A. O. Smith names scholarship winners
Falls Church, Va.-based A. O. Smith announced the winners of two $2,500 scholarships for students pursuing plumbing-heating-cooling related studies.
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation administers the scholarship program and is responsible for selecting the award winners. The scholarship program is designed to attract the new talent essential to the future of the plumbing and HVAC industry.
The 2011 scholarship recipients are Katie Burns of Social Circle, Ga., a student at the University of Georgia; and Megan Schroeder of Maple Grove, Minn., a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“For eight consecutive years, A. O. Smith has supported the future leaders of the PHCC industry with annual collegiate scholarships. We are proud to sponsor these qualified and talented students in their pursuit of a career within our industry,” said A. O. Smith brand manager David Chisolm.
Orchard Supply extends marketing services deal
San Jose, Calif.-based Orchard Supply Hardware tapped Vertis Communications to supply marketing services in a new three-year deal.
Under the agreement, which extends a 15-year relationship between the two companies, Vertis will manage Orchard Supply Hardware’s advertising inserts program from its local Sacramento facility.
Orchard Supply Hardware is among Vertis’ growing portfolio of home improvement retailers including Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and Menards.
Back in June, Michigan-based ACO Hardware expanded its relationship with Vertis to deliver targeted advertising.
Head of Craftsman tools resigns
Scott Freidheim, president of the Craftsman, Kenmore and DieHard brands at Sears Holdings, has resigned, according to an Aug. 23 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Freidheim, who took over the position seven months ago, is leaving on Sept. 2 “to pursue another opportunity,” the SEC filing said.
Prior to joining Sears in 2009 as executive VP operating and support businesses, Freidheim was with Lehman Brothers for more than 17 years, holding officer positions in the investment banking, investment management and corporate divisions, including executive VP and chief administrative officer.
The announcement follows shortly after Craftsman brand tools wound up for sale at Menards stores. There is no official indication, however, that the two events were related.