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Weyerhaeuser announces mill closure

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Weyerhaeuser has announced that it will indefinitely close its iLevel Veneer Technologies facility in Colbert, Ga., effective immediately.

The closure will affect about 105 associates, who will be counseled on details regarding benefits. They will receive regular pay and benefits for 60 days, as provided by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.

“The demand for residential wood products continues to erode, and this announcement is a direct result of the business environment we face,” said Cathy Slater, vp-Veneer Technologies. “This was a very difficult decision. Our associates have done an excellent job of executing that which has been asked of them. This announcement is in no way a reflection of the performance by our associates.”

Weyerhaeuser employs about 875 people in Georgia at locations in Lyons, Oglethorpe, Americus, Madison and Port Wentworth.

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True Value exec honored

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True Value announced that Susan Katz, the co-op’s director of corporate events, is the recipient of the Professional Convention Management Association’s 2008 Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year Award.

This award is given each year to individuals in the meeting and hospitality industry who excel professionally, personally and within the community, True Value said.

Katz, who has more than 30 years of industry experience, joined True Value in 2004, leading a team of professionals responsible for coordinating more than 75 corporate events and meetings each year in Chicago and nationwide. These include three annual conventions where True Value store owners purchase products and learn about the latest trends in retailing. These shows encompass an average of 500,000 gross square feet of exhibit space and 50 training sessions and demonstrations.

Prior to joining True Value, Katz worked for several non-profit organizations, including the National Safety Council and the American Dental Association. PCMA will formally recognize Katz at its 53rd annual meeting, to be held in New Orleans in January 2009.

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Lancaster to anchor new paint area at National Hardware Show

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Lancaster, a leading paint sundries distributor, has teamed with the National Hardware Show to create a new area supporting dealers, retailers and participating exhibitors at the 2009 event, to be held May 5 to 7 in Las Vegas, the Spartanburg, S.C.-based company announced.

The new National Hardware Show Paint & Accessories Area will be anchored by Lancaster, which will offer show specials as well as the ability to purchase smaller quantities on-the-spot from exhibitors that have distribution at Lancaster.

“We are honored Lancaster has chosen the National Hardware Show to create this special area,” said Ed Several, group vp-National Hardware Show. “In challenging economic times, our goal is to create the most valuable three days for the entire home improvement industry — especially the paint and accessories category — and this program offers a great solution.”

In related news, Lancaster will host its first “Open to Buy” day at the 2009 National Hardware Show, where Lancaster associates will review manufacturers’ products for consideration in the company’s inventory mix.

In addition, show organizers will work with the Paint and Decorating Retailer’s Association (PDRA) to offer educational seminars to help retailers discover best practices and innovative ideas to grow their business. PDRA is an Official Industry Association of the National Hardware Show.

“We are excited to partner with the National Hardware Show and their participating vendors to create a unique buying opportunity for retailers,” said Geff Lynch,vp-marketing for Lancaster.

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