Caesarstone signs exclusive deal with IKEA US
Menashe, Israel-based Caesarstone Sdot-Yam, manufacturer of engineered quartz surfaces, announced that it has entered into an agreement with IKEA US as the exclusive non-laminate countertop vendor.
Caesarstone will source, finish and distribute countertop products, including mainly Caesarstone quartz surfaces as well as other materials.
“We are excited to begin this important relationship with one of the world’s great retailers,” said Yosef Shiran, CEO of Caesarstone. “IKEA has been a driving force in bringing great modern design and tremendous value to a wide range of consumers around the world, particularly through their customized kitchen and bath product lines."
According to the announcement, Caesarstone’s four collections of products — Classico, Supremo, Motivo and Concetto — are available in more than 40 countries around the world.
Optimus recalls portable electric heaters
Optimus Enterprises of Anaheim, Calif., announced a recall Portable Infrared Radiant Quartz Electric Space Heaters due to a fire hazard.
The recall affects some 355,000 units that were sold at Northern Tool, Best Buy Market Place, Family Dollar, Heartland, Rite Aid and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ebay.com and Walmart.com from October 2011 through December 2012 for between $25 and $30.
The heater design can fail to prevent ignition of nearby combustible materials that come in contact with the unit, posing a fire hazard to the consumer. No incidents or injuries have been reported.
The product was manufactured in China by Dongguang Hong-Hwa Electric Co., according to the recall announcement.
Haier names new sales and marketing executive
Haier has named Rian Cain senior VP of sales and marketing for Home Appliances and Home Comfort. Mr. Cain comes to Haier with over 30 years of experience in the appliances industry, including 22 years with Maytag Corp.
He will report to Ma Chunyu, COO of Haier America, and will lead all product marketing, sales and branding initiatives for Home Comfort and Home Appliance products.
“Rian Cain brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his 30 years in the industry and we are excited for him to continue our commitment to provide innovative home solutions to consumers,” said Chunyu. “We are confident that his exceptional ability to build context and meaning behind our brand combined with his deep understanding of the retail industry uniquely qualify him to lead our sales and marketing teams through this next phase of our growth.”
Most recently, Mr. Cain served as VP of sales and marketing with American TV & Appliances. Prior to American, he was VP sales and marketing for Sharp Electronics for the Home Appliance division. Previous to Sharp, Mr. Cain spent the first 22 years of his career with Maytag where he held progressively increasing roles of sales and marketing responsibility.