2002 - 2006 / A New Age
The world forever changed near the end of 2001, and homeland security became a new top priority. Alongside the war in Iraq, natural disasters from hurricanes to tsunamis make headlines and focus on the best, and worst, we’re capable of.
At home we all looked inward as “cocooning” became the latest catchphrase and style coined by trends analyst Faith Popcorn. Online, everybody “Googles.”
In the industry, D&WC records a new round of acquisitions, mergers and partnerships. A new maturity is seen in window coverings as anniversaries commemorating 25, 40, 50 and even 65 years in business are celebrated by top suppliers—including Draperies & Window Coverings with 25 years in print and 10 years online.
ITA introduces Caslan® Designer Shadings,
a patented fabric panel
system of Roman-style shades offering fabricators a turnkey
The acquisition of Harmonic Design enables Somfy to offer a patented battery technology for the WireFree™ range of motors.
Aveno launches its first complete full-color product line catalog, a
revolutionary new marketing tool.
BTX adds a 20,000-square-foot facility to its Dallas, TX, operations in response to strong growth in motorized draperies and roller shades.
Vertilux’s launch of Vision screen fabrics, a top 10 product line
January: President George W. Bush, in his first State of the Union address, vows to expand the fight on terrorism and labels Iran, Iraq and North Korea “an axis of evil.”
April: Hunter Douglas acquires Empire Window Fashions.
July: RM COCO purchases the assets of Fabrics 21.
August: Springs Industries, Inc. completes its acquisition of Burlington Industries’ window treatments and bedding consumer products businesses.
September: Addressing the United Nations, President Bush calls for a “regime change” in Iraq.
October: Somfy Systems, Inc. acquires Harmonic Design, Inc.
Mervin Hill Bytheway Jr., owner and president of Bytheway’s Mfg., Inc., Sacramento, CA, dies.
November: President Bush signs legislation creating cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.
ITA launches LaPlaya® Shutters, a complete
line of 2 1/2 and 3 1/2-inch louver shutters, made from an advanced
Minutes Matter launches Studio, the first standalone graphic software program for custom window treatments.
February: Space shuttle Columbia explodes, killing all seven astronauts.
Citing Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction as an imminent threat to world security U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presents the Iraq war rationale to United Nations.
March: U.S. and Britain launch war against Iraq.
Techniku, Inc., names standing board member Timothy Bates president and CEO.
May: U.S. declares official end to combat operations in Iraq.
June: Monique’s Draperies & Shades celebrates 40 years of providing window treatments to the California Bay Area.
July: Creative Tueskoes Corp. is sold and renamed Creative Equipment Corp.
October: October is named National Window Covering Safety Month by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC).
Hunter Douglas wins new-era lawsuit based on the Anticybersquatting Act against an Internet Service Provider with three domain names using the company’s name.
Charles G. Vaughn becomes president and CEO of Conso Products Co.
December: Saddam Hussein is captured.
ITA opens a new training facility and warehouse
in Ormond Beach, FL, providing space for fabricators to learn production
Minutes Matter is the first in the industry to offer Webinars (online seminars) as a more convenient way of learning.
January: Springs Window Fashions partners with Kravet, Inc. to market an exclusive line of Nanik brand window products.
April: ADO Worldwide celebrates its 50th anniversary and the 25th year of ADO-USA.
May: J. Gordon Himes Jr., vice president and co-owner of G&L Technologies, Inc. dies.
June: Beth Hodges, Beth Hodges Soft Furnishings, is elected president of the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA).
July: U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee reports that intelligence on Iraq’s weapons programs was “overstated” and flawed.
Democratic National Convention in Boston, MA, nominates John Kerry for president.
August: Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google, became instant billion- aires when the company goes public.
Republican National Convention in New York, NY, renominates President Bush.
Florida hit by hurricanes Bonnie and Charley.
September: Hurricane Ivan ravages U.S. south. Hurricane Jeanne hits Florida.
November: George W. Bush is reelected president.
December: Renaissance Window Fashions, Inc. completes its acquisition of Excalibur USA.
Enormous tsunami devastates Asia killing 200,000.
ITA breaks ground for a new office building
complex in Palm Coast, FL, for occupancy in 2006.
Sun Glow introduces the evolutionary Graphic Shades.
GreenAssured™, ITA’s proprietary testing and certification program for environmentally friendly window fashions, debuts in Performance
fabrics and pleated shades.
January: Graber® celebrates the brand’s 65th anniversary.
February: U.S. window coverings industry raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide relief to survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia.
March: The U.S. House and Senate vote to allow a federal court to rule in the case of Terri Schiavo, who had been in a coma for 15 years. She dies, 13 days after her feeding tube is removed.
Don Lumbatis, vice president and general manager of Turnils, Inc., dies.
April: Hunter Douglas acquires Paris Texas Hardware.
Pope John Paul II dies. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is elected as new pope.
May: Mickey Head, industry veteran of 41 years, retires from Turnils North America.
July: The first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor, announces her retirement.
August: Hurricane Katrina, a Category 4 storm, pounds the Gulf Coast.
September: Hurricane Rita’s wind-swept waves flood parts of New Orleans and breech another levee.
October: The window coverings industry rallies to raise money in support of those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Conso International restructures and moves to Nashville, TN.
December: Margie Nance assumes ownership of the Custom Home Furnishings (CHF) School.
Tony Varney, inventor of the Parkhill Royale Swags and Tails System, dies.
New York Times reports that in 2002, President Bush signed an order allowing the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance on Americans without warrants.
ITA celebrates its 20th anniversary with
special promotions and events.
Aveno launches its Sophia soft treatment line, offering a dynamic add-on sales opportunity to compliment hard window coverings.
Aveno will move from its original 195,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to a new plant twice as Large incorporating warehousing and production operations under one roof.
BTX expands its motorized drapery program with Sofia, classic and basic motors and adds a 6,000-square- foot distribution facility.
January: Explosion traps 13 workers in West Virginia coal mine.
February: Protests turn violent over cartoons appearing in several European newspapers depicting Muhammad in a negative light.
March: Hunter Douglas acquires Elmar Window Fashions.
Budget Blinds opens its 1,000th franchise.
Also of Note:
* “Spider-Man” smashes box office records grossing
more than $114 million in its first three days of release (2002).
* California governor Gray Davis is ousted in recall vote; actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected in his place (2003).
* Gay marriages begin in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize such unions (2004).
* Domestic diva Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison after being found guilty of obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators (2004).
* The Super Bowl Incident: Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake create an enormous scandal and introduce the term: wardrobe malfunction.
* CBS is fined $550,000 (2005).
* Professional hockey season canceled when owners and players fail to reach a deal on salary cap for players (2005).
* Ben Bernanke is chosen and confirmed to succeed Alan Greenspan, who retired as Federal Reserve Chairman after 18 years (2006).
* Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally showers Texas lawyer Harry Whittington with as many as 200 pellets while hunting for quail (2006).