New chief for Guardian Building Products
Auburn Hills, Michigan, Guardian Industries Corp. has named Thomas (Tom) B. Highley president and CEO of Guardian Building Products (GBP).
GBP, a wholly owned subsidiary group of Guardian Industries Corp., is a distributor of specialty building products, with more than 30 stocking distribution centers strategically located throughout the United States. GBP is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina.
Highley succeeds Steven Ziessler, who led the company since 2011.
For the past three years, Highley was CEO and managing partner of Engedi Solutions LLC, a building materials industry strategy consulting and independent sponsor private equity firm. Prior to Engedi, Highley spent 10 years leading the profitable growth of Tenon Limited, a New Zealand stock exchange-listed holding company with subsidiary businesses engaged in the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of a broad range of millwork and building material products. Highley served as vice president and general manager of the pro dealer business for Empire Distribution (Tenon’s largest subsidiary) from 2001 to 2004, president of Empire from 2004 to 2009 and Tenon CEO from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining Tenon, Highley held a number of U.S. and global management positions in the consumer product and medical device industries, which included stints leading a European market expansion and working for two Fortune 500 companies.
"After a comprehensive search process, I am pleased that Tom will be leading the transformation of Guardian Building Products from a manufacturing and distribution company into a focused, industry-leading building materials distributor," said Ron Vaupel, President and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp. "Tom has a track record of strong leadership with a focus on people and profitable growth. This combined with his deep industry knowledge and past success in leadership of a building materials distribution company makes Tom uniquely qualified to lead Guardian Building Products successfully into the future."
Highley received his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and his bachelor’s in international relations and economics from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
In Nashville, new manager for Cedar Creek
Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek announced the promotion of Alan Brothers to General Manager of the Nashville, Tennessee location.
Brothers is a graduate of Shorter University and most recently served as sales manager for Cedar Creek – Nashville. Alan began his career with Georgia Pacific and has more than twenty-four years of management experience in both retail and distribution.
Cedar Creek is a leading wholesale building material distribution company with twenty-four locations servicing thirty-two states. In 2010, Cedar Creek was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners, with the goal of providing flexible capital for the company to grow beyond its current trade areas.
Orgill plans super-DC expansion
Memphis-based Orgill, Inc. has announced plans to increase the size of its Sikeston, Missouri, distribution center by more than 250,000 square feet. This expansion will bring the total size of the state-of-the-art distribution facility to more than 1 million square feet.
“This next phase in the growth of our Mid-America DC is a testament to the growth both Orgill and our retail customers have experienced,” said Orgill Chairman, President and CEO Ron Beal. “We are committed to making investments that will ensure we continue to deliver the highest levels of service to our customers.”
First opened in August of 2009, the Mid-America SuperCenter is Orgill’s largest distribution facility and this expansion will increase its capacity by more than 25%. Construction on the expansion is projected to be completed by year end.
In the six years since the facility opened, business has increased in this facility by more than 45%, according to Randy Willams, Orgill’s general manager – distribution.
“The expansion will enhance our Mid-America operation and our abilities to better service our customers, including our direct import cross docking which services all Orgill’s Distribution Centers,” Williams said. ”Our mission is simple: help our customers be successful. The Orgill team will be able to accomplish this with our expanded operations here in this region and in this state.”
Orgill, which has been headquartered in Memphis since 1847, operates five distribution facilities in the U.S., a stocking flow-through center in Canada, and three export consolidation centers.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was on hand for the announcement of the expansion.
“It’s rewarding to see firsthand how doing business in Missouri can give a company the competitive edge they need to grow,” Nixon said. “This is Orgill’s second expansion in Sikeston, and it will create more than 70 jobs and provide another boost to this region’s economy.”