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Vic Carlson named SVP marketing at Hunter Douglas

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pearl River, N.Y.-based Hunter Douglas, Inc. has welcomed Vic Carlson to its team as its newest SVP marketing.

Carlson, who will report directly to president and COO Ron Kass, is replacing Jim Mathews, who is retiring after 25 years with the company.

"We warmly welcome Vic to Hunter Douglas," said Kass. "With his wealth of consumer marketing experience, Vic is well-suited to take over the Hunter Douglas leadership role in strong, category-building marketing. In addition, Vic will lead efforts to accelerate the development of new digital-based marketing programs designed to drive high brand demand and qualified leads to our dealer partners.”

Previously, Carlson was VP consumer marketing and digital commerce at Panasonic Corporation of North America. He has also had stints in product and consumer brand management with Kraft Foods, Nestle and Mars.

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J.P. Hart joins Cornerstone portfolio

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San Antonio-based J.P. Hart Lumber Company joined the portfolio of Cornerstone Building Alliance.

Cornerstone is the acquisition-oriented LBM management company run by former Stock Building Supply leaders Fenton Hord and Steve Short. The press release announcing the deal described the acquisition as a partnership that includes Hart, Hart Components and Hart Building Solutions.

“Cornerstone offers tremendous experience and their long-term investment matches our commitment to the business and its people,” said Greg Wright, president and manager of J.P. Hart. “After spending time with Cornerstone, it was apparent that they align with our company values. They are committed to acting with integrity, and they view people as the most important asset like we do.” 

He said the infusion of Cornerstone capital could mean growth for J.P. Hart, which operates in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas and the Rio Grande Valley.

Cornerstone is based in Raleigh, N.C. Also under its umbrella is Alliance Lumber, in the Arizona market. 

“Hart is a 75-year-young company with a philosophy that aligns with our culture and long-term horizon,” said Short, Cornerstone CEO. “They are a leading supplier of building materials in four of the top 20 markets in the United States and offer a diversified portfolio with the addition of their commercial group. Though these markets experienced a severe downturn, we believe home affordability and a pro-business environment will continue to drive growth in population, homeownership and new home construction.”

Short credited the Hart team for showing growth and profitability through the downturn, while also showing commitment to their people.

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Coming in May: a Craftsman trifecta

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Craftsman is getting ready to expand its MACH product offerings this May, which include (but are not limited to) the following:

The Craftsman MACH Series 3/8-in. Ratchet, which is essentially a push twisting screwdriver, ratcheting screwdriver and 3/8-in. drive ratchet in one. According to Craftsman, it’s nine times faster than the average ratchet and is especially adept at loosening stubborn fasteners.

The Craftsman MACH Series 10-pc. Wrench Set, which provides increased speed, strength and torque without the need to reset one’s hand or reposition the wrench. A full-forged steel static box end provides comfort and strength, with a full range of sizes included in the set.

The Craftsman MACH Series 53-pc. all-in-one set, which includes all forms of ratchets, drive sockets and adapters.

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