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Forty One Madison Adds Showrooms, Announces Future Show Dates

Forty One Madison Adds Showrooms, Announces Future Show Dates

NEW YORK–Five permanent tabletop showrooms have been added to the roster at Forty One Madison Avenue in time for the New York Tabletop Market April 12-15. “We’re nearly at capacity,” said Laurie Burns, senior vice president and director of Forty One, “which tells its own story about the vitality and robustness of the industry rightMore »

Spectrum Opens Walmart Support Center in Bentonville

Spectrum Opens Walmart Support Center in Bentonville

MADISON, Wis.–Spectrum Brands has opened a support center for Walmart in the retailer’s headquarters community of Bentonville, Ark. Measuring 23,000 square feet, the facility includes office and showroom space for Spectrum’s brands, which include Remington in men’s shavers and the Russell Hobbs housewares brands from its merger last year with the firm formerly known asMore »

Downlite Opens Phoenix Plant, Introduces Quick-Response Bar-code Program

Downlite Opens Phoenix Plant, Introduces Quick-Response Bar-code Program

MASON, Ohio–Downlite has launched a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Phoenix, and will debut a new quick-response bar-code program during the upcoming New York Home Fashions Market. The new plant is supporting the company’s expansion of its synthetic-filled bed-pillow product line. It is capable of producing 40,000 pillows a day, and will employ 120More »

Pacific Coast Feather, United Feather Make Merger Deal

Pacific Coast Feather, United Feather Make Merger Deal

SEATTLE-In a move that changes the face of the basic-bedding industry, Pacific Coast Feather and United Feather & Down have reached an agreement to merge. The newly combined company, which has a combined history of 325 years in the utility bedding business,  will have an estimated $300 million in annual sales, according to a statementMore »

Cost Control Firms Bottom Line for J.C. Penney in Fourth Quarter

Cost Control Firms Bottom Line for J.C. Penney in Fourth Quarter

PLANO, Texas-Reduced expenses helped J.C. Penney to an impressive 36 percent gain in net income, to $271 million, in its fourth quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses were slimmed by 3 percent in dollar terms, and 151 basis points as a percentage of net sales, to 25.7 percent. Myron Ullman III, J.C. Penney’s chairman andMore »

HSNi Net Rises 3 Percent in Fourth Quarter

HSNi Net Rises 3 Percent in Fourth Quarter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-With the company’s Cornerstone unit driving sales gains, fourth-quarter net income for HSNi rose 3 percent to $77.4 million. The Cornerstone business posted a net sales gain of 23 percent in the quarter, helping to boost HSNi’s overall net sales by 9 percent to $915.2 million. Mindy Grossman, HSNi’s chief executive officer, saidMore »

Johnston Appointed Senior V.P., Sales, at Meyer Corp., U.S.

Johnston Appointed Senior V.P., Sales, at Meyer Corp., U.S.

VALLEJO, Calif. -Darrin Johnston has been promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president of sales at Meyer Corp., U.S., for which he has sales responsibilities over all brands, including Circulon Anolon, BonJour, KitchenAid cookware, Rachael Ray, Farberware, Paula Deen and SilverStone. He will continue to report to the company’s managing director, JayMore »

7 W New York to Hold Designer Day at Architectural Digest Show

7 W New York to Hold Designer Day at Architectural Digest Show

NEW YORK-The 7 W New York showroom building has scheduled the Designer Day event for the Architectural Digest Home Design Show on March 17. The event will be co-sponsored with the building by the International Furnishings and Design Association’s New York chapter, the IFDA Educational Foundation and the National Kitchen & Bath Association. A panelMore »