Kitchen & Bath Design News
In This Issue: May 2001
Kitchen & Bath Design News is the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade.
DACOR Debuts New Showroom
Columbia, MD DACOR, the Pasadena, CA-based manufacturer of
high-end kitchen appliances, has announced the opening of a new
showroom, located here.
According to the company, the showroom will feature 10 display
Seniors Viewed As Important Growth Market
If you aren't marketing your kitchen and bath products and
services to older Americans, you're missing an important and vital
part of the economy, demographic and marketing experts contend.
K&BDN Names Filippelli as Managing
Melville, NY John Filippelli, who joined Kitchen & Bath
Design News as its associate editor in March of 2000, has been
promoted to the position of managing editor for the magazine.
Donald Fletcher has some important words of advice for kitchen
and bath design firms that may be experiencing a bit of a downturn
thanks to the first-quarter economic slowdown.
Fletcher's advice: Don't let on to clients and prospects...
SEN Honors Top Business Performers
Clearwater Beach, FL Gary Lichlyter, president of Lemont Kitchen
& Bath, of Lemont, IL, has been selected by the SEN Buying
Group as the fourth recipient of the group's "M.A. Peterson
Business-person of the Year...
I had lunch with a friend of mine the other day who specializes
in customized kitchens. He told me that business for him has been
absolutely great, but he's starting to see a trend that it might be
getting a little soft. He didn't have as many...
Bath Enclosure Design Winners Named by BEMA
Topeka, KS A pair of shower doors that includes custom-cut glass
panels aimed at providing safety benefits while improving room
aesthetics took the top prizes in the 2000 Bath Enclosure
CA Firm Expands Remodel Division
Paramount, CA Pacific Coast Installations, Inc., a major
provider of solid surface and natural/engineered stone, fabrication
and installation services, has expanded its Remodeling Division,
the company announced...
Tips Offered to Upgrade Service Levels for Kitchen &
A psychological study once revealed that someone who has a
positive experience shares the story of that experience with an
average of three people but someone who has a negative...
Fabricator Offers One-Stop Shopping for
By Daina Darzin
WESTCHESTER, PAFinding a niche and sticking to it is a frequently
cited marketing philosophy but few have done it as successfully as
MacLaren Fabrication, which currently boasts a 40...
Kitchen and Bath Market Weathering Slowing
In spite of a slowing economy and a decline in consumer
confidence, the housing sector including the kitchen and bath
market remained relatively strong through the start of the second
2001 K&BDN Competition to Close in July
Hackensack, NJ Only about two months remain for nominations to
be considered for the third annual "Industry Leadership Awards
Competition" the Kitchen & Bath Design News-sponsored awards
program aimed at...
Delta Unveils Brand Initiatives
Orlando, FL Delta Faucet Company has unveiled a series of
branding and marketing initiatives introducing a new look for its
flagship Delta brand, launching a new advertising campaign, and
repositioning its portfolio...
A two-pronged trend in accessible design has led to a
mainstreaming of universal design, even as products and designs become increasingly flexible and specialized.
By comparing their operating results to other firms in the
industry, kitchen/bath dealers can readily see how they can improve
their company's profits, a new NKBA report demonstrates.
1. Comparison of the Critical
Thermador Cites Distributors
Huntington Beach, CA Several distributors have been honored by
Thermador for their sales achievements and business performance in
2000, the company announced.
Thermador, a division of the BSH Corporation, cited...
Design Contest Co-Sponsored By Clarke
Hopkinton, MA The "2000/2001 Sub-Zero and Wolf Design Contest,"
honoring exemplary kitchen designs, is being co-sponsored this year
by Clarke Distributing, the exclusive New England distributor of
Nemo Marks 80th Anniversary
Jamaica, NY Nemo Tile Co., Inc., one of the industry's leading
family- owned distributors and importers of ceramic tile and stone,
is celebrating its 80th anniversary as a business this year,
company president Bert...
Dal-Tile to Open Floor Tile Plant
Dallas, TX Dal-Tile, the Dallas-based manufacturer and
distributor of ceramic tile and natural stone, has announced its
plans to locate a new floor tile manufacturing facility in
Scheduled to be...
Control Mix of Key Products and Customers, NKBA
Most kitchen and bath dealerships "fail to take control" over their
mix of products and customers a costly mistake when it comes to
That's the word from the National...
Take Firm Steps to Handle Crises, Independent Dealers
The recent developments concerning Rutt and Heritage have had a
happy ending, thanks to Viking Range's acquisition of the ailing
custom cabinet manufacturers. However, the situation does...
Solid Surface 2001, the fourth annual trade show, based in Las
Vegas and sponsored each year by the International Solid Surface
Fabricators Association (ISSFA), was again a big success. The show
has grown each year, and is a "must" for anyone...