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Werner brings attic ladder to Home Depot

BY Ken Clark

Greenville, Pa.-based Werner Co. is bringing its aluminum Energy Seal Attic Ladder to Home Depot on an exclusive basis.

The new product features the Owens Corning R-5 PINK insulation, within a 1-in. thick door structure. The aluminum attic ladder also features weather stripping around the frame that eliminates 60% of air leakage by creating a tight seal when the door is closed, according to the manufacturer.

“In our research, homeowners have communicated the importance of energy efficiency and their desire to find easy ways to minimize wasted energy and identify cost savings,” said Chris Filardi, VP marketing at Werner Co. “Air leakage through attic openings is a common issue; this is why we developed the Energy Seal Attic Ladder with integrated insulation and weather stripping, to help seal in warm or cool air and provide short- and long-term benefits for homeowners.”           

It is now available online and at 428 Home Depot stores across the country. The pricing for the attic ladder is $199.

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A.Stairs says:
Feb-14-2013 12:01 pm

The attic in modern homes
The attic in modern homes serves to insulate the living space below, by keeping a large mass of air in place, below the roof. This large space can also be utilized for storage; the trick is gaining access to it. Fortunately, there are aluminum attic ladders that can be installed by most do-it-yourself homeowners, and a helper, in a few hours. Attic Stairs

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Central Garden & Pet acquires mosquito control business

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Central Garden & Pet Co. (CG&P) has purchased the remaining majority interest in New York-based FourStar Microbial Products.

The move is expected to complement CG&P’s mosquito control business.

FourStar microbial products are derived from naturally occurring soil bacteria and stop juvenile mosquitoes from emerging into flying and breeding adult flying insects that can bite and spread disease. The product’s residual lasts from seven to 180 days and is formulated into granules and briquets for ease of application into various mosquito breeding sites.

“Our Altosid product line set the standard for controlling juvenile mosquitoes and created the insect growth regulator category,” said Frank Jusich, SVP professional brands for CG&P. “With the addition three years ago of Zenivex products to stop adult mosquitoes and the current addition of the B2E FourStar microbials, Central will have a full range of products to help mosquito control professionals protect the public from West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and other mosquito-borne diseases.”

CG&P is a marketer and producer of products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets. 

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Lowe’s hires a new chief merchant

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Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has hired Michael Jones as its chief merchandising officer. 

Jones will be responsible for the merchandising offering for Lowe’s stores and Lowes.com as well as all global sourcing activities. He will report to chief customer officer Gregory M. Bridgeford.

Jones fills a key position in Lowe’s revamped organizational structure that was announced in May 2012. At that time, the retailer moved its executives into two teams: the Customer Experience organization and the Operations organization.

Jones served most recently as executive VP and president of Husqvarna North and Latin America. Prior to joining Husqvarna, Jones spent 15 years with General Electric. He started in appliance contract sales and also held positions as chief commercial officer – Europe for GE Consumer and Industrial and general manager of cooking products.

"Mike has extensive experience with consumer products in categories relevant to the home improvement business, with both Husqvarna and GE including appliances, outdoor power equipment and lighting categories," said Bridgeford. "His experience in leading businesses, identifying and pursuing marketing opportunities, and discipline around value creation throughout the chain, from supplier to consumer, make him an outstanding fit for this position."

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Coast University in Santa Ana, Calif.

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