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Shout Out to Our H&G Team!

April 18, 2019


Our Home and Garden retail team/business is dedicated… forty years in, or two days new, they are all-in all the time! Their faithful store presence and drive continues to separate Spectrum Brands from the competition. These folks have a lasting impression and love what they do!

Here are some of our employees showing their support.

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We’re Hiring Equipment Operators in Edgerton, KS!

March 25, 2019



Our Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division–a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, faucets, and commercial locksets and doors–is searching for Equipment Operators in Edgerton, Kansas!

As an equipment operator you will cycle count, receive, putaway, replenish and pick Spectrum Brands product. As a Spectrum Brands employee, you must ensure compliance with all safety policies, housekeeping rules, OSHA standards/regulations and Spectrum Brands, HHI policies and procedures. You will be a vital part of the Inbound/Outbound/Replenishment/Inventory team so attendance is extremely important as well as collaborating between departments especially Inventory.

Interested in applying now? Learn more about the position at

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Congrats, Mildred Bass, for being an HRO Today Superstar!

March 19, 2019


We were so excited to see Mildred Bass, Director of HR for the Pet, Home, and Garden Division of Spectrum Brands, recognized as an HRO Today Superstar in December of 2018. Digital transformation and globalization are completely changing the way we conduct business and find and hire new talent, and according to HRO Today, “human resources is at the forefront.”

“This year’s HRO Today Superstars have a proven track record of innovating, challenging the status quo, and redefining the new normal for HR. All the leaders featured on these pages have worked to deliver technologies, solutions, and strategies to uplift each employee while supporting organizational goals.”

HRO Today highlighted the many accomplishments Bass has achieved over the last decade in her role in St. Louis:

“She paves the way for Spectrum Brands’ success through her passion for everything she does. She is a driving force, focusing not only on the human resources aspect, but on operations as a whole. Her business etiquette is clearly represented as she sets clear groundworks for business needs, conditions, and responsibilities. She has been able to not only increase profitability but strengthen the brand name and the capabilities of Spectrum Brands’ St. Louis facility. She inspires colleagues through her enthusiasm, commitment, and dedication, and truly encourages the partnership created and sustained over the past 10 years.”

Read the full feature here.



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You’re Invited to our Job Fair in Blacksburg, VA!

March 15, 2019


What: Blacksburg Job Fair
Date: March 20, 2019
Time: 2 PM – 7 PM
Where: Blacksburg Industrial Park, 3001 Commerce Drive


Spectrum Brands is have an on-site job fair in Blacksburg, Virginia on March 20th! We have immediate openings for Packers, Machine Operators, Compounders, and Set-Up Technicians. A $1,000 sign-on bonus will be offered for skilled roles only for job fair participants.


These positions offer a four-day work week with additional overtime as well as excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401K, and more. Pay is based on experience and ranges between $10-$17/hour depending on the role and experience.


We invite you to meet us on-site at the job fair for on-the-spot interviews or to apply online at


Spectrum Brands is located in the Blacksburg Industrial Park at 3001 Commerce Drive in Blacksburg, VA.

Image: Spectrum Brands forklift operators getting trained in Edgerton, KS.
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HHI Lake Forest Surpasses Goal for Children’s Hospital of Orange County Valentine’s Day Fundraiser

March 12, 2019


Lake Forest’s FUN Committee hit their goal again with another holiday-themed community fundraiser. For Valentine’s Day, the team raised funds for the local children’s hospital by sending candy grams to co-workers, purchasing craft kits for kids, and collecting cash donations.

The team’s goal was to raise $1,000 and to sell 100 craft kits. Over the course of the week, the Lake Forest associates came together to donate $1,583 and purchase 176 craft bags for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Thank you to all who participated this year’s fundraiser!

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Congrats to SVP + COO Randy Lewis!

November 20, 2018


We’re excited to share some news: the appointment of Randal D. Lewis to the newly created position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer! A 13-year veteran of Spectrum Brands, Mr. Lewis most recently served as President, Consumer Products Group consisting of the Company’s Pet Care, Home & Garden and Global Auto Care businesses. In addition to the leaders of those three businesses, the presidents of the Hardware & Home Improvement (HHI) division as well as the discontinued operations of Global Batteries and Lights and Home & Personal Care Appliances will now report to Mr. Lewis in his new position as Chief Operating Officer.

“Randy has the proven leadership acumen, operating skills set and change management experience to make him a very strong COO at this important stage of our Company’s transition as we capitalize on the many opportunities across our businesses,” said David M. Maura, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Brands. “In working with Randy over many years, I have been consistently impressed with his passion and laser focus on delivering operational excellence, outstanding customer service, cost efficiency, and sustainable organic growth through innovation and best-in-class brand marketing and merchandising. Randy is a tested leader with excellent instincts who commands the respect and admiration of our Board, co-workers, customers and suppliers.”

Mr. Lewis served as President of Spectrum Brands’ Consumer Products Group since April 2018 and previously led the former Pet, Home & Garden Division since November 2014 . Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Home & Garden since January 2011 , where he led the restructuring of the business. From 2005-2011, Mr. Lewis served as Home & Garden’s Vice President, Manufacturing and Vice President, Operations upon the acquisition of the business by Spectrum Brands. Prior to that, Mr. Lewis held various leadership roles from 1997-2005 with the former United Industries Corporation and from 1989-1997 with Unilever. Mr. Lewis earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1988.

