COMMERCE, Calif.—Gibson USA announced executive hirings, all to fill new positions. The company added in a press release that it is enjoying double-digit sales increases this year. Dewey Kendall joins the company as product development business manager, national accounts. Kendall has over 15 years of experience, including a stint with Hallmark Cards. Kevin Cronyn has … More »
COMPTON, Calif.—Crown Crafts’ Infant Products subsidiary has formed an alliance with Project Nursery to provide consumers with information on Crown Crafts’ NoJo brand of nursery bedding. This tie-in will channel facts on the NoJo brand to parents through Project Nursery’s “vast online forum” of lifestyle ideas, tips and information, according to a statement issued by … More »
NEW YORK–The major U.S. retail chains registered a generally positive August in terms of their same-store sales. The largest increases came from the department-store channel. Kohl’s led the way with a pickup of 4.5 percent in same-store sales, followed by Macy’s at 4.3 percent. J.C. Penney finished August with a 0.8 percent increase, while Dillard’s … More »
FORT WORTH, Texas–Second-quarter net sales for Pier 1 Imports increased 8 percent to $310 million, according to a preliminary report on the quarter from the specialty retailer. The sales gain included same-store sales growth of 11.2 percent. Alex Smith, Pier 1’s president and chief executive officer, said August was a particularly strong month for the … More »
To most people in the home business, China is either too close or too far with very little in between. Too close to the people who go to China so often on sourcing trips that they become oblivious to the fact that they are in a very different country, one totally apart from the one … More »
BENTON HARBOR, Mich.–Whirlpool plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tenn., to produce premium cooking products. Measuring about 1 million square feet, the new factory will replace the existing, 100-year-old plant already in that community and will produce premium ranges, cooktops and ovens. The project will also include a distribution center measuring 400,000 … More »
PHILADELPHIA–As part of its multi-phase corporate reorganization, Westinghouse Lighting is searching for a new corporate headquarters here. Having been in Philadelphia in several locations over its 64-year history, the company has been at its current 230,000-square-foot location for the last 22 years, but now wants a facility that will operate more efficiently, the company said.
NEW YORK–The Home Fashion Products Association’s Young Professionals have scheduled a showroom “crawl” for Sept. 17, the Friday of the New York Home Fashions Market. According to an HFPA statement, the crawl will serve to introduce students to the home furnishings business. Industry experts will be in each showroom to explain the scope of their … More »