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November 9, 2007 - 09:52

Scotts Co. Restructures Professional Business Group

The Scotts Co., a producer and marketer of professional horticulture products, announced a new organizational structure for its Professional Business Group last week intended to leverage the company’s worldwide presence.

This group markets specialty fertilizers and plant-protection products to the commercial horticulture industry, including greenhouses, nurseries and landscape professionals, as well as high-value specialty agriculture products throughout the Americas, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.

Fred Bosch, who managed Scotts’ Professional business in Europe for the past seven years, has been named vice president of Global Professional and will report to Claude Lopez. Bosch will be responsible for developing a long-term business plan for the Global Professional division and will lead both the international and North American Professional businesses.

The former head of the North American Professional and Asia/Pacific businesses, Korbin Riley, will report to Lopez as vice president of Global Professional Grass Seed and Emerging Markets. Riley is tasked with leveraging Scotts’ recent investment in grass seed operations on a global basis and will focus on expanding the company’s professional and consumer businesses into emerging markets. Fidel Quinones, director of the Latin American division, will now report to Riley.

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DEGLAS Announces New Corporate Name

DEGLAS Acrylic Building Products is now part of the new German-based industrial group Evonik Industries. Evonik is Germany’s creative industrial group for chemicals, energy and real estate.

“Our goal is to become one of the most creative industrial groups in the world,” CEO Dr. Werner Muller wrote in a company press release.

Evonik Industries will expand its leading positions in attractive, high-growth markets. The company will benefit in particular from the world’s No. 1 economic megatrend: improving and increasing global energy efficiency.

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Dean Family Matriarch Dies

Donna Dean, mother of Wadsworth Control Systems Inc. President Gary Dean and Vice President of Customer Relations Patricia Dean, died unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Nov. 3. She was 72 years old.

She leaves behind her husband of 52 years, George Dean; her children Laura Dean and Dominique Vorrillon; Julie Dean and Ben Joyce and their children Cole and Henry; Dodie Dean; Gary and Cindy Dean and their children Claire and Colin; Patricia Dean and Sean Kendall.

A memorial service took place Saturday at Old Main Chapel on the campus of the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National MS Society or Childhood Asthma Foundation.

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