Housewares

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 »

Kichler Hires Yoss as National Sales Manager

Kichler Hires Yoss as National Sales Manager

CLEVELAND–Mark Yoss has been appointed national sales manager at Kichler Lighting, responsible for planning and executing sales efforts within the lighting showroom and electrical wholesale channels. With more than 20 years of sales and management experience in commercial and industrial products, Yoss was most recently national sales manager for Panasonic Home and Environment Company, whichMore »

Base Brands Inks Deal With Southeast Sales Rep Dugan-Bliss

Base Brands Inks Deal With Southeast Sales Rep Dugan-Bliss

ATLANTA–Eco-friendly housewares company Base Brands has signed a sales agreement to be represented by Dugan-Bliss & Associates in the Southeast, providing coverage of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Dugan-Bliss has a permanent showroom at AmericasMart here. “Partnering with DBA will provide us with a great opportunity to expose our brandsMore »

Jura-Capresso to Hold Ribbon Cutting at New AmericasMart Showroom

Jura-Capresso to Hold Ribbon Cutting at New AmericasMart Showroom

ATLANTA–Jura-Capresso will formally open its new showroom at AmericasMart here with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today. Measuring 700 square feet, the space has dedicated demonstration and display areas for the Jura line of automatic coffee centers. It also includes a display devoted to Capresso-branded coffeemakers, espresso machines, grinders, water kettles and other small electrics. The ceremonyMore »