Royal names new Bluegrass business manager
Atlanta-based Royal Group announced the appointment of Timothy Johnson as business manager of Bluegrass, Royal’s mounts, shutters and vents business. Johnson will be responsible for injecting new focus into the brand of finish mounts, shutters and vents for the residential housing market.
“We are delighted to welcome Timothy Johnson to the Royal Group family,” said Simon Bates, VP and general manager of Royal Building Products. “His skills in brand strategy, product development, sales and business management are assets that will contribute significantly to the growth and success of our organization. We look forward to Tim’s contribution.”
Prior to joining Royal Group, Johnson held roles of increasing responsibility with Velux America and GAF Materials Corp.
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Trex enters outdoor furniture market
Winchester, Va.-based Trex announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with Syracuse, Ind.-based Poly-Wood Inc., to develop and market outdoor living furniture.
The new Trex Outdoor Furniture collection will feature 26 exclusive designs across four different product lines including Adirondack chairs, ottomans, settees, sofas and chaise lounges, as well as coffee tables, side tables and dining sets, the company said. Each piece will be available in six distinctive colors — such as Vintage Lantern, Tree House, Classic White and Charcoal Black — that may be mixed and matched with Trex Transcend decking and railing for a completely customized outdoor living space.
“This partnership is a significant potential growth driver for Trex, as it will strategically expand our brand presence in the outdoor living arena and position us to drive consumer awareness and acceptance of the emerging high-performance outdoor furniture segment,” said Ronald Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. “With this launch, we’ll not only offer additional profitable product options to our existing professional partners, but we’ll also have the opportunity to enter new distribution channels and retail locations.”
Just like Trex decking, the new furniture line is promoted as a product that won’t rot, splinter or crack, and — unlike wood furniture — doesn’t require staining, sealing, painting or refinishing. It also includes a five-year residential warranty.
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There have been great improvements in the product line no doubt. So it is only a matter of time to rake in huge benefits. If you survey the market properly you would find many new furniture designs are taking over the market. I recently bought Tub Chair for my home.
Whirlpool to build new facility in Tenn.
Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool announced it will build a new production facility in Cleveland, Tenn.
The company said it has selected Lexington, Ky.-based Gray Construction to build the new 1 million-sq.-ft., LEED-certified manufacturing facility, as well as a 400,000-sq.-ft. distribution center. The new Cleveland facility will produce built-in premium cooking products.
Whirlpool said it will invest $120 million in the new facility, adding approximately 130 new jobs. The new plant will replace an existing 100-year-old facility also located in Cleveland. Construction is slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The company said the new facility is just one step in its commitment to invest in its U.S.-based manufacturing footprint. The company also announced plans to build a new $85 million office campus in its headquarters location of Benton Harbor, Mich.; acquisition of the former WC Wood facility in Ottawa, Ohio; a $175 million investment in the company’s manufacturing facilities in Ohio, which will produce advanced, high-efficiency laundry products; a $20 million investment in its Amana, Iowa, refrigeration plant; and the announcement of a new $40 million, 1 million sq.-ft., LEED-certified regional distribution center in Wilmer, Texas.
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