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Balta U.S. Names Papa National Accounts Manager

Balta U.S.

DALTON, Ga.–Industry veteran Chris Papa has joined Balta U.S. as national accounts manager. Papa will be based out of his office in Minnesota. With more than 30 years of experience in home fashions, Papa has worked as senior bath buyer for both J.C. Penney and Target and as divisional merchandise manager for the bath forMore »

Dollar Tree to Acquire Family Dollar

Dollar Tree

CHESAPEAKE, Va.-In a cash-and-stock deal, Dollar Tree has reached an agreement to purchase Family Dollar for about $8.5 billion, or about $74.50 per share. The transaction, which is slated to close in early 2015, will create a retailer of more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Annual sales for the combinedMore »

Las Vegas Market Readies Floor Expansion Plans

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS–Phase three of Las Vegas Market’s strategic growth plan to position itself as the leading buying platform for furniture, home decor and gift in the western United States will be implemented at next summer’s Market, said International Market Centers, which owns and operates the show. Highlights of the phase three transformation include the launchMore »

Groupe SEB Expands Rowenta, to Bring Lagostina to U.S.

Groupe SEB

WEST ORANGE, N.J.-Groupe SEB is extending its Rowenta brand to encompass both floor-care and home-comfort products, and will introduce its Lagostina cookware brand to the U.S. market. Rowenta’s floor-care line includes cordless and bagless stick vacuum cleaners and hand vacuums, branded under the Rowenta Delta Force name. The vacs are designed with the company’s DeltaMore »

Crown Crafts Expands Carter’s License into Infant Bedding

Crown Crafts

GONZALES, La.-Crown Crafts’ infant products unit has reached an agreement to expand its license with Carter’s to include infant bed sets and decor. The new deal extends the company’s agreement with Carter’s which currently covers toddler bedding. E. Randall Chestnut, Crown Crafts’ chairman, president and CEO, said, “This is part of our ongoing effort toMore »

Goodness Prevails in Vegas

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS–Five home furnishings companies have been selected as winners of the third semi-annual Global Goodness Awards, recognizing eco-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible activities, to be presented this week at Las Vegas Market. The winners are Banded, Distinctly Himalayan, Naturepedic, Phillips Collection and Surya. They were selected based on integration of sustainable and socially responsibleMore »

Call for New-Product Information for New York Home Fashions Market

HFN

NEW YORK—HFN is preparing its coverage of the New York Home Fashions Market in September. Vendors are invited to submit information and high-resolution images of products that they plan to highlight in their showrooms. Manufacturers of bedding, bath products and window treatments should submit their information to David Gill, senior editor, at dgill@hfnmag.com. Vendors ofMore »

Las Vegas Market Opens Today

World Market Center

LAS VEGAS-The Summer Las Vegas Market opens  today, with numerous new exhibitors exemplified by 50 scheduled ribbon-cutting ceremonies. The new exhibitors include well-known vendors such as Agio, Amer Rugs, Malouf, Décor-Rest, Andrea by Sadek and Moe’s Home Collection. The market is also presenting the largest number of temporary exhibitors in its history, showcasing nearly 500More »