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Carr Newton joins American OEM as executive VP of sales

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM has brought on Carr Newton as executive vice president of sales. Newton will be responsible for the overall strategic planning and execution of sales for all products and channels of American OEM.

In this position, Newton is relocating to the American OEM headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., and will report directly to the CEO, Don Finkell. Randy Schrecengost will continue to serve as vice president of sales, managing distributors of American OEM products and the Hearthwood brand.

“Carr has been a respected colleague and friend for many years, and his tireless work ethic and experience in the industry make him an ideal add to American OEM,” said Don Finkell, founder and CEO. Newton marks the second executive hire for the company in the past 30 days, joining newly appointed COO, Harry Bogner. “The addition of these two executives to our already outstanding team positions us to achieve long-term growth and success,” added Finkell.

Bringing 20 years of industry experience, Newton has served in senior sales and marketing positions at both Shaw Industries and Anderson Hardwood Floors. In his most recent position as vice president of hardwood and laminate, he had responsibility for managing multiple product categories and sales channels, as well as product development, supplier strategy/relations and inventory management.

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Hearthwood Distribution Group partners with William M. Bird

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM has expanded the Hearthwood distribution group to Charleston, S.C.-based William M. Bird. This is the latest distributor to bring on the company’s brand, serving the Southeast market beginning in June.

William M. Bird has a long legacy of excellence and integrity since their founding in 1865. “We are proud to partner with a company that, like Hearthwood, has such deep roots in the industry,” said Randy Schrecengost, vice president of sales, American OEM. “The Bird company values of fair play, hard work, and caring for customers and employees makes them an ideal distributor of the Hearthwood products.”

The Hearthwood collection is comprised of 24 enduring engineered hardwoods, made at the American OEM facility outside of Nashville, from 100% American hardwoods. The company’s flagship brand continues the four-generation legacy started by Andy Anderson, the inventor of the American engineered wood floor, in the 1940s.

“Hearthwood is a way to honor our family’s 70-plus year history in the wood business,” said Allie Finkell, executive vice president, American OEM. “It leverages the vast experience of our past but is packaged in a modern way that appeals to a younger, predominately female demographic. It’s an honor to partner with William M. Bird.”

To inquire about Hearthwood products or distribution coverage, contact Allie Finkell at allie@hearthwoodfloors.com.