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HFN Names Ratliff Editor-in-Chief, Zisko New Managing Editor

HFN Names Ratliff Editor-in-Chief, Zisko New Managing Editor

NEW YORK–Duke Ratliff has been named editor-in-chief of HFN, effective Sept. 20, succeeding Warren Shoulberg, who has left the company to pursue other interests. Ratliff has been with HFN, a division of Macfadden Communications Group, for 12 years as executive editor. “I have known Duke for nearly 15 years and have always appreciated his enthusiasmMore »

McLoughlin to Succeed Stråberg as Electrolux President and CEO

McLoughlin to Succeed Stråberg as Electrolux President and CEO

STOCKHOLM–Keith McLoughlin will succeed Hans Stråberg as Electrolux’s president and chief executive officer on Jan. 1, 2011. McLoughlin is head of research and development, manufacturing and purchasing for Electrolux’s major-appliances unit. He assumed this post last year after heading Electrolux Major Appliances North America. In a company statement, Marcus Wallenberg, Electrolux’s chairman, said McLoughlin willMore »

CHESS Conference Set for IHA

CHESS Conference Set for IHA

ROSEMONT, Ill.–The Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession (CHESS) conference will take place on Oct. 6-7 at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare hotel here. Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist and managing director of Mesirow Financial, will deliver the keynote address titled “Time of Crisis, Time of Opportunities,” discussing the winners and losers from the recession and the economy’sMore »

BrylaneHome Debuts Catalog of Home Products for Plus-Size Living

BrylaneHome Debuts Catalog of Home Products for Plus-Size Living

NEW YORK–BrylaneHome has launched the first-ever Plus Size Living Catalog, with home furnishings geared toward plus-sized customers. The catalog spotlights the company’s Plus Size Living Collection, which was introduced online in early 2009. Product categories in the collection include indoor and outdoor furniture, bedding, bath, cleaning, health and wellness, and kitchen products. From its originalMore »

Mattress Firm to Unveil Air-Conditioned Mattress

Mattress Firm to Unveil Air-Conditioned Mattress

HOUSTON–Mattress Firm will introduce YuMe, which the specialty retailer has described as the world’s first air-conditioned mattress, at the State Fair of Texas tomorrow. The company developed the mattress in a partnership with Amerigon, a manufacturer of climate-control seating for automobiles and developer of thermoelectric materials. The mattress incorporates the same technology used in luxuryMore »

Paragon to Acquire Kinder-Harris

Paragon to Acquire Kinder-Harris

ALBERTVILLE, Ala.–Wall decor manufacturer Paragon has acquired Kinder-Harris, a high-end wall art, lamp and accessory manufacturer based in Stuttgart, Ark. Kinder-Harris’ product line will be relaunched at the High Point Market next month in Paragon’s IHFC C203 showroom, along with other introductions.  “During this period of market consolidation, we have been approached by several companiesMore »

Palecek Acquires PierceMartin

Palecek Acquires PierceMartin

RICHMOND, Calif.–Palecek, a designer and manufacturer of hand-crafted furniture, accessories and lighting, has acquired PierceMartin, a designer resource for woven furniture and accessories. With the purchase, Palecek will launch a new corporate division and a product line exclusively serving the design trade community. The first product launch of PierceMartin by Palecek is scheduled for theMore »

Nambé Partners With Gibson for Dinnerware

Nambé Partners With Gibson for Dinnerware

SANTA FE, New Mexico–In an effort to expand its presence in the dinnerware category, Nambé has announced a dinnerware licensing partnership with Gibson Overseas. Effective March 2011, Gibson will handle manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and sales for all Nambé dinnerware. “We feel that there are multiple benefits to this license,” said Robert Varakian, president and chief executiveMore »