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...
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
Educational Program to Highlight New Trade
King of Prussia, PA A major educational initiative
is being planned as a focal point of the Kitchen & Bath Design
& Remodeling Expo, scheduled for October 19-21 at the Valley
Forge Convention Center...
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...
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...
Maytag Announces Cuts in
Newton, IA Maytag Corp. is cutting its salaried work force by
20%, or 1,100 jobs, as part of a restructuring effort in the face
of lower earnings expectations.
According to the Newton, IA-based appliance...
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...
Individual high style is the hallmark of an increasingly
upscale bathroom sink and faucet market.
Today's consumers desire personalized design so rather than the
proverbial "keeping up with the Joneses," they seek out fabulous
A great job of coaching is critical to managing your team.
Coaching requires managers to direct employees by influencing them not controlling them.
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.