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Pentel launches Recycology

BY Doug Desjardins

TORRANCE, Calif. Pentel of America has upped its commitment to eco-friendly products with the launch of its Recycology Program. Products under the new banner are made from material with at least 50% recycled content and will include pens, markers, pencils and tape.

“Pentel is committed to creating a healthier environment for future generations while creating products of superior design and quality,” said Peter Katz, director of marketing for Pentel. “In addition to using recycled materials, many of the products in the Recycology line are refillable to further lessen environmental waste.”

New products in the line include refillable EnerGel Deluxe Liquid Gel Pens, Tape ‘N Glue Double-Sided Tape and retractable and refillable Handy-Line S markers.

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Meixelsperger appointed Shopko senior vp and CFO

BY Drew Buono

GREEN BAY, Wis. Shopko has announced that Mary Meixelsperger has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer. In her new position, Meixelsperger will be responsible for all accounting, treasury, tax, planning and audit activities for the company.

Meixelsperger has more than 20 years of experience as a financial executive. She joined Shopko as vice president, treasurer in August 2005 and was promoted to vice president, controller in April 2006.

Before joining Shopko, Meixelsperger served as chief financial officer for the Credit Union National Association and Affiliates and as chief financial officer for rotary International.

“We are pleased to have Mary accept the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer,” said Michael MacDonald, Shopko chairman and chief executive officer. “Her expertise in corporate accounting, planning and financial systems make Mary an asset to the Shopko team. She is certainly well qualified for her expanded role as a senior executive and member of the Operating Committee.”

Her appointment was effective Dec. 10.

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Tesco to open first store in San Francisco

BY Doug Desjardins

SAN FRANCISCO Tesco has signed a deal to open a Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market as part of a residential development in the Bayview area of San Francisco on Third Street. The 15,000-square-foot store will be part of a 360-unit condo project that’s due to break ground on Dec. 13.

Tesco is also in talks to open a distribution center in Stockton, Calif. that could support up to 500 Fresh & Easy stores in the Bay Area, Fresno and Sacramento.

Meanwhile, Tesco is continuing its expansion in Southern California and the Southwest and plans to have 50 stores open by February 2008 in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix.

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