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Sylvania to keep lighting up NH track

BY CSA STAFF

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be home to the Sylvania 300 NASCAR race for five more years following the renewal of a sponsorship agreement.

North American lighting leader Osram Sylvania said it extended its title sponsorship of the race through 2017 with the operator of New Hampshire’s largest sports and entertainment facility. Osram Sylvania has sponsored the race for the past 10 years.

"The relationship with (New Hampshire Motor Speedway) for the past ten years and 3,000 miles of the Sylvania 300 has been valuable to our company and brand," said Rick Leaman, president and CEO of Osram Sylvania. "Just like the nature of NASCAR racing, Osram Sylvania has strived to build a high-performance culture that is reflected in its people, products and services, and we are looking forward to the next five years of exciting NASCAR racing and engaging the brand loyal fans."

Although NASCAR attendance and television viewership has suffered in recent years, the Sylvania 300 has benefited because it is one of the 10 races at the end of the NASCAR season that are part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The race tends to be one of the more highly rated of the season and the track can accommodate more than 100,000 visitors.

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Apparel supplier names new CEO

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Former Haggar executive Paul Buxbaum was named CEO of apparel manufacturer Hampshire Group.

Buxbaum, 57, replaces Heath Golden who resigned as president and CEO and also plans to vacate his position as a board member.

"Heath Golden has overseen Hampshire through a difficult period in its history and led a transformation of our business, resulting in a company with prospects of growth and profitability," said board chairman Peter Woodward.

Buxbaum joined Hampshire Group as a board member in 2011 after the company acquired Rio Garment. He previously served as CEO and a board member of Haggar Clothing Company.

"At this point in time, I believe the company is well positioned for profitable growth and that Paul Buxbaum has the skills required to drive operational execution," said Golden. "The company is fortunate to have an experienced apparel operator as a member of its board of directors and a significant shareholder. I depart knowing that the company is in capable hands and look forward to observing its continued growth."

Additionally, the company announced the retirement of long-time board member Herbert Elish.

Hampshire Group is a provider of fashion apparel across a broad range of categories, distribution channels and price points. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include Rio

Garment and Scott James. The Company specializes in designing and marketing men’s sportswear to department stores, chain stores and mass market retailers under licensed brands, proprietary brands and private labels.

 

 

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Lowe’s meets demand with seasonal hires

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s is gearing up for increased demand this spring, by hiring approximately 45,000 seasonal employees at its stores in the United States. The company will also add 9,000 permanent part-time employees.

Seasonal jobs available are focused on customer support and include cashiers, lawn and garden specialists, loaders, and stockers. The number of hours worked per week will vary based on the needs of individual stores, but, on average, seasonal employees could work an estimated 20 to 25 hours per week.

The permanent part-time positions include store associates focused on direct interaction and expertise for customers. Employees in the permanent positions will be scheduled to work during peak weekday shopping times.

“We are focused on providing customers with outstanding service,” said Scott Purvis, VP human resources, operations. “We are looking for candidates who are experienced in any of the home improvement trades, and, most importantly, those who are committed to providing Lowe’s customers an exceptional service experience.”

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