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SEP 2018

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KBDN Seminar Series Resumes in Seattle EVANSTON, IL — This month will mark the resump- tion, after a two-month summer hiatus, of the ongoing series of all-day seminars being presented by Kitchen & Bath Design News in key U.S. markets. KBDN's six-city seminar series is scheduled to re- sume its 2018 programming on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, at the Seattle Airport. 2018 seminars have previously been presented in the Philadelphia, Detroit and San Francisco metro areas. Additional dates for the seminar series include Oct. 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hollywood Beach, in the Miami FL suburbs, and Nov. 18 in the New York area. KBDN's seminar series theme is "Inspiring Cli- ents: The Very Latest Design, Product and Marketing Trends." Corporate sponsors include Liebherr, Plain & Fancy, Rev-A-Shelf, Showplace Cabinetry and Wellborn Cabinets. Aimed at kitchen and bath design professionals seek- ing to sharpen their design and product trend knowledge, the day-long seminars offer winning combinations of concepts, colors, textures, lighting and more to meet the needs of today's most discerning clients. In addition, attendees will also be exposed to deeper explorations of emerging marketing technologies – from making the most of websites to exploring new ways to create video to fully utilizing social media/online design platforms. The design and product trends segments are pre- sented by Richard Anuszkiewicz, an award-winning designer. KBDN's technology columnist Eric Schimelp- fenig then focuses on how to make the most of the latest digital marketing tools, including video, social media and website content. Attendees have the opportunity to earn CEU credits from both the NKBA and NARI. Additional information regarding attendance and sponsorship opportunities can be obtained by visit- ing www.KBDNseminars.com, or by contacting KBDN Publisher Paul DeGrandis at Paul@SOLAbrands.com. Ferguson Makes Four Acquisitions NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Ferguson has announced four acquisitions intended to grow its commercial and residential business in Louisiana, Kentucky and California. The company has acquired Appliance Distributors of Louisiana, a Baton Rouge-based appliance showroom serving homeowners, contractors, builders and kitchen designers in south Louisiana and eastern Mississippi. The firm will provide a brick and mortar showroom presence for Ferguson in Baton Rouge. Ferguson will expand the showroom by adding plumbing and lighting to better serve the builder/designer community. The company will operate as ADL, a Fer- guson enterprise for a period of time before transitioning to the Ferguson brand. Newly acquired Brock-McVey is a seven-location plumbing and HVAC supplier headquartered in Lexington, KY. The acquisition expands Ferguson's brick-and- mortar footprint in Kentucky, adding locations in Corbin, Prestonsburg and eastern Louisville. Brock-McVey also has locations in Frankfort, Bowling Green, Lexington and Morehead. The company will operate as Brock-McVey, a Ferguson enterprise for a period of time before transitioning to the Ferguson brand. Expanding in the lighting and accessories area, Ferguson has acquired The Lighting Design Center, a lighting showroom serving architects, builders, designers and homeowners in Santa Rosa, CA. The company offers lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, decorative mirrors, window treatments, furniture and home accessories. Ferguson plans to rebrand the company to a Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery destination showroom and introduce plumbing and appliances. Finally, Ferguson has added Wright Plumbing Supply, a single-location plumbing supplier serving commercial and residential contractors in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. The company's location allows Ferguson to better serve its customers in a densely populated area and complements nearby Ferguson locations. The company will operate as Wright Plumbing Supply, a Ferguson enterprise for a period of time before transitioning to the Ferguson brand. Wilsonart Acquires Dallas Firm AUSTIN, TX — Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces has announced that it will acquire Laminate Works Dallas, a division of Laminate Works Inc., a Kansas City-based manufacturer of decorative High Pressure Laminate (HPL) panels. "This acquisition supports the continued growth of Wilsonart's Coordinated Surfaces program with expanded capacity for the manufacture of HPL panels," said Tim Atkinson, v.p. sales. Laminate Works Dallas has 25 employees. The company manufactures HPL decorative panels that are sold to downstream manufacturers who cut, shape and machine them to create finished products for use in multiple industries. "Our company has a good name and reputation for taking care of customers with high-quality products and on-time shipments," says Geoffrey Athey, general manager, Laminate Works Dallas. "Now as a part of the Wilsonart organization, we have stronger support for our brand. Customers can continue to count on service from the Laminate Works Dallas team during the transition." FEI Celebrates Growth, Plans October Event MARIETTA, GA — FEI Group, parent company to Home Solutions by FloorExpo, MultiFamily Solutions by FloorExpo, KBx and K&B Alliance, has added 12 mem- bers in the last six months and is poised to have another record year of growth, the group notes. In the last several months, the organization has welcomed Guy's Floor Service in Denver, CO; Carpet Solutions in Knoxville, TN; Starlite Kitchens & Baths in Byron Center, MI; The Kitchen Showcase in Centennial, CO; Builders Choice in Houston, TX and Greencraft in Phoenix, AZ, among others. KBx and K&B Alliance, the FEI Group divisions focused on cabinets, counter- tops, decorative plumbing and hardware, have seen the greatest surge. The KBx membership is 30 members strong with over 100 showrooms; K&B Alliance is now counting over 40 members who collectively represent 150 showrooms nationwide, with one international member. "What sets us apart from other membership organizations is the culture of positivity and forward momentum we've established," said Brian Penabad, v.p. of kitchen and bath for FEI Group. "We drive tremendous member interaction, particularly through our popular field trips. Folks are attracted to what we're doing and how we're doing it." The group's kitchen and bath supply side has also grown significantly. To date, the roster of supply partners is more than 50, covering 17 categories. Exclusive partnerships with companies such as MasterBrand, The Stock Market, Richelieu, Top Knobs, Houzz and Whirlpool offer members an advantage in their markets. This year marks FEI Group's 20th year in business, a milestone the company will celebrate in San Diego in October. The organization is expecting over 600 at- tendees at the event. The conference line-up includes industry professionals who will discuss topics ranging from space planning and color trends to compensation programs and successfully resolving problem jobs. FEI Group is a division of CCA Global Partners, a cooperative management company with over 3,500 showrooms nationwide. Visit feigroup.net to learn more. FEI members enjoy a recent field trip to Primera in Phoenix, AZ. 14 Kitchen & Bath Design News • September 2018 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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