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Sit-in ends at Republic Windows

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The labor dispute at the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago ended after six days of a sit-in. Some 200 laid-off workers were protesting the lack of severance pay and vacation pay.

The key to ending the conflict was a $1.35 million loan from Bank of America, which had previously cut off financing for the company. Another $400,000 was offered by JPMorgan Chase, which owns 40 percent of the company.

Employees of the Chicago manufacturer learned last Friday that the company was shutting down immediately, without severance packages for its workers or payment for unused vacation time. Republic Windows and Doors claimed that its lender, Bank of America, had abruptly cut off its funding. 

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Scotts Miracle-Gro names new senior vps

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Scotts Miracle-Gro has promoted Jeff Garascia, Ph.D., and Pete Supron to senior vp positions.

As senior vp-global research and development, Garascia will oversee the company’s research and development organization, with responsibilities for global portfolio management and global quality assurance. He joined the company in 2005 and has held positions with Smith & Hawken and Supply Chain Strategy integration. Previously, he was with Booz Allen Hamilton and General Motors.

Supron will direct purchasing for the entire Scotts Miracle-Gro organization as senior vp-global purchasing. He joined the company in 1998 and has served in planning and corporate development and finance. Previously, Supron was with Cooper Industries in strategic planning.

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Ace launches online greeting card tool

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Ace Hardware has launched, “Ace Your Face,” a marketing campaign that allows consumers to create and send holiday greetings online — against an Ace backdrop.

Available on www.aceyourface.acehardware.com, this online tool allows individuals to upload photos and create customized holiday scenes. The eight settings feature group shots with matching snowman sweaters, winter sports adventures and Santa visits.  “Ace Your Face” can be shared via e-mail, social media sites and blog links. 

The marketing and advertising promotions for the campaign include direct e-mails to corporate employees and to members of Ace Rewards, Ace’s one-to-one customer loyalty program. Promotions can also be found on banner ads on social media sites like Facebook, as well as AOL and Yahoo!, and paid search initiatives.

The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company said “Ace Your Face” site has attracted nearly 60,000 visitors, and more than 12,000 of them have created cards and sent them on to an average of two people each. During its first week, “Ace Your Face” ranked in the top spot in Google’s natural search results and has been seen in more than 120 countries around the world, the company said.

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