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Westlake Hardware names COO

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Lenexa, Kan. Westlake Hardware has appointed Rob Easley to the newly created position of COO.

Easley will be responsible for the operations of the company’s 89 Westlake Ace Hardware retail locations, marketing functions, field human resources and talent development.

Prior to joining Westlake Hardware, Easley held the position of COO for Rite Aid Corp. In addition, he held several senior-level operations positions with H. E. Butt, including chief marketing officer.

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GameStop to hire 15,000 seasonal workers

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GameStop said Tuesday it plans to hire about 15,000 seasonal, part-time workers to help with the holiday rush.

But the video-game retailer also said it expects more applicants for the minimum-wage jobs than in previous years because of the recession that has left millions unemployed.

GameStop usually hires temporary employees in the fall, until Dec. 24, and said Tuesday the number of the new part-time workers this year is “consistent with” its seasonal hiring in 2008 and 2007.

The retailer said the move will temporarily increase the company’s employee base by 46%. The number of its in-store “game advisors” — people who help shoppers pick out video games — will grow by about 78%. The company said the temporary jobs are spread out evenly across its stores around the United States.

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Report: Chicagoland positioned to attract ‘green-collar’ jobs

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Chicago A new report released Tuesday by the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative has highlighted opportunities that may spur the creation of green-collar jobs in the area.

Policy opportunities, according to the report, are climate legislation, additional resources for environmental programs and changes to environmental standards.

To download the report, go to: http://greencollarchicago.org/uploads/GreenCollarWorkforce.pdf.

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