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New president for ThermaCell Repellents

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Bedford, Mass.-based Schawbel Corporation announced Steve Hill, former president of Black Flag Brands, will serve as president of its ThermaCell Repellents subsidiary, which markets an area mosquito repellent system in the United States and 27 countries around the world.

Hill served as president of Black Flag for eight years during which the business experienced a compound annual growth rate of 27%. Prior to Black Flag, Hill spent five years with The Scotts Company where he helped engineer the acquisition, integration and substantial growth of the Ortho and Roundup brands.

ThermaCell has a strong history in global repellent markets rooted in a relationship built with the U.S. Department of Defense in 1999. Expanding from hand-held appliances to include a line of lanterns and now torches, ThermaCell products have no open flame, are virtually odorless and fully portable, utilizing patented technology to create a 15-ft. by 15-ft. zone of protection in minutes.

“We have grown ThermaCell into the go-to solution for outdoor enthusiasts, and with Steve’s business building expertise, consumers everywhere will know the comfort of our bug-free zone,” said Bill Schawbel, chairman of The Schawbel Corporation. “We are proud to have an experienced consumer products leader who has a long track record of growing insect control businesses.”

“I’m tremendously honored to have the opportunity to work with such a committed and talented team to grow the most effective area repellent on the market,” said Hill.

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Cabot accepts consumer award

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A national online survey service has bestowed upon Cabot Premium Wood Finish the tile of “Product of the Year,” in the home improvement category.

According to the survey organizers, some 40,000 American shoppers voted in the cross-category competition.

"It is such an honor to have a Cabot product selected as the 2014 Product of the Year, especially because consumers chose the award," said Victoria Stroud, Cabot brand manager. The product is a Lowe’s exclusive, available in seven ready-mix colors and 27 tintable colors in quarts and half-pint sizes.

Product of the Year accepts entries every year from consumer-packaged goods that demonstrate innovation and were launched within the previous year. Entered products are then placed into specific categories, such as food, beverages, personal care, household care, etc., with a product then being chosen as a winner in its category through a nationally representative online study.

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Versatex boosts custom ordering

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Versatex Trimboard, a producer of cellular PVC products for architectural exteriors, has launched a made-to-order service called Versatexural.

The service breaks ground, according to Versatex, by allowing builders and contractors to order custom-milled and fabricated cellular PVC trim components directly from the manufacturer. 

“By performing precision millwork and fabrication in-house, we can help you control cost, scheduling and quality,” Versatex VP sales Rick Kapres said. “This is an industry first. Now there’s a convenient, one-stop source for the unique PVC profiles or fabricated shapes that more and more of our customers need.”

Versatexural saves steps for contractors and builders who need to turn standard materials into tailor-made designs. It will be available through many Versatex distributors and stocking dealers. 

“Because we’re experts when it comes to our product, we can add value for builders by sharing our specialized knowledge, long experience and dedication to quality.” He called the range of Versatexural applications “unlimited,” citing one-of-a-kind mouldings, gingerbread, corbels, ornaments, railings, brackets, water tables, window surrounds, louvers and shutters, as well as projects like trellises, pergolas and spires, as examples.  

“Our work on the historic restoration of the massive, ornate Marting Hall cupola at Baldwin Wallace University is a good example of the craftsmanship we’re talking about,” Kapres said. 

Versatex trim materials and systems are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh. 

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