For replacement parts, Haier turns to Encompass Parts Distribution
Encompass Parts Distribution has finalized an agreement with Haier, the manufacturer of home appliances and consumer electronics, to manage the company’s end-to-end parts supply chain.
Under the agreement, Encompass will procure, warehouse and distribute replacement parts for Haier’s full line of consumer electronics, appliance and HVAC products in North America. Encompass has developed a special Web portal for Haier servicers and distributors to search for and order parts, as well as track order status, initiate returns and more.
Haier America’s SVP administration operations, Larry Monaghan, said Encompass’ supply chain management expertise and its dedication to customer service were key factors in the selection process.
BrassCraft, at 65, points to its innovations
Novi, Mich.-based BrassCraft Manufacturing Co. is celebrating its 65th anniversary while promoting its commitment to "Made in the USA."
Since its founding in 1946, the company has led the industry in a number of innovations. It points to the invention of the modern-day flexible riser to the development of the one-piece water stop. Recent BrassCraft products include PushConnect water stops for quick, secure connections, and new solutions for tankless water heater installations.
According to Jeff Jollay, BrassCraft’s marketing and product development VP, BrassCraft continues to make high-quality gas connectors, appliance connectors, water connectors and water stops. "These products are designed, machined and assembled in the USA."
Formica expands in China
Formica will be building a new laminates plant in Jiujiang, China, in the Jiangxi Province, to satisfy the demand for its products in Asia. The 500,000-sq.-ft. facility, Formica’s second laminates plant in China, will double the company’s capacity in China and allow for additional market growth. Its completion is slated for 2013.
In a prepared statement, Mark Adamson, Formica president and CEO, said: "The commercial construction boom, coupled with the massive construction of government-subsidized housing projects, has accelerated the demand for laminate. The Chinese market — already twice the size of the United States market — continues to grow by 15% a year. We’re confident about the future of laminate — the future of the Formica Brand — in the world’s largest market."