Scotts Miracle-Gro appoints John Randolph Vines to its board
Scotts Miracle-Gro has a new face on its board of directors. Retired Lieutenant General John Randolph Vines will be the company’s newest board member, effective immediately.
Vines, who was in active service for 35 years, continued serving as a Department of Defense Senior Mentor to the army following his retirement in 2007. Vines was a Commander in the US Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps and Multi-National Corps Iraq, as well as that of the Combined Joint Task Force 180 Afghanistan and 82nd Airborne Division, whereupon he was deployed for a year in Afghanistan. He was also the Senior Defense Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"We are pleased to have John as an addition to our board," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO. "His wide-ranging leadership, strategy and team-building experience will be an exceptional benefit to us."
Currently residing in Savannah, Ga., Vines will serve on the company’s Governance and Nominating Committee as well as the Strategy and Business Development Committee.
Craftsman pledges $10,000 for vets
Craftsman made a pit stop at this week’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota as part of its "Make a Difference Tour," a campaign directed at rebuilding American communities with a little gristle and hard work.
The tour, sponsored by Sears Heroes at Home and Rebuilding Together, brought the 36-ft. tool-filled Craftsman trailer to Sturgis in order to get to work on the Sturgis Veterans’ Club.
More than 50 volunteers lent their time to make plumbing repairs, do electrical work, make bathroom renovations, landscape and paint.
Additionally, Craftsman pledged $10,000 to Rebuilding Together in an effort to aid future veteran home renovations.
Meanwhile, Motorcycle Rally attendees will get to see Craftsman’s all-new co-branded tool storage units that will be sold exclusively through Harley-Davidson dealers in September.
Unemployment dips to 7.4% in July
Though the 162,000 jobs added in July did not meet economists’ expectations, U.S. unemployment fell to 7.4%, its lowest since December 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The number of unemployed persons (11.5 million) also declined in July, and though the drop in unemployment was due in part to more people dropping out of the labor force, much of it was due to workers finding jobs. The civilian participation rate fell by a slight margin to 63.4%.
The long-term unemployed (27 weeks or longer) barely budged at 4.2 million, making up 37% of all unemployed persons but having experienced a year-long decline of about 921,000.
The jobs figure was below the monthly 2013 average of 192,000. Most sectors posted gains, with the largest hiring increases occurring in the retail (47,000), food and drink industries (38,000) and professional and business services (36,000). Building material and garden supply stores added 6,000 jobs.
Additionally, June’s figures of 195,000 was revised down to 188,000, while May’s numbers were corrected to 176,000 from 195,000.