Kitchen & Bath Design News
In This Issue: May 2003
Kitchen & Bath Design News is the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade.
NKBA Names Director of Marketing
Hackettstown, NJ The National Kitchen & Bath Association has
named Bill Schankel as the association's director of marketing,
replacing newly named CEO Larry Spangler in that role.
Schankel has served the...
'Mistake-Proof' Your Company's Pregnancy Policy, Firms
One of the touchiest areas any employer in the
kitchen/bath industry must deal with is that of pregnancy-related
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was enacted
in 1978 and...
Snaidero Opens Aspen Showroom
Torrance, CA Snaidero U.S.A., the high-end cabinet manufacturer
with American headquarters here, has opened its latest Flagship
Showroom in Aspen, CO, the company announced.
The showroom, according to Snaidero...
American homeowners, midway through a difficult and
uncertain year, continue to make a bold and powerful statement
about who they are, who they want to be, and how they want to live
It's a statement that's literally rewriting the...
The sixth annual Solid Surface Trade Show displayed the maturity of the solid surface fabrication industry as well as the increasing visibility of the engineered stone segment.
Hettich Opens CA Warehouse
Alpharetta, GA Hettich America, the manufacturer of cabinet
hardware, has opened a West Coast Distribution Center, to serve as
a hub for the Western U.S., Mexico and Western Canada, the company
Association Offers Tips to Light Up Kitchen
DALLAS, TX Want to cook up a stunning kitchen design? According to
the American Lighting Association, based here, if you want your
kitchen project to really shine, lighting needs to be a...
Charles Schuler, Industry Leader, Dies at Age
Salem, OR Charles J. Schuler, a prominent leader in the kitchen
cabinet industry for many years, died in December at his home
Schuler, 75 years old at the time of his death, founded...
Leading European Remodeler Enters U.S.
Frankfurt, Germany PORTAS, the leading remodeling
organization in Europe, is expanding into the U.S. market with a
plan to establish between 10 and 15 master franchises in the U.S.,
LesCare Opens New Factory in North Carolina
Waterbury, CT LesCare Kitchens, Inc., the custom cabinet
manufacturer with headquarters in Waterbury, CT, has opened a new
manufacturing facility in Statesville, NC, the company
Officers, Directors Elected by ISSFA
Henderson, Nevada The International Solid Surface Fabricators
Association has elected two new board members and two new officers,
the Henderson, NV-based ISSFA announced.
The election took place at ISSFA's...
Decorá Awards Kitchen in Contest
Jasper, IN Decorá, the semi-custom cabinet manufacturer
headquartered here, has named a National Grand Prize Winner in its
national consumer promotion, "The Ultimate Gourmet $50,000 Kitchen
Boston Next in Design Seminar Series
Hackensack, NJ The third in a series of four
unique, all-day seminars aimed at assisting kitchen design
professionals in becoming more profitable is set for next month in
the Boston metropolitan area, under the...
Foster Creativity and Innovation, Companies
Creativity and innovation are two key elements that
propel businesses to the top. Sadly, however, they are often
missing in companies involved in the kitchen/bath and other
industries, comments a...
K&BDN's Annual Leadership Contest Accepting
Hackensack, NJ With just over two months to go before its
deadline for nominations, entries are being accepted for the fifth
annual "Industry Leadership Awards Competition" the Kitchen &
Woodmark Posts Mixed Results
Winchester, VA American Woodmark Corp. recorded sales growth,
but a decline in profit in the company's third fiscal quarter ended
Jan. 31, 2003, the company announced.
The publicly traded cabinet manufacturer...
SEN to Limit Membership To 300 Firms
Chapel Hill, NC The SEN Buying Group will cap its membership at
300 kitchen and bath firms, in an effort to maintain its "high
level of quality service," the organization announced.
"Our annual growth has been...
In the sales profession, the challenge of tapping alternative
markets is never ending. Such is the dilemma for kitchen and bath
professionals: How to branch into areas of the home outside the
kitchen and bath, and how to display such possibilities...
Showroom Service Created by DPHA
Bethesda, MD A new locator service, enabling the design trade to
obtain information about showrooms on the Internet, has been
created by the Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association, the
DPHA announced last month...
Kitchen and bath designers can benefit from using the BOLT
System to develop true customization for their clients.
By Charles J. Clarke III
Why is it that one person can walk into a kitchen or bath and love
it, finding many...
Concrete Forms Fuse with Function to Create Contemporary
By Barbara Capella Loehr
SAN FRANCISCO, CA Creating a sleek and innovative kitchen and bath
incorporating eclectic materials and design elements, but
sacrificing neither form nor...
Good Communication Skills Seen as Essential to Growth
Communicating with cabinet installers, countertop
fabricators and other subcontractors throughout the course of a
kitchen or bath project is among the keys to insuring that a...
Everyone knows the three most important rules for success in
real estate are "location, location, location!" In the kitchen and
bath industry, the three most important rules for success are
"communication, communication, communication!"
Viking Range Name Licensed in Canadian
Greenwood, MI Viking Range Corp. has acquired the rights to use
the company's trademark in Canada, the only worldwide market where
the Viking name had not been available for use by the...