WCMA PRODUCT INNOVATION AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES
The entry deadline for the Window Covering Manufacturers Association’s
(WCMA) Product Innovation Awards is Friday, January 31, 2003. The
Awards program will be held on April 2, 2003, in conjunction with
the International Window Coverings Expo in Baltimore, MD. (See D&WC,
April 2002, page 20 and May 2002, page 24.) Companies will be honored
for their design creativity, technical advancement and overall innovation
in the products and services of the window coverings industry during
the past year.
Entries will be judged in the following product categories: alternative
shading products, cellular shades, curtains and draperies, horizontal
blinds, motorization, pleated and roller shades, shutters, specialty
applications, verticals, wood blinds/shadings (wood, faux wood) and
merchandising. In each product category, awards will be presented
for best new technical innovation, best new style concept, most innovative
overall design and best safety innovation.
A new category, motorization, has been added this year to reflect
the growth of and consumer interest in this area. There are also three
overall categories: Product of the Year, Safety Innovation of the
Year and Rising Star.
The Product Innovation Awards Program is open to all manufacturers
and suppliers of window covering products in the United States and
ISO-TECK, WEST COAST VERTICAL COMPONENT
ANNOUNCE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT
Iso-Teck Industries Inc, Pompano Beach, FL, and West Coast Vertical
Components, Baldwin Park, CA, have announced a new distribution agreement.
Based on its prime geographic location, West Coast Vertical Components
is able to supply Iso-Teck’s full range of window covering products
directly from stock to most of the Western and Southwestern states
with one- to two-day service.
Iso-Tech is a manufacturer of premium vinyl and wood-composite products.
OXFORD HOUSE COMPLETES MOVE TO NEW FACILITY
Oxford House, Inc. has recently completed a move into a new facility
located at 606 W. State Rd. 18, Fowler, IN. The company can be reached
at (800) 533-9464; fax: (765) 884-3274. The company had been in its
previous location for 14 years.
The 40,000-square-foot building has seven loading docks—two
of which will house semi-tractors and trailers completely indoors.
The new facility also means the company can house all of its hard
product lines in one building on one floor and have its office at
the same location. The result will be better customer service, inventory
management, production quality and shipping times, the company says.
“The move was a must. Our growth with the help of the Kensington
line and Sheer Radiance demanded more space. We feel fortunate that
we were able to accomplish everything so close to home without any
major interruptions in customer service or production,” said
Polet Senesac, president.
KENSINGTON UNVEILS CONSUMER WEB SITE
Kensington Window Expressions™, Suwanee, GA, has unveiled a
new Web site exclusively for consumers: www.kensingtonblinds.com.
“The new, comprehensive Web site was launched as an extension
of Kensington’s continued commitment to support our network
of fabricators and authorized dealers,” said Doug Barr, business
unit manager. “The site provides consumers with the research
tools necessary to learn about the vast array of Kensington products
on the market and where to find them.”
The site includes a “Products” section that acts as a
virtual showroom and displays a carousel of room-setting photography.
A convenient “Dealer Locator” page allows consumers to
easily locate authorized Kensington dealers in their area. A “Contact
Us” section provides consumers with a way to obtain additional
product information from a company representative or authorized dealer.
VISION 2003 LINES UP SEMINAR SPEAKERS
Vision 2003, the program of seminars held at Coverings 2003, to be
held March 24 to 27, 2003, at the Orange County Convention Center,
Orlando, FL, will feature a daily program of educational workshops
that will include three of America’s most prominent design professionals
as part of the exposition’s Designer Luncheon Series.
Chris Madden, host of the HGTV program “Interiors by Design”
and the author of numerous books on design, will speak on today’s
design and decorating trends.
Vicente Wolf, head of the New York-based design firm Vicente Wolf
and one of the most influential designers in the United States, will
give his presentation on March 25.
Leatrice Eiseman, consultant to Pantone Inc. and head of the Eiseman
Center for Color Information, will pose the question, “Color
Trends—How Will They Change?”
The Chairman of Coverings 2003, Rick Church, said, “We are extremely
pleased with the high caliber of the keynote speakers scheduled to
appear at this year’s show. Chris Madden, Vicente Wolf and Leatrice
Eiseman are the kind of industry trend-setters who will capture the
attention of our attendees and give additional value and prestige
to our package of educational seminars and the Coverings trade show.”