|Ferguson opens showroom|
Ferguson (Newport News, VA) opened a new Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Depew, NY, June 1. It features fully functional displays and carries appliances, lighting, cabinets and countertops. Ferguson said it will expand the size of the existing showroom to 6,000 sq. ft. over the next few months while remaining open for business. Shelly Hermans is showroom manager.
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) Executive Committee members and PMI Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens traveled to Washington, D.C., to present Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) and Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) with the Legislator of the Year awards. This was in recognition of their leadership and support of the PMI-supported Reduction of Lead in Water Act signed into law Jan. 4 by President Barack Obama (P.L.111-380). The bill harmonizes the 0.25% maximum lead content of plumbing products and provides a 36-month implementation period.
Moen has introduced a mobile version of moen.com. The mobile site (located at m.moen.com*) provides visitors with access to the three most-visited sections of moen.com: products, installation and where to buy. According to Forrester research, in 2010, 91% of the American population had a mobile subscription, and by 2013, half of U.S. mobile users will access the Internet via a mobile device. Visitors typing in www.moen.com from a mobile device will automatically see the mobile version of the site, but will also have the option to visit the full traditional website.
Staron Surfaces, a division of Samsung, has expanded its market reach in Mexico by adding distributor EB Técnica, a subsidiary of Elkay Manufacturing Co. The distribution channel will include both Staron’s Solid Surfaces and Tempest products line.
Orchid Ceramics announced that after nine years in the porcelain and ceramic tile business, it will close its current U.S. operations based in Tulsa, OK. With a tentative closure date of July 31, 2011, the company will halt commercialization of its products in the U.S. Its parent company, Corona, based in Colombia, South America, made the difficult decision to close Orchid Ceramics for several strategic reasons. More on this.