Kitchen & Bath Design News
In This Issue: July 2000
Kitchen & Bath Design News is the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade.
Electrolux Group Acquires Brand Name for
Columbus, OH The Electrolux Group, the world's largest
manufacturer of appliances, cleaning and outdoor-use products, has
signed an agreement to acquire the trademark and company name
KCMA Elects New Officers And Directors
Sea Island, GA New officers and members of the board of
directors have been elected for 2000-2001 by the Kitchen Cabinet
Manufacturers Association (KCMA).
The officers and directors were elected at the...
Kitchen Firm Cited for Work
Toledo, OH Superior Kitchens, a major kitchen design firm in the
Ohio region, has been honored for its kitchen design skills and as
"Sub-Contractor of the Year" by the Sales & Marketing Council
of the Home Builders...
Tile, Stone Trade Show Attendance Up
Jupiter, FL Strong U.S. sales for ceramic tile and natural
stone, coupled with "intense interest in new product introductions
and industry trends," contributed to an increase in attendance at
Recent NKBA Survey Details Use Of Computers,
Hackettstown, NJ Kitchen and bath design firms will spend an
average of $6,700 for computer hardware and an average of nearly
$4,500 for computer software over the next two years alone,
Guarantee on Contractors
Chicago iCastle, a home improvement Web site based here, is now
offering an "unconditional guarantee" on the services performed by
its professional contractor network, the company announced.
The company said it is the...
Product Selection Service to Aid In Choosing of Building
Lincolnshire, IL Solutions On-Site, a new product selections
service specifically aimed at the new construction, remodeling and
interior design industries, is expected to begin...
Two Internet Firms Form New Alliance
Seattle Hardware.com and ServiceMagic.com, a pair of
Internet-related service providers, have formed a strategic
alliance aimed at enhancing the services of each company, the two
While we may not want to acknowledge it, the day will come when
we'll leave our kitchen and bath firm, and the business will have
to deal with our departure
Management Seminar Series Fully Underway
Mahwah, NJ The second in the five-part "Managing for Profit"
business management seminar series being conducted in 2000 was
"another major success," according to program organizers Kitchen
& Bath Design...
Viking Purchases WA Distributor
Atlanta The attention of the cabinet manufacturing, countertop
fabricating and woodworking industries will turn to Atlanta next
month as the International Woodworking Fair (IWF 2000) returns to
this city with a wide...
ISSFA Show Set for Vegas
Henderson, NV Caesars Palace in Las Vegas will be the venue for
Solid Surface 2001, the fast-growing trade show serving the solid
surface industry, sponsors announced.
According to the Henderson, NV-based International...
She hurries into your dealership, barely on the walk side of
running, looking as harried as any '90s woman on the go, as she
explains that she only has an hour to spare before she has to be
home for dinner with the family. Then she asks, "Do you...
New Committees Formed by NKBA
Hackettstown, NJ The National Kitchen & Bath Association has
formed four new ad hoc committees to examine several aspects of the
The committees, formed at a recent board of directors meeting...
Solatube Moves To New Facility
Vista, CA Solatube International Inc., a manufacturer of tubular
skylights, has relocated to a new 55,000-sq.-ft. facility here from
its former location in Carlsbad, CA.
Solatube attributed the move to "phenomenal...
What do you do with a support column that can't be concealed
within the floor plan by building it into the walls? I've often
recommended that showroom designers try to work the column into
their design so that it adds to the architectural design of...
While surveys show that the majority of homeowners who have
purchased solid surface kitchen countertops are delighted with
their decision, a few consumers do experience problems. Responding
to their complaints effectively is a way to ensure the...
Designer Uses Space to Create Bath
By John Filippelli
When posed with the challenge of expanding the space in the master
suite of his clients' home without adding to the existing footprint
of their condominium Alan H. Garren...
The Changing Face of Today's Kitchen
Kitchen dealers are finding new opportunities as the
marketplace experiences the beginning of a trend in which the less
traditional consumer joins the customer mix, a new K&BDN survey
New Company To Market Tile
Clarksville, TN A new company, Florim USA, has been formed to
manufacture and market ceramic and porcelain tile in the U.S.,
company officials announced.
Florim USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Florim...
As I travel the country doing private consulting for kitchen and
bath dealers, I'm astounded at the lack of action on the part of
the owners/managers in terms of firing unproductive and/or weak
employees. It appears that this lack of action is...