Lumber Liquidators announces fall flooring sale, contest
Hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators is launching a sale through Sept. 2.
The Fall Flooring Kickoff Sale includes discounts — $1.69 per sq. ft. on its 5-inch Gunstock Oak flooring — a 10%-off coupon and two-year financing for all of its products.
"The fall flooring season is an exciting time for customers to connect to the flooring trends they’re coveting,” CEO Robert Lynch said. “Twenty years of leading our category has created a deep understanding of what inspires homeowners. The best part is we deliver all the quality and beauty without fancy designer prices."
Along with the sale, Lumber Liquidators has launched a contest that runs through Oct. 21, with a $5,00 grand prize for the winner who fills out an entry form and votes for different flooring styles on the company’s blog.
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Ply Gem agrees to buy Simonton Windows
Cary, North Carolina-based Ply Gem signed a deal with Fortune Brands Home & Security to acquire Simonton Windows.
The deal is valued at about 10 times Simonton’s earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortization — about $130 million — and is expected to take close in October. Simonton’s annual revenues are more than $300 million.
Ply Gem will also acquire SimEx, a vinyl and PVC foam extrusion manufacturing plant in West Virginia, as part of the deal with Fortune Brands.
Ply Gem pointed to several benefits of the acquisition, including the establishment of a strong national residential windows platform, The addition of business in the repair and remodeling market (Simonton’s strength), and the prospect of operational efficiencies.
Ply Gem will operate Simonton Windows as a stand-alone business unit, similar to the way the company’s existing Siding and Window groups operate today. Simonton customers will continue to be serviced through its existing relationships.
The addition of Simonton Windows in full alignment with our strategic growth plan and will better balance the mix of end markets that we serve while strengthening our core capabilities and contributing significantly to revenues in the future,” said Gary E. Robinette, Ply Gem’s President and CEO.
Robinette added that Ply Gem will welcome the experienced Simonton management team to Ply Gem when the deal is closed.
“The sale … will allow us to more sharply focus on our Therma-Tru entry door and Fypon trim business and position us to further increase operating results in 2015,” Fortune Brands CEO Chris Klein said.
hhgregg wins out in J.D. Power ranking
Topping the list of appliance retailers up for review, hhgregg was honored with the highest score (of 819) in the J.D. Power Appliance Retailer Customer Satisfaction Study.
The annual J.D. Power survey uses criteria such as sales staff, merchandise, price and installation service to measurecustomer satisfaction with some of the country’s largest appliance retailers. This year’s study surveyed more than 2,900 customers who purchased a laundry or kitchen appliance in the previous 12 months.
Hhgregg ranked above average in every measure, ranking the highest in sales staff and overall delivery service.
“Our employees are the core of our customer experience – from sales to delivery and installation," said CEO Dennis May. "I’m incredibly proud of our recognition as the top appliance retailer in J.D. Power’s customer satisfaction study. Each and every hhgregg employee played a role in earning this award. As a retailer, our primary objective is to consistently deliver impeccable customer service before, during and after every customer’s purchase. Our dedicated staff exemplifies this commitment every day.”
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