Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2019

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KBDN Calls for Innovator Nominations EVANSTON, IL — Kitchen & Bath Design News has issued a final call for nominations for its "KBDN In- novators" program. KBDN is once again reaching out to the kitchen and bath design community for nominations and recommendations for professionals who are changing the face of the design industry. The recognition program will honor a fresh group of 50 kitchen and bath professionals whose talents and efforts continue to move the industry forward. KBDN is seeking nominations of kitchen and bath dealers, designers and showroom professionals who have made a significant difference in the kitchen and bath industry through their leadership, business and design innovations and overall contributions to the kitchen and bath industry. "Where great design meets the homeowner – trans- forming not only physical spaces, but also lives – is where 'the business of kitchen and bath design' needs to have a lasting impact," notes Janice Costa, editor. "KBDN is excited to honor those individuals who are making an impact through their thoughtful approach to the 'business of design.'" KBDN will be accepting nominations through June 3, 2019. Fifty leaders will be chosen by a team of industry experts along with the KBDN editors, and these 50 in- dustry pros will be profiled in the October 2019 issue of the magazine. The 2019 KBDN Innovators nomination form can be found at http://www.kitchenbathdesign.com/ kbdn50/. Entries must include a description of the nominee's professional career and recent accomplish- ments, along with information about why the nominee is a leader and innovator in the kitchen and bath indus- try right now. Self-nominations will be accepted. For additional information, contact KBDN Editor Janice Costa at Janice@SOLAbrands.com. Chinese Cabinet Case Being Mulled By U.S. Trade Officials WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. trade officials will proceed with investigations into charges that unfair Chinese trade practices in cabinet/vanity manufacturing and exporting are seriously undermining the businesses of U.S. cabinet suppliers. The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) last month de- termined that there "is a reasonable indication" that the U.S. cabinet industry "is materially injured by imports of wooden cabinets and vanities from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the U.S. at less than fair value." Under consideration by government officials is an unfair-trade petition filed in March by the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance (AKCA), a coalition of cabinet manufacturers and component suppliers with ties to the Kitchen Cabinet Manu- facturers Association (KCMA). The coalition – formed this year expressly for the purpose of fighting dumped and subsidized Chinese cabinet/vanity imports – has charged that, as a result of unfair trade practices, imports of lower-cost, Chinese-made kitchen cabinets and vanities into the U.S. have risen sharply in recent years, posing an existential threat to the $9.5-billion U.S. cabinet trade. The AKCA is seeking to have trade officials impose anti-dumping penalties on the Chinese, whose manufacturers and exporters have long benefited from government subsidies and other economic programs (see related story, page 18). "The U.S. cabinet industry, like the furniture industry, will go completely by the wayside if these unfair trade practices are allowed to continue," said Stephen Wellborn, an executive for Ashland, AL-based Wellborn Cabinet Inc., and a member of the AKCA's steering committee. According to Wellborn, the AKCA estimates that approximately $1.4 billion and $2 billion in Chinese cabinets and vanities, respectively, are currently being imported annually into the U.S. from China. On a unit basis, the imports comprise more than 30% of the U.S. cabinet market, said Wellborn, who also serves as president for the Reston, VA-based KCMA. According to USITC spokesperson Margaret O'Laughlin, federal statutes require that two government agencies – the USITC and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce – are involved in anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations such as this. Both agencies conduct preliminary and final-phase probes, but the agencies answer different questions. The USITC is tasked with making a determination whether there is a "reasonable indication" of injury or threat of injury to the U.S. industry, as alleged by the AKCA. The Commerce Dept. then determines whether the al- leged dumping and subsidization are occurring – and, if so, at what levels. Both agencies, O'Laughlin said, must reach affirmative final determinations in order for anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders to be formally issued. Last month's USITC preliminary phase injury decision clears the way for the Commerce Dept. to move ahead with its anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, according to O'Laughlin, who noted that, if the initial ITC determi- nation had been negative, the investigations would have ended for both agencies. The anti-dumping filing is separate from the issue of tariffs, which are part of an overarching trade agreement that was still being negotiated, as of press time, between the Trump Administration and Chinese trade officials. Dacor Opens New Chicago Showroom CHICAGO — Luxury appliance brand Dacor debuted the Dacor Kitchen Theater, its second showroom, located on the first floor of Chicago's historic Merchandise Mart on April 4, 2019. This closely follows the opening of the company's first show- room, which debuted in New York City in the famed A&D Building earlier this year, and precedes a Southern California showroom, which is slated to open this fall. Dacor President Randy Warner said of the new showroom, "Expanding Dacor's national presence is an incredible milestone for the brand. The Chicago design scene has seen a revitalization that is in line with our brand growth, and the Mart is the perfect place to highlight our new initiatives while celebrating our 50-year heritage. The Dacor Kitchen Theater is a true representation of our innovative product offering and a space that invites collaboration and education to the local design community." The new showroom spotlights the brand's two signature collections, Modernist and Heritage, and incorporates collaborative spaces for designers and homeowners, as well as a cooking demonstration space for education and programming. Visitors can browse digital color swatches and samples using an interactive design screen to select the perfect finish for their space, the firm notes. Deadline for KBDN Awards Extended EVANSTON, IL — The deadline for the 4th Annual Kitchen & Bath Design Awards, sponsored by Kitchen & Bath Design News, has been extended to May 31, 2019, with all completed entries due June 7, 2019. Submitted projects need to have been completed between Nov. 1, 2017 and May 17, 2019. Winners will be profiled in the August 2019 issue of KBDN. Categories in this year's competition focus on kitchen, master bathroom, powder room, showroom and specialty room designs. Entries will be judged by a panel of leading kitchen and bath designers based on a range of criteria, including aesthetic appeal, functionality, attention to detail, originality and overall impression. To enter and view complete contest details, visit www.KBDNAwards.com or contact Heidi Reidl at Heidi@SOLAbrands.com. Dacor recently opened the Dacor Kitchen Theater showroom in Chicago's Merchandise Mart. Photo: Mark Campbell Photography 14 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2019 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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