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Meet MiTek’s new CEO

BY HBSDealer Staff

MiTek Industries, Inc. has a new CEO in Mark Thom.

The current CEO, Tom Manenti, will assume the role of Executive Chairman for 2017 and will continue to report to Warren Buffett.

Thom's background in executive leadership and achievement in management and sales includes 16 years leading teams within the former Tyco Healthcare. He eventually rose to the role of president of the Tyco’s Vascular Therapy division in 1998. Soon after Tyco Healthcare acquired Mallinckrodt Medical, Thom was named president of Mallinckrodt’s Diagnostic Imaging business, and he was later named Group President, Tyco Healthcare in early 2003. 

In recent years he served as leadership consultant to the MiTek senior leadership team, where he learned the MiTek business and its culture.

He will play a critical role going forward in MiTek's strategic plan to double over the next five years, providing leadership continuity as Manenti retires in January, 2018.

“The naming of Mark to the CEO position addresses one of my key business imperatives – Leadership Development and Succession Planning– a well-developed and widely used road map for MiTek leadership into the future,” said Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek. “More importantly, Mark is simply a top performer, in the very elite class of executives in multiple categories of corporate operations and effective leadership. I was thrilled when Mark accepted the CEO position. It was a banner day for MiTek worldwide!”

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Whirlpool’s new kitchen suite finish is fingerprint-proof

BY HBSDealer Staff

Whirlpool's new Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite is a nod to the need for a kitchen that performs well (and looks good doing it).

The matte black finish is designed to create a space that reflects personal taste, hides fingerprints, smudges, and daily wear and easily wipes clean.

The new suite features a refrigerator, range, microwave, and dishwasher.

"Kitchens are one area of the home that allow for self-expression, both through cooking and design," said Ryan Morand, senior brand manager, Whirlpool brand. "The new Fingerprint Resistant Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite provides a unique, matte finish to complement nearly any kitchen, while still presenting an appearance that reflects personal style and design."

The finish is a rich metallic black in a soft, brushed, matte finish, allowing for a neutral canvas in the kitchen.

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Merillat launches Classic collection

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Merillat Cabinetry is launching a new cabinet collection for 2017.

The Merillat Classic line will include two new door styles, along with new accent and finish options, available in showrooms starting February 20.

The new options will include the Lanielle textured laminate in Whisper and Cavern finishes, plus six new glaze options. The popular Sable stain is now available in Oak, and there are also two new grey paint colors.

"Providing high-quality products to our customers, builders, and other trade professionals remains our top priority," said Jessica Joffe, Director of Product Management, Merillat Cabinetry. "We focused our new line on expanding finish options and creating cabinets with a very high-end look that are durable enough for everyday use. We want to make having great looking cabinetry easy for homeowners."

Merillat Cabinetry's team will offer information about their new product line January 10-12, 2017 to fellow attendees at The Kitchen & Bath Show (KBIS) in Orlando, Florida.

"KBIS is the perfect venue to connect with our customers and industry professionals directly and share our wide variety of cabinetry products and show off our new and improved designs," said Karen Brawn, Director of Marketing, Masco Cabinetry. "Listening to the marketplace is key for us to develop new products that homeowners will love and will be powerful tools for designers."

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