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Royal Building Products gets its hands dirty with Habitat for Humanity

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz is pulling in volunteers from industry professionals in 35 states. Among them is Royal Building Products, which is coming on board as a sponsor of the initiative to build, renovate and repair more than 250 homes across the country.

As part of its patronage of the Blitz, Royal Building Products is donating its Royal Woodland siding for 49 homes. The homeowners in question will have a say in the color and profile of siding, which will be supplied by Royal’s distribution partners.

“Royal Building Products has a long history supporting the communities where we operate,” said Simon Bates, VP and general manager of Exteriors, Trim and Distribution. “We are proud to participate in Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz to contribute high-quality, durable and sustainable siding that will minimize the time and expense these families will need to spend maintaining the exterior of their homes.”

The Blitz was first launched in 2006 and is credited with building and/or repairing over 1,000 homes. Steve Thomas (the former host of This Old House and Renovation Nation, as well as co-founder of the event) will be traveling to various work sites to help promote the event and raise awareness of the many ways in which building professionals are addressing housing needs across the nation.

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Andersen promotes within its Renewal Division

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Andersen is making some personnel moves within its Renewal by Andersen division. The company’s leadership team now includes Troy Barrow as VP marketing, Grant Davis as VP company owned retail operations and Jeanne Junker as VP affiliate retail operations.

“This is an exciting time for Renewal by Andersen,” said Renewal president Paul Delahunt. “These key leaders have helped us deliver strong growth over the past few years with a keen focus on customer satisfaction. I look forward to their continued leadership and passion for success.”

Barrow has been with the company since 2010 as director of marketing, a role he also once held with Lifetime Fitness. His resume includes roles at Best Buy, E&J Gallo Winery and the Pillsbury Company.

Davis has been with Renewal in various leadership roles since 2004, most recently as general manager of company owned retail operations. He was previously a sales and marketing consultant and held a variety of sales and marketing positions at Kohler Company.

Junker has been with Renewal the longest of all three — since 2000 — and has held a number of strategic leadership positions, most recently as director of business development. She is also credited with leading the integrated efforts of the affiliate retail sales, business development, product management, and the service and warranty teams. She has also worked for Ergodyne Corporation and Spinetech.

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Fluorescent shop lights recalled from Home Depot

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Cordelia Lighting is recalling its Commercial Electric Fluorescent Shop Lights from Home Depot shelves after receiving 888 incident reports.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the lamp sockets have a tendency to foster loose connections, which creates a potential fire hazard.

Of the many reports, 382 have involved smoking, 328 units have caught on fire, 173 involved sparking and five units exhibited electrical arcing. No injuries have been reported.

The recall affects about 222,000 units of the Commercial Electric brand lights that use two 48-in., two-pin, T8 fluorescent lamps. The metal fixture is about 48 ins. long, 4.25 ins. wide and 2.5 ins. high and comes with two 10.5-in.-long chains for hanging. A white label on top displays model number CESL401-06 and SKU number 201-462. They were sold exclusively at Home Depot from August 2013 through March 2014 for about $13.

The CPSC is urging customers to immediately discontinue use and unplug the lights. They can be returned to any Home Depot store for a full refund.

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