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GE’s first Monogram French door built-in refrigerator

BY HBSDEALER Staff

GE has launched its first-ever Monogram French door built-in refrigerator, adding its own signature twist to the burgeoning French door trend.

“Our designers worked with our customers to create our first Monogram French door built-in model—one that authentically combines superior craftsmanship and performance as only Monogram can,” said Michael Mahan, product manager for Monogram Refrigeration.

The launch of the product is part of a $20 million investment in GE’s Selmer, Tenn. manufacturing facility. The company cited an Association of Household Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) report from October 2013, which found that the French door configuration is the fastest-growing refrigerator style at the moment.

The Monogram French door fridge is built with tempered glass, fabricated steel and anodized aluminum.

It also features two 18-inch wide doors, 14.49 cubic feet of space for fresh food, and a bottom freezer drawer housing 6.06 cubic feet. The configuration includes four adjustable shelves, six adjustable door bins, an icemaker using GE’s advanced water filtration system, and a digital control panel.

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Springs Window Fashions acquires Horizons Window Fashions

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Springs Window Fashions, LLC has announced the completion of its acquisition of Horizons Window Fashions, which includes the totality of its assets and its Waukegan and Gurnee, Ill. operations.

"Horizons’ history dates back to 1891, and similar to Springs’, has been evolving and adapting to the changing needs of their customers and the industry," explained Springs Window Fashions in a statement. "Horizons produces high-quality products, provides exceptional customer service, and brings a management team with a high level of industry knowledge, skill and integrity. These characteristics align well with Springs."

Horizons will retain its management structure and go-to-market strategies, with president Bill O’Connor reporting directly to Springs president and CEO Scott Fawcett.

Middleton, Wis.-based Springs currently operates in nine locations across the U.S. and Mexico, with a staff of approximately 5,000 associates.

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Cedar Creek plans new Atlanta location

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Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek has announced its plans to build a new distribution center in Atlanta.

"This expansion into one of the nation’s top housing markets underscores our ongoing commitment to growing Cedar Creek’s geographic footprint," said CEO Bill Adams. "Although we are currently servicing Atlanta from Birmingham, Ala., our new location will assure that we provide the best possible service and localized product mix to our Atlanta-area customers."

Cedar Creek COO D. Wayne Trousdale added that the company is currently in the process of hiring employees in Atlanta with knowledge of the local market.

The wholesale building materials distribution company currently maintains 16 locations in 25 states.

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