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Remington Sales Boost Spectrum’s First Quarter

Remington Sales Boost Spectrum’s First Quarter

MADISON, Wis.–Global sales of Remington-branded products rose 12.1 percent in the fiscal second quarter of parent company Spectrum Brands, totaling $96.3 million. The sales rise helped the parent’s Global Batteries and Personal Care segment to an operating profit of $41.1 million, up 12.6 percent over last year’s fiscal second quarter. In its statement reviewing theMore »

IFDA Honors Circle of Excellence Award Winners

IFDA Honors Circle of Excellence Award Winners

NEW YORK–The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association recognized the winners of its Circle of Excellence Awards at a reception held at the Union League Club here last night. Receiving the award for interior design was Charles Pavarini III, owner of Charles Pavarini III Design Associates. For product design/development, the winnerMore »

Austin Named V.P. at AmericasMart

Austin Named V.P. at AmericasMart

ATLANTA–Brett Austin has been named vice president in charge of AmericasMart marketing and sales services, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., president and chief operating officer of AmericasMart Atlanta and its AMC, Inc., parent entity. Austin’s appointment as vice president elevates and expands his previous position as AMC marketing and publishing procurement/production director, in which forMore »

Ploy Named President of Aico

Ploy Named President of Aico

PICO RIVERA, Calif.–Aico/Amini Innovation has promoted Martin Ploy to president, succeeding Larry Rinaldi who recently retired. Ploy has been with the company for eight years, and held the position of executive vice president for the past five years. His experience in the furniture industry includes stints with RB Furniture, Benchcraft Furniture and Krause’s Sofa Factory.More »

Karastan’s Miller Passes Away

Karastan’s Miller Passes Away

NEW YORK–Longtime industry veteran Elizabeth Miller passed away yesterday after a five-year battle with cancer. Besides serving as senior vice president of design at Karastan Rugs, a division of Mohawk Home, she was also the force behind Home for the Cure, the industry-wide fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This past October aMore »

Anna’s Linens Renews and Expands Credit Facility

Anna’s Linens

COSTA MESA, Calif.–Anna’s Linens has entered into a four-year secured revolving line of credit with Union Bank, which expands the retailer’s borrowing capacity during peak periods later this year. The agreement, which increases the company’s previous line of credit, provides for a borrowing capacity of $50 million for the period between Aug. 1 and Dec.More »

J.C. Penney to Slim Energy Use 20 Percent by 2015

J.C. Penney to Slim Energy Use 20 Percent by 2015

PLANO, Texas–J.C. Penney has set a corporate goal to reduce the energy consumption at its facilities by 20 percent per gross square foot by 2015. In a statement, the department-store retailer said it will reach this goal by improvements in energy efficiency and by accelerating its company culture, which advocates and practices conservation. J.C. PenneyMore »

Giordano Named RoomPlace CEO

Giordano Named RoomPlace CEO

LOMBARD, Ill.–Midwest furniture retailer The RoomPlace has appointed industry veteran Steve Giordano as its new chief executive officer, effective May 10.  Giordano will be joining The RoomPlace from The Room Store, where he had been chief operating officer. Giordano is succeeding Dan Powell who was named acting CEO in November. No further information was available.More »