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Whirlpool teams up with Habitat for Humanity

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Whirlpool Corporation employees will be working alongside Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County and students at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., on the construction of a new home this fall.

The new home is being built for Chris Schaaf, a champion golfer in the Special Olympics, in a new neighborhood amongst other Whirlpool-sponsored Habitat homes from the previous three consecutive years.

The event will also serve as an informal recruitment opportunity for Kelley School of Business students.

"For the fourth consecutive year, Whirlpool is proud to partner with IU to build a home for a Bloomington family," said general manager and IU graduate Chris Ball. "We’ve seen firsthand the joy home ownership brings to families and Whirlpool is pleased to contribute. It’s also a unique opportunity to meet the next generation of the workforce. The interview-by-hard hat approach is a fresh way to connect with talented students who share our values and commitment to giving back to our communities."

The project began in conjunction with Indiana University’s Sept. 14 football game against the Bowling Green Falcons and is set to be dedicated two hours before the 8 p.m. kickoff during the Sept. 21 game against the Missouri Tigers. Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool chairman and CEO (as well as an IU graduate) will take part in the dedication, at which time Chris will receive his keys on the field of IU’s Memorial Stadium.

Whirlpool is currently involved in an ongoing initiative to donate a range and an Energy Star-qualified refrigerator to every new Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada. The company has sponsored more than 100 homes to date and donated over 140,000 appliances since partnering with Habitat in 1999.

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PDIS organizes yard tour

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The ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Oct. 23-25 in Nashville, Tenn., will include a trip to Stewart Builder Supply for a boots-on-the-ground networking and education opportunity.

The Brentwood, Tenn., location of Stewart Builder Supply is welcoming PDIS attendees on Thursday Oct. 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The E.W. Stewart Lumber Co. was established in 1921. The business, a member committed to professional building contractors and all others who use their products. Stewart Lumber’s primary markets include Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. Their locations that serve the different counties in the region allow for on-time delivery, and they can pick up material for credit within 48 hours.

Registration to the conference includes complimentary round trip transportation to Stewart Builder Supply in Brentwood. 

The ProDealer Industry Summit is a national LBM event with the highest-quality dealers in the country. To learn more, visit Prodealer.com.

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Spectrum’s appliance chief steps down

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Terry L. Polistina, president of the Global Appliances division at Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., is stepping down following the completion of a months-long succession plan. He will continue to serve as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Effective Sept. 30, Polistina will leave the company on the heels of a successful multi-year restructuring and integration of the Global Appliances business. His planned departure has made way for a new management structure at the company, per a succession plan outlined earlier in the year.

“Terry has made valuable and significant contributions to our global continuous improvement, supply chain and new product development processes, and to our Company’s overall growth and strategic development,” said Spectrum CEO Dave Lumley. “Under his leadership, we exceeded our initial cost synergy estimates from the acquisition of Russell Hobbs and the subsequent integration of our Home and Remington Personal Care divisions. Our Global Appliances division has been streamlined, is achieving record annual cost savings this year, and is currently introducing a record number of new products across the world. We thank Terry for his leadership and wish him well. We are grateful he remains a director of the Company.”

Steve Fraundorfer will step in as VP and general manager for Global Appliances, reporting to Lumley. Fraundorfer, who has been with the company for 20 years, will oversee all North American Appliances sales and marketing, in addition to his existing responsibilities for Global Appliances business operations.

Meanwhile, Andreas Rouvé will maintain his role as president of the company’s International Appliances division and will continue reporting to Lumley.

Previously, Polistina was CEO of Russell Hobs and held several senior management roles at Applica Incorporated.

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