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Susan Mittelbrun named VP marketing at Rinnai

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Rinnai, manufacturer of tankless water heaters and home heating products, appointed Susan Mittelbrun as its new VP marketing, Rinnai America Corp.

“With extensive experience in consumer durable marketing and multi-tiered distribution networks, Susan Mittelbrun is well poised to lead our strategic marketing efforts. With responsibilities for strategic development, marketing, advertising and communications, her vast experience will help drive aggressive growth of Rinnai in the United States,” said Takashi Sonoda, president of Rinnai.

Mittelbrun began her career at General Motors’ Corporate headquarters in Detroit. Assignments at GM included sales analysis, finance, marketing, advertising, field operations and international operations. She has also held senior marketing leadership positions at GE Medical Systems in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Harrah’s Casino’s in Illinois and Missouri, and Trane heating and cooling (a Division of Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions). Most recently, Mittelbrun led brand-marketing initiatives for multiple business units of Dal-Tile (a Division of Mohawk Industries) in Dallas.

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Design & Construction Week hits Vegas

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The first-ever "Design & Construction Week" kicks off today in Las Vegas, bringing builders, remodelers and contractors to the co-located International Builders’ and Kitchen and Bath Industry shows. 

In a letter to attendees, the National Association of Home Builders Chairman Rick Judson pointed to the six "Centrals" of the show, areas that focus on custom building, 50+ housing, design, multi-family, remodeling and sales. 

In addition to the world-class exhibit floor, extensive education programs are available in a dozen different tracks covering every aspect of home building from design to financing.

More than 1,500 exhibitors are expected to participate in the combined events that run through Thursday.

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Simonton brings options to Las Vegas

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On display at the Simonton Windows booth here at the Las Vegas Convention Center are a variety of Decorum by Simonton styling options on premium windows and doors.

"Decorum by Simonton styling options allow builders and remodelers to offer their customers an abundance of decorative choices on our products," says Mark Savan, president of Simonton Windows. "These customized upgrades offer impressive strength and color retention while the woodgrain laminate interiors are both realistic and long-lasting. A unique infrared cured coating minimizes scratching and wear on these laminates, providing years of beauty for homeowners." 

The full offering of Decorum by Simonton styling options includes exterior colors in cream, brick, pine, chocolate, bronze, tan and driftwood.

Featured products at the show include the ProFinish Brickmould 600 Casement window. This new construction window offers the classic styling of wood windows with an attractive multi-tiered exterior. ProSolar Low E glass with Argon gas fill is standard for high-energy performance. Options include SafePoint laminated glass for sound dampening and security, ProSolar Shade Low E glass, flat casing trim and simulated divided lites.

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