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PPG Industries enters new digs

BY HBSDealer Staff

PPG Industries opened its regional headquarters for its architectural coatings business in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. The facility is located in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles north of PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh.

“As PPG continues to expand its architectural coatings business, establishing a regional headquarters is an important step in aligning our business to meet our customers’ growing needs,” said Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and CEO. “The official opening of this facility further strengthens our presence in the state and in the Pittsburgh area, which has been home to our global headquarters for more than 130 years.”

The 118,000-square-foot building will accommodate approximately 550 employees in various management, marketing, information technology, customer support and related service and administration positions. Nearly 400 employees currently work at the site, and PPG anticipates the facility will be close to full capacity by the end of 2015 as it continues to consolidate operations from multiple sites.

“Our new headquarters serving the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will allow us to enhance collaboration within our business, enabling us to continue building the strong brands within our product portfolio,” said Scott Sinetar, PPG vice president, architectural coatings, U.S. and Canada.

The facility features an open floor plan with collaborative workspaces, an amphitheater for large-scale employee meetings and presentations, product showcase store, training facilities and areas to pilot retail displays.

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L.J. Smith expands sales force

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L.J. Smith Stair Systems has new representation in the South Central U.S. Region, thanks to a new relationship with the Texas-based WBH Group. 

The WBH Group sales team will be representing L.J. Smith and Universal Stair Parts throughout Texas; Oklahoma; Arkansas; Mississippi; Louisiana; Memphis, Tennessee; and Wichita, Kansas. The current factory representative for this territory, Michael Martin, will be moving into the regional sales manager position and will be working closely with WBH Group, the company said. 

Dan Hardin, WBH Group business partner said, “WBH Group has been incredibly fortunate to have had such long term relationships with our current suppliers (most of which are the No. 1 brand in their category), as well as our valued customers. From a personal perspective, I couldn’t be more proud, to be given an opportunity to represent THE leader in the stair parts category, it is truly humbling. This new partnership with L.J. Smith is something that all of us at WBH Group are looking forward to for many years to come.”

“WBH Group has represented our Universal Stair Parts brand for many years, and we could not be more pleased with their choice to take on L.J. Smith Stair Systems. Their unique blend of industry knowledge and application expertise is rare so our customers will benefit immensely,” said Craig Kurtz, L.J. Smith.

Founded in 1885, L.J. Smith Stair Systems describes itself as the largest manufacturer of stair parts in the country. The company is headquartered in Bowerston, Ohio, and serves all 50 states from nine distribution branches and four manufacturing centers across the United States. 

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HCN Stock Watch: SHLD leads the downturn

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Stocks slumped almost unilaterally on Thursday in the HCN Top 30 cadre, especially Sears, fresh off the heels of news that Sears Canada’s CEO is resigning.

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