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Ploy Named President of Aico

Ploy Named President of Aico

PICO RIVERA, Calif.–Aico/Amini Innovation has promoted Martin Ploy to president, succeeding Larry Rinaldi who recently retired. Ploy has been with the company for eight years, and held the position of executive vice president for the past five years. His experience in the furniture industry includes stints with RB Furniture, Benchcraft Furniture and Krause’s Sofa Factory.More »

Karastan’s Miller Passes Away

Karastan’s Miller Passes Away

NEW YORK–Longtime industry veteran Elizabeth Miller passed away yesterday after a five-year battle with cancer. Besides serving as senior vice president of design at Karastan Rugs, a division of Mohawk Home, she was also the force behind Home for the Cure, the industry-wide fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This past October aMore »

Anna’s Linens Renews and Expands Credit Facility

Anna’s Linens

COSTA MESA, Calif.–Anna’s Linens has entered into a four-year secured revolving line of credit with Union Bank, which expands the retailer’s borrowing capacity during peak periods later this year. The agreement, which increases the company’s previous line of credit, provides for a borrowing capacity of $50 million for the period between Aug. 1 and Dec.More »

J.C. Penney to Slim Energy Use 20 Percent by 2015

J.C. Penney to Slim Energy Use 20 Percent by 2015

PLANO, Texas–J.C. Penney has set a corporate goal to reduce the energy consumption at its facilities by 20 percent per gross square foot by 2015. In a statement, the department-store retailer said it will reach this goal by improvements in energy efficiency and by accelerating its company culture, which advocates and practices conservation. J.C. PenneyMore »

Giordano Named RoomPlace CEO

Giordano Named RoomPlace CEO

LOMBARD, Ill.–Midwest furniture retailer The RoomPlace has appointed industry veteran Steve Giordano as its new chief executive officer, effective May 10.  Giordano will be joining The RoomPlace from The Room Store, where he had been chief operating officer. Giordano is succeeding Dan Powell who was named acting CEO in November. No further information was available.More »

Williams-Sonoma Bows Cookbook Club

Williams-Sonoma Bows Cookbook Club

SAN FRANCISCO–A select number of Williams-Sonoma stores will debut a three-month-long cookbook club, where attendees will be able to learn recipes based on the book of the month. Led by in-store professionals, the classes will feature cooking tips and techniques and a three-course tasting menu, and participants will receive 10 percent off all of their storeMore »

United Feather Extends Portico Program to Hospitality Market

United Feather Extends Portico Program to Hospitality Market

DES PLAINES, Ill.–United Feather & Down has reached an agreement with the Portico brand to produce a bed and bath collection geared specifically toward the hospitality industry. Called Portico Hospitality, the new line is an expansion on the collection that the two companies launched during the March New York Home Fashions Market, which is aimedMore »