News: Business

September 21, 2017 |

ICFF Miami Moves Locations

The Miami Beach Convention Center, due to structural damages caused by Hurricane Irma,will NOT be able to provide facilities for ICFF Miami. Fortunately, ICFF management and South Florida city officials were able to identify alternative space available during the scheduled…

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September 15, 2017 |

What Happened with Pirch?

Photo by Mark Steele Known for its innovative showroom experiences, Pirch recently announced it has plans to close its Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Paramus, N.Y., locations by Sept. 30. Pirch, a recent Showroom of the Year award winner for KBB‘s…

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September 13, 2017 |

Aston Partners with EnduroShield

In anticipation for its new collections of Completely Frameless Shower Doors, Tub Doors and Shower Enclosures, Aston Global has announced an exciting new partnership with EnduroShield and its partner company, PCT Global, a market leader in hydrophobic coatings. With the…

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August 15, 2017 |

Tresco Lighting Wins AWFS Visionary Award

The Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers presented Chris Tress, director of Tresco Lighting, with the Product Innovation Award in Components for their innovative Snap LED Panel Lighting at this years AWFS Exposition in Las Vegas. Sold in 12-in. by…

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August 14, 2017 | ,

Honoring Our Design Neighbors

The Canadian Decorators’ Association (CDECA) has announced the winners of the Canada-wide 2017 Decorating and Design Competition, now in its 23rd year. Industry leaders from across Canada selected gold, silver and bronze medal winners in nine categories. The submissions are…

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August 8, 2017 |

Paxton Countertops in Lansing, Mich. Joins Artisan Group

Paxton Countertops in Lansing, Michigan, has been selected as the newest member of the Artisan Group, a national organization of independent countertop fabricators. The group offers its own brands of premium countertops including Aventine Quartz, Artisan Stone Collection granite and marble, Saratoga Soapstone and Heritage Wood. “I am so…

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August 3, 2017 |

DXV Launches Photography Initiative

Luxury plumbing brand DXV has launched #ProjectDXV, a photography initiative that partners with North American interior designers to assist in getting their work published, and to build the DXV library of quality interior design installation photos. This program is now…

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August 3, 2017 |

Florida Stone Fabricator Makes Donation to Local Nonprofit

NSM Florida Enterprises, known as NSMotif, a female-owned and family-operated countertop fabrication company in Central Florida, donated $1,350 to SafeHouse of Seminole, a non-profit organization dedicated to domestic abuse prevention, intervention and protection. The donation will be earmarked for the…

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August 2, 2017 |

Rev-A-Shelf Launches Supplemental Website, Rev-A-Buzz.com

Rev-A-Shelf, LLC recently launched their new educational resource website which directly supplements the Rev-A-Shelf website. Rev-A-Buzz.com was designed with interior designers, direct consumers, and cabinetmakers in mind to focus on straightforward product descriptions and photography for each Rev-A-Shelf product series….

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August 2, 2017 |

Watermark Designs Becomes Member of Be Original Americas Organization

Watermark Designs, the creators and manufacturers of original plumbing fixtures, is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the organization known as Be Original Americas. Members are approved by a membership committee that reviews each applicant’s product designs and manufacturing history. Be Original Americas is a non-profit organization committed to informing, educating and…

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July 31, 2017 |

SieMatic Debuts Showroom Space in Montreal 

SieMatic has relocated its Montreal showroom, providing a sophisticated, inspirational space for designers and consumers to experience the brand’s lifestyle collections. The new SieMatic Montreal location is ideally situated among other design houses and upscale showrooms, providing convenience while complementing the timeless and distinctive elegance for which SieMatic is…

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July 25, 2017 |

Victoria + Albert Moves US Headquarters

Victoria + Albert has recently moved its warehouse and offices to new facilities that will make its operations more efficient and allow room for growth. The new headquarters is indicative of the ongoing support and investment that the brand is…

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July 21, 2017 |

Prizer Works to Acquire Premium Kitchen Hood Ventilation Company ABBAKA

Prizer Works, owner of BlueStar, manufacturer of high-performance appliances for the home, and Prizer Hoods, a line of professionally-inspired luxury kitchen hoods, has announced it has agreed to acquire ABBAKA, a manufacturer of handcrafted, custom range hoods. Founded by Vibeke and Frank Paone, the Sonoma, California-based ABBAKA has been designing and manufacturing American-handmade luxury kitchen hoods since 1980. “ABBAKA has been delivering…

