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Thomas Hill named president, CEO at Vulcan Materials

BY HBSDealer Staff

The board of directors at Vulcan Materials Company has named Thomas Hill as its new president and CEO. He has also been elected as the company’s newest board member.

In his new role, Hill will take the place of Donald James, who will remain on board as executive chairman. Hill was most recently serving as EVP and COO.

"Having successfully navigated the worst downturn in our industry’s history, now is the right time to put in place our new leadership team, led by Tom, to guide the company and expand our market leadership in the industry," said James. "Tom has been a tremendous asset to our company over the years, particularly as we successfully enhanced Vulcan’s profitability and financial strength during the market downturn and positioned the company for strong performance during the recovery. Tom is a proven leader with vast operational and industry experience and superlative management skills. He is the right person at the right time to lead our company forward in its next phase of growth."

Hill has been with the company for over 24 years. Beyond his most recent role as EVP and COO, he also served as SVP of Vulcan’s South Region, president of former Florida Rock Division and president of the Southwest Division.

Vulcan also promoted EVP and CFO John McPherson to EVP, chief financial and strategy officer, in which role he will take on the added responsibility of the company’s human resources functions.

Additionally, Cynthia Hostetler has been elected to the board of directors, replacing Phillip Farmer, who is retiring from the board.

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Trex wins Stevie Award

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Trex Company recently celebrated its receipt of the American Business Awards’ Marketing Campaign of the Year award — also known as the Stevie Award — in the Home Furnishings and Appliances category.

Trex’s "Engineered Artistry" campaign brought home the bacon for its pairings of well-known engineers and artists, who were filmed talking about high-minded concepts like form and function — all while standing on a Trex deck.

"Engineered Artistry is the artful combination of technology and beauty, form and function," said Adam Zambanini, VP marketing for Trex. "With this campaign, Trex asserted its category leadership — not only through product innovation — but also through marketing that provides true value to consumers and professionals via interactive, thought-provoking content."

The campaign included print and digital media, including a full website redesign with responsive design and a public relations initiative.

Engineered Artistry was one of 3,300 nominations across various industries and organizations.

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Bellawood adds oil-look matte style to its catalog

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Citing an increasing demand for low-gloss hardwood floors in the U.S., Bellawood is adding prefinished oil-look matte styles to its product line.

According to the company, low-gloss floors are good for concealing minor scratches, dirt and fur, which is helping fuel the demand in homes with kids and pets.

Bellawood’s new line achieves these results without the need to add a high-maintenance oil finish. Instead, the company uses a proprietary topcoat with a UV-cured aluminum oxide finish.

"Our new Bellawood line of oil-look hardwood floors has a special finish that gives them industry-leading durability and scratch resistance consistent with our transferable 100-year warranty," said director of production operations Stacy Maddox. "Blending the beautiful and low-maintenance matte finish with the enduring quality of Bellawood is an innovation homeowners will love."

Stain finishes will include Red Oak, Brazilian Pecan, Brazilian Cherry, American Walnut and Hickory.

Lumber Liquidators will also offer a 10% discount on all new orders of Bellawood Prefinished Hardwood and Ultra-Strand Bamboo products, now through July 22.

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