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Quick Drain recognizes its rep of the year

BY Ken Clark

Quick Drain USA, a provider of channel drains and shower solution systems, has recognized  Dan Beaudet Co. as its representative of the year.

Jim Van Landingham, VP residential sales, and Barbora Hulikova-Eriebach, CEO, presented Ben Molloy of Dan Beaudet Co. an award plaque along with $500 at the Quick Drain National Sales Meeting held recently in Denver.

“We are honored to work with such an outstanding and professional Rep Agency,” said Van Landingham. Also present was the 2011 recipient of the representative of the year award, Chris Tomafsky of T.Global Sales.

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HD eyes big expansion in Mexico

BY Brae Canlen

Home Depot will invest $157 million (MXN $2 billion) to enlarge its presence in Mexico in 2013, according to a news report in Economista. Part of the funds will be used to buy land for new stores, which will total 100 by the end of 2012.

Home Depot Mexico chairman Ricardo Saldivar told Economista that the Atlanta-based retailer hopes to double its current number of units in the future, which sets its goal at 200 stores.

During its 11 years in Mexico, Home Depot has seen an average growth rate of 34%, according to the article.

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Former Lowe’s exec speaks out on gun control

BY Brae Canlen

The shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has prompted a call for stricter gun control laws, and Larry Stone, former president and chief operating officer at Lowe’s, weighed in on the debate in a Dec. 19 interview with the Wall Street Journal. 

“We have to get control of this,” said Stone, who sits on the board of Dick’s Sporting Goods. On Dec. 18, Dick’s suspended sales of semiautomatic rifles at its 480 stores. “I hope others follow suit,” Stone said.

The former Lowe’s executive, who retired in 2011 after a 42-year career with the home improvement retailer, joined the board of Dick’s Sporting Goods in 2007. He also serves on the board of General Parts International, a private company in the auto parts retail and distribution business, according to his bio on Dick’s website.

Stone entered the Home Channel Hall of Fame during the 2011 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony at the National Hardware Show. During his acceptance speech, he pointed to “five traits of leadership."

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