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FEB 2019

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KBDN Accepting Design Awards Entries EVANSTON, IL — Kitchen & Bath Design News is now accepting entries for its 4th Annual Kitchen & Bath De- sign Awards. The competition was created as a way to recognize kitchen and bath specialists and other industry professionals for outstanding project design and construction. Categories in this year's competition include: • Best Kitchen over $225,000 • Best Kitchen $150,000 to $225,000 • Best Kitchen $75,000 to $150,000 • Best Kitchen under $75,000 • Best Master Bathroom over $100,000 • Best Master Bathroom $50,000-$100,000 • Best Master Bathroom under $50,000 • Best Powder Room • Best Showroom • Best Universal Design Kitchen or Bath • Best Specialty Project Entries will be judged by a panel of leading kitchen and bath designers based on a range of criteria, includ- ing aesthetic appeal, functionality, attention to detail, originality and overall impression. Submitted projects need to have been completed be- tween Nov. 1, 2017 and May 17, 2019. Registration for the competition will run through May 3, 2019, and all complet- ed entries must be submitted by May 17, 2019. Winners will be profiled in the August 2019 issue of KBDN. "The Kitchen & Bath Design Awards program cel- ebrates projects and individuals who are performing exemplary design work in the kitchen and bath industry. It is professionals like these who deliver homeowners remarkable spaces, which then perpetuates a growing demand for our segment expertise," said Paul DeGrandis, publisher of KBDN and president of SOLA Group. "In an ever-competitive time for homeowners' discretionary dol- lars, we are excited to showcase another year of projects that highlight why the kitchen and bath design specialty should be continuously supported and recognized." For more information, contact Paul DeGrandis at Paul@SOLAbrands.com. To receive an entry form or view complete contest details, visit www.KBDNAwards. com or contact Heidi Reidl at Heidi@SOLAbrands.com. Formica Acquired by Broadview Industries CINCINNATI, OH — Fletcher Building has announced the sale of Cincinnati-based Formica Group to Broadview Industries, a Netherlands-based industrial firm with a significant presence in high-pressure laminate and associated product lines. The sale, which totaled $840 million, includes Formica businesses in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as its Homapal metal laminates business. The announcement reflects the signing of a Sale Purchase Agreement, which defines the main elements of the transaction and brings together two leading companies in the international decorative surfacing industry. The transition is expected to be finalized in the first half of 2019. The Formica Group invented laminate in 1913 and remains a leading provider of branded, designed surfacing solutions for commercial and residential custom- ers worldwide. Broadview Industries currently owns Trespa (the global leader in exterior compact siding), Arpa (the largest HPL provider in Italy and developer of the innovative Fenix product line) and Westag (German based HPL manufacturer and a large-scale fabricator). "This combination represents an exciting future for the Formica Group, as the two businesses are complementary with a strong strategic alignment. Formica brings a global reach with its operational and commercial capabilities and Broad- view brings unique and innovative product technologies, including Trespa exterior products and Fenix acrylic surfaces," said Mitch Quint, president of Formica Corp. North America. "We're grateful to Fletcher Building for investing in our business for 11 years and for finding a buyer in Broadview Industries who echoes our commit- ment to product leadership, sales and specification excellence, and industry-leading customer service." Based in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, Broadview is a holding company that pursues long-term growth and value creation through active support of its operating companies. Broadview is controlled by HAL Holding N.V., an international holding company with a history that dates back to 1873. With the acquisition of the Formica Group, Broadview will become a global leader in high-pressure laminate. Ceramica Cielo Celebrates Opening of Miami-based Flagship Store VITERBO, ITALY — Ceramica Cielo recently celebrated the opening of its U.S-based flagship store, located in the Design District in Miami, FL. The store represents the company's next stage of international expansion, according to the firm. The store, which measures over 1,000 square feet, showcases Ceramic Cielo's handmade ceramics from Italy. Contemporary bath furnishings are featured throughout the space, which is designed to dramatically display the products as iconic objects. Each micro en - vironment is designed to evoke a different mood, characterized by neutral tones. The store offers a mix of shapes, sizes, thicknesses and colors. Kesseböhmer USA Relocates WILMINGTON, NC — Kesseböhmer USA, Inc. has relocated its North American headquarters and will occupy the third floor of the recently renovated historic Sol- omon Building on the southeast corner of Front and Market streets in downtown Wilmington, NC. According to the National Registrar, "The building is typical of early 20th century commercial architecture with Italianate influences and serves as a major center of the commercial, political and cultural activity within the historic district." The 5,000-sq.-ft. space, packed with distinctive historic architecture and pro- gressive design elements, houses local full-time staff and serves as office and training space for sales and product specialist teams. To celebrate the opening of its new office, Kesseböhmer recently hosted Wilm- ington Mayor Bill Saffo and other dignitaries for a ribbon cutting ceremony courtesy of Wilmington Downtown, Inc. 16 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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