Dancers in red and gold lion costumes and event-planning that minds Feng-Shui practices aren't often a part of North American ribbon cuttings. Yet the June 20 opening of Laticrete's retail store, showroom, and technical center in Shanghai proved that cultural history can impact how global companies do business locally. David Rothberg, chairman and CEO of the finishing-systems manufacturer, was invited to paint the faux-lions' eyes gold—a symbolic gesture to ensure a new business' success—and spoke to the 200-person crowd about the company's relationship with the Chinese market. The store is located in the Jiuxing Building Materials Marketplace, Shanghai's building-products nexus, where annual sales top $10 billion yuan ($ 1.57 billion). Joe Gardiner, vice president of national sales at 84 Lumber, died in a boating accident on July 7. He was 43.
The owners of East Street Hardware and Tools, in Bloomington, Ill., recently purchased Midwest Lumber Products, in Normal, Ill., and mentioned potentially merging the two companies.
Beacon Roofing Supply announced the retirement of David R. Grace, the company's executive vice president and CFO, effective January 1, 2013. He will remain in his current role until his successor is announced.
Parliament Building Products announced that it will now distribute Column and Post brand.
Rosen Materials, a gypsum dealer based in Sunrise, Fla., hired Andrew Randle as director of national accounts.
Dukes Lumber, a dealer in Laural, Del., is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The company will hold a celebration this weekend.