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New at Sears, a chief member officer

BY HBSDealer Staff

Sears Holdings has brought Joelle Maher on board as president and chief member officer for Sears Roebuck & Co.

In her new role, Maher will oversee the Shop Your Way business strategy, the Sears P&L, and the company's alignment with the needs of its members.

In her most recent role, she was serving as COO at Gymboree Corporation, where she led all operational aspects of the company, including stores, planning and allocation, real estate and construction, international, distribution and logistics, operational process and strategy, and information technology.

She also spent seven years at Levi Strauss & Company, which included her time as executive VP and president, Global Multichannel Retail, as well as seven years at Lucky Brand Jeans.

"Joelle's depth and breadth of retail and business experience and ability to achieve superior results in established organizations make her a strong fit for this member-focused role at Sears Holdings," said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO. "She will work closely with me and our business unit leaders to lead our iconic Sears brand in its continued transformation as an integrated retail format."

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USG adds to its glass-mat portfolio

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Describing it as the completion of its glass-mat portfolio, USG Corporation rolled out four new products with high-performance features.

“In an effort to provide the industry’s most robust wallboard portfolio with best-in-class service, USG now offers customers a choice for all of their glass-mat needs,” said Greg Salah, senior VP and GM, North American Gypsum at USG. “The full-line of high-performance products includes a new coated sheathing, four interior glass-mat panels, a shaftwall liner panel, a new tile backerboard and a roof cover board, all engineered with moisture and mold resistance.”

For exterior applications, the Chicago-based company introduced USG Securock Brand Glass-Mat Sheathing – High-performance sheathing for warranted protection from the elements, with new and improved coated fiberglass facer mat to maximize coverage of air/water barrier systems.

Two products were introduced for interior applications. USG Sheetrock Brand Glass-Mat Panels Mold Tough AR – High performance interior fiberglass-faced panels, offering greater resistance to surface indentation and impact damage than standard gypsum panels; and also, USG Sheetrock Brand Glass-Mat Panels Mold Tough VHI – An upgrade to abuse-resistant panels, these high performance interior panels offer very high impact resistance and added resistance to surface indentation and impact damage.

USG’s new wet area product is the USG Durock Brand Glass-Mat Tile Backerboard – For use in wet areas where moisture- and mold-resistance is required, these panels combine cement board-like tile bond with the handling and ease of use of a USG Sheetrock Brand gypsum panel.

 

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New patterns for eyewear

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St. Paul, Minnesota-based Ergodyne introduced new Kryptek camo patterns to its Skullerz Eyewear Series.

"The two new patterns: Highlander and Typhon transcend the line from workplace to woods, delivering ANSI-compliance with a unique and cutting-edge look they’ll want to wear on and off the job," the company said in its announcement.

The following Skullerz Models are now available in Kryptek patterns:

The company points to statistics from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics that estimates that 3 out of 5 workers with reported eye injuries were not wearing their safety glasses at the time of injury. Ergodyne’s goal for Skullerz Eyewear is to drive compliance by providing workers with safety glasses that are comfortable, compliant, stylish, and ultimately something they want to wear, the company said.

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