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Trex taps former Kohler exec for board

BY Ken Clark

Winchester, Va.-based Trex appointed Michael Golden to its board of directors.

Golden, 59, served as the president and CEO of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. from 2004 until his retirement in 2011. He continues to serve as co-vice chairman of the board of that company.

Golden was employed in various executive positions with the Kohler Co. from 2002 until joining Smith & Wesson in 2004, most recently serving as president of Kohler’s Cabinetry Division. He has also served in executive capacities for the Stanley Works Co. and Black & Decker. 

Ronald Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex, said: “Michael’s distinguished career and his demonstrated expertise in introducing high-quality products, expanding market reach and leveraging opportunities related to strong brands will all be extremely valuable to Trex.”

In addition to his service on the board of Smith & Wesson, Golden also serves on the board of Infinity Resources Holding Corp.

 

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Flint & Walling acquires Wolf Pumps

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Kendallville, Ind.-based Flint & Walling, a division of Zoeller Corp., acquired Wolf Pumps of Abernathy, Texas.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The Wolf Pump acquisition enhances F&W’s position as a complete single line supplier of American-Made pumps for our wholesale customers,” said Flint & Walling president Scott Lechner. “Wolf is a highly successful company manufacturing products that complement and strengthen our current offering. With our established engineering and sales expertise, we feel we can further expand and grow on Wolf’s current success, including incorporating a component build program both in Kendallville and with many of our key wholesale customers.”

Wolf Pumps are sold through a network of distributors. 

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Royals Window & Door appoints VP and GM

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Woodbridge, Ont.-based Royal Building Products announced that Chris Bitsakakis has been appointed VP and general manager of its Window & Door Profiles business.

“We are excited to have a leader of Chris’ caliber join our business,” said Mark Orcutt, executive VP building products. “Chris brings a solid combination of sales, manufacturing and financial experience to this role, and we are counting on him to help position the Window & Door Profiles business to take advantage of the emerging recovery of the North American housing market.” 

Bitsakakis comes to Royal from Durabody Industries, a Canadian-based manufacturer of truck bodies and trailers, where he was president and CEO for the past two years. Prior to Durabody, he spent more than 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility in the automotive manufacturing industry, first with Cooper Standard Automotive and more recently with Magna International.   

Bitsakakis holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Western Ontario.

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