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Trex appoints new CFO

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Decking and railing manufacturer Trex has announced the appointment of James Cline to the post of vp and CFO, effective March 18.

Cline previously served as president of Harsco GasServ, a global manufacturer and distributor of control and containment products.

“His proven capabilities are uniquely suited to Trex and will help us accelerate the company’s turnaround and restore Trex to excellent profitability,” said Trex president and CEO Ronald Kaplan in a statement.

Prior to joining Harsco in 1994, Cline served in various capacities with Huffy Corp., most recently as director of finance of its True Temper Hardware subsidiary.

Cline replaces Anthony Cavanna, who has been serving as interim CFO since September 2007. The company also announced that Cavanna and William Martin will retire from its board of directors as of the company’s 2008 annual meeting, to be held in May.

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Orgill plans two new distribution centers

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Orgill, the Memphis, Tenn.-based independent distributor of home improvement products, will build two new distribution centers to serve the Midwest and Pacific Northwestern United States.

The company did not specify in which locations the new distribution centers will be, but said “Orgill is in the process of selecting precise locations for the two facilities.”

The Midwestern facility, dubbed the “Mid-America Supercenter,” will be 1 million square feet and is meant to serve Orgill customers throughout the Midwest. It also will act as the company’s system-wide import flow-through center. The new facility will replace the company’s Vandalia, Ill., distribution center.

Byrne Whitehead, executive vp-operations for Orgill, said the Midwestern facility would help “provide us with a consolidated location to process our growing import business” as well as “give us the capacity to accommodate our growth with customers throughout the Midwestern United States.”

The Pacific Northwest facility will help support Orgill’s growing network of retailers in that region, as well as in Alaska and Asia, the company said.

Whitehead said he expects the locations for the DCs will be finalized by the fall and that construction will begin shortly thereafter.

Orgill’s current distribution network includes locations in Memphis; Inwood, W.Va.; Tifton, Ga.; Hurricane, Utah; and Kilgore, Texas.

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Mohawk to close plants

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Mohawk Industries, the Calhoun, Ga. floor covering manufacturer, closed its tufting facility in Armuchee, Ga. on Feb. 19, according to the Rome News-Tribune. Approximately 158 workers will be offered positions at other Mohawk sites, a company spokesperson said.

The newspaper also reported that Mohawk plans to shutter a plant in Dalton, Ga., that will put 68 employees out of work.

Mohawk closed three other facilities in Georgia last year, according to the report.

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