Whirlpool signs deal with home builder
Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool Corp. signed a supplier agreement with David Weekley Homes.
“As two companies that strive to provide homeowners with design, choice and service, we’re excited that David Weekley Homes customers will now have the array of kitchen suites and laundry choices that only the Whirlpool Corporation can provide through our Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air brands,” said Bob Bergeth, general manager, Whirlpool builder sales. “This agreement is a great cultural and business fit, and we’re looking forward to the growth that comes from working with David Weekley Homes as the home-building recovery continues to gain ground.”
David Weekley Homes builds first-time, move-up and luxury homes in 17 cities across the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest.
David Weekley Homes ranked as the nation’s 17th-largest home builder in the United States closing on nearly 2,500 homes in 2012, according to a recent industry study.
Simone Ferrari named CMO of the Natuzzi Group
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.
Blomberg Windows shutters its doors after 60 years
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.