KIRSCH, CAMBRIDGE CUSTOM TEAM ON
DESIGNER, DECORATOR BUSINESS
Levolor Kirsch Window Fashions, High Point, NC, has reached a business agreement with Cambridge Custom Group, according to a statement released by Jeff Hohler, Levolor Kirsch president, and Tom Robinson, president of Cambridge Custom.
In the agreement, Cambridge Custom will be responsible for co-developing key strategic marketing activities in conjunction with Kirsch and assisting Kirsch in the execution of its business strategy in the designer- and decorator-assisted channels. Brand the technology licensing agreements are included in this partnership.
“This new alliance is built around the combined strengths of both companies including manufacturing capabilities, brand strength, market knowledge and merchandising,” the statement reads.
ON-SITE EXPANDS CERTIFICATION TRAINING
On-Site Corp., Coeur d’Alene, ID, has expanded its On-Site Certified Technicians training classes at its On-Site University. The curriculum now covers three days to allow for expanded cleaning methods and techniques for cleaning new window treatments.
The company has been building a national network of certified technicians since opening its training program January 2000. On-Site holds its training sessions at facilities in Coeur d’Alene and Groton, CT.
HUNTER DOUGLAS HOSTS INAUGURAL FABRICATOR SALES CONFERENCE
Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Upper Saddle River, NJ, held its inaugural Fabricator Sales Institutessm Conference for more than 200 top company and independent fabricator sales representatives. The event was held in May at the Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, TX.
Jackie Freiberg, co-author of the award-winning national bestseller “Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success,” was the keynote speaker. Freiberg talked about how leaders at all levels can kick-start their journeys toward creating great companies with inspirational and practical advice.
Each attendee was nominated by his or her fabricator and earned the necessary 600 points of required training by completing the Basic Level of Hunter Douglas Fabricator Sales Institute. Participants were able to select courses in many areas of interest including marketing and advertising, strategic selling, personal productivity and financial strategies.
ELMAR'S CUSTOMER SUPPORT WEB SITE ONLINE
Elmar Window Fashions® has launched its new customer support Web site. Visitors to support.elmarinc.com can quickly and easily find answers to their questions; can search the same knowledge base that Elmar employees search for up-to-date product, technical and shutter information; and can even submit questions to be answered by Elmar’s customer support staff.
An Elmar account number is required to create a login and password.
HALCYON SHADES INTRODUCES ULTRA-LX
Halcyon Shades, Martinsville, VA, has launched a new product category:
Ultra-LX. The new, heavier weight five-mil transparent shade features
a durable, scratch-resistant coating and offers customers another
option in visible light transmission (VLT) that falls between the
company’s current two percent and 10 percent shade products.
Transparent Halcyon Shades offer the flexibility to create relaxing interiors that merge with the outdoors while rejecting up to 80 percent of unwanted heat gain and reducing 99 percent of the sun’s glare.
Targeted to the commercial, small business, retail and office markets, as well as residential, institutional and hospitality industries, the shades are offered in several reflectivity levels and color combinations.
Halcyon Shades is a division of CPFilms, Inc. The Ultra-LX debuted at the International Window Coverings Expo in April.
GLEN OAK ADDS NEW PAINT/PRIME LINE AS PART OF $2 MILLION INVESTMENT
Glen Oak Lumber & Milling, Somerset, KY, has added a third prime line to its finger-joint poplar production plants. With all three of its prime lines running in concert, the company’s Kentucky operation can prime 50 miles of shutter parts, moldings, boards and jambs per day in a single shift.
The new prime line is specifically designed for shutter components. The primer application is a two-coat process, which includes a new process developed by Glen Oak that applies a stain-blocker followed by a coat of latex primer. The stain blocker/primer combination is compatible with any and all top coats, including hot lacquer, according to Glen Oak CEO Tom Talbot.
The addition of its third prime line is part of a $2 million investment that includes the formulation of its stain-blocker, the rebuilding of existing prime lines and the construction of a dedicated priming facility. “Continuous improvement and product development are hallmarks of our firm; it’s our duty to change and raise the standards in the marketplace,” said Talbot.
HUNTER DOUGLAS AGAIN JOINS IN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY'S CORPORATE CHALLENGE
Employees at Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Upper Saddle River,
NJ, participated in this year’s Paterson, NJ, Habitat for Humanity
Corporate Challenge. More than 20 employees were given the day off
to participate in this effort to build homes for lower income families.
Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian non-profit organization with the goal of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness worldwide. It gives low-income families the opportunity to invest “sweat equity” into building their own homes assisted by an all-volunteer work force.
Hunter Douglas became a national sponsor in 1993 with the intention of providing custom mini-blinds to the privacy rooms of every Habitat home built in the United States and Canada. To date, the company has covered more than 80,000 windows in more than 13,000 homes.
IDEA04 SEES ATTENDANCE INCREASE
A successful expansion into technical textiles, the awarding of
the prestigious Achievement Awards and impressive domestic and international
attendance were hallmarks of the successful IDEA04 International
Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition held April 27 to 29
at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL.
INDA, the organizer of the triennial engineered fabrics event, reported that attendance at IDEA04 reached 6,000 industry executives, about 2,000 were first-time attendees. Significant international attendance, particularly from Asia and South America along with the traditional strong attendance from Europe, contributed to the attendance. There were a total of 370 companies exhibiting.
This year’s keynote speaker was Cathy Newman of the National Geographic Society, whose speech “Dreamweavers” challenged the engineered fabrics industry to go wherever its dreams—and its technology—takes it.
The IDEA04 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ted Wirtz, former INDA president and a 30-year veteran of the nonwovens industry who retired last year.
SEWN PRODUCTS INDUSTRY HOLDS FIRST TRIPLE-HEADER EXPO
More than 10,600 members of the sewn products industry attended
this year’s co-located Material World, SPESA Expo held May
18 to 20 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL.
As in years past, Material World and Technology Solutions were held
together, but this year marks the first time the three events were
held at the same time.
Those attending ranged from manufacturers, suppliers and contractors to designers, branded apparel companies, private label retailers and others.
The show was co-hosted by the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) and the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and produced by Urban Expositions. There were 557 exhibiting companies from 29 countries at this triennial gathering.
“The industry said they wanted to be able to buy one airline ticket and make one hotel reservation to come and see the full spectrum of their needs—everything from fabric and sourcing, to equipment and technology—to help them succeed in this changing world,” said Benton Gardner, SPESA executive vice president.
CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS
A headline in the News Makers section of the May 2004 issue of
Draperies & Window Coverings incorrectly stated that Ron Tantillo
had been named Northwest regional manager for Elmar Window Fashions®
(page 19). In fact, Tantillo has been named manager of the company’s
Northeast region as stated in the news item text.
In the same News Makers item, the trademark designation (TM) was used following the company’s name. The federal registration symbol (®) should have been used as above. We regret the errors.