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Schneider Electric recalls APC surge protectors

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Citing multiple reports of overheating, fire damage and contact burns, Schneider Electric is recalling approximately 15 million of its SurgeArrest surge protectors.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been at least 700 reports of overheating and melting surge protectors, 55 claims of property damage from smoke and fire, and 13 reports of injuries, which include smoke inhalation and contact burns. Some of the more egregious property damage reports included a home that sustained $916,000 in damage, and a medical facility with $750,000 in fire damage.

The recall specifically involves APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003. Customers can determine the year of manufacture by looking at the two numbers following the first letter or letters in the serial number, located on the label on the bottom. Specific model numbers can be found here.

The CPSC urgers consumers to discontinue use immediately, unplug the surge protectors and contact Schneider Electric for a free replacement.

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Whirlpool named Homes for Our Troops official appliance sponsor

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Whirlpool Corp. is the official home appliance sponsor of Homes for Our Troops (HFOT). For the next three years, HFOT’s homes will include a full suite of Whirlpool major appliances and KitchenAid brand countertop appliances. 

"On behalf of Whirlpool Corp. and all of our approximately 500 veteran employees, we are honored and excited to partner with Homes for Our Troops.  Whirlpool is committed to supporting veterans whether they are currently serving, entering the civilian workforce or rebuilding their lives," said John Miller, senior VP global strategic sourcing, Whirlpool. 

In addition to this sponsorship, Whirlpool formed a Veterans Association in early 2012 to support the recruiting, on boarding and retention of veterans and their families into the Whirlpool workforce.  Later that year, Whirlpool signed a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve, declaring the company will fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).

HFOT is a national non-profit organization, which assists veterans who have been severely injured in combat, since Sept. 11, 2011. The organization raises money, building materials and professional labor, and coordinates the process to build a home that offers veterans the ability to live more independently. 

Read more about veteran-focused causes at the HCN Helping Veterans Crusade resource page.

 

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Brent Fox named CEO of Hendricks Holding Co.

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Brent Fox has been named CEO of Beloit, Wis.-based Hendricks Holding Co., and has been elected to the board of directors of building products distributor ABC Supply Co. 

ABC Supply and HHC are affiliated through common ownership by Diane Hendricks. HHC is an investment and business development group comprised of a portfolio of 22 domestic and international companies in a wide array of business sectors, including insurance, construction, manufacturing, recycling, transportation and logistics, and pharmaceutical research. 

A 30-year veteran of ABC Supply, Fox had served as the company’s VP national business development since 2011. He succeeds Hendricks as CEO of HHC. Hendricks will continue to serve as HHC’s chairman of the board 

Fox began his career with ABC Supply in 1983 as a truck driver and held a variety of branch positions before being promoted to branch manager in 1989. He joined the company’s National Support Center staff in 1994. 

David Luck, CEO of ABC Supply, said, “Brent will be an outstanding addition to ABC’s board of directors, and I look forward to his participation. We’re delighted that we will continue to benefit from his experience, insight and perspective.” 

A resident of Janesville, Wis., Fox was elected to the Rock County Board of Supervisors in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012. He has served on the boards of a variety of community organizations, including Southern Wisconsin AirFest, the Janesville Performing Arts Center, the Wisconsin Aviation Academy and the City of Janesville Zoning Board of Appeals.

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