Second Northfield Plantation Workroom Weekend Scheduled
The Second Northfield Weekend Upholstery Event will be held in October to benefit the Northfield Foundation Designer House in Cumberland County, VA. This time, however, two events in two different locations are planned.
The Northfield Plantation, VA, will host a working weekend October 2 to 5. Industry professionals will fabricate and install soft furnishings. Several volunteer workrooms and individuals already are working on window treatments, bed skirts and other soft furnishings to be installed during the October dates.
A satellite location for a Midwest Northfield Weekend has been scheduled in Burr Ridge, IL, on October 11 to 12. The Midwest weekend activities will parallel those of the Virginia group. Connie Sikora and Cheryl Bray, attendees at the first Northfield Weekend, are coordinating the Midwest weekend.
Hanes has donated all the lining for this project.
Many design professionals have teamed up to provide interior design for the rooms in the house. Last spring, 46 volunteers traveled from eight states to create headboards, pillows and upholstered benches for the facility (see D&WC, June 2008, page 19).
Christine Shepard is the general coordinator for the Northfield Weekend events.
Northfield Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to provide a safe haven for young women struggling with an eating disorder or facing an unplanned pregnancy in a Christian environment.
Hunter Douglas Announces Fall Promotions
This fall, Hunter Douglas will offer its aligned dealers two promotions: the Hunter Douglas Holiday Savings Event and Child Safety Promotion. Both will be supported with a comprehensive dealer marketing program and be prominently showcased on the company’s consumer Web site.
Starting September 25 and ending December 15, 2008, the Hunter Douglas Holiday Savings Event provides consumers with rebates on a number of products, and is designed to have them buy sooner and buy more with rebate savings varying from $25 to $100 and offered on up to 10 windows per product. Dealer promotional kits include a program brochure and a CD with dealer advertising materials including: print ads, postcards, Valpak direct-mail ads, radio spots and press releases.
Running from September 25 through November 17, 2008, the Child Safety portion of the promotion is designed to focus on child safety at the window. During this time, a free upgrade to the exclusive Hunter Douglas LiteRise® cordless lifting system will be offered with every purchase of Duette®, Duette Architellla™ or Applause® honeycomb shades.
Kensington Wood Collections Now GreenGuard Certified
Kensington, Suwanee, GA, has announced that its wood, faux wood, and embossed faux wood horizontal blinds are now GreenGuard certified for Indoor Air Quality, and for Children & Schools.
The GreenGuard Indoor Air Quality Certification Program is a third-party verification for low-emitting products. As such, the GreenGuard Certification Program is a valuable tool for architects, designers, specifiers and purchasing organizations that want to locate, specify and purchase low-emitting products for indoor environments. The program identifies specific products that have been tested and continue to be tested to ensure that their chemical and particle emissions meet acceptable indoor air quality pollutant guidelines and standards.
GreenGuard Children & Schools Certified products comply with the state of California’s Department of Health Services Standard Practice (CA Section 01350) for testing chemical emissions from building products used in schools.
Precision Draperies Education Adds to Online Tutorials
Precision Draperies Education has added six more how-to tutorials to the membership section of its Web site. The new titles are: Tab Take Up; Marking Top-Face with Tape; Bagging a Drapery; Removing Hot Glue; How to Install a Cornice; and Quick Bay Window Angles.
In addition, Kirk Axelson, president, has welcomed Roger McPherson as program manager. McPherson will be in charge of overseeing new program releases.
“We are attracting the new millennial generation, who prefer Internet resources,” said Axelson. “With new technology being offered, we now can provide the perfect lesson format, which allows our members instant access to tools and information, all at one Web site.”
Post-Waste Fabric Line Offered by Tri Vantager
Tri Vantage, Cleveland, OH, in July began offering Phifertex® 100 percent Marquésa® composed entirely from post-industrial waste by-product. Manufacturing the yarn requires lower energy and water consumption and the process yields little by-product, the company stated. The resulting fabric also is lightweight, strong and durable, designed to withstand high traffic areas and hospitality settings, it added.
The Marquésa fabric is recyclable and can be re-extruded up to 10 times, according to Tri Vantage. Customers should note that this Phifertex 100 percent Marquésa fabric line differs from the company’s Phifertex Marquesa Olefin collection, which is a polyester/olefin blend.
Somfy Adds Wireless Wall Switch to Line
Somfy, Cranbury, NJ, has added a wireless wall switch to its line of Radio Technology Somfy® (RTS) controls. The DecoFlex™ switch can be personalized for intuitive control of window coverings, the company stated. Each button on the wall switch may be customized with printed text with approximately 40 options to choose from.
