NRF: Level the playing field
The National Retail Federation issued a statement from senior VP government relations David French on the introduction of The Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act, which was introduced by Senators Michael Enzi, Richard Durbin, Lamar Alexander, Heidi Heitkamp, Susan Collins and Mark Pryor.
French’s statement reads:
“The National Retail Federation applauds the introduction of this bipartisan piece of legislation that seeks to level the playing field between local, brick-and-mortar merchants and online retailers without creating or raising taxes.
“We appreciate the leadership of the bill’s sponsors and thank them for renewing their commitment to sales tax fairness.
“The retail industry has rapidly evolved over the last two decades with e-commerce and mobile commerce, and it is time for Congress to eliminate the sales tax disparity, which disproportionally impacts community and independent retailers.
“As the voice of the entire retail industry, NRF will continue to aggressively advocate for The Marketplace and Internet Tax Freedom Act with the hope that the bill moves quickly.”
Genesis CEO applauds move to green
Genesis Products said it is using PureColor’s EvenGrain product on all prefinished HDF interior door options.
Genesis manufacturers molded HDF (High Density Fiberboard) residential interior doors for the construction industry. PureColor develops and produces sustainable finishing systems for wood, veneered and composite substrates.
The prefinished options will give home builders the ability to offer home buyers expanded design options that complement cabinets and flooring finishes. Genesis Products will be offering PureColor’s EvenGrain Collection on smooth and textured HDF interior doors.
“As a leading supplier of interior doors, we are proud to strengthen our commitment to deliver sustainable building products to the marketplace and provide our customers with healthy alternatives for their construction projects. We are equally proud to enhance the health and well being of our valued employees who work with these doors everyday,” said Jon Wenger, Genesis president and CEO. Traditional stains emit toxins during application and after installation. “Our PureColor finished doors are not only eco-friendly, but also stylish and will offer customers fashionable designer touches at an affordable price point,” said Wenger.
“PureColor is privileged to be in relationship with Genesis Products, a company clearly dedicated to manufacturing eco-friendly interior doors for the marketplace, while also improving operating efficiencies and health for their organization,” stated Scott Caruso, PureColor president. PureColor’s products are all natural and free of hazardous chemicals.
Founded in August 2002, Genesis operates four facilities in Elkhart and Goshen, Indiana and a facility in Keysville, Virginia, totaling over 415,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space.
Matthew Thornton elected to Sherwin-Williams board
The board of directors at the Sherwin-Williams Company elected Matthew Thornton III as its newest member.
Effective July 16, Thornton will join the board as its tenth director, as well as a member of its audit committee.
"We are very pleased to have Matt join our board of directors," said Christopher Connor, chairman and CEO. "Matt is a proven business leader and brings more than 35 years of broad management and operations experience at Federal Express to the Board. He will add a valuable perspective to the board, and we look forward to his contributions and guidance to Sherwin-Williams and our shareholders for many years to come."
Thornton is currently SVP U.S. operations at FedEx Express, where he’s been working since 1978. He has held various management positions with the company since joining as a package handler.