Toro recalls leaf blowers
Toro will voluntarily recall about 900,000 electric leaf blowers sold through Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target and Kmart from January 2000 through December 2002.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the leaf blowers can experience problems with a faulty rotating component that can break, causing shards of plastic to fly out of the blower. No serious injuries have been reported, but the company has received 154 reports of the component breaking and 21 reports of minor cuts and bruises.
The recall involves electric blower model 51586, with serial numbers ranging between 000055100 and 220255609. The products were sold for about $32.
The black impeller fan, which causes the problem, can be seen through the air inlet screen on the bottom of the unit. The blowers feature two decals; one reads “TORO Power Sweep” and another features the model and serial numbers.
Sears names new chief marketing officer
Sears Holdings has announced Richard Gerstein will join the company as chief marketing officer for its Sears, Roebuck and Co. subsidiary effective Aug. 6.
Gerstein last served as global chief marketing officer and senior vp of U.S. business for Alberto Culver Beauty.
Gerstein will have overall responsibilities for executing Sears’ brand marketing strategies and programs. He will help with initiatives that aim to “help Sears reconnect with its loyal customers and attract former customers back to Sears,” said Maureen McGuire, Sears Holdings’ chief marketing officer, adding, “We started that work with the announcement in May of Sears’ new integrated marketing campaign.”
Gerstein also served in senior leadership and marketing positions at Reflect True Custom Beauty, a Procter & Gamble spinoff, and at Procter & Gamble.
Board member steps down at Valspar
Minneapolis-based paint and coatings company Valspar announced Peter McCausland resigned from its board of directors, citing an increase in his business and personal commitments.
McCausland was a member of the board’s compensation and governance committees.
McCausland is chairman of the board and CEO of Airgas and a director of the International Oxygen Manufacturers Association, the Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Independence Seaport Museum. He had been a Valspar director since April 2006.