Kitchen & Bath Design News
In This Issue: July 2004
Kitchen & Bath Design News is the industry's leading business, design and product resource for the kitchen and bath trade.
My friend recently went shopping for a new cell phone. "I just
want a basic phone," was his comment before hitting the stores.
Yet, when he returned, he was carrying a gadget that incorporated a
phone, camera, integrated PDA, custom graphics, games...
Grohe America Parent Acquired
Bloomingdale, IL Grohe America, Inc. has announced that Texas
Pacific Group (TPG) and Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity
(CSFB Private Equity) have purchased the company's German-based
parent, Grohe Water...
Elkay Renames Western Unit
Oak Brook, IL Elkay has changed the name of its sink operation
in Ogden, UT, from Dayton-Ogden Corporation to Elkay West, the
According to the Oak Brook, IL-based Elkay, the new name will
Zephyr Honors Top Distributors
San Francisco Zephyr Ventilation, the San Francisco-based
manufacturer of high-end ventilation hoods, has honored four
distributors for their achievements over the past year, the company
'Job Sharing' Viewed as Enlightening Experience for
Recently, while attending the K/BIS in Chicago, I had the
opportunity to hear a presentation by Don Lipp, a former employee
of Disney and an author of Even Monkeys Fall from Trees...
There is a whole host of questions to ask before the planning
Spyware programs, otherwise known as "adware," are
programs that monitor what you are checking out when you're online. The information gathered about what you do when
online is provided to people and companies who might be
interested, such as...
SEN to Mark 10th Anniversary
Chapel Hill, NC The SEN Buying Group will celebrate its 10th
anniversary this year, with festivities beginning at the Fall
SEN Conference in Denver, CO set for Sept. 8 to 12, the
organization announced. SEN, based here...
KraftMaid Sets Expansion of Factory
Middlefield, OH Citing "strong customer demand," KraftMaid
Cabinetry will expand production capacity at its three northeast
Ohio manufacturing facilities by nearly 30% over the next several
Plain & Fancy Marks 35th Year
Schaefferstown, PA Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry will mark
its 35th anniversary and recent factory expansion with a week-long
celebration in early August, the company announced.
According to the Schaefferstown...
Delta Wins Honor For TN Factory
Jackson, TN The Delta Faucet Co. plant in Jackson, TN has become
the fourth Tennessee industry to meet the state's criteria as a
"Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership (TP3) Performer."
According to the...
Woodmark Posts Quarterly Gains
Winchester, VA American Woodmark Corp., the publicly traded
cabinet manufacturer headquartered here, posted sales and income
gains in the company's fourth fiscal quarter, ended April 30, 2004,
the company announced...
Forecasts Remain Positive Through '04
Forecasts for housing starts, residential remodeling activity
and shipments of key kitchen/ bath industry-related products remain
highly favorable through mid-year, according to the latest economic
The Swan Corp. Marks 40th Year With
St. Louis The Swan Corporation, known throughout
the kitchen and bath industry as the manufacturer of "Swanstone"
solid surfacing, is marking its 40th anniversary this year with a
series of product...
Marvel Industries Honors Trio of Top
Richmond, IN Marvel Industries, the manufacturer of luxury
undercounter refrigeration products based here, has honored three
of its top distributors for outstanding performance over the...
New-Build Kitchen Design Has Trick Up Its
By Barbara Capella Loehr
WINTER PARK, FL Do you believe in magic? Well, the owners of this
kitchen, located here, certainly do. In fact, magic is their life
at least for the husband, who is...
Equity Firm Backing U-Line
Milwaukee U-Line Corp., the manufacturer of high-end
undercounter ice-making and refrigeration appliances, has announced
the addition of a new investor, Linsalata Capital Partners, a
private equity firm that is based in...
Use of Subcontractors Regarded as Having Big
The cart or the horse? The chicken or the egg? Subcontractors or
in-house installers? The discussion rages on. Whether it's more
practical to use in-house installers or subcontractors is only...
The kitchen as a stand-alone area has transitioned away from a single-purpose space into a multi-purpose and multi-person cooking room.
Family Distributor Stakes Claim to Business
By John Filippelli
WAYNE, NJ Tim Traynor, president of Dolan & Traynor, Inc.,
based here, has a unique way of ensuring that his customers always
get more than they pay for: He gives...