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USP teams up with Muro on screw-driving systems

BY HBSDEALER Staff

USP Structural Connectors has announced a North American partnership with auto-feed screw-driving system manufacturer Muro.

The effort will involve the proferring of three Muro products via USP’s sales channels: the coil-feed FDVL41 Speed Driver, the rigid tape-fed CH7390 and CH7392SF Ultra Drivers, and the rigid tape-fed CH7241 Easy Driver.

“The Muro product line is an outstanding addition to USP’s product assortment, and these tools will generate sales in every market channel we serve,” said Tom Mort, SVP marketing & sales for USP Structural Connectors. “It’s an added bonus that Muro offers the industry’s only coil system.”

Muro’s Auto Feed Screw Driving systems are designed for driving multiple screw fasteners in drywall, subfloor, decks, roofing, fencing and backerboard. Beyond its rigid-tape systems, Muro’s easy-load coil systems are unique to the industry, according to the company.

Additionally, both the Speed Driver and Ultra Driver feature adjustable handles for a comfortable height, as well as ergonomic T-handles and low-mounted motors. All Auto Feed Systems include an adjustable countersinking feature.

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Sherwin-Williams expands NASCAR deal

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In addition to its title as the "Official Paint of NASCAR’ — a multi-year partnership that the company signed this past May — Sherwin-Williams will also become the ‘Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR’ effective Jan. 1.

The company said that it was "leveraging its recent designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property to activate at its more than 3,500 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers — many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport."

The announcement took the spotlight during a recent presentation at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas by Adam Chafe, VP marketing for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes and 15-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winning driver Greg Biffle.

"Since 2000, some of the biggest names in racing have trusted their race car finishes to Sherwin-Williams," said Chafe. "We’re extremely excited and honored to become the ‘Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR.’ In fact, more than a dozen NASCAR teams currently use Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes. We aim to help teams cross the finish line and ensure that their cars and sponsors always look good on the track; that also holds true with every repair and repaint our customers provide."

Biffle also declared that he was among the 30+ drivers who use Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, who collectively share over 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

According to the company, Sherwin-Williams is the only direct distribution automotive paint manufacturer.

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Management structure shifts at Armstrong

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Armstrong World Industries has announced several changes to its management structure, which are scheduled to go into effect Nov. 16.

Most notably, Armstrong Flooring Products CEO Frank Ready will be retiring after 30 years with the company. Armstrong CFO Thomas Mangas will take his place, who will in turn be succeeded by Armstrong Building Products VP finance David Schulz.

"I would like to thank Frank for his 30 years of dedicated service," said Armstrong CEO Matthew Espe. "His many contributions will be felt for years to come. In Tom Mangas, we have a well-seasoned leader, whose global mindset and customer focus will enable our flooring business to fully leverage recent investments and have a bright future. I am equally excited to welcome Dave Schulz as my new finance leader. The ability to quickly fill these positions from within is a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of our organization vitality and succession planning processes."

Mangas has been overseeing the company’s finance operations, as well as information technology, global business services and process improvement, since he assumed the CFO role in 2010. 

Schulz has been with the company since June 2011. His resume also includes a 14-year stint with Procter & Gamble and the J.M. Smucker Company in various financial capacities.

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