A model home ‘Made in America’
Taylor Morrison is launching a new home-building concept in Houston this week.
The "Made in America" merchandised model home will boast an interior design that's almost entirely American-made, ranging from furniture to accessories and beyond.
Starting July 11, Houston-area visitors will be able to explore the model home and offerings from American artisans and craftsmen.
"Everything used to decorate the home will be American-made, from the wood and upholstery of the dining chairs to the rugs on the floor," said Jonathan White, president of Taylor Morrison's Houston division. "We worked with companies from Houston and around the nation to showcase all of the amazing American products available to today's home buyers."
These products include custom furniture, upholstery and fabrics, a specialty billiards table, custom-made rugs, carpets and cabinets, an indoor basketball hoop and more.
"I think the project is bringing to light the fact that, just by looking around a bit, American buyers can support American businesses and buy amazing products they can be proud to own," said Kim Heacock, VP and owner of International Billiards Inc., which is supplying the home's billiards table.
Other contributors to the project include Kravet Fabrics, Custom Furniture and Upholstery Manufacturing, JustinTymeSports, Heine's Custom Draperies, M&M Carpet Showroom, Custom Furniture and Cabinets, Robert Allen and Advanced Milling Concepts.
Assure paint comes to Lowe’s
PPG's Olympic Paint and Stain has launched a new line of interior and exterior paint-and-primer in one, which is now available exclusively on Lowe's shelves nationwide.
The Assure collection's primary claim to fame is an easy-flow application and enduring results.
“We understand that homeowners want and need a paint that is easy to use and that has beautiful, lasting results,” said Lia Gancas, senior manager for the Olympic brand. “Olympic Assure paint applies with ease and delivers a highly durable finish that stands up to the daily wear and tear that happens on the inside and outside of a busy home.”
Assure is also backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal, and it will replace the Olympic Icon brand over the next few months.
The paint retails for less than $20 per gallon and is available in a variety of sheens.
Changing of the CEO at TW Perry
Gaithersburg, Maryland-based pro dealer TW Perry has a new chief executive.
Michael Cassidy, who left ProBuild to join TW Perry as president and CEO back in June 2008, is no longer with the company, the pro dealer and Cassidy both confirmed. Cassidy and the company have reportedly agreed to a package including a buy out of the former CEO's ownership interest in TW Perry.
According to the company’s website, Gary Bowman has assumed the CEO spot at TW Perry. Edward Quinn Jr. remains chairman as well as principal shareholder of the six-unit company.
The lumberyard company’s corporate bio page explains that Bowman has been in the building industry since 1979; holding positions at TW Perry as the general manager of the Gaithersburg store, VP materials management and VP of corporate development.
In 2011, TW Perry was recognized by Home Channel News — now Hardware + Building Supply Dealer — as “Pro Dealer of the Year.”
The company said it will be issuing shortly a formal statement on details of the transition plan.
Cassidy had been involved in the leadership of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. He was elected as second vice chair of the NLBMDA in late 2014. He was also active with Lumberman's Merchandising Corporation and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Remodeling Group.
Reached by HBSDealer, Cassidy stated in an e-mail that he is actively pursuing other opportunities within the industry. He added that he "treasured the entire experience at TW Perry," and he held the employeees of TW Perry "in the highest of regards and with tremendous affection."