Kitchen & Bath Design News
In This Issue: Nov. 2001
Kitchen & Bath Design News is the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade.
AHAM Awarded Grant From EPA
Washington, DC The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
has obtained from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a grant
that will support AHAM's research on emissions of blowing agents
from materials used in...
Dealers Urged to Stop the Selling and Just 'Let the
You have a kitchen or bath prospect standing in front of you,
you have reams of information on the products and services your
company offers, and you have an upbeat, optimistic...
The key to adapting to unexpected situations that
arise in our business is preparation and planning.
You sit there sometimes numb, wounded, staggered by the enormity
of it all and you wonder what there is that's really left to say.
Just about everything, after all, has been said over the past two
We've lived through the shock, the...
Market Solid In Face Of Uncertainties
Statistical barometers connected to the housing and kitchen/bath
industries continued to be generally positive as of last month,
although a considerable amount of uncertainty has crept into the
market as a...
K&BDN's extended family, like the rest of the nation, was
wounded in a very real way by the horrific events of Sept. 11.
Philip Hayes, the father of K&BDN's talented art director Laura
Froehlich, was among those whose lives were lost in...
New Production Strategy in Place At
Lexington, NC The Mepla-Alfit Group, the major supplier of
hardware and related products to the cabinet manufacturing
industry, has established a revamped global production strategy,
the company said...
Blum Building Wins Award
Stanley, NC The new Julius Blum administrative building here has
won a merit award from the American Institute of Architects for
sustainable design and its use of sophisticated new environmentally
Home Builders Raise $9 Million For Attack
Washington, DC The nation's home builders have raised nearly $9
million for the Home Builders Care Victims' Relief Fund,
established to assist the victims of terrorism, including the
Second 'Luxury' Event Set for 2002
Dallas The second annual Luxury Kitchen and Bath Collection (The
Collection), the recently-launched trade show and educational event
aimed at high-end kitchen/bath professionals and manufacturers, has
been set for...
Walker & Zanger Buys Distributor
Sylmar, CA Walker & Zanger, Inc., the major supplier of
stone, ceramic tile and architectural glass, has purchased Forms
& Surfaces, a Florida-based Walker & Zanger distributor,
the company announced.
Attack Has Slight Impact, But Dealers Stay
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and
Pentagon may have had a profound impact on the nation as a whole,
but many kitchen and bath dealers are reporting only a slight, if
Design Partners Find Symmetry in Business
By Denise D. Vermeulen
TORONTO, CANADAWhen Tim Scott and Erica Westeroth, CKD, initially
crossed paths in 1993, they had markedly dissimilar backgrounds,
and varying approaches to design. They...
Design Termed Central Focus of '02 Cologne
Cologne Interior design including a wide range of cabinetry and
other kitchen and bath products in application will be "a central
focus and unifying theme" of the International Furniture Fair...
American Standard Pares 1,000 Jobs As Sales
Piscataway, NJ American Standard Companies Inc., the plumbing
products giant based here, has released some 1,000 employees in an
effort to cut some $40 million in annual costs, the...
Expert Advice Offered on 'Creating' and Keeping Good
What constitutes a "good" employee? Is it any employee who shows
up on time sober and is willing to work? Or is it an employee who
shows up not just on time but at least a half-hour...
Tips Offered for Finding and Handling Prospects if
Savvy kitchen and bath professionals have already no doubt taken
some steps to prepare for the next several months, regardless of
whether or not business takes a turn for the worse...
Tips Offered for Finding and Handling Prospects if
By John Filippelli
SHERRILLS FORD, NC For most designers, creating a space which
reflects the client's lifestyle is an assumed part of the design
process. But, when a designer...
Other Small Business Owners Seen as Key
Kitchen and bath specialists may be overlooking one of the most
valuable sources of management and business information available
to them as a small business owner and that's other small business
Promotion and marketing can bring kitchen and bath customers in
the door. It can make the phone ring. Spreading the word is
important, and doing it on a daily basis without spending a ton of
money 'is equally important. And, it all starts with your...
Color Commentary: Consumers Get The Blues
by Anita Shaw
Studies conducted during the past few years have shown that color
can dramatically affect a person's mood, with bright hues infusing
an upbeat feeling, and cooler shades enhancing a sense...
NKBA Pledges to Fight Practice Legislation
Hackettstown, NJ The National Kitchen & Bath Association,
some of whose members have been threatened by recent legislative
actions throughout the U.S., has pledged its intent to "protect"
kitchen and bath...
How often have you said or heard someone say, "I called them and
they never called me back."