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Pergola options percolate for Trex

BY Ken Clark

Trex Pergola kits are now offered in a variety of colors to complement any outdoor living space, the company announced.

“Pergolas continue to increase in popularity as design options for decks, patios and gardens, and consumers and professionals alike will now be provided with a broad range of colors, styles and sizes to create completely customized outdoor living spaces,” said Ronald Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. 

Trex Pergola kits are manufactured by Fredericksburg, Va.-based Backyard America through a trademark licensing agreement with Trex, and are available in nine rich finishes that coordinate seamlessly with high-performance Trex decking and railing — including White, Charcoal Black, Gravel Path (a pristine grey), Tree House (a warm earth tone), Fire Pit (a spicy red), Vintage Lantern (a deep burnished bronze), Rope Swing (a light taupe), Beach Dune (a warm honey brown) and Clam Shell (a deep charcoal).   

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Metabo promotes four executives

BY Ken Clark

West Chester, Pa.-based Metabo, a manufacturer of professional-grade portable electric power tools and abrasives, promoted four individuals to newly created and existing positions. 

The changes, effective immediately, are a strategic move in preparation for company-wide growth in 2013, according to Martin Cross, president of Metabo.

Promoted to VP finance and operations, Jens Knudsen will be responsible for all customer support activities at Metabo’s West Chester facility, including credit and finance, purchasing and logistics, as well as overseeing the customer service department.   

“Jens and his team are dedicated to the company’s ‘Operational Excellence’ initiative and will strive to improve the effectiveness of Metabo’s support functions for both the company’s field sales team and our customers,” said Cross. Knudsen previously served as controller. 

Mark Linn, formally national accounts manager, has been promoted to director of national accounts. In his new role, Linn will cultivate new business with targeted national distributors, as well as focus on expanding the company’s national accounts presence. 

Formally regional manager-South/Central, Larry Pecht has assumed the newly created position of national key account manager (end user program). In this role, Pecht will work closely with Metabo’s sales team to identify, convert and grow end users, as well as develop programs and products specifically for this targeted customer group. 

Darren White has been promoted to regional manager-South/Central from sales representative in north Texas. As regional manager, White will be responsible for overseeing the sales efforts in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Southern Illinois.

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Electrolux earns green recognition

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Electrolux has this year been included in the Global 100 ranking of the world’s most sustainable companies, returning to the list for the first time since 2005. The company was also for the second year running named Sector Leader in the RobecoSAM 2013 global sustainability rating, and ranked as one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies in terms of addressing climate change.

“Sustainability is an integral part of everything we do at Electrolux, from improving the eco-efficiency of our appliances to reducing the carbon footprint of our manufacturing facilities,” said Henrik Sundström, VP group sustainability affairs at Electrolux.

The Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world was presented on Jan. 23 at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The ranking has been published by the Canadian research firm Corporate Knights since 2005. It is based on 12 key indicators, including energy use and gender diversity in the management team. Read more on global100.org.

The RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook is an annual assessment of how companies cope with sustainability trends and challenges that are likely to have an impact on shareholder value creation. Electrolux received a Gold Class label as the leader of the durable household products sector. Key differentiating factors in this sector, according to RobecoSAM, are innovation, quality and branding. Leading companies have also actively managed safety and environmental issues throughout the product life cycle. Read more on robecosam.com.

In December 2012, a ranking from the non-profit organization Climate Counts named Electrolux as one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies in terms of addressing climate change. Electrolux shared the third best score among 145 consumer brands. The companies were assessed on a 100-point scale based on 22 criteria. These criteria measured efforts to assess the companies’ climate footprint, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support progress on climate legislation, and communicate their efforts clearly and comprehensively to consumers. Read more on climatecounts.org.

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