Orlando gears up to welcome International Builders’ Show
The International Builders’ Show (IBS) exhibits kick off Wednesday in Orlando, with pre-show programming slated for tomorrow, Feb. 12, and Home Channel News will be there to cover the important industry event from top to bottom. IBS is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Feb. 13 to 16.
The event will include many familiar sights, such as the “NextBuild” expo, formerly known as the “TecHomeExpo,” a collection of technologically advanced home-building tools. More than 100,000 housing and home-building professionals are expected at the event — last year, IBS drew around 104,000 professionals.
Not surprisingly, one of the main themes of this year’s IBS show is green building. But many educational sessions and events are geared more toward cutting through the hype than merely being trendy — these include seminars on legal issues associated with green building and findings on green trends from the Housing Research Consortium.
Feb. 14 has been designated “Green Day” at the show, with day-long educational seminars on green building and the kick-off of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) new Certified Green Professional program for home builders.
Prior to Green Day, several other green events are planned, most notably a tour of the NAHB’s “New American Home,” a project billed as the “first show home certified” under the NAHB’s new National Green Building Program.
Further programming focuses on technology, both through NextBuild and educational seminars with themes on how to better manage materials with technology, the top home technology trends and how to court younger buyers with technology.
Keynote speakers at the event are husband and wife political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin, who will speak on the topic: “All’s Fair: Love, War and Politics.”
Housewares giant warns on sales
Lifetime Brands, one of North America’s largest makers of housewares, has said it expects lower sales in the fourth quarter than previously forecast, to $490 million to $495 million, downwardly revised from $500 million to $515 million.
The company expects to release its fourth-quarter and year-end 2007 results in early March.
The company did not cite a specific reason for the lower sales, but Jeffrey Siegel, chairman, president and CEO of Lifetime Brands, characterized the current retail environment as “challenging.”
“We continue to make progress in our long-term strategic objectives. We expect continued strong product placement in 2008,” he added.
Garden City, N.Y.-based Lifetime Brands makes and markets products under a number of banners, including the Martha Stewart Collection, KitchenAid, Farberware and Pfaltzgraff.
Design Within Reach to open in Canada
San Francisco-based specialty retailer Design Within Reach (DWR) will open its first location outside the United States, a 4,700-square-foot studio in Toronto.
The store is slated to open on Feb. 23, and a grand opening celebration is planned for March 13. According to the company, it will showcase a selection of outdoor furniture, bedroom and workspace designs, seating, lighting, rugs and “other modern items for the home or office.”
DWR CEO Ray Brunner explained, “Strong demand from Canadian residents and international tourists for well-designed products made Toronto the logical choice for DWR’s first international location.”
DWR’s studio stores are located in major metropolitan areas, including New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In all, the company has 67 retail studios in the United States and Canada.