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Remote-access locksets gain wider distribution

Remote-access locksets gain wider distribution Sarah DeMaster SARAH DEMASTER NATIONAL REPORT – Wireless remote locksets were introduced last summer, but the strongest test of consumer demand for these devices is expected to occur over the next few months. As manufacturers make these products available to the entire home improvement market, both they and retailers are […]

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Kincaid Furniture to sell Laura Ashley brand – Laura Ashley Home Furnishings by Kincaid

Kincaid Furniture to sell Laura Ashley brand – Laura Ashley Home Furnishings by Kincaid – Brief Article The line — Laura Ashley Home Furnishings by Kincaid — will debut next April at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point Enterprise, N.C. It will be sold by upscale retailers including Kincaid Home Furnishings stores, in-store […]

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Wickes restructuring efforts paying off

Wickes restructuring efforts paying off VERNON HILLS, ILL. — The 1997 decision by Wickes’ management to restructure the company into three formats — large and small market stores and commercial sales — with a strong emphasis on technology and manufacturing is turning up impressive numbers now. For the second quarter ended June 26, 1999, Wickes’ […]

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Imperial Home Decor Group to emerge from Ch. 11

Imperial Home Decor Group to emerge from Ch. 11 – Brief Article Cleveland-based wallcoverings supplier scales back, reorganizes CLEVELAND — Imperial Home Decor Group, the industry’s largest supplier of wallcoverings, expects to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of March, after the supplier filed a plan for reorganization under Chapter 11 on Dec. 18. A […]

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Industry vet reflects on 31 years

Industry vet reflects on 31 years In October, Dallas-based Builders FirstSource announced that Ben Phillips, president of its Southeast Group and a former executive at Lowe’s and Pelican Cos., was retiring. Pro Dealer caught up with Phillips and talked to him about his career and his plans for the future. Retirement isn’t a word we […]

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Americans pick showers over tubs

Americans pick showers over tubs Monica Toriello New survey shows whirlpools still lead as luxury items, but shower systems gain ground Most Americans shower everyday, for 10 minutes or less, and spend 35 minutes of time in the bathroom, on average. These are some of the not-so-surprising findings on people’s ablutions derived from the 1999 […]

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Western wood production hit seven-year high last year…and sales of most engineered products should remain strong

Western wood production hit seven-year high last year…and sales of most engineered products should remain strong Lower demand in North America for structural wood panels due to less home building is expected to reduce production of wood panels by 2.3 percent, to 39.1 billion square feet, next year, according to APA-The Engineered Wood Association. APA […]

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Recreating the Wall

Recreating the Wall Dawn Wilensky As decorative painting becomes more user friendly, its growing popularity inspires new trends in the home Interest in decorative painting has experienced “faux”nomenal growth over the past five years as improved techniques and materials have attracted a legion of interior designers, artists and creative do-it-yourselfers. “We have gradually gotten into […]

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Windy City amid home-building boom

Windy City amid home-building boom CHICAGO — Home building in Chicago is back. Through July, the number of building permits issued in this market increased 71 percent during the same period in 1997, representing “the highest number of permits ever processed in this city,” according to Bruce Deason, assistant vp-governmental affairs at the Home Builders […]

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Stewart Lumber works to meet pros’ nee

Stewart Lumber works to meet pros’ nee When the 1990s began, Brentwood, Tenn.-based Stewart Lumber was just another old-line lumber dealer with one yard in the semi-rural town of Dickson, Tenn., and a headquarters yard in this town just outside of metro Nashville. Ten years later, it’s another story. Stewart Lumber now operates four yards […]