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Pentair recognized by True Value

BY HBSDealer Staff

Pentair has been recognized as True Value Company’s 2010 Partner of the Year.

The award was announced at the Chicago-based co-op’s annual vendor award banquet in Chicago.

Pentair, which makes water-management products including Flotec pumps, said the award was based on "a 35% increase in retail sales at point-of-sale, margin expansion, consistent shipments with on-time/complete delivery rates at 95% or better, and participation in several key retailer-support programs."

 

 

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Verschuren to lead Canadian leadership conference

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Annette Verschuren, the former president of Home Depot Canada, will chair the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, according to an article in the Montreal Gazette. She will be the first woman ever to lead the symposium.

The conference, founded in 1983, chooses 230 young Canadian leaders from business, labor, public administration and the community sector for an intensive two-week training program. So far, half the applicants are women, also a first, Verschuren said. 

The 55-year-old executive, who grew up in Canada, left Home Depot this past January after a 15-year career. She helped build the Atlanta retailer’s Canada division from 19 stores into 179 outlets, 27,000 employees and $6 billion in sales. In 2006 she was named president of Home Depot Asia, putting her in charge of the company’s China stores as well.

 

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Gardner-Gibson acquires Canadian company

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Tampa, Fla.-based roofing products manufacturer Gardner-Gibson acquired GH International, of Mississauga, Ontario, opening the way for Gardner-Gibson’s expansion into the Canadian market. 

"This combination will enhance the products and services available, and also add additional resources through a team of devoted and skilled professionals," read a statement released by Gardner-Gibson.

Gardner-Gibson currently operates 12 manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S. Products include roof coatings, blacktop sealers, acrylic caulks & sealants, wallcovering adhesives and specialty paints. GH International currently operates a manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada. Products include roof coatings, blacktop sealers, acoustical sealants, wallcovering adhesives and specialty paints.

 

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