Kaleidoscope Industries, Inc., Howell, MI, held a groundbreaking ceremony in late April for its new, larger state-of-the-art facility.
The building, at 2123 Grand Commerce Dr. in Grand Commerce Industrial Park, will encompass more than 35,000 square feet and will include corporate offices, fabrication facilities and a distribution center. The company will relocate from its present offices in the fall.
“We’re very excited about this groundbreaking for our new facility,” said Joseph G. Sommer, president, Kaleidoscope Industries, Inc. “It represents our commitment to Howell and to the industry as well as the success of our partnership with Hunter Douglas.”
PRECISION DRAPERIES EDUCATION RELEASES YARDAGE CALCULATOR ON CD
Precision Draperies Education, Westminster, CO, has developed the Window Treatment Yardage Calculator, an easy-to-use program that will calculate yardages and labor costs for soft window coverings. The program is Windows compatible.
“Our challenge was to develop a tool that would calculate the basic treatments, but also be easy for users to learn and use,” sad Kirk Axelson, president.
The program calculates draperies, drapery valances, rod pockets and valances, fabric shades, cornices and toppers. Users should be up and running in about 30 minutes, Axelson adds.
In addition to the program, there is a short videotape that teaches the user about the Window Treatment Yardage Calculator. The program is available on CD and installs in minutes.
KIRSCH ANNOUNCES NEW DISTRIBUTOR IN ILLINOIS
Interior Fashions, Inc. Palatine, IL, is a new authorized distributor for Kirsch drapery hardware in Illinois. Together, a wide range of products and services will be available from a full line of drapery hardware to a variety of custom window products to a repair service center for Levolor/Kirsch products.
Interior Fashions Inc. began in 1960 making tailored draperies. Today the family owned and operating business has grown into a full-service interior design company, offering custom made draperies and soft treatments and now a full line of drapery hardware.
Randy McCormick, a former Kirsch Sales rep, and his two sons Brian and David offer their knowledge and experience to answer all of product questions and applications needs.
HUNTER DOUGLAS HONORED FOR DONATION TOWARDS HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF
Hunter Douglas Inc, Upper Saddle River, NJ, was honored by America’s Second Harvest for its $400,000 contribution last fall towards the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
Hunter Douglas matched all contributions from its employees and independent fabricator partners and Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Gallery® retail dealers. The company raised a total of $800,000, with half of it going to America’s Second Harvest and the other going to the AmeriCares Foundation, Inc. (See D&WC, October 2005, page 16.)
America’s Second Harvest, along with the AmeriCares, is one of America’s most highly rated U.S.-based charitable organizations, and it committed to absorbing 100 percent of its own administrative costs associated with the donations for the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Dina Vaz, individual philanthropy officer for America’s Second Harvest, presented a plaque to Hunter Douglas executives at the company’s headquarters.
“We appreciate the recognition from America’s Second Harvest,” said Marv Hopkins, president and CEO. “Hurricane Katrina caused unprecedented destruction of homes, businesses and infrastructure in addition to taking countless lives. It is the worst and most costly natural disaster in our nation’s history. We’re honored to be able to help and are most grateful to all those who gave so generously.”
GLEN OAK OFFERS NEXT GENERATION PAINT-PRIMED SHUTTER COMPONENTS
Glen Oak Lumber & Milling, Somerset, KY, has begun supplying its enhanced Arrow-Straight FJ shutter components to fabricators. Louver samples of this next generation paint-primed poplar product were distributed at the International Window Coverings Expo in early April.
Arrow-Straight FJ shutter components now can be finished with a single topcoat. They feature a proprietary stain-blocking anti-fungal SB43 primer that has been improved with a superior resin and enhanced bonding agents, which include more titanium dioxide (Ti02). The additional Ti02 provides for increased hardness, whiteness and hide. When priming these shutter components at the mill, Glen Oak utilizes a five-step sand-prime-sand-prime-sand process. Shutter fabricators using Arrow-Straight F.J. components featuring the reformulated primer realize additional savings in labor, material and lead times.
BLUE MOUNTAIN, FSC PARTNER IN WALL COVERINGS BUSINESS
Blue Mountain Wallcoverings, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has entered into a long-term licensing agreement to manufacture wallpaper under the Gramercy®, Waverly® and Village® brands. Effective immediately Blue Mountain will handle all sales and distribution of existing and future wallpaper collections thus converting the FSC Wallcoverings business to a licensing model.
The Waverly/FSC division, New York, NY, will retain and be actively involved in the creative content of the collections and the marketing communications for these key brands.
The brands of F. Schumacher & Co. have played a role in decorating homes around the world for more than 100 years. The company offers the consumer fabrics, wallpaper, and coordinated home fashions available at various retail channels.
Blue Mountain Wallcoverings Inc. has been in business for more than 30 years. It manufactures and distributes residential wall coverings throughout North America. Blue Mountain’s products are sold worldwide under several brand names including licensing agreements with well-known names such as Disney and Thomas Kinkade.
DESIGN SHOJI PANELS SELECTED FOR PBS SHOW
Design Shoji, Ukiah, CA, announces
its participation in the PBS television program, This Old House.
This current season, the program features a minimalist-style home
in Cambridge, MA. Interior designer Todd Tsiang chose shoji screens
for 10 long transom windows covered by ebony wash-stained panels
with a textured polyester resin insert. The windows range in size
from 19 to 140 inches.
For the project, Jarrah wood was chosen to withstand possible condensation concerns in the windows, and a minimum of grid was used to keep the treatment as simple as possible. Designer Tsiang focused on the beauty of the furniture quality custom finish and woodworking that enhance the precise fit; the shoji treatments fit seamlessly in the window openings with no visible hardware.
An excellent insulator, the shoji panels solved the client’s need for complete privacy while subtly enhancing the sleek, clean lines of this contemporary home.
ASID ILLINOIS CHAPTER CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY
This fall, the Illinois chapter
of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will celebrate
its 75th diamond anniversary on Thursday, September 21, at Chicago’s
The anniversary bash is titled Denim, Diamonds and Dazzling Designers and will feature music, food and beverages, plus ASID-IL’s history in pictures display, showcasing highlights of the organization over the past 75 years.
Open to ASID members and the design community, the event will be held in conjunction with the ASID-IL Chapter’s annual meeting. As a sponsor, Steelcase will host the event and provide the event’s refreshments and cocktails. Chapter president Mary Dluzen will present awards and recognition to members for their work this year and introduce the incoming 2006-07 board.