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Sioux Chief hires two new national sales directors

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sioux Chief, a rough plumbing manufacturer based in Kansas City, has named Michael Foster and Mike Stallings as its two new national sales directors.

In their new roles, Foster and Stallings (who were both most recently serving as regional sales managers) will handle the company’s National Accounts, Buying Groups and Industry Associations.

Stallings has 30 years of industry experience under his belt, 12 of which he spent with Sioux Chief.

Foster has been with the company since 1989 following his service in the United States Army. He has held various roles in product development ever since.

Filling one of the vacant regional sales manager positions will be Kirk Livernash, who will oversee accounts in the West Coast region. Livernash joined the company in 2007 and was most recently serving as factory representative in Nevada and Southern California.

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BMC grows in northern California

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Boise, Idaho-based BMC, the building materials and construction services provider and 2012 HCN Pro Dealer of the Year, completed the acquisition of Sacramento-based Western Building Specialties.

The move will expand BMC’s millwork offerings in Northern California and strengthen the company’s business in the Central Valley of California, a market described as a key U.S. market for homebuilders.

Western Building Specialties assets include Western Building Specialties (WBS) and Western Bath and Shower (WBSI). The Nov. 11 acquisition will enable expansion of its millwork offerings, said BMC CEO Peter Alexander.

“WBS has built over a 60-year period a reputation for providing quality products and reliable services,” Alexander said. “We are very excited about serving customers through the combined strength of WBS and BMC at our facilities located in Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto.”

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Joseph Liotine named president, U.S. operations at Whirlpool

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Joseph Liotine, who currently serves as VP marketing for the company’s North American region, has been promoted to president of Whirlpool Corp.’s U.S. operations, as well as to the corporation’s Executive Committee.

In this newly created role, effective Dec. 1, Liotine will oversee the company’s ascendant U.S. business operations, which has delivered strong financial results in the wake of challenging market conditions a couple years ago.

"This new role was created to provide more leadership capacity to pursue the significant number of market growth opportunities that we have in the U.S. and around the world," said Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool. "Joe has demonstrated proven leadership in both Canada and in North America marketing that will enable us to accelerate our growth in the U.S., particularly with improving levels of appliance demand."

Liotine has been with Whirlpool since 2004 as a finance manager, succeeding through multiple positions of increasing responsibility. In his most recent role, he was responsible for the performance of product category and brand teams.

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