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Creative Home Ideas Expands

Creative Home Ideas Expands

Creative Home Ideas, a 30-year-old family-owned business, began a new chapter in its company’s history with a new showroom at the recent textiles market here. Besides more room for its wide variety of accent, scatter, kitchen and bath rugs, the new showroom/design studio also provides additional space for its sales, product development and design teamsMore »

Road to Recovery

Road to Recovery

By Andrea Lillo As with other furnishings categories, pricing issues are top of mind for rug manufacturers, which have seen price points dip to new levels in the new economy. As 2010 wraps up, companies say that 2011 will remain in a recovery mode, but also become the time to address passing along price increases.More »

Capel and Kevin O’Brien Launch Collection

Capel and Kevin O’Brien Launch Collection

Capel welcomed its newest designer, Kevin O’Brien, into the Capel family with a launch party at last month’s High Point Market. The initial group includes six tufted designs and two braids. The collection marks O’Brien’s first area rug collection, though he has been in the design industry for more than 20 years, beginning his careerMore »

The Apple of Your i

The Apple of Your i

By David Gill Next year, the iPod will become ten years old. It hardly seems possible that a product that has become associated with the newest in technology for consumers could have already reached double digits in age. In point of fact, however, Apple Corp. first unleashed the iPod in 2001—and has since updated itMore »

Checking In

Checking In

 By David Gill Having displayed their wares for retailers at the September New York Home Fashions Market, home textiles manufacturers are now turning their attention to another class of trade—the hospitality industry. This month brings the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show in New York City, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The presenceMore »

Labor Reform Ensures Housewares Show Savings

Labor Reform Ensures Housewares Show Savings

ROSEMONT, Ill.–Landmark labor reform legislation at McCormick Place will help exhibitors in the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show save up to 23 percent on electrical labor rates and service costs as well as reduce other overall costs, the International Housewares Association announced. The new labor changes include expanded exhibitor rights, a more flexible workMore »

Meinzinger, Creative Bath Founder, Dies

Meinzinger, Creative Bath Founder, Dies

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.–Mathias “Mat” Meinzinger, founder and chairman of Creative Bath Products, died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 31. He was 74. A native of Hungary, Meinzinger founded Creative Bath in 1973. He served as president until last month, when he became chairman and Bob Weiss, vice president of sales and marketing, was named president.More »

Furniture Brands to Transfer Manufacturing to N.C.

Furniture Brands to Transfer Manufacturing to N.C.

ST. LOUIS–Furniture Brands International will close its Appomattox, Va., manufacturing facility in early 2011, and transfer some of the production at this facility to one or more of its factories in North Carolina. The move is part of an effort to broaden the company’s sourcing options for casegoods customers in the contract and ready-to-assemble sectors,More »