Toro Company takes strides for water conservation
The Toro Company and the Wyland Foundation are teaming up in the name of water conservation.
"The Toro Company has demonstrated its commitment to the efficient use of water over and over again," said Wyland, an artist, conservationist and founder of the Wyland Foundation. "They share our belief that innovation and creativity can not only make people’s lives better, they can protect the natural resources that we all depend on."
This isn’t the first time the two organizations have worked together. Earlier this year, they joined forces on the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a national water conservation competition among various cities in which residents make online pledges to reduce their water and energy use.
Through this new partnership, the Mayor’s Challenge will be promoted via Toro’s corporate channels and distribution networks, as well as outreach campaigns via the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center (a 1,000-sq.-ft. museum on wheels complete with a running river, 40-person theater, city scape model and more). Community events, trade shows, school presentations and art contests will also figure into the mutual awareness-raising.
Parr Lumber’s Boyer embraces Habitat
Hillsboro, Ore.-based Parr Lumber joined Neil Kelly and other local contractors and design firms in supporting Habitat for Humanity in building four homes as part of their nationwide Home Builders Blitz 2014 event.
The four homes will be built from the ground up through a four-week effort culminating June 13.
“We have a longstanding relationship with Habitat for Humanity and strongly support their efforts of home ownership, said Jim Boyer, CEO of The Parr Company. “It’s an amazing experience to work side by side with others during the build and seeing the family receive the keys to their new home is an amazing feeling, it’s all the reward you need.”
The four families will each receive keys to their new home at the Home Dedication Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, June 13 at 12:00 pm. Each of the families purchasing the homes have dedicated 500 hours of sweat equity and will make monthly house payments that include taxes, insurance, and principal on the 0% interest Habitat mortgage.
Jim Dudley named president of Fortress Wood Products
James H. (Jim) Dudley, a veteran of 20 years in the treated lumber industry, has been named president of Fortress Wood Products, Inc., a division of The Lester Group based in Martinsville, Virginia.
Dudley joins Fortress from Culpeper Wood Preservers in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he was vice president.
Fortress is a wood treating company producing wood for residential and commercial use from three plants in North Carolina–High Point, Henderson and Elizabeth City.
“I’m delighted to join Fortress, an organization with an outstanding reputation in the lumber industry,” said Dudley. “Fortress is recognized for its excellent relationships with customers, built on top-notch service.”
The Lester Group bought Fortress in 1986.
“Jim will provide Fortress with outstanding leadership,” said George W. Lester, II, chairman and chief executive officer of The Lester Group. “Fortress has come through the poor economic environment in solid financial condition, poised to grow as the economy expands.”
Last year, Fortress opened a new treating plant in High Point, North Carolina.