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Scotts acquires pest control company

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's Scotts LawnService business has expanded its stake in the pest control market with the acquisition of Action Pest Control, Inc.

Action Pest Control is a prominent pest control provider in the Midwest, providing a range of residential and commercial services to customers in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.

"We are excited to complete the acquisition of Action Pest and see it as an important step forward in executing our long-term growth strategy," said Jim Gimeson, president of Scotts LawnService. "We welcome the Action Pest team into the Scotts family."

Scotts LawnService is currently the "No. 2 player in lawn service," according to the company. The purchase of Action Pest helps drive its competitive edge in what it considers a fragmented $7 billion home pest control category.

Kevin Pass, former president and owner of Action Pest said, "Scotts LawnService is an excellent cultural fit and offers an extraordinary opportunity for our pest management professionals as Scotts enters this exciting new venture."

Though specific terms have not been disclosed, the deal is expected to add annual sales of nearly $15 million, with the transaction to be earnings accretive in fiscal 2015.

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Ryland Homes opens Atlanta Design Center

BY HBSDealer Staff

Ryland Homes Atlanta has opened the doors to its new MyStyle Design Center in Alpharetta, which lends 3,800 sq. ft. of showroom space to its various design options. 

There, homebuyers can browse finishes, flooring, fixtures, paints, cabinets, counters and more in a retail-like setting.

Selections on view include such things as hardwood flooring in distressed, exotic imported or color variations, tile flooring in various textures and colors, granite and quartz countertops, backsplashes, raised paneling, trash can pull-outs and soft-closing drawers in cabinetry, energy-saving GE appliances, and exterior options, including earth-tone bricks and a large exterior paint selection.

Visitors can also avail themselves of professional advice from designers, who are on-hand to give budget-minded advice.

Ryland Homes Atlanta has a significant presence in the metro region, with single-family homes selling for prices ranging from $271,603 to $651,900 that range in square footage from 2,064 sq. ft. to 4,411 sq. ft.

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Candle recall expanded at Hobby Lobby

BY HBSDEALER Staff

CoScentrix expanded its recall of DD Brand Candles, sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby.

The candle's high flame can ignite the surface of the wax, posing a fire hazard.

About 168,000 candles are affected by this latest recall. Previously, about 256,000 candles sold in jars and tins were recalled in November 2014, and about 126,000 candles sold in tins were recalled in April 2014.

The latest recall involves four types of DD branded single-wick candles: Mason jars in 5- and 12- ounce sizes, decorative jars in 10- and 20-ounce sizes, 13-ounce coffee tins and 13-ounce jars with a holiday theme. The candles were sold in a variety of fragrances and colors. 

The SKU number is on a label on the underside of each container. For a list of candle scents and SKU numbers being recalled, click here.

CoScentrix has received one additional report of a candle’s surface igniting. There have been no additional reports of injury or property damage. In the two previous recalls CoScentrix received a total of 31 reports of the candle's surface igniting, one report of injury and 10 reports of property damage.

CoScentrix is based in Carson, California.

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