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Helen of Troy to Acquire Pert Plus, Sure Brands

Helen of Troy to Acquire Pert Plus, Sure Brands

EL PASO, Texas-Helen of Troy has entered into an agreement to purchase the Pert Plus hair-care brand and the Sure anti-perspirant and deodorant brand from Innovative Brands. The purchase price was not disclosed in a statement released this morning by Helen of Troy, and the company said it expects the transaction to close at theMore »

Groupe SEB Creates New T-fal/Wearever Sales Regions

Groupe SEB Creates New T-fal/Wearever Sales Regions

WEST ORANGE, N.J.-Groupe SEB has created two new sales regions for its T-fal/Wearever unit. Mark  Brelsford has been named vice president of the Eastern region, and Jack Hooe has been promoted to vice president of the T-fal/Wearever Western region. Both report directly to Greg Cairo, division president of the Groupe SEB USE Core Business. BeforeMore »

Brennan Joins Chantal as National Sales Manager

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HOUSTON-John Brennan has joined the team at Chantal as national sales manager, a new position, heading up all sales efforts. He takes over these responsibilities from Gina Thurlow Merrill, who will now transition to the role of key accounts manager, focusing on growing large retail accounts. They both report to Heida Thurlow, founder and chiefMore »

Umbra: 30 Years Young

Umbra: 30 Years Young

By Warren Shoulberg Like many young people just starting out in their careers, Les Mandelbaum and Paul Rowan had lots of ideas and dreams about what they wanted to do.But unlike most of those people, these two turned those ideas and dreams into a real company that, 30 years later, is recognized as one ofMore »

Umbra: Les and Paul

Umbra: Les and Paul

It’s a nice little touch that when you put the names of Umbra’s two founders together, you get one of the legends of the music business: guitar player and designer Les Paul. For it was music that first brought Les Mandelbaum and Paul Rowan together when they were 14. Even today, they love music—Mandelbaum’s separatelyMore »

LG Debuts Vacuums in U.S. Market

LG Debuts Vacuums in U.S. Market

NEW YORK–LG has officially launched its first line of vacuum cleaners for the U.S. market. The new vacuums incorporate the trademarked DualForce suction (two additional air pathways that pick up from both sides of the vacuum head), Kompressor technology (a motorized compression system) and a larger dust bin—features that combine to pick up dirt andMore »

GreenPan Opens U.S. Office; Lapine Named President

GreenPan Opens U.S. Office; Lapine Named President

TARRYTOWN, N.Y.–Belgian-based cookware company GreenPan has opened its first major office in the U.S. here, as it prepares to increase both its sales and presence in North America and South America. Industry veteran and former independent sales representative Rick Lapine has been appointed president of the division, which will serve as the sales, marketing andMore »

Jarden Goes From Loss to Profit in Fourth Quarter

Jarden Goes From Loss to Profit in Fourth Quarter

RYE, N.Y.–Jarden reported net income of $1.2 million, reversing a net loss of $170 million from the fourth quarter of one year ago. The bottom-line results included a non-cash impairment charge of $22.9 million for the 2009 fourth quarter, compared to a similar charge of $283 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. Without theseMore »