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Sandell Construction Solutions makes acquisition

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Schenectady, N.Y.-based building products manufacturer Sandell Construction Solutions recently acquired Diedrich Technologies, a supplier of professional masonry detergent products for restoring and maintaining old and new buildings.

Diedrich, based out of Oak Creek, Wis., is a producer of products used for historic homes, particularly for buildings that appear on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Sandell offers solutions to support and extend a building’s life over the long term. With the acquisition of Diedrich Technologies, Sandell now encompasses all of the masonry market’s needs, from initial construction to maintenance of the building,” the company said in a release.

Sandell’s products include masonry products; copper, mechanical, PVC, metal and rubber flashings; mastics; weep and drainage devices; sill plate seal and shingle starter strips; and flashing termination bars.

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Hardlines technology forum slated for April

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Hardlines Technology Forum (HTF), an annual gathering of the industry’s information technology and supply chain executives, has announced its lineup of retail panel participants for the April 21 to 24 event.

Appearing at the panel, which will be held on April 23, are Greg Linder, director of supply chain operations for True Value; Brett Hammers, vp-marketing for Orgill; Michelle Adams, director of merchandise operations planning for Lowe’s; and Kay Williams, vp-information technology for Do it Best.

The keynote presentation this year, “Mastering Your Supply Chain,” will feature Ernest Nichols, director of the FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management, and Dick Raman, president and CEO of TIE Commerce.

New to the conference this year is an educational track devoted to the business-side IT professional and presentations by Lowe’s, True Value and Do it Best on how to be a successful trading partner with their companies. Other sessions planned for the five-day conference deal with topics such as EDI, data synchronization, utilizing POS info and chargebacks.

The HTF, sponsored by the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA), will be held at the Peabody Memphis Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

For more information, visit www.ahma.org/htf.

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Home Depot names new board member

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Albert Carey, former president and CEO of PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division, has been named to the Home Depot board of directors.

The appointment brings the number of directors at Home Depot to 15.

Carey, 56, will serve as a member of the retailer’s audit and infrastructure committees.

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