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Electrolux in Agreement to Buy GE Appliances

Electrolux

STOCKHOLM-Electrolux and General Electric have swung a deal whereby Electrolux will acquire GE’s appliance business for $3.3 billion. According to a joint statement from the two companies, the acquisition—described by Keith McLoughlin, Electrolux’s president and CEO, as “our largest ever”—will close on an unspecified date in 2015. It is expected to bolster Electrolux’s global applianceMore »

Last updated: September 8, 2014

World Kitchen Sets Fashionable Pose in NYC

WorldKitchen_couple

NEW YORK–Fashion designer Trina Turk talked about home entertaining and created table settings for World Kitchen during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week here last week. The Fashion Kitchen event, “celebrating colorful and stylish entertaining,” was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and featured three thematic tables, each set with new CW by Corningware bakeware andMore »

Last updated: September 8, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid Acquires Ignite

Contigo water bottles

ATLANTA–Newell Rubbermaid has acquired Ignite USA, maker of hydration bottles and thermal mugs, from private equity firm New Castle Partners for approximately $308 million. Ignite’s brands, Contigo and Avex, are expected to generate more than $125 million in net sales in 2014, according to Newell Rubbermaid. “We are excited to welcome the Ignite team toMore »

Last updated: September 5, 2014

Dallas Market Center Releases Future Dates

Dallas Market Center

DALLAS–Dallas Market Center has released the dates for its Total Home & Gift Markets and International Lighting Markets through the year 2018. The market dates are consistent with its practice to follow the Atlanta market in January and lead the summer show cycle as the first market in June. “Dallas Market Center has a long-standingMore »

Last updated: September 4, 2014

Harris Resigns from Swiss Gourmet USA

Mark Harris

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Mark Harris has resigned from his post as president of Swiss Gourmet USA. He has held his position since the company was founded in February 2011. At this time there is no plan to name a replacement, the company said. Swiss Gourmet USA’s Jason Ledbetter was promoted to vice president of sales from nationalMore »

Last updated: September 4, 2014

Zak Charity Event Raises More than $500K

Zak Designs

SPOKANE, Wash.–The recently held Zak! Charity Open, now in its 15th year, raised more than $560,000. Proceeds from the event, held in late July here in Spokane, will benefit the Rypien Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. The Rypien Foundation was founded by Superbowl MVP Mark Rypien, who lost his three-year-old son,More »

Last updated: September 4, 2014

Andis Adds Arends to Marketing Staff

Al Arends

STURTEVANT, Wis.-Andis has named Al Arends marketing product manager. Arends, who reports to Karen Formico, vice president of marketing, will be responsible for overseeing products from inception to the market and working across the organization to develop and meet the company’s overall strategic product plan. Arends succeeds Cheri Grabowski, who decided not to return afterMore »

Last updated: September 3, 2014

AmericasMart Announces Market Dates

AmericasMart

ATLANTA–AmericasMart yesterday confirmed dates for the January and July editions of its Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Markets through calendar year 2018. The dates’ confirmation follows extensive review of customer scheduling and timing requirements and preferences, and sustains Atlanta’s long-standing first-market position in both the January and July show cycles, according to Jeffrey L.More »

Last updated: September 3, 2014