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Sherwin-Williams, 150 years later

BY HBSDealer Staff

It's 2016, and that means something special for Sherwin-Williams. The legacy of the paint company has officially thrived for 150 years, and the organization is feeling reflective on its century-and-a-half birthday.

Sherwin-Williams took off in 1866 when founder Henry Sherwin invented the first pre-mix paint in Cleveland, backed by a quality guarantee and a resealable can.

"These innovations revolutionized the way paint could be purchased, used, and more importantly, reused over time," said the company in a statement.

Using $2,000 in life savings, Sherwin bought a partnership in Truman Dunham, a distributor of pigments and painting supplies. Sherwin-Williams & Company didn't officially take hold until 1870, when Sherwin partnered with Edward Williams and A. T. Osborn.

"For years, we've known that our history – our shared heritage – makes this company unique, remarkable even," said Chris Connor, executive chairman.

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the company is running with the motto of its founder, who, on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee in 1916, said, "what is worth doing is worth doing well."

"That thinking made Sherwin-Williams one of the most respected companies in the world – and that commitment continues to drive us forward," said Connor. "This is a wonderful way to look back and reflect on what has made us great, while appreciating how our core values continue to drive our business forward."

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New exec at Benjamin Obdyke

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Benjamin Obdyke hired a new market development manager.

The company, specialists in moisture management products for the roof and wall, hired Kaylen Handly who will focus on developing awareness of Benjamin Obdyke’s products and creating strong relationships within the industry.

“We are excited for Kaylen to join our team as we strive for continued growth in 2016,” said Tara Murray, marketing manager at Benjamin Obdyke, Inc. “He is a skilled communicator with a deep understanding of how advanced building materials – like those used in our Build Better line – will help dealers, builders and contractors achieve their project goals.”

In his new role, Handly will support the lumber dealer base by working closely with builders and remodelers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions to communicate the features and benefits of Benjamin Obdyke’s wall solution products.

Handly brings nearly 10 years of industry-related experience in construction, business operations and project coordination. Before joining Benjamin Obdyke, Handly served a project coordinator for Neill Contracting, Inc., where he managed residential construction crews and communicated project plans to ensure customer satisfaction. Prior to that, he worked with JL Roofing and Siding as a residential sales manager, overseeing daily job site operations and creating detailed proposals for subcontractors.

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Lowe’s names Sandra Cochran to its board

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Lowe's Companies has named a new director to its board, raising the number of members to 13.

Sandra Cochran, president and CEO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., has been elected to the board effective immediately, where she will serve on the Governance and Compensation committees.

"Sandy brings a combination of strong leadership and retail experience, as well as tremendous financial acumen to Lowe's, and I am pleased to welcome her to our board of directors," said Robert Niblock, Lowe's chairman, president and CEO. "Her executive-level financial experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue our transition from a home improvement retailer to an omni-channel home improvement company."

Cochran joined Cracker Barrel as CFO in 2009 and was named president and COO the following year. She assumed her current position in September of 2011.

She was previously CEO of Books-A-Million, Inc. from 2004-2009.

Cochran is also on the board of directors of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and Dollar General Corporation, and previously served on the board of directors of Books-A-Million.

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