Home improvement industry flexes its muscles at 2014 CES
Despite the preponderance of consumer electronics at the aptly-named 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, taking place currently in Las Vegas, certain brands representing the home improvement industry were present in considerable force.
Samsung was in attendance with updated home appliances, including a brand new lineup of refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers known as the Samsung Chefs Collection. The company also unveiled new laundry appliance pairs and vacuum cleaners, the former boasting 5.6 cubic feet of capacity in both front- and top-load configurations.
Kwikset, maker of the Kevo Smart Lock, also had its own surprises in store. The company announced the upcoming release of a remote Bluetooth-enabled locking technology this summer.
Dacor announced its Discovery iQ 48-in. Dual-Fuel Range, which the company touts as the first-ever range to feature an integrated, wireless tablet. The technology will enable customers to control the range via smart phone or tablet.
Whirlpool was also in attendance with a full range of smart home displays, ranging from an interactive cooktop surface to microwaves that respond to the imaginations and needs of customers.
“Our inspiration is the consumer’s vision for the future and how we can bring it into focus for them through Whirlpool product innovation,” said Chris Quatrochi, director of Global Creative Design, Whirlpool Corporation. “CES is a time we can stimulate the consumer’s imagination by showcasing new in-market and conceptual products that evolve and have the ability to fit seamlessly into their lives.”
Briggs & Stratton hires a couple industry vets
Briggs & Stratton Corporation has hired Randy Lockyear and Rick Wendt, both veterans of the commercial engine industry.
"Randy and Rick are both respected leaders in the commercial and industrial engine community and we’re excited to have them lead our commercial sales team," said Joe Wright, SVP and president, Briggs & Stratton engines group. "We have made significant investments in commercial engine innovation and product offerings over the past few years. The addition of Randy and Rick, with their deep industry knowledge, significantly enhances the strength of our commercial sales team and reinforces our commitment to growing our commercial engine business and profitability."
Lockyear will take on the role of senior director of commercial sales, overseeing sales in North America of the company’s commercial engines (especially those of the Vanguard brand). In his previous role, he served as national sales manager for North American/Australian engine sales for Kawasaki Motors Corp, where he has worked for over 20 years.
Meanwhile, Wendt will step in as director of commercial sales, with a focus on the light construction and utility commercial business. He hails from American Honda Motor Company, Inc., where he worked for over 30 years, most recently as national OEM sales manager.
WDMA gains a new member
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association added Lexington Manufacturing as a member.
The WDMA provides advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ways for members to provide greater value to their customers.
Lexington Manufacturing supplies close tolerance components for the window, patio door, residential entry door, architectural passage door, fire door, as well as cabinet and furniture manufacturing industries. They manufacture structural millwork components for the packaging industry and supply distributors serving the industrial millwork and commercial building industries.
"Lexington Manufacturing is extremely pleased to join the WDMA and provide support in serving the window and door industries," said Bob Dimke, President of Lexington Manufacturing Inc. "Lexington’s commitments to customer service, innovation, and product development for the fenestration and architectural door industries is what generates the high level of enthusiasm of the Lexington Team."