BLUE MOUNTAIN ACQUIRES IMPERIAL HOME
Blue Mountain Wallcoverings, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has purchased the assets of Imperial Home Décor Group, Inc. (IHDG), New York, NY. The purchase creates one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of wallcoverings in the world.
Blue Mountain has been in business for more than 30 years and is one of the largest contract printers of wall coverings in the world. IHDG is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and distributors of residential wall coverings products. The new combined company will function as Blue Mountain Wallcoverings with a newly acquired national accounts office in Cleveland, OH, a factory in Quebec, Canada, and a distribution center in Knoxville, TN.
“In addition to the many high profile licensing opportunities, IHDG’s experienced national accounts, marketing and manufacturing teams were very important factors in this acquisition,” said Christopher Wood, president.
Name brands involved in the acquisition include Albert Van Luit, Sanitas, Sunworthy, Imperial, Katzenbach & Warren and Sterling Prints.
TECHNIKU PRESENTED TWO PRODUCT INNOVATION AWARDS
Techniku, Broomfield, CO, has been presented two Product Innovation Awards from the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA).
WCMA presented Techniku with awards for “Best New Technical Innovation” in the Horizontals product category for the TH950 automation system and “Most Innovative Overall Design” in Motorization for the LR1000 with TouchControl™ automation system.
The TH950 automation system is a six-volt (battery or power supply) solution for tilting horizontal blinds, including two-, 2 5/8- and three-inch slats with ladders or cloth tapes. The LR1000 with TouchControl is a 12-volt (battery or power supply) system for the automated lifting of roller shades and designer sheer shadings. It can automate shades up to 17 pounds in tube diameters as small as 24mm.
“Techniku thanks the industry for the vote of confidence these awards represent,” stated Tim Bates, president and CEO. “During the past year, we have listened to our customers and focused on meeting their automation needs. And it was from their feedback that we created the TH950 and LR1000 with TouchControl. These are the first two systems in a series of unique products and innovative technologies that we will launch through 2004.”.
ADO CELEBRATES GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY, INTRODUCES ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIONS
This year marks the 50th anniversary of ADO Worldwide and the 25th year of ADO-USA, Spartanburg, SC. To commemorate the occasion, ADO-USA has selected some of its top fabrics in this season’s popular colors and styles to showcase in a trio of special Anniversary Books.
A Gold Book will feature yellows and reds, a Silver Book will highlight blues and greens, and an ADO Red book will showcase neutrals. The anniversary collection consists of ADO’s washable, 118-inch, seamless multipurpose fabrics.
During a worldwide recession in 1954, Hubert Wulf and his wife, Marianne, established ADO Gardinenwerke in the small, rural town of Aschendorf in northern Germany. The company’s most important factor was its technical superiority in producing high quality 118-inch seamless drapery fabrics and accessories.
In 1979, Wulf decided to expand to the United States and established ADO-USA, the North American headquarters, in Spartanburg, SC.
Today, Hubert and Marianne’s sons, Klaus and Andreas, lead ADO Gardinenwerke, ADO Corp. and all other ADO facilities worldwide.
DSC WINDOW FASHIONS CELEBRATES 45 YEARS
DSC Window Fashions, Inc., Arvada, CO, and Portland, OR, is celebrating 45 years of dedicated service and commitment to the industry this year. DSC is a wholesale window coverings manufacturer and distributor founded by Richard W. Robertson in 1959. The company is based in Arvada, CO, with a second showroom and production facility in Portland, OR.
DSC serves the design industry nationally and is a Gold Preferred Graber Fabricator and a full-service manufacturer/distributor. Its products include the exclusive Hi-Tech® Roman Shade created and patented by Robertson in 1991.
DSC Window Fashions is now run by Rick Robertson, who attributes the success of the company to its commitment to the customer, providing unique products and services and the ability to change with the times.
CPFILMS BECOMES ENERGY STAR PARTNER
CPFilms, Martinsville, VA, has joined the Energy Star program
as a service and product partner. The energy saving program is conducted
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Dept.
CPFilms is the world’s largest producer of window film and window film components. The company specializes in the manufacturer and marketing of dyed, coated, laminated and metallized films for solar energy control on windows of commercial and residential building.
Energy Star is a government and industry partnership that offers businesses and consumers energy efficient solutions, making it easy to save money while protecting the environment. Through its partnerships with more than 7,000 private and public sector organizations, Energy Star provides the technical information and tools organizations and consumers need to adopt energy effici
HUNTER DOUGLAS INTRODUCES SHUTTER TRAINING PROGRAM
Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Upper Saddle River, NJ, has announced extensive training programs at all levels for fabricators, dealers and installers that support its Heritance® hardwood shutters. The company encourages its dealers to take advantage of this $500 million-a-year industry at retail.
