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IHA Board of Directors Adds Members

IHA Board of Directors Adds Members

ROSEMONT, Ill.—The International Housewares Association has elected four new directors, as well as three new officers, for terms that run from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2013. The new directors are David Elliott, general manager/KitchenAid Small Appliances, KitchenAid; Daniel Oehy, president, Swissmar; Alvise Ricoveri, managing director, De’Longhi America; and Gary Seehoff, chief executive officer,More »

Trex Teams With Poly-Wood for Outdoor Furniture

Trex Teams With Poly-Wood for Outdoor Furniture

WINCHESTER, Va.–Trex Company, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of wood-alternative decking, has entered into a licensing agreement with Poly-Wood, Inc., to develop and market outdoor living furniture. The Trex Outdoor Furniture collection will include 26 exclusive designs across four different product lines to complement low-maintenance and eco-friendly Trex outdoor living spaces. The introductory TrexMore »

Oral-B, TV Host Burke to Promote Oral Health

Oral-B, TV Host Burke to Promote Oral Health

NEW YORK–Oral-B has partnered with television host Brooke Burke in an effort to advance Americans’ oral health. The toothbrush brand is offering consumers 50 percent off select Premium Power toothbrushes after a mail-in rebate through Oct. 31, and Burke, co-host of “Dancing with the Stars,” is serving as spokeswoman for the effort. The toothbrush modelsMore »

Sleep Innovations Launches Gel-Infused Memory Foam

Sleep Innovations Launches Gel-Infused Memory Foam

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.–Sleep Innovations has introduced a gel-infused memory foam that it is using on a new line of sleep products. The new technology infuses gel beads into traditional memory foam, adding a layer of support in the foam and gathering together at pressure points to deliver maximum support. The foam combines comfort, support,More »

ART, HFIA and IHFC Sponsor Bowling Event at High Point Market

ART, HFIA and IHFC Sponsor Bowling Event at High Point Market

HIGH POINT, N.C.–High Point Market attendees are invited to a bowling event sponsored by the Accessories Resource Team, the Home Furnishings Independents Association and the International Home Furnishings Center. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 18, at the High Point Bowling Center, with dinner starting at 7 p.m. and bowling at 8 p.m. TheMore »

Walmart Restructures U.S. Merchandising

Walmart Restructures U.S. Merchandising

BENTONVILLE, Ark.–Walmart has reconfigured its U.S. merchandising into four core areas, and has named executives to lead the areas. John Fleming, who had been Walmart’s chief merchandising officer, left the retailer in August. His position has not been filled. According to a memo from Bill Simon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S., JohnMore »

Rug Companies Launch Collections, Showrooms, Categories at Market

Rug Companies Launch Collections, Showrooms, Categories at Market

NEW YORK–Rug manufacturers are using the New York Home Fashions Market this week as a launching pad for adding new rug collections and product categories, as well as to debut showrooms. Surya continues to expand its lower price point offerings. “We’re paying more attention to these types of categories,” said Seth King, vice president, salesMore »

Croscill Home & Ex-Cell/Glenoit Gain Mikasa License

Croscill Home & Ex-Cell/Glenoit Gain Mikasa License

NEW YORK–Croscill Home & Ex-Cell/Glenoit has reached an agreement with Lifetime Brands to produce a collection of home textiles under the Mikasa brand. The collection encompasses bed ensembles, bath ensembles, tablecloths, napkins, runners, kitchen tiers and napkin rings. According to a statement from Lifetime Brands, it will be offered under the Mikasa Home Accents brand,More »