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July 17, 2017 |

Project Backlogs Across the Industry, Houzz Barometer Finds

Houzz has released the Q2 2017 Houzz Renovation Barometer, which tracks confidence in the home renovation market among industry professionals. The Q2 2017 Barometer reflected high quarter-over-quarter confidence for all industry sectors including architects, designers, general contractors (GCs)/remodelers, design-build, specialty building/renovation…

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July 13, 2017 |

Jacuzzi Brands LLC Acquires BathWraps

Jacuzzi Brands LLC is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of BathWraps, the supplier of one-day bathroom transformation services. BathWraps, previously doing business as Liners Direct, brings two decades of professional experience and innovative products sold through premiere…

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July 10, 2017 |

Rev-A-Shelf Acquires Glideware

Above: Dave and Jenny Hall of Glideware Rev-A-Shelf, LLC is excited to announce the acquisition of Glideware, LLC of Grand Junction, Colo. Rev-A-Shelf General Manager David Noe alongside Dave and Jenny Hall of Glideware issued joint statements confirming the intention to…

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July 10, 2017 |

NARI and LIPI Announce Living in Place Certification Class

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the trade association dedicated to the professional remodeling industry, announces a Joint Education and Marketing Partnership with the Living In Place Institute (LIPI). LIPI has developed the nationwide Certified Living In Place Professional (CLIPP)…

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June 28, 2017 |

More Than 300 Ferguson Locations Feed the Need

More than 13 million children in the U.S. live in homes where they are unable to get enough nutritious food; more than half a million people are living on the streets, in cars or shelters; and nearly seven million dogs and cats enter shelters nationwide…

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June 23, 2017 |

Houzz Introduces Sketch for the Web

Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced that Sketch, its popular communication, collaboration and design tool in the Houzz App, is now available as a web experience. With Sketch, home professionals and their clients can…

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June 16, 2017 |

THG-Paris Showroom in the D&D Building, New York

THG-Paris, the leading French atelier in luxury bath fittings, announces the opening of its first North American-based design center showroom, located in the prestigious D&D Building in Manhattan, New York – considered the heart of the design district. Situated on…

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June 15, 2017 |

Connected Homes Are Coming

– Image courtesy of PwC Ready or not – and it would behoove you to start getting ready – the connected home is here. According to a recent Statista report, the smart home household penetration, while only at 15 percent in…

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June 14, 2017 |

Cosentino Opens New City Center in San Francisco

Cosentino, the global leader in the distribution and production of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, announces the opening of its third North American City Center in San Francisco. Located in the renowned San Francisco Design Center Galleria Building, The…

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June 14, 2017 |

Artistic Tile Launches eCommerce Website

Artistic Tile has launched a mobile response eCommerce site featuring several new interactive design features. The new website replaces the existing site, www.artistictile.com, and for the first time in the company’s 30-year history will give clients the opportunity to purchase…

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June 9, 2017 |

Bostik Appoints New Architectural Project Manager

Bostik, Inc., maker of specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, has announced that Ben Aulick has joined its staff as architectural specification program manager. In this position, which is new to Bostik, he will develop and maintain the…

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June 7, 2017 |

Gaggenau Unveils Flagship Showroom in Chicago

The latest Gaggenau flagship showroom opens its doors in the iconic Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The design by einszu33 architecture firm draws inspiration from Mies van der Rohe’s architectural philosophy with free flowing spaces created amidst structural order. Van der…

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June 6, 2017 |

Houzz Launches Trade Program

Houzz Inc. today launched the Houzz Trade Program to provide industry professionals with multiple ways to profit from purchasing and recommending products in the Houzz Marketplace. The Houzz Marketplace offers everything from items for major remodeling projects and custom home builds, such…

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June 2, 2017 |

Low Appraisals Cause Buyers’ Remorse

By Chelsie Butler It’s not news that home inventories are low on a national basis. According to an article on foxbusiness.com, “A dearth of new construction and strong demand from buyers are pushing up prices twice as fast as the…

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May 26, 2017 |

Kohler Launches Experience Centers

Kohler Co. announced it will launch a new retail concept – the KOHLER Experience Center (KEC) – offering a global immersion in the full offering of KOHLER products. The first KEC opened at 6 West 22nd Street in New York…

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May 19, 2017 |

Hamat Group Acquires Houzer, Inc.

