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Whirlpool plans 100-year celebration of Maytag

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Maytag will host a 100th “birthday party” event this month at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, featuring a consumer laundry exhibit, Maytag antiques and other historical items on display.

Maytag, acquired last year by Whirlpool, saw its first washing machine built and sold in 1907 by Frederick Louis Maytag, who owned a farm-implement company. The first model was called the “Pastime.”

As part of the event, which is free and open to the public, the first 100 visitors will receive $100 gift cards to Home Depot. Additionally, the newly selected “Maytag Repairman,” Clay Jackson, and NBC Today Show weatherman Willard Scott will greet guests at the event.

The event is slated for Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Home Depot to test female-friendly format in two states

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Home Depot plans to build two showroom-style “Home Depot Design Centers” in Concord, Calif., and Charlotte, N.C., according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The stores will include lower ceilings and a showroom layout with an eye to total project design, according to the report.

Rather than building materials for pros and a selection of power tools, the new format will include a large, upscale furnishings showroom and more decorative items catered to residential consumers, particularly women.

Further additions include decorative home organization products, a more sophisticated gardening center, broader kitchen and bath assortments and more home decor products.

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Conrad to leave NLBMDA

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Shawn Conrad, president of the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association (NLBMDA), has left the organization just prior to the start of its annual convention. NLBMDA chairman Steve Kelly told HCN that Conrad departed “to pursue other professional interests.”

The Washington, D.C.-based trade group notified its members via e-mail on Monday. The NLBMDA board of directors will discuss Conrad’s position at a meeting on Thursday, at the start of the organization’s three-day convention in Las Vegas.

“We’ll have more information then on the direction we want to go,” Kelly said.

In the interim, Conrad’s duties will be handled by Russell Snyder of SmithBucklin, a trade association management group, according to Kelly.

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