Housewares

Hamilton Beach Net Falls 71 Percent in First Quarter

Hamilton Beach Net Falls 71 Percent in First Quarter

CLEVELAND–“Margin compression” took the blame for a steep 71 percent drop in net income for the Hamilton Beach brand in the first quarter, according to a statement from parent company NACCO Industries. The reduction in the brand’s margins stemmed from increased transportation and product costs, which NACCO said would likely slim down Hamilton Beach’s bottomMore »

Hearthware Home Names Kaplan to Online Marketing Post

Hearthware Home Names Kaplan to Online Marketing Post

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill.–David Kaplan has been appointed director of online marketing for Hearth Home Products. In this newly created position, Kaplan manages the company’s online marketing programs and campaigns to support the growth of the company’s NuWave Pro Infrared Oven and other products. He is also responsible for planning and executing Hearthware Home’s e-marketing strategy andMore »

Keurig Line Drives Green Mountain to Huge Second Quarter

Keurig Line Drives Green Mountain to Huge Second Quarter

WATERBURY, Vt.–Big gains in sales of Keurig brewers and K-Cup portion packs boosted Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the brand’s parent, to major gains in its fiscal second quarter. Net income finished the quarter, which ended on March 26, 172 percent above the profit total from last year’s second quarter, to $65.4 million. Fueled by aMore »

Shirley, P&G Vice Chairman, to Retire

Shirley, P&G Vice Chairman, to Retire

CINCINNATI–Edward Shirley, vice chairman of Procter & Gamble’s beauty and grooming segment, will retire from the company on Jan. 1, 2012. Among the products in this segment are the Braun line of electric shavers and the Oral-B group of dental-care products. Until the first of the year, Shirley will serve as vice chairman on specialMore »

Becker, Fiorenza Tapped for AHAM Board

Becker, Fiorenza Tapped for AHAM Board

WASHINGTON–The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers has elected two housewares industry executives to its board of directors. David W. Becker, vice president of strategy for Viking Range, and Drew Fiorenza, vice president of North America/Australia sales and marketing and new business development for Remington Products, have been voted onto the AHAM board. The terms ofMore »

Panasonic Restructures, Moves Home Appliances to New Consumer Segment

Panasonic Restructures, Moves Home Appliances to New Consumer Segment

OSAKA, Japan-Panasonic has created a global reorganization plan which includes moving its home-appliance products into a new consumer business sector. In an address to company employees, Fumio Ohtsubo, president of the corporation, said the reorganization was a key element in Panasonic’s “growth imperatives” for this fiscal year. Home appliances are now part of the consumerMore »

Wahl Launches Man of the Year Contest

Wahl Launches Man of the Year Contest

STERLING, Ill.-Wahl Clipper has inaugurated the sixth annual Man of the Year contest, in which it evaluates facial-hair styles from contest entrants. The company said in a statement that it has changed the format of the contest for this year. Instead of picking winners in three categories of styles, it will choose one winner overall.More »

Regal Ware to Host Customers from 15 Countries for Plant Tour

Regal Ware to Host Customers from 15 Countries for Plant Tour

KEWASKUM, WIS.-More than 250 people from 15 countries will tour Regal Ware’s Schmidt Road manufacturing plant in West Bend, Wis., tomorrow, May 4, as part of Saladmaster’s International Dealer Meeting being held May 3 to 6. Saladmaster is a division of Regal Ware, and all of its cookware is manufactured at the West Bend facility.More »