Saint-Gobain moves a production unit from China to New York
Buffalo Business First has reported that Saint-Gobain Adfors earlier this month began making in New York drywall tape that it used to make in China.
The Albion, N.Y., facility is Saint-Gobain’s North American headquarters. The newspaper reported that the cause of the shift in location was a need to better control aesthetics and packaging, which are important purchase factors in the Japanese market, the destination of the products.
The need for quality control in these areas led to the unusual scenario of a company moving manufacturing from Changzhou, China, to Albion, N.Y, to better serve the Japanese market.
New-home sales down slightly in June
Sales of new single-family houses in June 2011 slipped 1.0% compared with the previous month, according to an estimate released today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
New residential sales in June 2011 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 312,000, down from the revised May rate of 315,000. Compared with June 2010, housing sales were up 1.6%.
The median sales price of new houses sold in June 2011 was $235,200; the average sales price was $269,000.
The estimated number of new houses for sale at the end of June was 164,000. This represents a supply of 6.3 months at the current sales rate.
New home improvement exec appointed at NPD Group
The NPD Group, a Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research company, has appointed Kevin Gilbert as director of its home improvement unit. Gilbert will report to Perry James, president of home and office supplies.
Prior to joining NPD, Gilbert was VP client solutions at SymphonyIRI, where he managed the Diageo and Kraft accounts. In addition to his role at SymphonyIRI, Gilbert spent many years in the packaged goods industry in category management, sales development and trade planning roles, working with such companies as Kellogg, Bayer and Pinnacle Foods.
Gilbert has worked with many food, drug and mass retailers throughout the country, and most recently acted as a strategy consultant for the retail industry. In his new role, Gilbert’s key focus will be to develop and launch a new point-of-sale (POS) service for the home improvement business.
“Kevin’s strong syndicated marketing research and point-of-sale background will certainly make our focus on a new home improvement POS service a reality,” James said.