Ace is the place for new CMO
Ace Hardware Corp. appointed Kim Lefko to the position of senior VP, chief marketing officer. She will report directly to president and CEO John Venhuizen.
Most recently, Lefko served as chief marketing officer at Weber Stephen Products, maker of the Weber grill. In that role, she led the development of a centralized global website that streamlined e-commerce, fulfillment and services. Prior to that, Lefko served as senior VP of sales and marketing, company officer, at Radio Flyer.
As Ace Hardware’s new CMO, Lefko will lead the brand’s global marketing and advertising efforts and digital initiatives. “We are excited to welcome Kim to Ace as our new senior VP and chief marketing officer,” Venhuizen said. “In concert with her new team, Kim’s 20 years of results developing and advancing beloved consumer brands will further our local owners’ passion to fulfill Ace’s brand promise as the helpful place. I believe Kim will be a great addition to our leadership team.”
Lefko also brings experience from her time at Newell Rubbermaid. She held various marketing leadership roles as she transitioned Graco Children’s Products to one of the largest, most profitable business units within the company. Lefko started her career in sales and marketing at Black & Decker with various positions.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications and economics from Cornell University.
The BlueLinx brand expands
Atlanta, Ga.-based BlueLinx Holdings Inc., a leading distributor of building and industrial products in the United States, announced Monday that it would conduct the business of Cedar Creek and all of its subsidiaries under the BlueLinx brand.
“This news is representative of our evolution to come together as one team,” said President and CEO Mitch Lewis. “We are excited to continue providing outstanding service to our customers and great representation for our vendor partners as one company, under one name.”
The move comes as BlueLinx continues its integration of its legacy business with Cedar Creek, the building products distributor it acquired in April of this year. The combined companies create one of the largest wholesale distributors of LBM products in the industry with total revenue of approximately $3.2 billion in 2017 and more than 70 locations in 40 states.
In Ohio, Ace builds on distribution
Ace Hardware Corporation plans to expand its distribution center located in West Jefferson, Ohio.
Originally opened in 2014, the upcoming expansion of the West Jefferson RSC — or “Retail Support Center” — will add approximately 309,000 sq. ft. to the existing 534,000-sq.-ft. facility. Construction for the project is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018 with a target completion in the first quarter of 2019.
“We look forward to breaking ground on the expansion of our West Jefferson Retail Support Center, an integral piece in Ace’s overall supply chain,” said Lori Bossmann, executive VP, chief supply chain officer at Ace Hardware. “Ace’s continued volume growth has driven our need for a larger facility to accommodate our growing business demands.”
The facility in West Jefferson serves Ace Hardware retail locations throughout Ohio, parts of Michigan, eastern Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.
Ace runs a supply chain network that includes 14 company-owned RSCs in the United States and three non-Ace RSCs.