Kitchen & Bath Design News
In This Issue: November 2003
Kitchen & Bath Design News is the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade.
Selling Appliances Seen as Boosting Dealer Margins,
Someone in the product supply chain is making money selling
appliances, and that someone could be kitchen and bath dealers,
according to Dave Norton of Ellis Kitchen and Bath...
Clarke Expands MA Facility, Product Line
Milford, MA Clarke, a major New England distributor of high-end
appliances and other kitchen/ bath products, is putting the
finishing touches on an expanded resource center that will replace
Kirkby Named To 'Who's Who'
Hackensack, NJ Kitchen & Bath Design News associate publisher
and national ad sales director Chris Kirkby has been named to the
National Register's "Who's Who in Executives & Professionals"
in the category of publishing...
many factors to inspirational leadership, but none more important
than putting their interests ahead of your interests.
Cabinet Firm Expands Facility
Kent, WA Pacific Crest Cabinets, a regional manufacturer of
custom frameless cabinetry, has added 21,000 sq. ft. to its
existing manufacturing facility here, the company announced.
The expansion and factory...
Expert Offers Tips on Lighting
Sometimes, the best way to make a design firm shine is to make
sure the staff is knowledgeable about kitchen and bath
So says Eric Borden of Sea Gull Lighting a dealer-member of the
Bath & Kitchen Buying...
DuPont has ceased production of the good old Joint Adhesive Kit.
Strong Results Seen For Year-End,
2003 will apparently conclude on a positive note for the housing
and kitchen/bath markets, while the latest forecasts are revealing
that next year should be another positive year for housing starts,
Working Displays, Extras, Viewed As Traffic-Builders for
Installing working displays that include extras, as well as taking
the time to price and package everything, are effective ways to
draw potential clients into your showroom...
Masco Corp. Sells Baldwin, Weiser Lock
Taylor, MI Masco Corp. and The Black & Decker Corp. have
finalized the purchase of Baldwin Hardware Corp. and Weiser Lock
Corp. by Black & Decker from Masco, the companies announced
Recruiting Tips Offered To Broaden Dealers' Employee
Finding good employees presents a problem to most businesses
today, and kitchen and bath firms are no exception. However, if
kitchen and bath dealers network with other trades, local reps...
By John Filippelli
CHICAGO To some design professionals, it may seem that the term
"one-stop shopping" is bandied about the kitchen and bath industry
quite liberally. Everyone from the home center chains to the
Experts Plug Employee Benefits
Minimizing turnover while maximizing employee production two
prospects that can surely benefit any design firm's bottom line may
simply be a result of looking at the employee benefits offered.
That's the belief of...
Software Can Improve Overall Image, Kitchen & Bath
Using the latest technology to make presentations, create
company literature and disseminate product information not only can
boost a kitchen and bath dealer's professional image...
NKBA Chapter Initiates Contest
Milwaukee, WI The Wisconsin/ Upper Michigan chapter of the
National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has recently
announced that it is accepting submissions for its first annual
The contest which...
What Dealers Want
High-quality products, hassle-free delivery and strong
supplier support services continue to drive kitchen and bath
dealers' product specification choices, while brand names become
increasingly important as well, a new survey...
New Investors, Buller Buying Norcraft
Eagan, MN Affiliates of Saunders Karp and Megrue
(SKM) and Trimaran Capital Partners (TCP), a pair of major
investment firms, have entered into a definitive agreement to
purchase Norcraft Companies...
The most powerful marketing force any business can have is a
string of satisfied clients who are willing, even anxious, to refer
others to that business.
Vent-A-Hood, Texas Distributor Receive
Richardson, TX Vent-A-Hood, a leading manufacturer of
residential range hoods, and its sister company, Milestone
Distributors, a high-end appliance distributor, have been named
recipients of the 2003...
The kitchen and bath industry marked a significant
moment in its history several weeks ago in Chicago, on a memorable
night that, some say, marks a new era in the way luxury
kitchen/bath products are marketed to affluent consumers.
It was a...
ISH Event Draws Nearly 12,000 in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Some 540 companies spanning more than 340,000 sq. ft.
of exhibit space highlighted last month's ISH North America the
second year of existence for the trade show and the first time it