Tailor Made Homes files for bankruptcy
Home builder Tailor Made filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week.
The Brookfield, Wis.-based builder’s Chapter 7 petition for bankruptcy listed assets of $2.8 million and debts of more than $3 million, including money owed to a number of subcontractors and suppliers. The builder’s assets include four unsold homes.
According to the filing, Tailor Made owes debts to a number of local building materials dealers, including $149,104 to Oostburg Concrete Products and $ 36,402 to Stock Building Supply.
According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, the home builder was only five years old, and only a year ago, the builder was a featured in Milwaukee’s Metropolitan Builders Association’s Parade of Homes
Toro’s earnings decline in third quarter
Pointing to the weakness of the domestic economy, Toro reported fiscal third-quarter net earnings of $38.2 million, down 10.1 percent from $42.5 million last year.
New sales grew 3 percent to $492.6 million, up from $478.7 million the previous year, which the company attributed to the strength of its international business.
Professional segment net sales for the quarter increased 5.9 percent to $351.6 million, while residential sales declined 0.6 percent to $132.1 million.
The company expects overall economic conditions to remain difficult for the remainder of fiscal 2008. “In the current environment, we’ll maintain our focus on driving retail demand, managing inventory levels and addressing rising commodity costs,” said Michael J. Hoffman, Toro’s chairman and CEO.
Do it Best names e-commerce manager
Do it Best has hired Joe Caldwell — who has a background in e-commerce infrastructure and more than five year’s experience in network administration — as its e-commerce manager.
In this position, Caldwell will oversee the development, administration and operation of the company’s Web site, doitbest.com, including coordinating on-site advertising with vendors and shipping orders. The company’s customer service center, which helps members with logistics, shipping and product information, also falls under his jurisdiction.
Caldwell will report to Bill Zielke, vp-marketing, for the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op.
Caldwell previously worked as facility manager with Brentwood, Tenn.-based American Color, one of North America’s largest full-service premedia and print companies, where he managed the print projects for Do it Best. Prior to that, he worked with Kruse International in Auburn, Ind., as a network administrator, coordinating the online and live auto auction administration.
Aresident of Fort Wayne, Ind., Caldwell is currently working toward his bachelor’s degree in internet information security at ITT Technical Institute.