November 1, 2012
Les H. Ireland Named President of Ames True Temper®
Industry Leader to Focus on Growth and Operational Excellence
CAMP HILL, Penn. (November 1, 2012) – Ames True Temper®, a unit of Griffon Corporation’s Home & Building Products Segment and the leading global provider of non-powered lawn and garden products, announced today that industry expert, Les H. Ireland, has been appointed as president. The move reflects the company’s recent efforts to bolster its executive staff with experienced veterans and its commitment to continued growth and operational excellence.
Gene Colleran, CEO of Griffon Home & Building Products, commented, “Les Ireland has a proven record of success as a business leader in our industry. His global experience with world class brands and customers will bolster Ames True Temper’s ability to achieve its growth goals.”
Mr. Ireland was previously with The Black and Decker Corporation (prior to its merger with The Stanley Works), a leading global manufacturer and marketer of power tools and accessories, hardware and home improvement products. He joined Black & Decker in 1986 and held a variety of management and leadership roles, most recently as President, North America – Power Tool & Accessory Group, a position he held from 2008 to 2010. Since 2011, Mr. Ireland has been on the advisory board of Graham Partners, a home and building products private equity firm.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead a company with such a rich heritage,” said Ireland. “The Ames and True Temper brands have been household names since 1774. I look forward to carrying on the company’s tradition of excellence and beginning a new chapter in its distinguished history.”
About Ames True Temper®
Ames True Temper is the leading, as well as the oldest, manufacturer of non-powered lawn and garden tools in the U.S. Headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania (near Harrisburg), the company manufactures and markets a wide variety of long-handled tools, wheelbarrows, cutting tools, garden hoses and hose accessories, striking tools, snow tools, decorative garden accessories and planters. Ames True Temper brands are among the most recognized across their primary product categories. Its brand portfolio includes True Temper®, Ames®, UnionTools®, Garant®, Hound Dog®, Dynamic Design®, as well as the commercial offerings under the Jackson® and Razor-Back® Professional Tool brands. Ames True Temper’s customers include leading home centers, mass retailers, wholesale chains, lawn and garden centers and industrial distributors in North America, Europe and Australia.
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