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A master kitchen wins Artisan Group photo contest

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Rocky Mountain Stone in Albuquerque, N.M., won first prize in the Artisan Group photo contest for an elaborate kitchen project using Artisan Stone Collection Gold Coast granite.

The kitchen in the winning photos was designed by homeowners Greg & Shana Levenson, and fabricated and installed by Artisan Group member Rocky Mountain Stone. The contractor was Brian Matteucci Construction, and the photographer was Jerry Goffe. 

The contest was open to all 35 Artisan Group member companies. Second place went to Top Master in Kansas City. 

“The Levenson kitchen was our most challenging renovation ever,” said Brian Matteucci, contractor. “The only part of it that remains the same is the 8-ft. ceiling height.”

The project includes a crescent edge, apron front travertine sink and slide-in range, with a full height backsplash on the buffet. 

The entire Levenson home — kitchen, master bath, game room, office, pantry, master closet, main downstairs bath, main upstairs bath, kids bath one, kids bath two, basement bar and garage — is outfitted in granite and marble tops, all fabricated by Rocky Mountain Stone. 

With 35 members, the Artisan Group covers most major markets in the United States and Canada, and it can handle a variety of fabrication needs from a local to national scale.

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AHMA survey helps Congress look for red tape

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A survey of members of American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) reveals a majority believe health care reform will negatively impact their business.

The survey questions were prompted by Congressman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) solicitation for input from the AHMA to help identify existing and proposed regulations that have negatively impacted job growth. Issa is chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Regarding the Health Care Act,  71% expect a negative impact; 10% do not; and 19% weren’t sure.

Regarding VOC-related regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, 52% expect a negative impact; 32% did not; and 16% were not sure.

Regarding Cap & Trade legislation, 61% expect a negative impact; 16% do not; and 23% were not sure.

According to AHMA CEO Timothy Farrell, the AHMA is "encouraged by signals from Washington that a more realistic, pro-business legislative agenda will exist in the new Congress and we were happy to respond to Congressman Issa’s request for input from our association.”

 

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Sales rise but profits fall at Central Garden & Pet

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Central Garden & Pet has posted its first-quarter sales for 2011, reporting $282 million, an increase of 5% over the same period a year ago. The company reported a net loss of $9.6 million for the quarter, which ended on Dec. 25, 2010. This compares with a net loss of $2.9 million in the corresponding period a year ago.

“Our revenues grew for both our garden and pet segments in a quarter that is seasonally a slow period for the garden category,” said Bill Brown, chairman and CEO, in a prepared statement. “We were pleased with the first-quarter revenue growth, although our quarterly results were impacted by rising input costs and our strategic investment in brand building.”

Based in Walnut Creek, Calif., Central Garden & Pet is a supplier of lawn, garden and pet products under a variety of brands, including Pennington, Kaytee, Amdro, Sevin, Ironite, Norcal and New England Pottery.

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