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Russell Hobbs Announces First U.S. Brand Influencer, Kate Beckinsale!

September 25, 2018


Spectrum Brands’ RUSSELL HOBBS has signed its first U.S. brand ambassador, actress, Kate Beckinsale, for their 2018 campaign. Beckinsale will work with the brand as it celebrates its availability on this side of the pond.

An iconic British actress, RUSSELL HOBBS chose Beckinsale to be its first-ever U.S. brand ambassador as she embodies British heritage and classic style which is what the brand is well known for. As part of her partnership, Beckinsale will partake in a media campaign featuring original, easy-to-make recipes and share her favorite tips for entertaining at home, all of which will be featured on the RUSSELL HOBBS website (

“As a busy actress and mom, RUSSELL HOBBS appliances make life at home easy and enjoyable” said Beckinsale. “The products add a sweet touch of nostalgia to my every day, and I am so excited to partner with such an iconic brand.”

Beckinsale recently wrapped shooting on the highly anticipated Amazon/ITV limited series, The Widow, and will be seen in the feature film, Farming. Most recently, Beckinsale appeared in the drama The Only Living Boy in New York. Additional film credits include the Underworld series, Pearl Harbor, Serendipity, and Click.

Read more about the partnership at HomeWorld Business.

Image via HomeWorld Business.

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See Patty Glines-Kotecki Speak at Edgewood College!

September 21, 2018


Our very own Patty Glines-Kotecki will be speaking at Edgewood College’s Executive Speaker series in Madison, Wisconsin!

Patty is the Organizational Effectiveness Leader for Spectrum Brands. She works with business leaders to identify, design, and translate human capital strategies into practical solutions that engage employees and achieve business results. Prior to joining Spectrum Brands, she has held leadership roles in numerous HR practice areas.

In parallel with her professional work, Patty is a life-long learner and an award-winning athlete. She is a ride leader for the Bell Joy Ride women’s mountain biking project and has earned the CrossFit Level 1 certification.

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Hall

Presentation: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Outside of Wingra Cafe)

The pace and breadth of change affecting all industries is unprecedented. Every day, changes are directly influencing an organization’s ability to succeed. Modern technology and analytics, increased competition, shifting customer expectations, mergers, reorganizations, changing priorities, new automation tools, regulations and many other disruptors are challenging companies to rethink how they do business.

Join us as we explore how organizations can embrace these changes, and succeed in fast-paced, complex business environments. Our panel will discuss…

  • How to create a continuous learning approach to help better manage change
  • Ways to mitigate challenges when building a culture of change capability
  • How to deliver effective communication and engagement
  • Ways to build measurement for change readiness and sustainability

Register today.

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Congratulations GAC VP, Tammy Chaffee Tecklenburg!

September 19, 2018


Talent. Determination. Goodwill. Passion. These are the attributes that Ratchet+Wrench – the leading progressive media brand exclusively serving auto care center owners and operators – used to select their All-Star Award recipients. And this year, the winner of the Wild Card category is our very own Tammy Chaffee Tecklenburg, VP, Global Sales and Marketing Operations at Global Auto Care.

Tammy was nominated for her servant leadership and dedication to mentoring and developing women in the automotive industry. Her work in this area started when she joined the professional group Women in Auto Care eight years ago. She joined the executive board in 2014, and later that year, she led the Membership Committee in launching a mentor program and encouraging her industry peers to join her mission of developing the next generation.

In 2015, Tammy was recognized with the Auto Care Woman of the Year award. This industry award is presented annually to a woman who is a leader, mentor and role model who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the auto care industry.

In November 2016, Tammy became president of Women in Auto Care. Since Tammy came on as president, the group has ramped up its scholarship efforts to get more female technicians entering the aftermarket. Since 2004, the organization has given out $358,000 in scholarships to high school and post-secondary female students, 70% of which has been awarded during Tammy’s presidency.

Congratulations, Tammy! Thank you for everything you do to inspire and empower women at Spectrum Brands and throughout the automotive industry.

Read the full Ratchet+Wrench article here.

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InBusiness Magazine Features Spectrum Brands’ Own

August 16, 2018


This month’s In Business magazine features Spectrum Brands’ own Patty Glines-Kotecki and her appearance at Madison’s CultureCon event. CultureCon is a two-day event “on a mission to impact the workplace by connecting humans to spread positive change around organizational culture.” Glines-Kotecki led a breakout session and shared her thoughts on managing change in the workplace.

“Patty Glines-Kotecki’s title with Spectrum Brands is Organizational Effectiveness Leader, but she’s a social scientist at heart. As such, she likens the 15,000-employee organization she works for to a laboratory.

During the recent CultureCon event at the Madison Concourse Hotel, she spoke on building a change-adept culture and, in so doing, offered lessons from a change manager. Her basic message is an oft-repeated one: change is inevitable. Are you ready to manage it, especially as it becomes more and more complex?

Another part of her message is that while change is inevitable, well-managed change is not. She offers a simple model for change management that is heavily dependent on continuous learning for managers, which might meet with more resistance than the actual change itself, and she offers ways to do battle with the inevitable barriers to change.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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