The DecoFlex also provides maximum control flexibility, as it is available in one, two, three, four or five channel versions. The switch can be installed independently or next to an existing light switch using the included mounting bracket and the appropriate wall plate. Whether the application calls for shades, blinds, draperies, rolling shutters, or awnings, users may mix and match wall switches, transmitters and timers for control of automated window coverings.
Glen Raven Plant Receives S.C. Environmental
The Anderson, SC, manufacturing plant for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics has been recognized by the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP), a voluntary initiative that recognizes facilities exercising environmental leadership in the state.
“Glen Raven’s Anderson facility has shown a commitment to environmental excellence by fostering continual improvements,” said Bob King, deputy commissioner for Environmental Quality Control. “Through a comprehensive recycling program, Glen Raven prevents more than 400 tons of materials, such as packaging and paper, from going into landfills annually, while also reclaiming 500 tons of raw material waste for other product applications.”
Glen Raven’s Anderson manufacturing facility is a one-million-square foot, vertically integrated plant that manufactures the Sunbrella brand of performance fabrics for awnings, marine and furniture. This facility has been the focus of an intense environmental quality program that has eliminated landfill wastes through recycling and repurposing of waste materials.
Lutron Joins AMMP, Expands Residential Fabrics Lines
Lutron® Electronics Co., Inc., Coopersburg, PA, has signed on as a founding member of the Allied Manufacturers of Motorized Products (AMMP). Lutron is a leading designer and manufacturer of lighting controls and automated window treatments for residences and commercial applications. Its product offerings include residential and commercial lighting solutions, shading solutions and mixed-use space systems.
AMMP brings together manufacturers of interior and exterior window coverings and shading, projection screens and media concealment products as founding members. It offers a marketing and promotional resource designed to increase sales of motorization products, boost awareness of motorization products within the home automation and commercial marketplace, educate current and potential customers about available technologies, promote motorization to end-users and build relationships between automation dealers and motorization manufacturer dealers.
In a separate announcement in August, Lutron reported it is extending its line of residential fabrics for its Sivoia™ shading solutions with the introduction of 41 new fabrics.
The new fabric additions contain sustainable qualities, the company stated. Certain fabrics are free of harmful chemicals, including PVC, halogen, formaldehyde, mercury, or a combination. These chemicals can off gas the pollutants into the air, which can cause illness and damage to the environment. Other fabrics are made from 100 percent recycled product.
New Rep Groups for Provinaire
Three new sales groups have been named to represent Provinaire™ Window Fashions by Heritage, according to Dan De Cook, co-CEO and director of marketing.
Diversified Sales Group, Inc., Wynnewood, PA, represents the new window coverings line in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
LL Smith Co., Bath, MI, is the Provinaire sales rep throughout the state of Michigan and the adjacent counties of northern Indiana.
Helene Weiner & Associates, Northbrook, IL, covers the area of northeastern Illinois that is part of greater Chicagoland.
San Benito Shutter Opens Georgia Facility
San Benito Shutter Co., Inc., Hollister, CA, has opened its new Southeastern Distribution Center in Covington, GA. Bill Lee, president, indicated that the company chose Newton Country, GA, because of its proximity to the shipping hub of Atlanta. The company plans to handle all of its shipments from Texas to Florida out of the Covington facility. “This strategic location will allow us to serve the entire United States with shipping times of 48 hours or less,” noted Lee.
Scoot Allen, formerly of Plymart, has been hired as warehouse manager for the new facility. Kevin Green has been hired to head up the inside sales efforts. Jeff Hoffman has been hired to head up the outside sales efforts.
Green Down Products Also Hypoallergenic
In a move to provide even healthier products to accommodate more customers, Ogallala Comfort Co., Ogallala, NE, has announced that the fabric used to construct the casings for its Harvester Hypodown® hypoallergenic down comforters and pillows is unbleached, undyed and chemically free. The change was the result of finding some highly sensitive people who were allergic to the cotton that encased its proprietary combination of white goose down and milkweed clusters, the company stated.
“The Green Movement is evident in our sales results,” stated Mark Knudsen, national sales manager. “More and more people are willing to pay a premium for their health and the health of the planet.”
Ogallala began offering its Harvester down line in 1994. Sales of that line now are more than 12 percent of Ogallala’s business and steadily climbing, Knudsen stated.