Houzer is pleased to announce that it has recently been acquired by Hamat Group, a leading Israeli manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom faucets, fireclay sinks, luxury showers, shower stalls and ceramic sanitary products. “It has been our desire to bring…

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May 17, 2017 |

Speakman Announces Design Partnership with Clodagh

Speakman is proud to announce its exclusive design partnership with CLODAGH, the internationally known designer of luxury products and experiential environments for hotels and multifamily residences. The company has also partnered with Rejuvenation as the distributor of the subsequent product…

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May 10, 2017 |

Tresco Lighting Unveils New Logo

Tresco Lighting unveiled their new logo at this year’s LIGHTFAIR International 2017 in Philadelphia, Pa. The new logo will be implemented immediately with the digital rollout, while physical assets such as literature and packaging will take place throughout the year. This…

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May 2, 2017 |

IAC’s HomeAdvisor to Combine with Angie’s List

IAC  and Angie’s List, Inc. today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine IAC’s HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List into a new publicly-traded company, to be called ANGI Homeservices Inc. The combined business, which will maintain both Angie’s…

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April 6, 2017 |

hobsons|choice Celebrates 40 Years

Established in 1977, hobsons|choice has showrooms in Bath, Swindon, and Winchester and is the UK’s longest standing independent retailer of bulthaup kitchens. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the company has carried out a complete refurbishment of its flagship showroom in…

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March 30, 2017 |

Service Matches Dealers to Potential Clients

Showroom Worldwide, a database for kitchen and bath dealers across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, has launched its new website. The company’s database helps designers and clients who would like to find a showroom near them or where they are…

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March 14, 2017 |

Duravit Expands BIM Portfolio

Duravit is now expanding itsBuilding Information Modeling (BIM) data portfolio (Revit files) and has joined the BIMobject global network. On the BIMobject website and on its own professional portal pro.duravit.com, Duravit offers all the necessary BIM files to download for…

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March 7, 2017 |

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Mobile App Now Available

Available now, the Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. mobile app allows you to find the right cabinetry for every room of your new construction or remodel. Users are able to browse by room, style, material, product line, door style, finish and finish technique,…

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March 3, 2017 |

Brands Launch New Websites for 2017

With the new year, several brands have launched updated websites. Responsive, as well as useful for inspiration and project ideas, websites provide an important point of contact between designers, homeowners and product companies. Here are some of the sites that…

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February 23, 2017 |

Innit Acquires Shopwell and Plans Launch for 2017

Innit today announced it has acquired ShopWell Labs, Inc., a personalized food discovery platform. The ShopWell services will continue to operate and will ultimately be integrated into the Innit connected food platform which is scheduled to launch later in 2017. The…

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February 15, 2017 |

Devon&Devon Opens New Store in Florida

Devon&Devon continues to pursue its expansion in the U.S. Following openings in Chicago and Nashville, the high-end bathroom design label has now launched a new store in Naples, Florida. The opening of the 100-sq.-m. showroom at 950 1st Ave. North marks…

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January 24, 2017 |

James Hardie Launches New Website for Trade Professionals

James Hardie Building Products Inc. has announced the launch of its new website, JamesHardiePros.com. The site is a resource designed to provide contractors, architects, builders, installers, dealers and other industry trade professionals with the information they require to efficiently service their…

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January 17, 2017 |

NKBA Reveals Top Design Trends and Economic Outlook

Contemporary-styled kitchens have overtaken traditional to become the second most popular North American kitchen design, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Based on this member survey, the…

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January 17, 2017 |

Eaton Joins NextGen Home Experience

Power management company Eaton announced that the company has joined with the NextGen Home Experience to inspire builders to build the homes of the future today. The 2017 NextGen First to the Future online television series will feature and promote the United…

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January 6, 2017 |

Noritz America Names Jay Hassel President and COO

In a history-making change for its North American leadership team, Noritz America has announced the promotion of company veteran Jay Hassel from his current post as vice president of sales and marketing to president and chief operating officer. Hassel is the first…

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January 5, 2017 |

Vauth-Sagel Opens Showrooms in Hong Kong and Moscow

As part of its strategy to open new showrooms in key target markets, storage systems brand Vauth-Sagel has launched locations in Hong Kong and Moscow. These showrooms will serve as forums for dialogue with customers, architects, designers and journalists. Established…

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December 29, 2016 |

Moen and Drees Homes Expand Partnership

Moen and Drees Homes have joined forces to provide homebuyers with products for their homes. Moen has signed a national contract with Drees Homes, a builder with an 85-plus-year history, to exclusively feature Moen plumbing products in new homes across the…

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December 15, 2016 |

MTI Baths Unveils New Responsive Website

MTI Baths has announced the launch of its newly designed state-of-the-art website. Incorporating the latest RWD (Responsive Website Design) technology, all content and features of mtibaths.com are now available on all handheld devices, just as on your laptop or desktop….

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December 12, 2016 |

NanaWall Systems Opens New Showroom in Vista, Calif.

