Acpi flexes muscles in the cabinet category
Eighteen months after the purchase of Armstrong Cabinets, cabinetry manufacturer acpi created Echelon Cabinetry and Advanta Cabinets.
Delivering a 35 percent increase in production capacity and offering a better kitchen cabinet customer specification and buying experience have been acpi’s top priorities, the company said. Over $7 million has been invested into operational enhancements and process improvements, focused on improving overall service levels to customers.
Acpi will meet an increasing demand in a market currently challenged by supply and service issues, through the creation of their two new cabinetry lines: Echelon Cabinetry for home builders, dealers and remodelers and Advanta Cabinets for multifamily clients and architects.
“For more than 18 months we’ve quietly, very aggressively reinvented the company from top to bottom to prepare us for more business and to serve our customers better,” said Nick Billig, CEO of acpi. “For home builders, dealers and remodeling professionals and their customers, Echelon offers a better overall cabinet experience. For multifamily professionals, Advanta means you have a cabinet partner 100 percent dedicated to your style, performance, delivery and service needs. We’re heavily invested into making Echelon and Advanta the trusted sources for kitchen cabinets, delivered on-time and 100% complete” said Billig.
“We also brought in an experienced and dynamic executive team, with a good combination of industry experience and successful track-records in and out of the cabinetry industry,” continued Billig. “Acpi has also engaged end-users, in extensive qualitative and quantitative research. This led us to new insights which we have been applying in unique ways to improve our customers overall cabinetry experience.”
In 2012 the Armstrong Cabinets division was acquired by American Industrial Partners (AIP) and taken private. Now known as acpi, headquarters are based in The Colony, Texas with primary production facilities in Thompsontown, Pennsylvania.
Toter gets its first VP retail
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wastequip has hired Andrew Bardsley to the newly created role of VP retail for the Toter brand, in which he will be charged with leading the team’s new Retail Business Unit.
With Bardsley in place, Toter’s consumer business is poised to work toward its new long-term growth initiatives, including a move that will involve shifting all of its manufacturing operations to the U.S. Bardsley will be at the helm of Toter’s "Made in America" initiative.
His new role will also see him in charge of the sales, marketing and product development for the business unit.
Bardsley’s resume includes more than 20 years of experience in the global manufacturing and industrial market, featuring roles with Ingersoll Rand and Atlas Copco. His most previous role was at Ingersoll as global assembly business leader.
“We’re excited to welcome Andy into the Wastequip fold," said CEO Marty Bryant. "Toter is a well-known brand with strong American roots, and our retail customers in particular are demanding American-made products. Andy will help us create a disciplined strategy around this key sales channel of our business. We believe there is great opportunity to expand Toter’s footprint in the retail channel, and we’re confident that Andy’s vast experience and strong established relationships will allow us to realize this opportunity.”
Haier hires former GE exec
Haier America announced Paul Riley has been appointed VP sales and marketing for major appliances.
Riley will be accountable for the creation and exectuion of the go-to-market strategy for all categories, the company announced.
Riley has held many sales and marketing roles throughout his 15-year career with GE Appliances, where he most recently worked as senior brand and product line marketing manager. He also led GE’s efforts to redefine the Monogram brand through a preferred builder program, a consumer facing rebate program and brand distribution strategy.
Haier America is a subsidiary of the global Haier Group, which employs 70,000 people around the world.