Recall issued on air compressors
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with DeVilbiss Air Power Co. of Jackson, Tenn., has issued a voluntary recall of certain air compressors due to a fire hazard.
DeVilbiss has received nine reports of motors overheating, including three reports of fire damage to surrounding property. No injuries have been reported. Approximately 460,000 compressors were sold under the Craftsman, Delta Shopmaster, DeVilbiss, Husky and Porter-Cable brand names, according to the announcement.
The recalled compressors were sold at home centers nationwide from January 2003 through December 2004 for $199 to $299. Craftsman-brand compressors were sold at Sears stores nationwide from September 2000 through December 2005 for $199 to $229.
More executive promotions announced at Lowe’s
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s announced a variety of executive promotions, including a replacement for the post vacated by Robert Gfeller Jr., who was recently promoted to executive VP merchandising.
Troy J. Dally has been promoted to Gfeller’s old job, senior VP and general merchandising manager-hardlines/building products. Dally joined Lowe’s in 1999 and has served as merchandising VP millwork for nearly five years, following seven years in other areas of the building materials division. He has nearly 20 years of home improvement experience.
Also today, Lowe’s announced Maureen K. Ausura was promoted to executive VP human resources, having served as senior VP in the same capacity since joining the company in 2005. She oversees all aspects of human resources, including employee recruitment and benefits for Lowe’s approximately 238,000 employees in North America. Ausura has more than 25 years of human resources experience.
Gaither M. Keener has been promoted to executive VP, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, having served as senior VP in the same capacity since 2006. He began his career at Lowe’s in 1985. Keener directs and determines all legal and compliance matters for the company and its subsidiaries.
Ausura and Keener will continue reporting to Robert A. Niblock, chairman and CEO.
Lowe’s announced two other promotions:
• William L. (Leroy) Allen has been promoted to senior VP logistics, replacing Rick D. Damron, who was recently promoted to executive VP store operations. Allen joined Lowe’s in 2003 as VP logistics flow and support and served more recently in the corporate supply chain organization as VP logistics planning and forecasting.
• Everett B. (Britt) Dayton has been promoted to senior VP IT business management, after previously serving in store operations support as VP store delivery fleet operations. In his new role, he will work across Lowe’s business areas on IT strategy, architecture, program management and prioritization to ensure successful delivery of technology to support the company’s business objectives. Prior to joining Lowe’s in 2003, Dayton worked for more than 20 years in retail supply chain development and information systems.
From Youngstown, garden gloves for women
Youngstown Glove Co. introduced a Women’s Garden Series, described as form-fit to the shape of a woman’s hand with longer fingers and a more slender palm.
The 11-year-old company, based in Agoura Hills, Calif., offers the gloves in pink or burgundy. High-tech features include a one-piece back-of-hand made of nylon with a moisture-wicking outer layer.
In announcing the product introduction, the company’s press release stated its case for a line specifically for women: "Youngstown knows women perform hard work just like men do. They also know their hands are built differently than a man’s."