Warren Steven Brings Drapery Workroom into Corporate Facility
Warren Steven Window Fashions, Minneapolis, MN, has reported its custom drapery workroom has successfully made a seamless transition to its new location within its corporate office facility. The new address is: Warren Steven Window Fashions, Custom Drapery Workroom, 600 NE Hoover St., Minneapolis, MN, 55413.
With this move dealers, designers and customer now can access all aspects of the company at one location; including the custom drapery workroom, showroom, training facility, installation, customer service, fabrication, repairs and sales support.
Backed by more than 90 years in the industry, Warren Steven Window Fashions offers custom products featuring quality, unique style and a perfect fit, the company states.
Slipcover Summit 2009 Scheduled
The ninth Annual Slipcover Summit will be held June 24 through 26 in Seattle, WA.
Scholarships are available to those who have never attended. One scholarship up to $400 will be awarded to be applied toward class fees and meals each day during the Slipcover Summit.
Each year the Summit is held in a different region of the country, affording the opportunity of furthering education to those who have difficulty traveling to one specific area of the country.
Rowley Company Enters Decorative Hardware Category with Acqusition of Resin Solutions
Rowley Company, Gastonia, NC, has acquired custom decorative drapery hardware manufacturer Resin Solutions, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed in a statement released in mid-January.
Together, Rowley Company and Resin are launching Finestra Decorative Hardware. This new line of custom decorative drapery hardware includes more than 100 unique finial designs, a complete offering of poles and accessories and 36 hand-rubbed finish options. All Finestra products are made in the United States.
“Consistent with our strategy, we continue to pursue the right kind of opportunities to grow our business and improve customer service,” said Bill Taylor, Rowley CEO. “Launching Finestra Decorative Hardware provides Rowley with an entry into the fashion segment of the industry and helps us deliver on the ‘one-stop shopping’ promise.”
The founder of Resin Solutions, Amy Weavil, will continue to lead creative design and business development for Finestra. “[Weavil’s] design knowledge and industry experience are invaluable,” according to Jeff Denny, Rowley COO. “Custom creations and custom finishes will continue to be available, as well as the personal service for which Amy and her team are known.”
With this announcement, Rowley Company states a new Finestra catalog and Web site are being developed.
Forest Group Named Top Eisenkolb Distributor Worldwide
Forest Group USA, Cartersville, GA, has been named No. 1 worldwide distributor by Eisenkolb, Bladel, Netherlands, a manufacturer and supplier of machines and services to the draperies and embroidery industries. The announcement was made in January at the Heimtextil international trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
Forest Group grew sales of Eisenkolb products 44 percent from 2007 to 2008, according to a company statement. “This positive relationship… has allowed us to give superior customer service and grow our business,” stated Jim Fidanza, national sales manager, Forest Group Workroom Division.
Gerard Redeker, Eisenkolb commercial director stated, “We are very pleased with the job Forest Group has done for us in the United States and we are looking forward to seeing what 2009 brings with the new products and technologies being introduced this year.”
Hunter Douglas Facility Accepted as Leader in Mississippi Environmental Program
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced the selection of the Hunter Douglas Metals & Distribution Center, Shannon, MS, as one of the first participants in its new enHance program with the designation of Leader. EnHance is a voluntary state incentive program that encourages environmental stewardship and recognizes leaders in the field.
To be selected, organizations must have a formal environmental policy, an active or completed project that enhances the environment, a systematic management process to review environmental issues and a demonstration of commitment to environmental compliance.
As a Leader, Hunter Douglas now will partner with the MDEQ and focus on creating ways businesses can meet environmentally friendly goals across the state.
“We are very honored to receive this distinction and look forward to working together with the state of Mississippi to improve the environment,” said Gene Carden, vice president and general manager of the Hunter Douglas Metals & Distribution Center, which has an electrostatic painting process for window covering products that is unique in the industry because of its color change flexibility and the eco-friendliness of its process.
Orion Ornamental Iron Introduces Iron, Wood Traversing Rods
Orion Ornamental Iron has introduced Designers’ Choice Traversing Hardware, a line of heavy-duty traversing hardware in both iron and wood.
“We are offering single and double traversing rods, in both iron and wood, all in heavy-duty, and all available with the track finished in four different designer colors,” stated Sunil Patel, CEO.
“In today’s market especially,” Patel added, “we want to support our designers with a extensive range of choices and options. Orion’s goal is to always be known as a leader in new designs and outstanding customer service.”
