Kitchen & Bath Design News
In This Issue: June 2002
Kitchen & Bath Design News is the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade.
Well-Trained Staff, Solid Values Drive
By Denise D. Vermeulen
BRIGHTON, MIAlthough the recent decline in housing starts in the
Detroit area had slowed business for KSI Kitchens & Baths, the
company remained undaunted. KSI management...
U-Line Celebrates 40th
Milwaukee U-Line Corp., the manufacturer of built-in
undercounter ice-making and refrigeration appliances, is
celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2002, the company
U-Line, headquartered here, was...
MTI Completes Employee
Sugar Hill, GA MTI Whirlpools has announced a change in
ownership from that of a family-owned business, known as Mr. Tubs,
Inc., to that of a newly formed, employee-owned company.
The new company, MTI Whirlpools, has...
'Designer's Society,' Formed by 20-20, To
Laval, Quebec A special meeting of a newly formed organization
for kitchen and bath designers will take place this month under the
auspices of 20-20 Technologies, the major supplier of...
Focusing on Quality in Business Can Cut Claims,
Liability claims against architects and others in the design
profession have risen significantly over the past five years. We
live in an increasingly litigious society, and because...
Conference Series Underway; New Sponsors
Hackensack, NJ The 2002 "Managing for Profit" seminar series is
underway, with additional corporate sponsors lending their support
to the innovative, all-day educational program co-produced by
LesCare CEO Receives
Waterbury, CT Cited for his "tireless work on behalf of the
Republican party," James Lestorti, president, chairman and CEO of
LesCare Kitchens, Inc., has been awarded The Medal of Freedom, the
highest honor awarded to a...
Design Winners Announced by Sub-Zero,
Madison, WI Sub-Zero Freezer Co. and its sister company, Wolf
Appliance Co., have announced the four national winners of their
jointly sponsored kitchen design contest.
For the first time since Sub-Zero...
NAHB Raps Canadian Wood
Washington, DC A recent ruling by the International Trade
Commission triggering tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports
"will harm housing affordability by acting as a hidden tax on
American home buyers and...
Training Referred to as Key to Employee Performance and
Training is the key to retaining employees and having them perform
at the highest level. Yet, small businesses such as those that
characterize the kitchen and bath market sometimes...
Business owners are beginning to recognize that there is real value in the enterprises that they have created.
NKBA Opposing Subcontractor Disclosure
Hackettstown, NJ The National Kitchen & Bath Association has
begun a letter-writing campaign aimed at opposing proposed New York
State legislation mandating the disclosure by home improvement
Capitalize on Competitors' Weaknesses to Stay
Competitive, Experts Say
When the "big box" chains first began to make inroads into the
kitchen and bath market, many small kitchen and bath dealerships
wondered how they would survive. Since many were...
Marvel Honors Top Distributors
Richmond, IN Marvel Industries, the Richmond, IN-based
manufacturer of premium undercounter refrigeration products, has
honored ten of its leading distributors for outstanding sales
performance over the past year...
It pays to work in the kitchen and bath industry
these days. While kitchen and bath dealers are working long hours,
the rewards can be satisfying at least if you own the business.
The question is whether the pay that's earned is
really worth all...
You may indeed run the best shop in your area, but if you're not on top of the financial end of your business, things can go wrong in a hurry.
Coloring Outside The Lines
By John Filippelli
In the past, making a lifestyle statement with the kitchen or bath
may have hinged on choosing the right appliances, surfacing
materials, cabinetry or fixtures. But today's kitchen and bath
'Global Fusion' Seen Impacting Design
CHICAGO The "churn" of global culture is constantly opening new
horizons and resulting in fresh interpretations for interior design
professionals, including kitchen and bath space planners. The key
Kitchen Combines Old World and Modern
By Elizabeth Friszell
WINTER PARK, FLWhen Marc Thee and Michael Abbott of Marc-Michaels
Interior Design began designing the kitchen for a new home in
Winter Park, FL, they had two very tough...
First Quarter Ends On Positive Note
The kitchen/bath and housing industries ended the first quarter
of 2002 on a positive note, continuing a pattern of growth that has
defied the overall softness in the U.S. economy. Among the key
Architect Michael Graves to Keynote Luxury
Dallas Internationally renowned architect Michael Graves, FAIA,
will address attendees as the keynote speaker at the Luxury Kitchen
and Bath Collection, the high-end trade show and educational...