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Sears recalls oscillating fan heaters

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Sears and Kmart recalled Kenmore brand oscillating fan heaters due to fire and burn hazards, according to a release Wednesday from the Consumber Product Safety Commission.

The stores received seven reports of the fan heaters smoking or catching fire. There has been one report of smoke inhalation and another of a blister to a consumer’s finger.

The products were sold at Sears and Kmart from September 2013 through November 2013 for about $40. The manufacturer of the products is Collins Co., of China.

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US Green Building Council CEO joins Delos advisory board

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Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has joined the advisory board at Delos, a New York City-based real estate developer that incorporates environmental sustainability, as well as health and wellness amenities, into homes, offices and buildings.

“USGBC has long held that truly green buildings and communities are not only energy, water and resource efficient, but that their improved indoor environmental quality – access to daylight, use of active design, improved indoor air quality and supply chain transparency to toxins in materials selection – make them healthier for the people who live, work, play and learn in them,” said Fedrizzi.

Fedrizzi is the founding chair of the USGBC and has decades of experience in green building. He has served as USGBC’s president and CEO since 2004, driving the organization’s efforts to push green building into the mainstream and developing its proprietary LEED green building rating program. He is also chair of the World Green Building Council, and he serves on other various boards and committees, including the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health and the American Architectural Foundation.

“Delos has come to the marketplace with a lot of enthusiasm and innovation around groundbreaking wellness technologies that will help our LEED green building rating program and other rigorous green building efforts ensure our built environment is as healthy and safe for people as possible," added Fedrizzi. "I look forward to closely collaborating with the team and helping expedite the evolution of green building practices so they continue to enhance human health.”

Fedrizzi holds numerous awards, including the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy, the Olmsted Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Arents Award from Syracuse University.

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Mike Crouch named president & COO at Acme Lift Co.

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Acme Lift Co. has a new senior executive — Mike Crouch, most recently Volvo Rents’ VP business development, is assuming the role of president and COO.

“I am really excited to have Mike come aboard and think he is a perfect fit for Acme Lift as we begin to build and grow our company into the future,” said Woody Weld, chairman and CEO of Acme Lift. “Mike has incredible depth of experience in every aspect of rental operation, plus his knowledge related to the growth of rental companies and the integration of mergers and acquisitions make him a very valuable asset which will help drive Acme Lift’s future plans.”

Crouch has more than 35 years of experience in the rental industry, beginning with Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. in 1978. He went from being sales coordinator to regional VP in two years, and in the ensuing years that followed, worked various operations and sales management jobs at US Rentals, MQ Power and HERC. He joined Volvo Rents Europe in 2002 as VP and returned to the U.S. in 2004 as VP operations for North America. In his most recent role there, he managed mergers and acquisitions during an expansive growth phase for the company.

“Acme Lift has a dynamic team, which I am honored to join,” Crouch said. “I look forward to using my expertise to push forward Woody’s vision of Acme Lift’s future business model and his drive to focus on customer service in the wholesale rental sector.”

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