Toter gets its first VP retail
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wastequip has hired Andrew Bardsley to the newly created role of VP retail for the Toter brand, in which he will be charged with leading the team’s new Retail Business Unit.
With Bardsley in place, Toter’s consumer business is poised to work toward its new long-term growth initiatives, including a move that will involve shifting all of its manufacturing operations to the U.S. Bardsley will be at the helm of Toter’s "Made in America" initiative.
His new role will also see him in charge of the sales, marketing and product development for the business unit.
Bardsley’s resume includes more than 20 years of experience in the global manufacturing and industrial market, featuring roles with Ingersoll Rand and Atlas Copco. His most previous role was at Ingersoll as global assembly business leader.
“We’re excited to welcome Andy into the Wastequip fold," said CEO Marty Bryant. "Toter is a well-known brand with strong American roots, and our retail customers in particular are demanding American-made products. Andy will help us create a disciplined strategy around this key sales channel of our business. We believe there is great opportunity to expand Toter’s footprint in the retail channel, and we’re confident that Andy’s vast experience and strong established relationships will allow us to realize this opportunity.”
Haier hires former GE exec
Haier America announced Paul Riley has been appointed VP sales and marketing for major appliances.
Riley will be accountable for the creation and exectuion of the go-to-market strategy for all categories, the company announced.
Riley has held many sales and marketing roles throughout his 15-year career with GE Appliances, where he most recently worked as senior brand and product line marketing manager. He also led GE’s efforts to redefine the Monogram brand through a preferred builder program, a consumer facing rebate program and brand distribution strategy.
Haier America is a subsidiary of the global Haier Group, which employs 70,000 people around the world.
Big rebound for housing starts in July
Housing starts more than made up for lost ground in July, rising 15.7% over June’s upwardly revised estimate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093,000.
On a year-over-year basis, this represents a 21.7% improvement over July 2013’s rate of 898,000.
June’s progress was also not as poor as previously reported, standing at an upwardly revised estimate of 945,000 (compared to an original estimate of 893,000).
For single-family housing starts, the number came in at 656,000, which is 8.3% above last month’s rate. The progress was felt especially in the South, which jumped 16.9% after a poor showing in June.
Building permits for privately-owned housing units were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,052,000, an 8.1% improvement over the revised June rate of 973,000.
Additionally, multi-family housing starts jumped 33% to a rate of 423,000 units, which is its highest since January 2006.