The Shutter Excellence Training Programs installation training strategy involves three training levels: Apprentice Installer, Journeyman Level and Master Installer. Each is designed to prepare dealers and installers for the product’s growing installations needs with a focus on market opportunity.
This spring, the company brings an exclusive one-day Heritance Shutter Excellence Journeyman Training Program to several cities across the country, including Miami and Tampa, FL; Garden City, NY; Atlantic City and Hasbrouck Heights, NJ; Baltimore, MD; Natick, MA; and Stamford, CT.
The programs will prepare Heritance Apprentice installers to handle a wide range of challenging shutter configurations and increase earning potential. Installers will learn how to work more efficiently and grow income potential, tackle track systems and other complicated installations, understand how to specify shutters for complex window and door situations such as French doors, bay and corner windows, and practice making on-the-job product repairs and modifications.
In order to qualify for registration, dealers must have previously attended Apprentice-level Heritance installer training and must have installed 150 square feet of Heritance hardwood shutters.
EVAN MARSH RELEASES DREAMDRAPER 2004
Building on the popularity of its 2003 releases of the DreamDraper
system, Evan Marsh Designs, Bethlehem, PA, announces the release
of its 2004 edition, which features a significant collection of
new hand-illustrated designs and designs and hardware from a number
of well-known vendors.
All the styles that a designer or workroom wants are included, from classic to contemporary to historical, the company states. The 2004 release also includes the ability to easily add color, color effects and any fabric to all or parts of a design—to scale.
COMFORTEX IMPLEMENTS SHADE LEVELING SYSTEM
Comfortex Corp., Maplewood, NY, has created a new stringing method
it calls Easy Equalization (EZ-EQ) for standard rectangular cellular
The EZ-EQ system allows homeowners to adjust the leveling of a shade in their homes when the window frames are out of square or there are other installation issues to contend with. The homeowner simply grasps the center of the bottomrail of the shade with both hands and gives it slight tug. Doing this engages the cord lock on the shade.
The system also significantly speeds up the shade fabrication process for the company’s BlindCrafters. The EZ-EQ is used on Comfortex Cellular Shades with the standard rectangular Universal Hardware System™, Duofold and Omni-Rise™ continuous cord loop hardware system.
HUNTER DOUGLAS OFFERS SATISFACTION GUARANTEE ON ALTERNATE WOOD BLINDS
Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Upper Saddle River, NJ, now offers
a Satisifaction Guarantee warranty on all of its alternative wood
blinds, promising consumers that their product will not fade, yellow,
warp or bow under any condition.
The company’s products covered under the warranty include EverWood® classics, Everwood® X-tra, Everwood® CountrySide, Shaperies® and WoodMates®.
RAYMOND WAITES DESIGN MOVES
Raymond Waites Design, Inc., New York, NY, has announced the opening
of its new design studio, a move that more than doubles the amount
of space it previously had. The new address is Suite #1041, 225
Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010, (212) 447-8700, fax (212) 447-8733.
The company has remained in the vicinity of several of its licensees’ showrooms, including Certified International, Swavelle/Mill Creek, Next Creations, Mohawk Home, American Dawn and Enchante. The new space spans more than 4,000 square feet—quite a difference from when Waites first began the company 10 years ago in his downtown loft.
“This move reflects the growth and success of the company,” Waites said. “In the beginning, there were only two of us. Now we number almost 20 people.”
A home furnishings veteran, Waites has been designing for 30 years, the last 10 in his own design atelier. Now with 17 licensees, his line encompasses furniture, upholstery, bedding, bath, area rugs, table linens, wall coverings, lamps and chandeliers, ceramics, porcelain and
WCMA SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR HORIZONTAL BLIND STANDARD
The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA), New York,
NY, is actively seeking participants for a new technical committee
being formed to develop an ANSI/WCMA Standard for the manufacture
of horizontal blinds. The new standard will replace Commercial Item
Description 1029, a guideline of the minimum requirements for metal
horizontal blinds published by WCMA in 1986.
An American National Standard is a consensus of those substantially concerned with its scope and provisions, and is intended as a guide to aid manufacturers, consumers and the general public. The proposed ANSI/WCMA standard for horizontal blinds would address the components of horizontal blinds and establish requirements for product testing.
Individuals interested in participating should contact WCMA at (212) 297-2122.