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Southern Casual Living buys patio umbrella business

BY Ken Clark

Atlanta-based Southern Casual Living bought the patio umbrella division of Southern Sales & Marketing.

"We see the umbrella market moving to more of a China ‘factory direct’ business model, so I sold this division," said Ken Harbaugh, majority shareholder of Southern Sales. " Some of the people moving over to the new company have been longtime associates with our company, and I wish them all the best.  They know that I am available to help them at any time.”

Bill Browne, former VP sales for Southern Sales & Marketing Group, has been named president of Southern Casual Living, and Jason Bliss, former national account manager with Southern Sales, will serve as VP. Several other employees of Southern Sales & Marketing are making the move as well.

Jay Winkler has been appointed national account manager, Mary Mayberry has been appointed customer service manager, and Ross Boone will be the senior designer.

Browne said: “Southern Casual Living’s main concentration will be patio umbrellas.  Our immediate focus will be quality control, shipping on time and complete for the 2012 season, while at the same time focusing our team on design and new product development for the 2013 season.”

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Industry Dashboard for Oct. 3, 2011

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The national average price for a gallon of regular gas dropped about a dime compared with a week ago. Consumer confidence increased ever so slightly.

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Fortune Brands unit elects Sherwin-Williams president to board

BY Ken Clark

Fortune Brands Home & Security (FBHS), which intends to spin off from Fortune Brands today, named John Morikis to the company’s board of directors, effective Dec. 1.

Morikis is president and chief operating officer of The Sherwin-Williams Co., an $8 billion global leader in the paint and coatings industry. He was elected COO of Sherwin-Williams in 2006.

As COO at Sherwin-Williams, Morikis has helped transform the company’s operating model, leading to increased operating performance and productivity, as well as improved utilization of fixed assets and more sharing of best practices.

“John is an accomplished executive whose operational and industry experience will be an asset to our bBoard,” said David Thomas, non-executive chairman of the board of Fortune Brands Home & Security. “His achievements in growing Sherwin-Williams’ business and building upon its leadership position are impressive, and I am looking forward to his contributions and insight as Fortune Brands Home & Security moves forward as an independent company.” 

As previously announced, FBHS is expected to spin off from Fortune Brands after the close of business on Oct. 3, and will trade on the New York Stock Exchange as an independent public company under the ticker symbol FBHS effective Oct. 4. 

Prior to his current role, Morikis served as president of the Paint Stores Group, whose revenue increased from approximately $3 billion to nearly $5 billion during his tenure. Morikis served in key positions of increasing responsibility at Sherwin-Williams since joining the company in 1985.

Morikis is a member of the Joint Center for Housing Studies Policy Advisory Board at Harvard University and is a member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross.

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