Orion’s Iron Art line is available in 31 finishes and the Wood Art line is available in 11 finishes. All styles are also available with or without rings.
Alkenz USA Opens New West Coast Distribution Center
Alkenz USA, Richmond, VA, has opened a new location for its West Coast distribution center in Las Vegas, NV, it announced in February.
Relocation from the previous warehouse in Seattle, WA, will provide customers on the West Coast quicker turnaround in transit time, the company stated. The strategic location of both the new Las Vegas warehouse and the recently expanded Richmond, VA, warehouse allows Alkenz USA to ship to the entire United States within 48 or less, it added.
Gene Demestre, Alkenz president, stated, “Providing quick delivery programs is vital for our customers in managing their inventories, which is especially critical in today’s challenging economy and in line with our commitment to excel with our overall service to our customers.”
B&W Launches Natural Shades with Eco-Friendly Advantage
B&W Window Fashions, Waukegan, IL, has added Nature’s Creations™, a new line of patterns to its Horizons™ Natural Woven Shade line, which feature exclusive hand-woven and hand-crafted patterns.
“These are the grassy weaves that everyone has been asking for,” said Tom Perkowitz, B & W director of marketing. “They have a wonderful organic look and feel that is so important in today’s decorating pallet. There is also the eco-friendly advantage. The grasses, reeds and other fibers of the Nature’s Creations collection are some of the most highly renewable materials on Earth and are 100 percent natural.”
The new weaves are offered in classic roman, hobbled roman and the company’s Averté Natural Fold styles.
Greenhouse Design Introduces New Lifestyle Fabric Collections
Greenhouse Design, High Point, NC, has unveiled more than a dozen new Lifestyle Collections fabrics on its Web site. The new offerings are grouped together to provide an easy resource for designers searching for similar themes, the company stated. Customers will find a wide variety of current trends and popular fabrics that can offer inspiration for their clients, it added.
The collections include “The Moon in Mumbai,” “By the Sea,” “Just a Love Affair,” “Date With a Royal,” and “Perfectly Suited.”
“Our web site is an important tool for designers who appreciate the extensive choice and ease of use it offers,” said Mike Bivins, president, Greenhouse Design. The company’s Web site, www.greenhousedesigns.net, allows visitors to browse the collections, select and save favorite patterns.
Greenhouse Design offers same-day shipping and a variety of sample books. Designers also can put together a portfolio of fabrics to e-mail to their own clients, the company stated.
Rowley Company Newest Workroom Association of America Industry Supplier
Rowley Company LLC, Gastonia, NC, has become the latest Industry Supplier with the Workroom Association of America trade association based in Waco, TX.
Workroom Association of America was formed by Mary Ann Plumlee to strengthen and support the artisans vital to the soft coverings industry. Its mission is to bring value-added programs and benefits to the workroom trade and to provide a voice for the needs and concerns of people whose skills are the cornerstone of the custom home furnishings industry, according to a statement.
Rowley Company, an industry leader in decorating and workroom supplies, has a long tradition of serving the industry and its professionals. “We are excited to extend our support and commitment to the Workroom Association of America as we work together in adding value to our respective customers,” said Bill Taylor, Rowley CEO.
Rowley Company’s product line has expanded from several dozen unique items to now include more than 2,700 items to aid workrooms, installers, upholsterers, fabricators and commercial supply businesses.
Lotus & Windoware Offers Business Class Line
Lotus & Windoware, Industry, CA, has launched a new line of one-inch aluminum blinds aimed at the office and commercial market. The fully customizable, ready-made line is called Business Class.
The key to the line, the company stated, is that office and commercial applications do not have to be a custom-only business. It aims to help dealers fill these orders as quickly as possible with a line of frequently used widths and lengths, it added.
DreamDraper G5 Gold Design Program Released
Evan Marsh Designs, Bethlehem, PA, has released the G5 Gold edition of DreamDraper® software for designing window treatments, wall elevations and space planning. Built on its DreamDraper G5 design and graphics program, the Gold edition contains new and exclusive features to make designing faster, easier and more versatile, the company stated.
Corrections and Clarifications:
In the December 2008 issue, a photo caption in the Portfolio section, page 37, incorrectly identified the product shown as Silhouette® window shadings from Hunter Douglas. The window treatments are, in fact, Pirouette® window shadings from Hunter Douglas. We regret the error.