Kitchen & Bath Design News

AUG 2017

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NY Metro Area Site of Upcoming Seminar EVANSTON, IL — Next month will mark the resump- tion, after a two-month summer hiatus, of the 2017 seminar series being sponsored in key U.S. markets by Kitchen & Bath Design News. The sixth program in KBDN's 2017 educational ini- tiative, "Profitable Client Engagement Strategies for Today's Evolving Market," is set for Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel, in Hauppauge, NY. The first five sessions in the seminar series took place in Phoenix, Orlando, Portland, OR, Cherry Hill, NJ and Milwaukee. Seminars are also scheduled for Oct. 18 in Southfield, MI, and Nov. 15 in Silver Spring, MD. The eight-city seminar series – aimed at enhanc- ing the client-engagement skills and profitability of kitchen/bath dealers, designers and related industry professionals – brings KBDN "live" to major U.S. mar- kets through a program presented by industry experts Jennifer Gilmer, CKD, and Eric Schimelpfenig, AKBD, delivering content created by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS. Gilmer is the owner of Chevy Chase, MD-based Jen- nifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, a leading design firm in the greater mid-Atlantic region, and Schimelpfenig is a leading authority on cutting-edge technology impacting the kitchen and bath industry, and a KBDN columnist. Targeted at kitchen and bath design professionals seeking to optimize their client-engagement skills, "Profitable Client Engagement Strategies for Today's Evolving Market" addresses how both traditional, brick- and-mortar and virtual environments are undergoing a revolutionary change, with the advent of new digi- tal tools, including kitchen/bath-related apps, smart phones, mobile devices, augmented reality and pow- erful new software. The program's emphasis is on how design firms of all sizes and business models can leverage traditional product displays, cutting-edge digital technologies and updated sales-presentation strategies aimed at key cli- ent cohorts, including the younger, more digitally savvy consumers currently impacting the market. CEU credit from NKBA will be applicable. Corporate sponsors include Best, Geberit, Jenn-Air, Plain & Fancy, Rev-A-Shelf, Showplace Wood Products and Wellborn Cabinets. Information about attendance and potential sponsorships can be obtained by visiting www.KBDN- seminars.com, or by contacting KBDN Publisher Paul DeGrandis at Paul@SOLAbrands.com. Rev-A-Shelf Acquires Glideware LO U I SV I L L E , KY — Glideware, LLC has been acquired by Rev-A-Shelf. Rev-A-Shelf General Manager David Noe, alongside Dave and Jenny Hall of Glideware, confirmed the intention to merge the two companies. "The acquisition of Glideware is a perfect fit for Rev-A-Shelf," Noe said. "We will work closely with Dave over the next few months to properly integrate their products into our customer segments. These are versatile products that resonate in many applica- tions and we expect our broad exposure to provide even more success to the line." Glideware founder Dave Hall added, "We are confident that Rev-A-Shelf will continue to deliver quality products and offer great customer service that Glideware customers have come to expect. We are proud of what we have accomplished since introducing Glideware in 2013 and could not have selected a better company to continue its success." Wilsonart and Hanwha Join Forces To Build New Manufacturing Facility TEMPLE, TX — Hanwha L&C Corp. and Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces have announced a joint-venture agreement to build a manufacturing facility in Temple, Texas, supporting expansion and growth of the Hanex Solid Surfaces and Wilsonart Solid Surface product lines. At over 125,000 square feet, the state-of-the-art facility will provide both companies with added capacity and onsite product development capabilities to service their respective North American solid surface customers. As the demand for solid surface products increases, especially in the commercial market, both Hanwha and Wilsonart experienced a need to expand production. Additionally, the new facility will give both brands the ability to maximize product availability, proximity to customers and better serve the solid surface market with locally made products. "Manufacturing in Temple, Texas, where Wilsonart's North American business is based, makes perfect sense," says Andrew Korzen, v.p., Product Management for Wilsonart Solid Surface and Wilsonart Quartz. "It supports our strategy to expand our Engineered Surfaces product platform, and represents a significant commitment to our Solid Surface program." "The timing of this initiative coincides perfectly with our renewed strategic focus on the solid surface market," says Steve Becker, v.p., Corporate Sales and Marketing for Hanwha Surfaces. "Additionally, we will have a second production line for our HanStone Quartz brand operational in September. It is our strategic vision to move our manufacturing to North America to create synergies not only for Hanwha, but also for our customers across all sectors." BSH Opens at LuxeHome in Chicago IRVINE, CA — BSH Home Appliances recently celebrated the grand opening of the BSH Experience and Design Center at LuxeHome in Chicago's historic Mer- chandise Mart. Located in the heart of Chicago, the center showcases the newest kitchen innovations in an immersive design experience featuring the entire BSH Home Appliance portfolio – Gaggenau, Thermador and Bosch – for the elite luxury, luxury and premium markets. This is the first BSH Experience and Design Center to open in the Midwest, building upon the company's existing Experience and Design Centers in New York City, Irvine, CA, Toronto and Montreal. "The opening of our Chicago location is the culmination of the strategic steps we have taken to continue the successes and growth of our BSH portfolio of brands," said Christofer von Nagel, president and CEO at BSH Home Appliances. "With our presence in this iconic city, and at LuxeHome in the landmark Merchandise Mart, BSH will have the opportunity to collaborate not only directly with consumers but also with some of the most influential architecture, development and design firms in the world." The 7,400-sq.-ft. BSH Experience Design Center is located on the first floor of the Mart at LuxeHome. A destination for architects, designers, builders and home- owners, the center will feature intimate lifestyle kitchen vignettes that showcase the latest products from the three brands. Visitors are given the opportunity to interact with BSH home appliances, and gain firsthand knowledge the features that address the needs of the kitchen and home. Representatives from BSH Home Appliances unveil the new BSH Experience and Design Center during its recent grand opening. Pictured are (l. to r.): Larry Santello, showroom manager, BSH Home Appliances; Chris Kaeser, v.p., head of Retail Sales West, BSH Home Appliances; Harald Schwille, director of IT, BSH Home Appliances; Christofer Von Nagel, CEO, BSH Home Appliances; Russ Dorsten, COO, BSH Home Appliances; John Iacoviello, senior v.p. of sales, BSH Home Appliances, and Wayne Synder, regional sales manager, BSH Home . 16 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2017 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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