Industry Dashboard for May 19, 2014
Housing starts swooped up 13.2% to highs not seen since before the economy-busting winter. Plus, retail sales got a nice (but seasonally consistent) boost in March.
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Ricciardi Brothers expands to Pennsylvania
Maplewood, New Jersey-based paint retailer Ricciardi Brothers is expanding its reach throughout the Philadelphia metro area with the purchase of Old City Paint & Decorating stores.
The move brings nine Philadelphia-area stores to Ricciardi Brothers, increasing its total footprint to 29 locations. Ricciardi is the largest Benjamin Moore retailer in New Jersey.
“Ricciardi Brothers is thrilled to now be serving customers throughout Philadelphia,” said Walter Ricciardi, president of Ricciardi Brothers. “Since our inception, we have been committed to providing excellent service with fair prices and will remain committed to this core value as we continue to expand.”
Starting this month, Old City Paint & Decorating stores throughout Philadelphia will be branded as Ricciardi Brothers Old City Inc.
Specializing in indoor and outdoor paints, wallpaper, window treatments and expert design services, Ricciardi Brothers has helped creatively transform tens of thousands of homes and businesses for more than 85 years. With a focus on the Benjamin Moore portfolio, Ricciardi Brothers offer advice and personalized service that allow customers to do more with their homes and commercial establishments.
Marvin rolls out contemporary designs
Warroad, Minnesota-based Marvin Windows and Doors launched six new offerings to its contemporary line, including a 90-degree corner window.
"We are always listening to our customers’ needs and have continued to see a big uptick in contemporary projects in the marketplace," said Christine Marvin, director of marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors. "Marvin is committed to providing solutions that offer large expansive glass, design flexibility and performance, which is why we’ve created a whole new suite of products and options that bring the modern look to life with superior performance."
Marvin’s new contemporary offerings include:
• The 90-Degree Corner Window, a dramatic focal point that brings rooms alive with a panoramic view.
• The new, contemporary Ultimate Swinging French Door, now available with narrower stiles and rails. Result: less wood, more glass, bringing more natural light into the room and dramatically increasing the view.
• Marvin is also introducing a new selection of hardware options. With a clean, simple design, square handle and minimalist lever, the new handle set perfectly complements the contemporary Ultimate Swinging Door and Bi-fold Door.
Pearlescent Finishes in Bright Silver and Copper are available. These colors offer aesthetics similar to anodized aluminum, with superior performance and its AAMA 2605-certified finish. These finishes are also backed by a 20-year warranty against chalking and fading.
"Our new contemporary products feature strong, clean lines, and with larger glass areas on the windows and doors, more natural light can pass through the space," said Marvin.