Seasonal Specialties recalls pre-lit Christmas trees
Seasonal Specialties is recalling approximately 1,800 units of pre-lit Christmas trees that were sold exclusively at Menards between September and November 2013.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission cited fire, burn and shock hazards due to a tendency for the tree’s electrical components to overheat and melt.
Menards has received two reports of overheating, melting or smoking, though no injuries have been reported.
The product in question — Twinkling Pine, sold under the Enchanted Forrest brand — measures approximately 7.5 feet tall.
Vulcan Materials makes some management moves
Vulcan Materials Company has made a few changes to its management structure, all of which are effective Jan. 1, as part of an ongong succession process.
"These are key steps in our succession planning process, which is an important and ongoing focus of our Board of Directors," said Vulcan’s chairman and CEO Don James. "We are blessed with great talent and experience at Vulcan, and these appointments position us well for future growth opportunities that will further enhance shareholder value. Tom, John, Danny and Dan have played immensely important roles for Vulcan and will continue to do so in their new positions. We are excited about our future, and about their roles in helping shape it."
Current SVP, South Region Tom Hill has been promoted to EVP and COO of Vulcan Materials. He will replace Danny Shepherd, who has been promoted to the position of vice chairman, in which he will advise the company on organization, business development and succession planning, among other things. He will also help with the current transitions taking place.
John McPherson, currently SVP, East Region, will step into the role of EVP and CFO of Vulcan Materials. He replaces Dan Sansone, who will take the role of EVP Strategy. In this role, Sansone will spearhead strategic initiatives and assist the transition of new senior managers. He plans to retire at the end of 2014.
Weyerhaeuser appoints Rhonda Hunter as SVP Timberlands
Weyerhaeuser has named Rhonda Hunter SVP Timberlands, succeeding soon-to-be-retired Tom Gideon.
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Hunter will be officially promoted from her current role as VP of Weyerhaeuser’s Southern Timberlands operation, which she’s held since 2010. Previously, she held other leadership roles within the division, which involved planning and inventory, regional management, environmental and work systems, finance and land acquisition. She has been with the company since 1987.
"Rhonda is a proven leader with deep experience in maximizing value from timberlands and I know she will bring a fresh perspective and valuable expertise to this critical role," said Doyle Simons, Weyerhaeuser president and CEO. "I want to thank Tom for the 35 years of strong leadership he has brought to this company and we wish him all the best in his retirement."
Gideon, who has been with the company since 1978, will be retiring in February 2014.