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Labor Reform Ensures Housewares Show Savings

Labor Reform Ensures Housewares Show Savings

ROSEMONT, Ill.–Landmark labor reform legislation at McCormick Place will help exhibitors in the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show save up to 23 percent on electrical labor rates and service costs as well as reduce other overall costs, the International Housewares Association announced. The new labor changes include expanded exhibitor rights, a more flexible workMore »

Meinzinger, Creative Bath Founder, Dies

Meinzinger, Creative Bath Founder, Dies

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.–Mathias “Mat” Meinzinger, founder and chairman of Creative Bath Products, died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 31. He was 74. A native of Hungary, Meinzinger founded Creative Bath in 1973. He served as president until last month, when he became chairman and Bob Weiss, vice president of sales and marketing, was named president.More »

Furniture Brands to Transfer Manufacturing to N.C.

Furniture Brands to Transfer Manufacturing to N.C.

ST. LOUIS–Furniture Brands International will close its Appomattox, Va., manufacturing facility in early 2011, and transfer some of the production at this facility to one or more of its factories in North Carolina. The move is part of an effort to broaden the company’s sourcing options for casegoods customers in the contract and ready-to-assemble sectors,More »

SodaStream Prices IPO

AIRPORT CITY, Israel–SodaStream International, the manufacturer of home beverage carbonation systems, is pricing its initial public offering at $20 per share. The IPO consists of 5,447,368 shares, and the shares are slated to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, under the ticker name SODA, today. J.P. Morgan Securities and Deutsche Bank Securities areMore »

Flippin to Retire from Kingsdown

Flippin to Retire from Kingsdown

MEBANE, N.C.–Pat Flippin, president, chief operating officer and member of the board of directors of Kingsdown, will retire from these positions on Jan. 3, 2011. Flippin began his career with the mattress manufacturer in 1986 as plant manager of the company’s facility here. Prior to becoming president, Flippin was vice president of manufacturing. He hasMore »