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JUN 2018

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Plain & Fancy Hosts Dealer Training SCHAEFFERSTOWN, PA — Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry hosted over 20 individuals, consisting of its designers and representatives, at its May Dealer Train- ing. Over the course of three days, attendees received first-hand training on the company's products and instruction on how to properly and accurately quote jobs. They were also treated to a presentation from interior fittings firm Kessebohmer. Artisan Group Holds Annual Meeting AUSTIN, TX — The 7th Annual Artisan Group Meeting & Industry showcase was held recently at Architectural Stone Group's headquarters in Austin, TX. Exhibi- tors included Braxton-Bragg, Granquartz, Kohler and Laser Products. Members shared results from the recently launched metrics program, as well as member best practices. The meeting also showcased the group's three newest members: Lakeside Surfaces, Summit Stoneworks and True Blue Granite. Alex Chausovsky, an expert in macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, energy efficiency, automation and advanced technology trends, delivered a key presentation during the event. Chausovsky has been featured in major industry trade publications and media such as The Wall Street Journal, NPR and the BBC. Following the meeting and industry showcase, Artisan Group members and exhibitors were treated to a great performance by local band Aaron McDonnell & The Neon Eagles, while enjoying famous Texas barbecue from The Salt Lick. "We squeeze in lots of business and fellowship into our annual meeting and industry showcase, including our new financial programs, generous vendor partners and lots of Texas hospitality," said Jon Lancto, Artisan Group president. "This year was even better because, with each meeting, we learn what our members value. We are excited about the momentum and growth of the group and have big plans for the rest of 2018." Circle No. 11 on Product Card Sherwin-Williams Launches Wood Coatings Online Inspiration Tool CLEVELAND, OH — Sherwin-Williams, through its Industrial Wood Coatings di- vision, has introduced the Virtual Panel Studio, a first-of-its-kind online inspiration tool that provides furniture, kitchen cabinet and other wood product designers ac- cess to a complete library of high-resolution images of finished wood panels. These panels can be saved, downloaded, used in renderings and shared with customers or fellow collaborators to inspire future projects, any time and from anywhere. "We're excited to be pioneers in the industry when it comes to offering wood product designers the ability to securely source the latest colors and finishes on a wide array of wood species with the click of a button," said Joe Kujawski, global director of marketing, Sherwin-Williams Industrial Wood Coatings Division. When logged into their password-protected account, wood product designers and product developers can search and save hundreds of high-resolution wood panel images in the latest trending colors and finishes. The panel images are fre- quently updated, and users can download them in a variety of formats to be used within design software, create private collections for future reference or share with clients or fellow design team members. Sherwin-Williams curated collections are also available for users to learn about the latest in trending finishes, innovative techniques and popular coating technologies. Once a designer or product developer has identified their favorite panels in the Virtual Panel Studio, they should make an appointment at the Sherwin-Williams Global Color and Design Center (GCDC) in Greensboro, NC, where a team of color stylists can help them bring their own proprietary finish to life. To learn more about the Sherwin-Williams Virtual Panel Studio online resource and the Global Color and Design Center, visit oem.sherwin-williams.com/gcdc. Emser Tile Opens Multiple Showrooms LOS ANGELES — Emser Tile has opened two new showrooms and service cen- ters in North America. The new Florida location marks its sixth in the state, while the Charleston location is its first in South Carolina. In total, the company has 74 showroom and service center locations nationwide. The openings were ushered in with the continued exponential growth in the Florida and South Carolina markets, and signal a continued commitment to the southeastern region. The showrooms will strategically support retailers, architects, designers, builders and contractors with local service and increased inventory. "We are elated that industry growth throughout the Southeast continues to en - able new opportunities for Emser Tile and our partners," shared Barbara Haaksma, Emser Tile v.p. of marketing. 20 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2018 INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET

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