Kitchen & Bath Design News
In This Issue: Mar. 2001
Kitchen & Bath Design News is the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade.
KCMA Cabinet Standard Wins ANSI Approval
Reston, VA The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the
independent agency that tests and certifies a wide range of
consumer products, has approved an updated performance and
Consulting Firm Makes Debut
Tampa, FL DSM, a newly formed marketing consulting company
specializing in the decorative surfacing industry, has made its
debut here, company officials announced.
The company specializes in the marketing of solid...
Recruit 'Passive' Candidates, Too
In today's competitive labor market, kitchen and bath companies
need to find candidates wherever they can. It can be frustrating
trying to find potential hires from the relatively small pool of
By Daina Darzin
The Internet has changed the world sometimes, in huge sweeps of
forever-altered consumer patterns; at other times, in small
incremental shifts of attitude.
So, it's no wonder that the kitchen and bath industry...
CKDs, CBDs Gain Ground In Two States
Hackettstown, NJ For the first time, CKD and CBD certification
exams have been recognized in state interior design certification
programs in California and Nebraska, the National Kitchen &
Find Focused, Quick Answers to Customer Problems,
While the old adage "The customer is always right" may be a
difficult one to swallow at times, being tuned in to your customers
and their needs, and servicing them well, can bring...
K/Bis 2001: Shining in Orlando
By Eliot Sefrin
ORLANDOAfter a stop in the Windy City of Chicago last year, the
Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and concurrent National Kitchen and Bath
Conference (NKBC) have returned to Orlando, creating a stage for
The Internet can help you do things differently both internally (how you operate your shop) and externally (how you deal with the outside world). So if you aren't online yet, you should be!
Briggs Relocates To SC Location
North Charleston, SC Briggs Plumbing Products, a major
manufacturer of plumbing fixtures and faucets based in Tampa, FL,
will relocate its corporate offices to North Charleston, SC, the
HomeCrest Honored for Air Pollution
Goshen, IN HomeCrest Cabinetry has been honored by its home
state of Indiana for its efforts at protecting the environment by
controlling hazardous air pollutants at its cabinet factory
Koch to Lead Activities of Hardware Group
Houston, TX Julie Koch, owner of the Houston-based, trade-only
showroom Elegant Additions, has been voted 2001 chairman of the
National Kitchen & Bath Association's Decorative Plumbing and
Grass Reports Sales Increase
Hochst, Austria Grass GmbH, the Austrian-based parent company of
cabinet industry hardware supplier Grass America, has reported a
"substantial" sales gain worldwide for the third quarter of the
Tile Competition Seeking Entries
New York Entries are being sought for the Ceramic Tiles of Italy
Design Competition 2001, an annual competition that recognizes
excellence in the design and installation of Italian ceramic tile
by North American...
Enjoying the High Life
by Janice Anne Costa
The ultra-high-end bath once the realm only of the very wealthy has
taken on new meaning in recent years, as more and more people find
themselves seeking comfort and escape in their homes and in...
Builders See Low Profit Margins
Washington, DC Despite a robust market for new housing,
one-quarter of all home builders are operating on "razor-thin"
profit margins a serious situation that's similar to that of many
residential remodelers and...
Walker Zanger Merges Trio Of Sister Firms
Sylmar, CA Walker & Zanger, West Coast Ltd., Westchester
Marble & Granite and Walker & Zanger Inc. a trio of
U.S.-based distributors, retailers and specifiers of high-end stone
and ceramic tile have merged...
ISSFA Show Attracts Over 4,000 Attendees
Las Vegas More than 4,000 attendees from 36 countries, up 10% over
last year, were drawn to this year's International Solid Surface
Fabricators Association (ISSFA) trade show and conference.
Sterling Alters Focus of Brand
Rolling Meadows, IL Sterling Plumbing is "repositioning" its
brand of kitchen and bath plumbing products as part of a corporate
campaign to "become recognized as the kitchen and bath experts who
Build on the Concept of 'Theater' When Selling, Authors
If you're a kitchen and bath retailer who's competing on price,
you've been "commoditized" with no clear point of differentiation
between your company and others.
What would your...
Welcome to K/BIS: Part Adventure, Part
ORLANDO, FL DisneyWorld, the prime destination in this bustling,
central Florida city, warms visitors' hearts year-round with
attractions like "Adventureland," "Fantasyland" and
Elkay Launches Internet Service
Oak Brook, IL Elkay Mfg. Co. has launched a new Internet-based
service that will allow the company's wholesale distributors to
track the status of their orders and instantly check product
Viking Awarded Assets of Rutt by PA Court
By John Filippelli
Viking Range Corp., the major manufacturer of commercial-style
appliances for the home, has been awarded, through a bankruptcy
court in Reading, PA, the assets of...
My dad was a great salesman and a fine businessman. I can recall
many times hearing him say, "time is money." I'm not sure that I
truly understood what that statement meant, however, until I
started my own business and had employees working for...
Cabinet Concept Designed to Streamline
ADRIAN, MI Designing rooms and spaces around the way people
actually use them doesn't sound like rocket science. Yet
surprisingly, designers often find themselves designing around