W.A. Brown & Son, Inc., Salisbury, N.C., hired Rio Giardinieri as vice president of sales and marketing.

Before joining W.A. Brown, Giardinieri was the vice president of sales for 11 years at a major walk-in cooler manufacturer.

W.A. Brown adds vice president of sales and marketingGiardinieri began his business experience creating a start-up business immediately after graduating high school, according to a news release.

He also has experience in the construction industry, custom home construction, aluminum window shutter manufacturing and auto dealership financing.

Companies merge

Imperial Manufacturing, Portland, Ore., recently bought W.A. Brown. W.A. Brown has become an employee stock ownership program, according to the release.

Each employee becomes a vested owner of the company in an ESOP.

The company will keep the manufacturing plant in Salisbury. There are no plans of a change in management with the company, according to the release.