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Toro’s ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ winner announced

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Visalia, Calif.-based Shannon Ranch Elementary School has won the top prize of $7,000 in the Toro Company’s ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ grant program.

Nominations for the contest were submitted in September, after which a panel of judges selected four finalists, who were then asked to submit a video detailing their mission. Toro left it up to the public to vote for the winning finalist in November.

As pledged in their campaign, the school will put the money toward its life sciences program, which will include the installation of a water-efficient drip irrigation system at the school garden.

“We appreciate the opportunity Toro has provided Shannon Ranch through the ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ grant," said principal Samantha Tate. "We envision our school garden as being an essential component of our life sciences programs, kindergarten through the sixth grade. To have the opportunity to teach our students about the importance of agriculture in education, and how our garden can benefit our school community, is an incredible gift!”

Grants were also awarded to the three other finalists: Project FINE – Colorful Growers in Winona, Minn., Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and North Louisiana Agri-Business Council in West Monroe, La.

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Chelsea Building Products hires Fello

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Oakmont, Pa.-based Chelsea Building Products hired Brad Fello to the newly created position of quality assurance manager.

Fello began his career in the window industry at Thermal Industries as a branch manager and held director positions at Traco, including quality, manufacturing and materials. Experienced in Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Quick Response Quality Control and ISO-9000, he is also a graduate of Clarion University with a degree in business management.

Fello’s responsibilities will include developing systems to assure consistent quality of Chelsea’s products beginning with the raw materials and ending with the finished lineal extrusion.

Chelsea Building Products designs and extrudes PVC and composite profiles for the building materials market. 

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Familiar names are on the Corporate Equality Index

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released its Corporate Equality Index for 2014, which recognizes several names in the residential building and home improvement industry for their commitment to workplace equality for LGBT employees.

This year, a record 304 companies — in various industries and parts of the country — earned a top score of 100%.

Included in that cadre are 3M, Clorox, Owens Corning, Sears Holdings and Whirlpool.

For both Whirlpool and Owens Corning, 2014 marks a full decade on the list, or a 10th consecutive score of 100. Whirlpool is also the first appliance company to attain this recognition.

Clorox follows close behind at its ninth consecutive perfect score, 

To earn a perfect score, companies must have comprehensive equal employment opportunity policies in place (encompassing sexual orientation as well as gender identity and expression), offer partner health and employment benefits, offer transgender-inclusive health coverage, maintain organizational competency programs as well as an employee resource group, demonstrate a public commitment to equality and exercise responsible citizenship.

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