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Snap-on names John Deere veteran to board

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Kenosha, Wis.-based toolmaker Snap-on has named Nathan Jones, a veteran of Deere & Co., to its board of directors.

Jones formerly served for 28 years at Deere & Co., manufacturer of John Deere lawn maintenance products. Jones was a senior officer of the company for 10 years, including eight as senior vp and CFO. He formerly served for two years as president, worldwide commercial and consumer equipment division.

Jones retired from Deere in December 2007.

“We are pleased to have Nathan Jones join our board,” said W. Dudley Lehman, Snap-on director. “Nate’s broad set of financial and operational skills and experience will greatly benefit the board and Snap-on.”

Jones’ appointment increases the Snap-on board to 12 members.

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Green Building Council offers new educational tools

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has added new educational tools, including a review of the USGBC’s Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) course offerings.

Greenbuild365.org also offers courses, called “Green Bytes,” in green building education, including a number of videos, podcasts and articles.

In a statement from the USGBC, Peter Templeton, senior vp-research and education, said, “The building industry is changing; we are no longer designing and constructing buildings in the same way we have always done.”

The group also is offering a “media library” with videos of keynote speakers from the council’s recent Greenbuild conference.

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KraftMaid cuts 400 jobs in Ohio

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KraftMaid cabinets has cut approximately 400 jobs at factories in the state of Ohio because of the downturn in the housing market, according to a report by the Associated Press. The division of Masco cut work force at cabinet plants in Middlefield and Orwell, Ohio.

Aspokesperson told the news service that the plants could be reopened if the housing market improves.

In its first-quarter earnings statement in April, Masco reported net income fell to $2 million from $143 million in the same period last year. Masco’s companies include Delta Faucet, KraftMaid cabinets and Behr paints.

Net sales fell 13 percent to $2.45 billion from $2.8 billion in the same period last year.

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