Bull will make Coleman-brand BBQ grills
Rialto, Calif.-based Bull Outdoor Products Inc., manufacturer of outdoor grills, carts and outdoor kitchens will begin manufacturing a line of Coleman BBQ Grills, including Carts, Outdoor Kitchens and their components.
“We are excited to combine the strength of the Coleman brand with our manufacturing and retail knowledge to introduce a quality grill program into the marketplace,” said Frank Mello, VP sales and marketing, about the licensing deal.
Bull’s Coleman Grill division will be headquartered in Athens, Tenn. In late 2012 the initial offering will be ready for sale paving the way for 2013 retailer program launches, the company announced.
Bull Outdoor Products Inc. is a manufacturer of quality branded products developed and designed for the outdoor living marketplace. Products are sold to customers in specialty retail, hearth, hardware, appliance, building materials and the building trade.
ToolkitHR, as seen by an HR Pro
It’s an old saying, but it’s true: Businesses begin and end with their people. This is especially applicable to the relationship-driven home improvement industry.
A new product from Home Channel News and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) called ToolkitHR is designed to help companies manage their human resources, avoid pitfalls and gain confidence in their HR decisions. Here’s how SHRM’s Brian Dickson, senior VP, professional development and strategic partnerships, looks at the new tool:
HCN: What are the biggest HR problems facing small businesses today?
Brian Dickson: Among the top issues facing small business is finding the right people. Despite high unemployment, many businesses face a skills gap and cannot find employees with the necessary skills. In addition, businesses will struggle to replace the skills, knowledge and experience of employees from the Baby Boom generation as they retire.
HCN: Who are the actual advisors behind ToolkitHR?
Dickson: The advisers behind ToolkitHR are 18 certified HR professionals who collectively have more than 200 years of experience in the human resources profession. We are proud of the wealth of experience of our advisors and confident that HCN subscribers will be pleased with the thorough responses they receive to their HR questions.
HCN: Who is the ideal customer for ToolkitHR?
Dickson: The ideal customer is the independent owner who is looking to protect and grow the business by using HR best practices from the respected source in the field. SHRM’s offerings will be especially useful to the independent owner. ToolkitHR will address the questions and concerns that an in-house HR person typically would have, but in a user-friendly, cost-efficient way that will provide remarkable value to users.
HCN: Has SHRM done this kind of thing before?
Dickson: This is an exciting new partnership for SHRM. We are pleased to offer SHRM’s exceptional resources and HR expertise to hardware and home improvement businesses.
SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human-resource management. Based in Alexandria, Va., and representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.
For more information, visit ToolkitHR.com.
Lifetime Brands Q4 income declines
Lifetime Brands reported fourth-quarter net income was $5.4 million, compared with $13.9 million in the prior-year period. Consolidated net sales for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, totaled $137.6 million, down 3.5% from consolidated net sales of $142.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.
For the year ended Dec. 31, 2011, net income was $14.1 million, compared with $20.3 million in 2010. Consolidated net sales were $444.4 million, up 0.3% from consolidated net sales of $443.2 million for 2010.
"Despite the company’s financial results trailing those of the prior year, I am proud of Lifetime’s achievements in 2011,” said Jeffrey Siegel, Lifetime’s chairman, president and CEO. “In 2011, we made several important investments that will accelerate our growth by broadening our product base and diversifying our geographic base. In January, we formed Housewares Corporation of Asia Limited, a Hong Kong-based joint venture that supplies direct import kitchenware programs to retailers in North, Central and South America.
"In November, we acquired Creative Tops Holdings Limited, a leading UK supplier of private-label and branded tableware and kitchenware products. In addition, in February 2012, we announced that we had entered into a joint venture to market Mikasa branded dinnerware, glassware and giftware products in China.“