Trent Lott’s next role: PDIS keynoter
Former Mississippi Senator Trent Lott will deliver the keynote address at the ProDealer Industry Summit at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 13 to 15.
Following in the footsteps of such speakers as Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan, Lott will bring stories from the front lines of American politics to the Summit, which is hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and Home Channel News.
As a congressman for 16 years, and a senator for 14, Lott presided over major legislative decisions that led to the formation of the Department of Homeland Security and the revitalization of the American military after Sept. 11, 2001. He also served as a bridge builder in the 1996 welfare reform bill.
Lott brings a unique perspective to American politics as well as an enthusiasm for America’s role as a global leader in democracy and free-market capitalism.
Strong Q1 sales for kitchen electrics
Sales of small kitchen appliances are on the rebound, with gains of 10% in the first quarter of 2010 compared with last year, according to the NPD Group. Unit sales were up by nearly 6%, continuing an upward trend in the category that began in the last quarter of 2009.
Products like electric grills and griddles, food processors, coffee/espresso makers, deep fryers, electric skillets and slow cookers generated double-digit dollar and unit growth in the 12 months ending March 2010, compared with the same time in 2009, the market research group reported.
“Consumers are continuing their cost-cutting ways by spending more time at home and cooking more,” said Peter Goldman, president of NPD’s home division. “Alternatively, there is an increased demand for more premium-priced products such as single-serve coffeemakers, stand mixers and juice extractors.”
Housewares are also showing signs of recovery, but have been less resilient to the consumer pullback than the kitchen electrics category, according to the NPD Group. While sales are not back to the levels where they were two years ago, the trend is beginning to stabilize. In the first quarter of this year, total kitchen housewares grew 5% in dollars spent, versus the first quarter of 2009. Categories such as bakeware, cookware and cutlery all generated strong dollar growth in this quarter. Tabletop sales such as casual dinnerware and beverageware also began to move in a positive direction.
John Deere to relocate Charlotte employees
An unspecified number of positions will be eliminated, and the facility is due to be closed some time in 2011, according to the article.