NanaWall Systems, manufacturer of opening glass wall systems, has announced a new showroom in Vista, Calif. to showcase its opening glass wall systems, represented by SDG Architectural Sales. The facility displays NanaWall’s folding, sliding and frameless glass wall systems to provide…

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December 7, 2016 |

Wellborn Forest Products Announces New Website

Wellborn Forest Products has unveiled a completely redesigned website at www.wellbornforest.com. The website provides users a clean, uncluttered design with improved functionality and enhanced content that will make shopping for semi-custom cabinets easier to do. Wellborn Forest Products offers over 96…

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December 6, 2016 |

TOTO Launches a New Washlet Advertising Campaign

TOTO, the world’s largest plumbing manufacturer, announced that it is launching a new brand advertising campaign to support its popular line of Washlet bidet seats. The new strategy challenges the status quo in U.S. bathroom habits and personal hygiene by…

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November 24, 2016 |

Castlewood acquires new facility 

Decorative Wood Products manufacturer and importer American Manufacturers Supply, Inc. (AMS), parent company of the Castlewood line of Fine Carved Wood Decoration, announces the acquisition of the former Babcock Lumber manufacturing facility in Haleyville, Ala. The facility was built in…

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November 11, 2016 |

Artisan Group Adds San Diego Member

San Diego Granite has been selected as the newest member of the Artisan Group, a national organization of independent countertop fabricators. San Diego Granite, owned by Bill Mullett and Doug Main, is one of the largest countertop fabrication shops in…

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November 8, 2016 |

PELLE Opens New Showroom

PELLE, an independent design studio, has opened a new showroom and studio on the 8th floor of 56 West 22nd Street in New York City, New York. The PELLE studio is led by Jean and Oliver Pelle. The elevator door…

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November 8, 2016 |

What’s in a Custom Home?

New data released from the 2016 U.S. Houzz & Home survey found that more than one-third of homeowners on Houzz (68 percent) plan to include a recreational area in their newly-built custom home. The most popular rooms for fun? Gaming and entertainment rooms…

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November 2, 2016 |

R.D. Henry & Company Announces New Logo, Identity

R.D. Henry & Company, formerly Custom Cupboards Inc., has unveiled its new logo, as part of an overall rebranding strategy designed to reflect a company positioned for the future, but with a 35-year history in the cabinetry manufacturing industry. “This…

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November 1, 2016 |

Morsco Acquires Fortiline Waterworks

MORSCO, Inc. a Fort Worth-based distributor of commercial and residential plumbing products, heating and cooling equipment, and pipe, valves and fittings (PVF), has acquired Fortiline Waterworks, a portfolio company of CHS Capital LLC and one of the largest waterworks distributors…

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October 26, 2016 |

Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry Awards Top Showrooms

Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry recently honored more than 30 or its top showrooms with sales awards for 2014 and 2015. The awards were presented at the company’s bi-annual National Dealer Conference in Leola, Pa. “2016 is an important year as we…

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October 19, 2016 |

Ware Malcomb Announces Launch of WM Design Lab Website

Ware Malcomb, an international design firm, has announced the launch of a new website for its WM Design Lab, the umbrella brand for the firm’s branding, product design and art services. The new website, wmdesignlab.com, was developed completely in-house by the firm’s branding studio and was intentionally designed to be the alter ego of the Ware Malcomb…

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October 13, 2016 |

Walker Zanger and Renovation Angel Partner for Recycling Awareness

Walker Zanger has announced an awareness partnership with Renovation Angel, recycler of luxury kitchens. Walker Zanger will be the exclusive stone and tile company partnering with the New Jersey-based nonprofit to inform homeowners about recycling and reclamation options during luxury residential remodels. “We are proud to partner with Renovation Angel, and…

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September 28, 2016 | ,

NKBA Certification Changes

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently changed its design certification program to raise the bar on industry professionalism while simplifying the complexity of the certification process. The changes include the introduction of a new Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD)…

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September 28, 2016 |

Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry Opens Manhattan Showroom

Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry, the leading maker of timeless, architecturally significant, custom cabinetry, is proud to celebrate the opening of the new Manhattan Center for Kitchen and Bath (MCK+B) showroom. A longtime destination in New York City for high-end kitchen and…

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September 22, 2016 |

Why Major Home Improvement Projects are Booming

By Brad Hunter, Chief Economist, HomeAdvisor This season is peak time for home improvement projects. We’re also getting some new data points on the remodeling industry during these pivotal months. A new survey from HIRI (Home Improvement Research Institute) shows that seven…

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September 14, 2016 |

MaxLite partners with ENERGY STAR to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

