Plumbing innovator MJSI hires CFO
Shorewood, Ill.-based MJSI, makers of the HydroRight dual flush converter, hired Jim Ramig as chief financial officer.
In this newly created position, Ramig is responsible for all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and financial oversight and planning. He reports directly to Michael Schuster, president of MJSI.
“Jim’s 25 years of experience in strategic financial leadership will be invaluable for our company,” Schuster said. “His stellar track record in building corporate worth and reducing costs is noteworthy. That combined with his expertise in working with national retailers and his knowledge of manufacturing are assets that will be critically important as we continue to aggressively grow our company.”
Ramig most recently served as controller at AERO Products International, the manufacturer and distributor of inflatable air beds and other products. Prior to that, Ramig was the CFO and COO at Strombecker Corp., an international manufacturer of plastic and metal toys.
NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator
The May 2011 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, is up slightly to an index reading of 40.0. That’s up slightly from 39.8 in April, showing consumers are slightly more concerned about the U.S. economy than a month ago, but the index is down from 40.6 in May.
The NPD Group’s U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measures consumer beliefs about the current and near-term state of the U.S. economy, on a scale of 0 — "very concerned" — to 100 — "very confident."
Source: The NPD Group Inc./The Economy Tracker, May 2011
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American Standard adds fun and safety to bath time
For some children — and by extension, their parents — bath time is a chore. American Standard’s new FunBath tub conversion is designed to make bath time more enjoyable.
This bath conversion kit fits over an existing standard 60-inch bathtub to make bath time safer, more comfortable and even uses less water.
“Until now, child baths were little more than no frills plastic tubs designed primarily for infants without thought of toddlers or preschoolers,” says Rob Buete, vice president and general manager of the American Standard Safety Tubs division. “This conversion transforms a standard tub into a breathtaking children’s bath that will be enjoyed for many years.”
Easy installation gives parents the freedom to bathe their children in comfort, while eliminating common bathroom hazards such as slips and falls, as well as injuries to parents caused by stooping and lifting little ones over a traditional bathtub.
The kid-friendly acrylic tub deck fits atop a strong powder-coated aluminum frame that is concealed by a decorative apron front. Parents can decorate the FunBath with removable wall decals from RoomMates®, featuring popular children’s characters: Little Mermaid, SpongeBob SquarePants, Elmo, and Lightning McQueen. In addition, both a fire truck, and princess castle front are available for the FunBath.
There are no plumbing additions required because the FunBath ties into existing plumbing with little effort and can be removed without damage to the existing tub, according to the manufacturer.