K&BDN Cites Top Firms as 2000 Award Winners

K&BDN Cites Top Firms as 2000 Award Winners

Hackensack, NJ A total of 24 companies including kitchen and bath dealerships, distributors, manufacturers, sales reps and others are being honored by Kitchen & Bath Design News as winners of the 2000 "Industry Leadership Awards" competition sponsored each year by the magazine.

The annual competition was launched by K&BDN in 1999 as an industry first to honor leadership excellence and outstanding industry achievement.'

"Our Industry Leadership Awards are aimed at honoring individuals and companies not on the basis of sales volume or design expertise the two most common focal points for industry competitions but, instead, for achievements in business management, marketing, the use of showrooms, community service and other activities that are equally critical to a company's success," said K&BDN editorial director and publisher Eliot Sefrin.

"The companies we're honoring in 2000 are truly industry leaders who should be saluted and emulated for their business practices and achieve-ments," Sefrin said.

"Their performance should stand not only as a benchmark, but as a source of inspiration, to other companies doing business in the kitchen and bath industry."

The 2000 "Industry Leadership Award" winners are as follows:

  • Overall Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath Dealership.
    First Place: Kitchens by Deane, Stamford, CT.
    Second Place: Wood Palace Kitchens, Inc., Middleboro, MA.
    Third Place: Distinctive Kitchens, designs by Steenbeke & Sons, Bedford, NH.
  • Overall Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath Distribution or 'Whotail' Firm.
    First Place: Williams Distributing, Grand Rapids, MI.
    Second Place: The Plumbery, Sacramento, CA.
    Third Place: Broc Supply, Allentown, PA.
  • Most Innovative Kitchen or Bath Retail Marketing Effort.
    First Place: Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Westbrook, CT.
    Second Place: Teknika Design Group, Philadelphia, PA.
    Third Place: Bath Style, Huntersville, NC.
  • Most Innovative Retail Business Management Strategy.
    First Place: Monson Interior Design/Dreammaker Bath & Kitchen by Worldwide, St. Louis Park, MN.
    Second Place: Vince Mecca's World of Custom Cabinetry, Elmhurst, PA.
  • Most Innovative Showroom or Use of Displays.
    First Place: Venango Supply, Seneca, PA.
    Second Place: Bauerware, San Francisco, CA.
    Third Place: (tie): Kitchen Designworks, Inc., Richmond, VA, and The Bainbridge Crew, Charlotte, NC.
  • Independent or Factory Sales Rep of the Year.
    First Place: Jim Wood (for Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.).
    Second Place: Marx N. Rehder (for Rutt Custom Cabinetry).
    Third Place: David E. Miller , Kansas Building Supply, Wichita, KS (for Merillat Industries).
  • Most Innovative Supplier Support Program .
    First Place: Viking Range Corp.
    Second Place: C.H. Briggs Hardware.
    Third Place: SANIJET Pipeless Whirlpool Bath.Community Service. 
  • First Place: C.H. Briggs Hardware, Reading, PA.
    Second Place: Mother Hubbard's Custom Cabinetry, Mechanicsburg, PA.
    Third Place: Carefree Kitchens, Inc., Linthieum Heights, MD.

Awards will be presented to the 2000 Industry Leadership Award winners at a special event, to be announced by K&BDN in the near future. In addition, profiles of each of the winners will appear in the October issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News.