HOT SPRING, Ark.–Smith’s has appointed Mark Harris to the newly created position of housewares domestic sales manager. Harris served previously as the vice president of sales and marketing for WMF Americas. He will report to Mark Adkison, Smith’s vice president of global sales.
BRIDGEWATER, N.J.–Laura Ashley and Brother International have formed a license agreement for a multifunctional sewing and quilting machine branded under the Laura Ashley name. Called the Laura Ashley Limited Edition NX-2000, the machine includes 430 built-in stitches to help users create items inspired by Laura Ashley. It’s also decorated with signature Laura Ashley floral motifs … More »
HONG KONG, China–The Hong Kong Houseware Fair opened here today with more than 2,100 exhibitors from 32 countries, and with the debut of several new programs and exhibitions. Overseas attendance for the fair—in its 25th year— was up 14 percent, said Benjamin Chau, deputy executive director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the show’s organizer. While … More »
TWO RIVERS, Wis.–The Metal Ware Corp. is marking its 90th anniversary this year with the launch of products branded under the NESCO and NESCO/American Harvest names. Metal Ware was founded in 1920, and the product lineup has evolved over the years to include small electrics and camp cookware. New to the line to celebrate the … More »
ATLANTA–David Lumley has been named chief executive officer of Spectrum Brands, parent company of the Remington brand, succeeding the retiring Kent Hussey, effective immediately. According to a company statement, Hussey will remain as chairman of the board through the close of the merger between Spectrum and Russell Hobbs, the former Salton Inc., after which a … More »
WEST ORANGE, N.J.–Rowenta has debuted Style Lab, an online resource for consumers seeking tips for garment care. The site, located at style.rowentausa.com, presents ideas and video tutorials illustrating how garment care can improve the appearance of consumers’ wardrobes. It includes advice from Jorge Ramon, fashion stylist, television host and former fashion editor for Teen People … More »
ATLANTA–The “go-shop” period—the time frame in which a company can solicit alternative proposals—has ended for Spectrum Brands’ proposed acquisition of Russell Hobbs, formerly known as Salton Inc. In a company statement, Spectrum Brands said it still expects the deal to be finalized this summer. As announced on Feb. 9, the all-stock transaction would add small-appliance … More »
NEW YORK–Robinson Home Products is building on the success of its licensing agreement with Oneida with introductions in luxury flatware, housewares flatware, fashion dinnerware, wine accessories and cutlery. “Consumers trust the Oneida brand, and we’re staying close to them using design and national advertising,” said Jim Walsh, president of Robinson Home Products.“We see 2010 as … More »