MaxLite, a global manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting, is encouraging consumers to choose ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs on Amazon to benefit Habitat for Humanity during the month of October. MaxLite will donate 10 percent of sales from select ENERGY STAR certified products sold on the website throughout the month to Habitat for Humanity, which…

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September 13, 2016 |

Ferguson Acquires Westfield Lighting

Ferguson has announced the acquisition of Westfield Lighting Co. Inc. (Westfield Lighting) in an asset transaction completed August 29, 2016.  Ferguson will conduct business from the former Westfield Lighting location as Westfield Lighting, a Ferguson enterprise. The company has a…

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September 7, 2016 |

Hansgrohe SE Celebrates 115th Anniversary

Founded in June 1901, by Hans Grohe in the small town of Schiltach in Germany’s Black Forest, Hansgrohe SE celebrates its 115th anniversary and today boasts more than 3,800 employees, 34 subsidiaries and 21 sales offices. “The 115 years of…

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September 5, 2016 |

Caesarstone Opens New Distribution Center in Minnesota

Caesarstone, developer of quartz surfaces, has opened a state-of-the-art distribution center in Burnsville, Minn. The new distribution center will support and service Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa and eastern North and South Dakota. Caesarstone will have a dedicated team of…

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September 1, 2016 |

Häfele America Co. Expands Headquarters

Architectural hardware and electronic locking systems, Häfele America Co. is used to having its products used in a variety of commercial and residential projects throughout the United States. Its latest venture is quite a different story as this one is…

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August 31, 2016 |

New Service for Firms to Review Customers

ContractorsCustomers.com allows business owners to read and write reviews of past or potential clients. It reduces the uncertainty business owners often feel when engaging with potential clients/customers about whether to do business together. Any business owner knows that gaining just…

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August 26, 2016 |

Cosentino Welcomes Rafael Nadal in Manhattan Showroom

Cosentino Group, a leading global manufacturer of high value innovative surfaces for architecture and design, welcomed international tennis champion Rafael Nadal and global face of ultra-compact surface Dekton to its Cosentino Manhattan City Center showroom for an exclusive private event…

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August 18, 2016 |

Unilever Acquires Blueair

Blueair, a world leader in air purifying solutions with acclaimed leading-edge filtration technologies and design, has announced its acquisition by Unilever. Blueair founder Bengt Rittri said the acquisition will enable more people to protect their health by using Blueair air…

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August 11, 2016 |

Samsung Electronics America to Acquire Dacor

Samsung Electronics America has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dacor, a leading American brand in the luxury home appliance category. The acquisition marks Samsung’s continued investment in the home appliance market and an expansion of its portfolio to…

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August 7, 2016 |

Devon&Devon Enjoys Successful Opening at LuxeHome

LuxeHome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation, located on the first floor of the historic Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, welcomed Italian bathroom design and furniture company, Devon&Devon, earlier this year. Designed by Devon&Devon…

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August 4, 2016 |

Armstrong Flooring Launches Pro+ Marketing Program with Houzz

Armstrong Flooring, Inc. and Houzz announced the launch of Houzz Pro+ for flooring retailers who are part of the company’s Elevate retail support program. The Houzz Pro+ Local Marketing Program allows Armstrong Flooring-aligned retailers a unique opportunity to increase brand visibility among homeowners in their local areas seeking their products and services. Armstrong Flooring is the first flooring manufacturer to partner…

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July 29, 2016 |

Lapitec Meets the University

Lapitec, the Italian manufacturer of large slabs in full-body sintered stone, has launched a series of projects dedicated to exploring innovative applications of the material. With a desire to accomplish this research, Lapitec partnered with the Verona Academy of Fine…

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July 26, 2016 |

Devon&Devon Opens a New Store in Padua

Devon&Devon has opened a new franchise store in Padua in cooperation with the Chiappetta family, the exclusive distributor in the Veneto region of the French Roche Bobois brand. Just a month after the inauguration of its second flagship store in…

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July 21, 2016 |

SieMatic Premieres at PIRCH Flagship Showroom

SieMatic plays an integral role in the new PIRCH SoHo showroom in Lower Manhattan as the exclusive kitchen cabinetry provider for the showroom’s immersive shopping experience with nearly 20 displays of SieMatic’s three premium kitchen style collections – CLASSIC, PURE…

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July 20, 2016 |

Houzz Study Finds that Widespread Industry Confidence Continues

 Houzz Inc. today released the Q2 2016 Houzz Renovation Barometer, which tracks confidence in the home renovation market among industry professionals. The Q2 2016 Barometer reflected widespread quarter-over-quarter confidence for all industry sectors including architects, designers, general contractors/remodelers, design-build, specialty…

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