider of wood treatment technologies and services to improve the performance and durability of wood and wood products.

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Stimson Lumber auctions off mill items

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Stimson Lumber has auctioned off the inventory of its 125-year-old mill in Bonner, Mo.

The Portland, Ore.-based lumber company closed the mill in July of this year following a “chronic, long-term” shortage of logs in western Montana relative to the high milling capacity in the area.

According to the Missoulian newspaper, goods are being auctioned off of the mill through today, including blades, drill presses and numerous other items. The lumber mill has been up for sale since August, at an asking price of $16 million, according to the report.

Stimson Lumber operates nine manufacturing locations in the United States, in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

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