Valspar names new technology officer
Minneapolis-based Valspar Corp. has announced the appointment of Cynthia Arnold, Ph.D. as SVP and chief technology officer.
Dr. Arnold will report to William Mansfield, chairman and CEO. In this new role Arnold will lead Valspar’s global technology activities.
Previously, Arnold served as chief technology officer for Sun Chemical. Prior to that, she served as VP technology, coatings, adhesives and specialties for Eastman Chemical and in R&D and business leadership positions with GE, most recently as president of Exatec, a joint venture of Bayer Polymers and GE Plastics. Prior to GE, she was a Sloan Executive Science and Engineering Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House, Washington, D.C.
Arnold succeeds Larry Brandenburger, Ph.D., VP research and development, who will retire from Valspar in January 2011 after 31 years of service.
By the numbers: Multi-function tools
Hyde’s 14-in-1 scraper includes four bits hidden in the handle, plus a bottle opener. Black & Decker’s Ready Wrench tackles two bolt sizes on each of its eight swiveling socket heads. Across the hand-tool aisle, manufacturers are packing more product functions in less space. Here, our editors point to notables in a crowded, versatile field:
4-in-1: General Tools Rescue One. Cuts seat belts, breaks windshields and signals for help.
5-in-1: Rapid Shark utility knife combines with a wire stripper, cutter and crimper. Also stores blades.
6-in-1: The Channellock Rescue Tool. The promotional video features firemen and first responders.
7-in-1: Leatherman Skeletool CX. Pliers, wire cutters and various screwdriver bits in a sleek design.
8-in-1: Stanley Fubar Forcible Entry Tool. Fun for prying, splitting and striking, among other things.
9-in-1: Irwin 9-in-1 Multi-Tool Screwdriver. Includes ergonomic ProTouch grip. Bits are stored inside.
10-in-1: Klein Tools screwdriver. Similar to the above.
11-in-1: Swiss Army Knife. Self explanatory.
12-in-1: Sheffield Camper Axe. Has all the basics, plus fish scaler.
13-in-1: See 11-in-1.
14-in-1: Hyde 14-in-1 Painters tool.
15-in-1: Gatco Frog Tool 15-function multi-tool. Wrenches galore.
16-in-1: Black & Decker Ready Wrench. Eight socket heads and infinite angles of attack.
A new purpose for an old Menards?
Abandoned shells of big-box retailers are an unfortunate byproduct of modern commerce. What to do with them is a vexing question for town planners and business leaders. Menards has an idea.
The company is attempting to convert one of its old stores in Sheboygan, Wis., into a self-storage facility, according to the local Sheboygan Press newspaper. And it wouldn’t be the first time.
The home improvement retailer submitted an application to city officials seeking a conditional-use permit to turn a vacant store into a 362-unit Menards Self Storage center, according to the newspaper. The company vacated the property three years ago after it built a 214,000-sq.-ft. store in Sheboygan, almost double the size of the old store. Attempts to then sell the vacated store have been unsuccessful.
According to the permit application, Menards has already converted at least one former store into a storage facility in Eau Claire, Wis., where the retailer is headquartered.