Housewares

Casabella’s Mopping Up

Casabella’s Mopping Up

By Andrea Lillo Design may not be the first thing that pops into one’s mind when thinking about the cleaning category, but for Casabella, it is an essential element of product development—on par with functionality and durability—and has been since the company began 21 years ago. Visitors to the company’s headquarters in Congers, N.Y., canMore »

Cleary Named AHAM Regulatory-Affairs Director

Cleary Named AHAM Regulatory-Affairs Director

WASHINGTON–The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers has appointed Jennifer Cleary director of regulatory affairs, a newly created position for the trade group. Cleary is responsible for monitoring the federal regulations that affect the appliance industry, in particular those involving the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy and other agencies. She reports to KevinMore »

Hollander Teams With HoMedics on Basic-Bedding Line

Hollander Teams With HoMedics on Basic-Bedding Line

BOCA RATON, Fla.–Hollander Home Fashions and HoMedics have reached an agreement for Hollander to produce and distribute a line of basic bedding branded under the HoMedics name. Beth Mack, Hollander’s chief merchandising officer, said the line will include bed pillows, body pillows, mattress pads and comforters with both natural and synthetic fills. The construction willMore »

TTI Opens New Distribution Facility

TTI Opens New Distribution Facility

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.–TTI Floor Care North America has unveiled a new distribution center at AllianceCalifornia, the Norton Air Force Base redevelopment project owned by Hillwood Investment Properties. The new facility “will allow for expansion and growth in new and existing markets on the West Coast,” said Jeff Coy, TTI vice president. The company has signedMore »

Whirlpool Second-Quarter Net Jumps 163 Percent

Whirlpool Second-Quarter Net Jumps 163 Percent

BENTON HARBOR, Mich.–Second-quarter net income for Whirlpool totaled $205 million, a whopping 163 percent increase over last year’s second-quarter. While net sales did grow 9 percent to $4.5 billion in the quarter, cost-reduction and productivity initiatives also played a key role. Gross margin rose 350 basis points to 16.8 percent, and selling, general and administrativeMore »

Swiss Diamond Announces Promotion Winner

Swiss Diamond Announces Promotion Winner

PARSIPPANY, N.J.–Swiss Diamond USA has announced that Brooklyn-based retailer A Cook’s Companion has won its second-annual Display Your Diamonds promotion for independent gourmet retailers. The retailer has won a trip for two to Switzerland. “Swiss Diamond is my best selling non-stick cookware line and we are thrilled to be drawn as the winners,” said JenniferMore »

Electrolux Net Jumps 54 Percent in Second Quarter

Electrolux Net Jumps 54 Percent in Second Quarter

STOCKHOLM–Net income for Electrolux increased 54 percent in the second quarter, totaling $131.1 million. The global appliance manufacturer managed to improve its profit thanks to reduced production costs, a 2.8 percent rise in net sales to $3.5 billion and increased profitability from all of its business areas, according to a statement from Hans Straberg, presidentMore »

Umbra Names Finalists for YouDesign

Umbra Names Finalists for YouDesign

TORONTO, Ont.–Umbra has named the three finalists for its YouDesign competition: Cupcake Tier, Bear Can and Mon Faux Foyer. The finalists will receive an invitation to Umbra’s 30 Year Anniversary celebration—including airfare and two night accommodations next month. The YouDesign contest invited consumers to exhibit how they used Umbra products creatively in their spaces. AMore »