1991 - 1995 / Going Global
Horizons were expanding: businesses begin thinking about their effects on the global environment after an Earth Summit is held in Rio de Janeiro; WindowPros, a group of industry professionals, goes online in a weekly chat room; and the World Wide Web brings it all to our desktops.
D&WC begins this period by expanding internationally, publishing the first-ever international Directory & Buyer’s Guide for the window coverings industry. The Canadian edition becomes quarterly with a new logo and design (1992), eventually moving to bi-monthly by 1994 and becoming Décor & Window Coverings. The ninth annual World of Window Coverings™ show adds the word “International” to its name.
The magazine celebrates its 10th anniversary in May 1991. With its people-photo cover well established, a new logo debuts with the November 1991 issue along will new graphics, type and layout designs throughout the magazine.
An East Coast show is added to the industry calendar when D&WC teams with the Boston Curtain & Drapery Club to present the 45th annual Boston Curtain and Drapery show (1992).
Vista launches a designer line of window films.
April: Cease–fire ends Persian Gulf war.
The ninth annual International World of Window Coverings show at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, features the show’s first fashion show.
The American Window Covering Manufacturers Association (AWCMA) presents its first Product Innovation Awards.
June: South African Parliament repeals apartheid.
Thomas Mullaney is named chairman of Levolor Corp.
August: Boris Yeltsin become first freely elected president of Russian Republic.
October: Anita Hill accuses Judge Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
LouverDrape debuts Carousel cellular shades.
February: Springs Industries announces the consolidation of Graber Industries and Carey-McFall, Inc. into Springs Window Fashions Division, Inc.
March: The International World of Window Coverings show opens at the New Orleans Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.
April: Riots are set off in Los Angeles, CA, when four police officers are acquitted of beating Rodney King.
May: Springs Window Fashions Division is awarded the Decorative Window Coverings Association’s (DWCA) first Manufacturer of the Year award.
July: Democratic National Convention nominates Bill Clinton and Al Gore.
August: Republican National Convention renominates George Bush and Dan Quayle.
October: The American Window Covering Manufacturers Association (AWCMA) changes its name to the Window Covering Manufacturers Association.
March: World Trade Center is bombed in New York.
April: The International World of Window Coverings show returns to the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA.
The Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) leaves the National Decorating Products Association to form independent organization.
May: Federal agents besiege Branch Davidian cult headquarters in
Newell Co. announces acquisition of Levolor Corp.
June: Joseph Berghold is appointed CEO of Home Fashions, Inc., parent company of LouverDrape, Del Mar and Seco Supply.
October: Home Fashions, Inc. sells the assets of Seco Supply.
November: Britain’s House of Commons approves the European unity pact, creating the European Union.
Sun Glow partners with Phifer Inc, as their first Canadian distributor of interior/exterior sun control fabric.
January: Marv Hopkins is named President and Chief Operating Officer of Hunter Douglas.
February: Conso Co. completes acquisition of British Trimmings.
April: The International World of Window Coverings show encores at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA.
May: President Clinton is accused of sexual harassment while governor of Arkansas.
August: Major league baseball players go on strike.
Geoffrey Spark is named president of Kirsch.
September: Lance Devereaux is appointed president of Springs Window Fashions Division.
October: The Window Covering Safety Council and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Council initiate safety program to reduce accidental strangulation deaths from window coverings cords.
November: Newell Co. consolidates Levolor, Home Fashions Inc., LouverDrape and Del Mar as Levolor Home Fashions.
FUA sends first order to U.S., opening the door to the establishment of FUA Window Coverings, New Braunfels, TX.
January: The American Floorcovering Association and the Western Floor Covering Association merge to form the World Floor Covering Association.
February: Marv Hopkins becomes CEO of Hunter Douglas.
March: The International World of Window Coverings shows opens at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
April: Superior Shades celebrates 100 years in business.
July: Springs Window Fashions Division acquires Nanik.
October: O.J. Simpson found not guilty on murder charges.
November: Royal Plastics Group acquires Novo Industries.
December: Croscill Home Fashions celebrates 50th anniversary.
Also of Note:
* Led by Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls win the first of what will be six NBA Championships (1991)
* Gopher, the first user-friendly Internet interface, is created at the University of Minnesota (1991)
* Johnny Carson hosts “The Tonight Show” for the last time (1992)
* The first human cells are grown in vitro and develop up to 32-cell stage before being destroyed, proving humans can be cloned (1993)
* Ninety-five million viewers watch O.J. Simpson and Al Cowlings in low-speed chase along LA freeway (1994)
* Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cleveland, OH (1995)
* Jerry Garcia dies (1995)