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Tractor Supply announces planned board chairman succession

BY Staff Writer

Brentwood, Tenn. — Tractor Supply Company announced that its board of directors has elected Cynthia T. Jamison, 54, to succeed James F. Wright as chairman of the board upon the conclusion of Wright’s term at the end of the year.

Jamison will become chairman effective January 1, 2014. Wright will resign his position as a board member effective December 31, 2013, consistent with his plan to serve as executive chairman of the board with a term of one year, as previously announced in September 2012.

Greg Sandfort, the company’s president and CEO, stated: “Cindie has been our lead director since 2010, and has served on the company’s board since 2002. Her tenure on Tractor Supply’s Board, broad financial and business background and other board directorships make her a strong fit to lead our board. We are confident the Chairman transition will be smooth, enabling our continued focus on the strategic initiatives to grow and improve our business."

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Wolverine Worldwide appoints Toys ‘R’ Us exec as president of Stride Rite

BY Marianne Wilson

Rockford, Mich. — Wolverine Worldwide announced the appointment of Ira P. Hernowitz as president of the Stride Rite Children’s Group. He most recently served as executive VP of "R" Us Brands for Toys R Us, Inc.

Hernowitz has served in a variety of leadership roles during his career, and his strong background in children’s products, coupled with his retail expertise.

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Wegmans awarded green building honor

BY Marianne Wilson

Portland — The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced that Wegmans Food Markets has been awarded a “two Green Globes” certification for its store in Germantown, Md. Green Globes, which is administered in the United States by the GBI, awards buildings that qualify one through four Globes based on environmental achievements in management, site, energy, water, materials and resources, emissions, and indoor environment.

The newly released version of Green Globes for New Construction incorporates specific refrigeration criteria as outlined by EPA’s GreenChill Certification for grocery stores.

“We are pleased to be recognized by GBI for our efforts to mitigate the environmental impacts of building our Germantown, Maryland store,” said Kevin Marren, Wegmans project manager in store planning. “Our new store design is consistent with our corporate goals of reducing energy consumption and minimizing our carbon footprint while giving our customers and employees a healthy indoor environment to work and shop in.”

Wegmans achieved points within the energy section of the Green Globes tool by a variety of methods, including the use integrated daylight sensors with the lighting fixtures in the general seating area, the café, and in the general merchandise areas where there is natural light from skylights or windows. Depending on the amount of natural light in the areas, the sensors will lower or turn off sections of lighting.

In addition, a building automation system monitors the equipment in the store and alerts Wegmans via email that there are energy spikes when problems occur. Another innovative, energy efficient measure is the usage of a heat exchanger that collects and captures heat from the refrigeration system; in turn this reused heat helps generate hot water within the building.

The Green Building Initiative is a nonprofit organization and ANSI Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches. Founded in 2004, the organization is the U.S. provider of the Green Globes and Guiding Principles Compliance building certification programs.

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