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Contest Winners: Technology Caters to
By John Filippelli
LAS VEGAS While most people assume that the "e" in "e-mail" stands
for "electronic," designers may be happy to find out that the
newest "e" in a designer's high-tech...
Blanco Honors Top Achievers
Cinnaminson, NJ Blanco America Inc., the sink and faucet
manufacturer based here, has presented the company's annual awards
to sales representatives for outstanding performance, the company
Dans Company Inc...
New Company To Serve
Bermuda Run, NC Gary LeBlanc, former executive v.p. of Grass
America, Inc., has formed LeBlanc & Associates, Inc., a new
company specializing in global sourcing of woodworking-related
components for the kitchen and...
What's foremost on your client's mind when he or she begins talking with you about a new project? Gleaming appliances? A luxurious shower? Not exactly.
Economy Boosts Housing Market
A strengthening economy and low interest rates continued through
the first quarter to provide a strong foundation for the housing
industry. Among the key statistics released by government agencies,
research firms and...
American Kitchen Idol Winners
Cleveland, OH American Kitchen Idol, based here, has announced
the names of the winners in its virtual kitchen tour featured on
www.KitchenVote.com, the company reported.
Earning first-place honors was Seattle...
2004 Officer Slate Elected by
Des Plaines, IL The National Association of the Remodeling
Industry has elected its slate of officers for 2004, the trade
The officers were elected at NARI's recent Spring Board of
Final Call Issued for K&BDN
Hackensack, NJ The third and final call for nominations for the
2004 "Industry Leadership Awards Competition" has been issued by
Kitchen & Bath Design News, sponsor of the awards program aimed
NAFTA Decision Seen as Win for Housing
Washington, DC A North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
panel decision stating once again that U.S. lumber producers are
not threatened with injury from Canadian trade practices represents
'Generation X' Baths Express Need for Quiet
By John Filippelli
While The Six Million Dollar Man and Land of the Lost may serve as
cultural triggers for 'Generation X,' neither the high-tech theme
of the former nor the (really) Old World...
We have all experienced the frustration of investing countless
hours with a client, only to learn that he or she has decided to go
with another contractor, or perhaps tried to act as their own
contractor for the actual execution of the project that...
As we search for ways to increase business, we tend to focus on the local competition we face every day within our trading areas. But, the reality is that we're first competing with other industries for consumers' discretionary dollars.
Kitchen Takes Cue from 13th Century Castle
By John Filippelli
ENGLEWOOD, NJ Many people believe that their home should be their
castle. But, when Peter Salerno, CKD, CBD and president/owner of
Wyckoff, NJ-based Peter Salerno, Inc. redesigned this...
Collaboration can lead to exciting new business and design opportunities but to be successful, it requires strong communication, mutual respect, shared vision and willingness to work as a team.
Price Pfister Cites Its Top
Indianapolis, IN Delta Faucet Co., a leading manufacturer of
faucets, recently hosted a "Grand Kaizen" program for its parent
company Masco Corp., the com-pany announced.
Held at the company's Jackson, TN-based...
Villeroy & Boch Gets Design
Monroe Township, NJ Villeroy & Boch, based here, has been
recognized with a 2004 GOOD DESIGN award by The Chicago Athenaeum:
Museum of Architecture and Design, the company announced.
Cited for its Hype faucet, the...
These days, it's not so much what you produce, it's how you
produce it that counts.
Pathways to Profitability
Boosting dealer profit margins is more about having a
business plan that allows for better gross margin and operating
expense management than increasing sales volume, say
BY BARBARA CAPELLA LOEHR
If the number...
Architect Chef Dishes Out Design
By John Filippelli
NEW YORK If someone is indeed in the kitchen with Dinah, chances
are it's Howard L. Zimmerman, AIA, NCARB. You see, Zimmerman
president of Howard Zimmerman, Architects, P.C...
Although most businesses in our industry are privately held, decorative plumbing and hardware is not immune to corporate hypocrisy, dishonesty and business practices that show disrespect for employees, suppliers and customers.
Kitchen and bath specialists have spent the better part of their
careers, in most cases, mastering the art and science of design,
construction, sales, marketing and business management.
But it's next to impossible to get any real traction in...
DPHA Expands Educational Thrust
Bethesda, MD The Decorative Plumbing and Hardware
Association has published another chapter for the association's
fast-developing Education Program.
The new chapter, "Sinks," details criteria for
showrooms to assist...
Swan Corp. Offers Vegas Incentive
St. Louis, MO The Swan Corp., a manufacturer of solid surface
products for the kitchen and bath, based here, has launched the
"Swanstone's 40th Anniversary Vacation in Las Vegas" promotion.
The promotion, which...
Among the ideas I took home are several relating to counters and work surfaces. Variations in thickness are making huge statements, such as laminates as thick as 8 inches in certain areas.
You need to sit down with your rep and get a clear understanding of how best to employ your communication options (phone, fax, or email).