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Elmer’s introduces ProBond Advanced adhesive

BY CSA STAFF

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A sticky situation just got stickier.

Elmer’s Products has introduced Elmer’s ProBond Advanced adhesive, which is being promoted as a multipurpose glue that’s as strong as a polyurethane competitor, but without the foamy mess.

“We developed ProBond Advanced in response to demand from consumers,” said Emily von Stein, associate product manager for Elmer’s hardware category. “They’ve told us that they don’t like the messy foam of polyurethane glues, but still need an adhesive that can provide heavy-duty adhesion on nearly any surface. ProBond Advanced satisfies that need and goes a step beyond by not only eliminating the annoying foam mess, but also being easy enough to clean with just water.”

ProBond Advanced works on wood, concrete, metal, glass, ceramics and more. It is 100% weatherproof, making it ideal for both interior and exterior projects. Unlike popular polyurethane glues, ProBond Advanced won’t foam up after it’s dry, thanks to its acrylic formulation. This saves DIYers, contractors and woodworkers the time and hassle of cleaning up their projects and hands after working.

The product comes in 2-, 4- and 8-ounce bottles at suggested retail price points of $4.99, $6.50 and $10.99, respectively.

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Stater Bros. promotes long-time exec to head of retail ops

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. has promoted Dan Meyer to the position of EVP retail operations. In this position, Meyer will be responsible for the retail operations of all 167 Stater Bros. Supermarkets as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Corporate Training Center.

Meyer is a 42-year member of the Stater Bros. "Family." He first joined Stater Bros. in 1971 as a Courtesy Clerk at the company’s La Sierra Supermarket in Riverside and progressed through a range of retail store and district supervision positions.

In 2009, he was promoted to senior regional VP, and in 2011, he was promoted to his most recent position of SVP retail operations.

He currently serves on the boards of directors for Stater Bros. charities and the California Grocers Association.

In his new position, Meyer will report to Jim Lee, president and COO.

"Dan is a well-respected and valuable member of our senior management team," stated Jack Brown, CEO. "This promotion is a result of his leadership skills and the contributions that he has made towards the success of the company’s retail operations department."

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Jo-Ann marketing head to assume merchandising responsibilities

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HUDSON, Ohio —Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has named Riddianne Kline SVP chief marketing and merchandising officer.

In addition to retaining her current responsibilities overseeing both marketing and advertising for Jo-Ann, Kline will assume responsibility for the merchandising, product development and inventory management groups.

"Riddi’s knowledge of the fabric and craft industry, proven leadership skills, and customer-centric approach make her the perfect fit for this role," said Travis Smith, chief executive officer and president of Jo-Ann Stores. "Her contributions to both Jo-Ann and the industry provide a great foundation as she drives the organization to the next level."

Since joining Jo-Ann in 2002, Kline’s accomplishments include revamping the company’s advertising program, overseeing the internal integration of the Joann.com business, leading digital and mobile initiatives, and developing a formalized consumer insights and research function within the marketing department. Kline most recently served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

Kline currently serves on the board of directors for the Craft and Hobby Association, and is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She and her husband, Andy, have two children.

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