New Lowe’s CEO, Marvin Ellison, having been on the job only since June, joined the team at their headquarters in Mooresville to load 15,000 disaster-relief buckets for California wildfire victims, and for future natural disaster preparedness. 1,400 employees are helping to stuff the buckets, which are at a cost of $700,000 and being paid for by Lowe’s and its vendors. 2,000 buckets are set to ship to California, while the rest will be stockpiled for any future need. The buckets contain work gloves, scrub brushes, insect repellant and dust masks. “This is a tremendous effort and being new to the company it warms my heart to see so many of us helping out so many people in need,” he says.
As part of his leadership plan, Ellison eliminated top level management roles and brought in new executive, Joseph McFarland III. McFarland comes from J.C. Penney and prior to two years there as executive vice president, had a two-decade career with The Home Depot. He served as president of the northern and western divisions. Ellison said in a news release that these changes will allow Lowe’s to “drive operational excellence.”