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Craftmade Founder To Retire

James Ridings will retire as CEO of Craftmade ceiling fan and lighting company on June 30, but will remain chairman.

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Ceiling fan and lighting maker Craftmade International Inc. said Wednesday founder James R. Ridings will retire as chief executive officer on June 30, but will remain chairman.

The company said its board will begin to identify and evaluate candidates for the CEO position. Ridings founded Craftmade in 1985 and has served as a director ever since, taking over as chairman and CEO in 1986.