Home Depot drops Paula Deen
Home Depot joined a growing list of corporations severing ties with celebrity chef Paula Deen, who admitted using a racial slur in the past.
Deen’s branded items — the Paula Deen Signature Tools collection — were available through Homedepot.com’s kitchen and cookware section. The wide variety of products ranged from rolling pins to tea kettles. A spokesman for the Atlanta-based retailer said that the cookware products were on the company’s website, but that Home Depot had no sponsorships or partnerships with Paula Deen properties.
The company’s website described the collection this way: “The Paula Deen Signature Tools collection combines classic Southern style with tried and true kitchen pieces that have stood the test of time.”
Deen’s saga has become a media sensation since she revealed about a week ago that she used a racial slur. Walmart, the Food Network and Smithfield Foods also cut ties with the chef.
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Thomasville Cabinetry wins top accolades from J.D. Power
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Kitchen Cabinet Satisfaction Study recognized Thomasville Cabinetry as number one on the customer satisfaction scale. The manufacturer ranked nearly 30 points higher than its competitors at 800 on a 1,000-point scale.
"As a company, our goal is to provide fashionable products at competitive prices that meet or exceed the expectations of today’s homeowners, and being recognized by J.D. Power and Associates is a great honor," said Brian Eckman, MasterBrand Cabinets executive VP product/brand.
For the past six years, the survey has been measuring customer satisfaction by evaluating order/delivery efficiency, price, design, performance and warranty. The 2013 study was based on responses from over 1,800 customers who had purchased cabinetry within the past 12 months.
Thomasville Cabinetry is manufactured by MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc. and is available exclusively at Home Depot stores in the U.S. and Canada.