|Crystal Vision Award|
The Storehouse of World Vision will host the 10th anniversary celebration of the Crystal Vision Award Breakfast April 17 at 8 a.m. during K/BIS in Chicago, honoring Globe Union as well as a Distributor of the Year and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award. Executives from Kohler Co. and The Home Depot will also speak. More information.|
Watts presented its first Best Rep Web Site Award to Hollabaugh Brothers & Associates, Portland, OR. Watts said it selected the Hollabaugh Brothers site because of its clean look, easy navigation and straightforward information & presentation.
The Granite Group Wholesalers LLC (Concord, NH) opened its 26th location at 266 Mechanic St., Lebanon, NH, including a counter sales area and an Ultimate Bath showroom. The wholesaler operates 13 showrooms in Concord, Manchester, Rochester and Exeter, NH; Rutland and Burlington, VT; Putnam and Groton, CT; Lowell and Worcester, MA; Portland, ME; and Westerly, RI.
Hastings Tile & Bath (Freeport, NY), a distributor and importer of luxury bath and tile products, has entered into an exclusive agreement to distribute the Sonia line of bath products in North America and the Caribbean. Hastings will maintain the Sonia distribution and customer support facility in Sunrise, FL. Many of Sonia’s existing sales representatives will remain in place, integrating the Hastings product line into their agencies.
InSinkErator said it is now an official Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Provider with the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Its first NKBA-CEU program, “Solutions for Sinks – Sustainable Kitchen Design,” is aimed at educating designers about the sink appliances to consider when designing a “green” kitchen.
Hansgrohe said that its PuraVida bath fixtures created in collaboration with Phoenix Design (Duravit provides complementary furniture) and Axor Starck Shower Collection were honored with 2009 International Forum (iF) Design Awards in the bath category.
Duravit and Phoenix Design were honored with the 2010 iF Product Design Award for portions of the PuraVida collection including complementary consoles, vanity units and tall cabinets (Hansgrohe provides the fixtures).
Quick Drain USA said its new ProLine Drain system is teaming up with Kullman Bathroom PODS and Kohler on a 36-city tour that began on the East Coast and will head West toward California, then wrap up back East in May. Architects, specifiers, designers, professional builders and remodelers are invited to schedule a “Lunch and Learn” session by calling: 888-567-KPOD (5763). AIA credits are available.
Donald C. Devine, president and chief executive officer of American Standard Brands, recently signed a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve. Read more.
Masco Cabinetry organization, home of KraftMaid, Merillat and QualityCabinets, several private label product lines and the DeNova countertop brand, announced that it will move its corporate headquarters to Ann Arbor Township, MI. Read more.
Caleffi Hydronic Solutions is offering complimentary one-hour online product training webinars, "Coffee with Caleffi," intended for contractors, designers and wholesalers. More information.
The Weinstein Group LLC, Langhorne, PA, announced its new representation for 2010 of Kaldewei USA, Electric Mirror, Americh, Clearwater USA and Zoli Loft & Bath. The manufacturers rep firm serves New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Marble Institute of America has created a slab handling safety task force composed of safety experts from leading stone distributor firms and launched a safety initiative in response to recent slab handling accident deaths. More information.