Change of leadership at Haier
Haier America announced that Shariff Kan, president and CEO has stepped down and will be replaced by Adrian Micu, effective Feb. 10.
Micu comes to Haier with more than 25 years of executive-level engineering, technology and product development experience within the appliance industry. Most recently, he held the position of VP engineering with Whirlpool Corporation.
“I am honored for the opportunity to lead such a promising company into the next phase of their evolution,” said Micu. “I look forward to developing the Haier brand into a household name in appliances and electronics, advance the momentum that our team has created over the past few years, and help the organization capitalize on Haier’s overall strengths to achieve its full potential in the Americas.”
The company said that under Kan’s leadership, Haier America evolved from a trading operation in its early days to a respected supplier of home appliance and consumer electronics in North America. “His management proved instrumental during Haier’s initial entrance into the United States, playing a pivotal role in establishing partnerships with some of the largest national and regional retailers in the country.”
Nationwide Industries recalls gate latch
Nationwide Industries of Tampa, Fla., announced a product recall of a the Trident Pool Gate Latch.
The company, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, said a potentially loose magnet could prevent the latch from securing a gate.
The recalled magnetic gate latches measure 10 ins. or 20 ins. and come in black or white.
The product, manufactured in China, was sold nationwide from February to October of 2013 to professional fence contractors, dealers and gate manufacturers for $50 to $60.
Remodeling market continues upward trend
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s fourth-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions continues to show growth.
Although remodelers report the highest overall rating on business conditions at 6.51 (from 6.41 last quarter), numbers in most other categories experienced a slight drop.
“Many remodelers entered 2014 with jobs in the pipeline, which hasn’t happened in the past few years,” said Tom O’Grady, CR, CKBR, chairman of NARI’s Strategic Planning & Research Committee and president of O’Grady Builders, based in Drexel Hill, Pa. “Although inquiries, requests for bids and conversion of bids are down in Q4, that backlog has given remodelers confidence that the overall business conditions will remain positive.”
Growth indicators in the fourth quarter of 2013 are as follows (rating is from 1 to 9, where 1 is much worse than a year ago and 9 is much better; 5 is about the same as last year):
• Current business conditions was rated 6.51 (from 6.41 last quarter).
• Number of inquiries fell to 6.2, a significant drop from 6.55 last quarter.
• Requests for bids fell to 6.22 from 6.45, a significant decline from last quarter.
• Conversion of bids to jobs continues to be the weakest measure remaining flat at 6.03.
• Value of jobs sold declined to 6.27 from 6.31 recorded last quarter.
Conversion of bids to jobs continues to be the weakest measure when compared with the same time last year. Yet, the projected strength of sales in three months had a significant increase to 6.41 from the 6.12 recorded in September.
“The fourth quarter of this year was very strong for many remodelers, as reflected in the Remodeling Business Pulse Survey,” O’Grady said. “Average sale prices continue to rise, and consumers are more comfortable spending money on projects that will increase the value of their homes.