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Simone Ferrari named CMO of the Natuzzi Group

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Natuzzi Group, an upholestered furniture manufacturer based in Italy, has named Simone Ferrari as its new chief marketing officer.

Ferrari joined the company in Oct. 2012 as VP communication. His promotion is part of a larger management restructuring initiative.

In his new role, Ferrari will take the lead in the development of an integrated marketing, communications and product development strategy. He will also lend support to expansion efforts in fast-growing economies, especially BRIC countries.

Previously, Ferrari served as creative director for BCUBE, an independent agency of Publicis Groupe, for which he won international acknowledgements from the New York Festival, London International and the Amburgo Film Festival. He also launched Ideocomunicazione, his own public relations agency in Milan. He has worked with brands such as Heineken, Sky, Campari, Feltrinelli and Ferrero.

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Blomberg Windows shutters its doors after 60 years

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Sacramento, Calif.-based Blomberg Windows is closing down after nearly 60 years in the building materials industry.

Citing changes in the economy and building industry, the company has enlisted the services of Bluett & Associates to deal with going-out-of-business logistics, sell its remaining assets and properties, and to work with the staff to fulfill existing orders.

According to the company, the decision was reached "with sadness and only after careful and thorough deliberation."

“Blomberg Windows has been a proud source of quality and business to Sacramento and Northern California for over 50 years, and we are proud to have served the industry and our community," said co-owners Ralph Blomberg and Phil Collier in a joint statement.

Blomberg was established in 1956 and has been providing aluminum doors and windows to the national luxury building products industry ever since.

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USP teams up with Muro on screw-driving systems

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USP Structural Connectors has announced a North American partnership with auto-feed screw-driving system manufacturer Muro.

The effort will involve the proferring of three Muro products via USP’s sales channels: the coil-feed FDVL41 Speed Driver, the rigid tape-fed CH7390 and CH7392SF Ultra Drivers, and the rigid tape-fed CH7241 Easy Driver.

“The Muro product line is an outstanding addition to USP’s product assortment, and these tools will generate sales in every market channel we serve,” said Tom Mort, SVP marketing & sales for USP Structural Connectors. “It’s an added bonus that Muro offers the industry’s only coil system.”

Muro’s Auto Feed Screw Driving systems are designed for driving multiple screw fasteners in drywall, subfloor, decks, roofing, fencing and backerboard. Beyond its rigid-tape systems, Muro’s easy-load coil systems are unique to the industry, according to the company.

Additionally, both the Speed Driver and Ultra Driver feature adjustable handles for a comfortable height, as well as ergonomic T-handles and low-mounted motors. All Auto Feed Systems include an adjustable countersinking feature.

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