CUSTOM CONCEPTS BUYS NORMAN INTERNATIONAL SHUTTER DIVISION
Custom Concepts, Orlando, FL, has purchased the Norman International Shutter Division of The Blind Factory, Lakeland, FL.
Taking on the Norman International shutter line will provide Custom Concepts’ customers with a full range of faux wood, vinyl and basswood shutters, according to a company statement. Custom Concepts is a preferred Graber fabricator offering a full complement of Graber products, Soleil and Phifer sunshades and ShutterSmart vinyl-clad shutters.
“Shutters are a large part of our business and partnering with Custom Concepts for both our local retail and growing Internet business is exciting for everyone involved,” said Brad Hall, president and CEO, The Bind Factory.
SM AUTOMATIC COMPLETES BELLAGIO RENOVATION
SM Automatic, Culver City, CA, is completing the extensive luxury renovation of the Five Diamond Award-winning Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. Bellagio Las Vegas becomes the first hotel of its size to feature motorized draperies in every guest room, raising the standard for luxury amenities.
After the current renovation is completed, which is expected early this year, there will be nearly 8,000 drapery motors incorporated into Bellagio’s luxurious accommodations. SM Automatic was part of the resort’s original project, which included more than 2,000 drapery motors installed at its opening in 1998.
SM Automatic offers a complete line of technologically advanced motors and controls for virtually all forms of interior window coverings.
NEW REPORT RELEASED ON U.S. WINDOW TREATMENT, WALL COVERING MARKETS
U.S. demand for window treatments strengthened between 2001 and 2003 as declining interest rates stimulated demand for new home construction and existing home resales. Demand increased the sharpest for cloth and plastic shades, wood blinds, curtains and draperies and drapery hardware. That information is found in the 204-page “Catalina Report on Window Treatments and Wallcoverings” released by Catalina Research Inc., Boca Raton, FL.
The report, released in January 2004, provides information on window shades and blinds, curtains and draperies, drapery hardware and wall coverings, according to a written release.
The report is available printed on paper and in an e-mail version for $2,495 and $2,995, respectively. The report’s complete Table of Contents is available at the firm’s Web site: www.catalina reports.com.
M'FAY RELEASES NEWEST SUPPLEMENT
M’Fay® Patterns, Matthews, NC, has released Supplement 4 to its “Designer’s Digest and Work-room Manual.” The latest supplement features new cover sheets with yardage, additional designs created by mixing patterns, Italian stringing instructions and custom cut out returns for poles.
In addition, M’Fay has included instructions for arch window swag patterns and even more workroom help.
HUNTER DOUGLAS VIDEO WINS GALAXY BRONZE
A videotape developed by Hunter Douglas, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, to introduce its newest window coverings product garnered a bronze award at the 14th Annual Galaxy 2003 Awards Competition honoring excellence in product and service marketing. The video, “Imagination,” promotes the company’s Alouette™ Light Louvers.
This year’s Galaxy Awards had more than 400 entries from 14 countries. Judging was conducted by top marketing consultant firms and corporate marketing departments across the United States and Canada. The awards are sponsored by MerrComm, Ossining-on-Hudson, NJ, an independent organization dedicated to defining standards in the marketing communications field. “The winners are considered by peers in the industry as the leaders in their filed,” said Reni L. Witt, MerrComm president.
SUPERIOR EXPANDS LINE, SELECTS ONTHANK AS DISTRIBUTOR
Superior Roman Shades™, has named Des Moines, IA-based Onthank Co. as a distributor for its custom Roman shades. Onthank serves Iowa and Nebraska as well as southeastern South Dakota, southern Minnesota and western Illinois.
“After meeting with potential distributors, we determined that Onthank could best represent our product in areas where they have a strong presence,” says Marco Bonilla of Superior. “Their strong reputation and 60 years in the industry gives them the experience and network to bring our custom Roman shades to their market.”
In a separate statement, Superior announces it has increased its line of traditional Roman-shade styles from six to more than 20. The new styles are in response to requests from its dealers, the company says. The expanded line features many new flat, pleated, soft folding and balloon styles and are featured in its new reference guide.
POLYDESIGN OFFERS SHUTTER ACE SOFTWARE
PolyDesign Shutters, Tarrant, AL, has introduced its new Shutter ACE Software. This new software package is being offered free to the company’s fabricators and is state-of-the-art and high-speed Internet compatible for continual, automatic updates.
This program was 14 months in its design and conception, according to the company, and offers fabricators an edge in shutter fabrication due to its simplicity. Blind fabrication software also is included. The package features design and build capabilities for all shutter combinations as well as track shutters, and single-screen order entry that prints multiple cut tickets and labels for shutter panels and blind head rails.
NEW WEB SITE PRESENTS DECORATE NOW PATTERNS
This pattern line offers a selection of classic styles, Decorate Now originals and contemporary looks for the professional workroom or designer. Each full-sized pattern is printed on heavy paper, comes with complete step-by-step instructions, has detailed graphics and includes supply and yardage requirements. Each pattern is based on decades of workroom experience and is tested in a professional drapery workroom, the company says.
Unique to Decorate Now Patterns are its two-part instructions. Each pattern comes with Instructions at a Glance, a summary of the steps involved in creating the window treatment, as well as very detailed full instructions.
TECHNIKU OFFERS LATEST TILTING AUTOMATION
Techniku, Broomfield, CO, introduces the TH950 for tilting two-, 2 5/8- and three-inch horizontal blinds with standard ladders or cloth tapes.
Designed to meet the requirements of the fabricator, dealer, installer and user, the TH950 integrates into most standard headrails without changing the appearance or installation of the blind. Combining strength and flexibility, the powerful TH950 tilts the largest blinds while only requiring a four-inch rout space providing a fabrication and retrofit solution.
The TH950 comes fully assembled with the specific rail and gearbox installed at the factory. Combined with a simple receiver (IR or RF) and six-volt power connections (battery or low voltage), the TH950 can be installed at the fabrication facility or on the job site.
CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS
A photograph caption in the Portfolio section of the February 2004 issue of D&WC (“Remember When,” page 30) incorrectly stated “designers continue to find new benefits and uses of 1 1/8-inch seamless fabrics” available from ADO. The statement should have read “118-inch seamless fabrics.” We regret the error.