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Ultrafabrics Launches Wired Collection

Ultrafabrics Launches Wired Collection

Ultrafabrics, maker of intelligent performance fabrics, has introduced Wired, its newest collection from its Ultratech® brand. This new design features a hand and matte finish with a grain inspired by technology.

At a time when people are hyperconnected to the world and others around them via technologies, it is also essential to connect with their personal selves, their well-being, and their surroundings. Taking note of the present and living in the moment through sensorial experiences, Wired expresses how touch and color, together, speak to human interactions and emotional connections with the physical world. With Wired, a unique,...

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Pride Family Brands Promotes Mark Stephens to President

Pride Family Brands Promotes Mark Stephens to President

Mark Stephens has been promoted to the position of president of Pride Family Brands (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). Stephens will take over the leadership role previously held by Derek Ritzel, who has left the company to pursue personal interests. Prior to this promotion, Stephens served as executive vice president of sales for the manufacturer of handcrafted luxury outdoor furnishings. The appointment was made by private- equity company New Water Capital, the owner of Pride Family Brands.

As president, Stephens will be responsible for the successful execution of Pride Family Brands’ plan for long-term growth. John Disa, chair of...

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The HammocK Source Distributes Employee Bonuses Following Corporate-Tax Cuts

The Hammock Source (Greenville, North Carolina), manufacturer of globally recognized brands such as Hatteras Hammocks, The Original Pawleys Island, and Nags Head Hammocks, joined a growing list of companies nationwide that passed some of their projected corporate-tax savings along to their employees. Walter Perkins III, CEO, says, “Success is only attainable by having good people. At The Hammock Source, we want to continue to invest in the people who have made our business successful, and tax cuts will provide the funds to make this desire a reality.”

He continues, “We hope that other businesses will follow our...

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Coyote Outdoor Living Introduced NeW Luxury Features at Primetime

At Nationwide PrimeTime (Orlando, Florida), Coyote Outdoor Living introduced several new updates to its already-celebrated line of stainless grills, ceramic cookers, and refrigeration units. In this highly competitive market, Coyote is upgrading all the Cseries grills to feature its signature Infinity burners and all the S-series grills with ceramic-briquette flavorizers. The S-series aspires to exceed the highest standards and will now expand to include the C2SL30, a compact 30-inch grill, while the new C2C42, a 42-inch grill, is the largest grill in the C-series line.

Jim Ginocchi, president, says, “Design and value are at the...

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Olympia Chimmey Supply Receives Sharp Certification from OSHA

Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. (Scranton, Pennsylvania), a leading designer and manufacturer of chimney venting systems, liners, and accessories, has qualified for the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition program (SHARP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). SHARP recognizes small-business employers who operate exemplary injury- and illness-prevention programs.

According to Anthony Tuttle, Olympia’s health, safety, and environment officer, Olympia began working with the Pennsylvania OSHA consultation program in February 2015. “The consultant identified issues with machine guarding and procedural documentation. We soon realized that we needed to build a new injury- and illness-management system from the ground...

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RMI Hires Chris Newkirk as Regional Sales Manager

Ray Murray Inc. (RMI) recently hired Chris Newkirk as regional sales manager. Newkirk has many years of experience in the hearth and grill industry, working for his family’s distribution business, Total Hearth & Grill (Mount Sterling, Kentucky).

Newkirk is eager to hit the road and continue providing exceptional service to the growing dealer network. He will be working alongside RMI’s existing sales team, primarily in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

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TEC Celebrates the 40Th Anniversary of the World’s First Infrared Grill

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the invention of the infrared grill by Thermal Engineering Corp. (TEC®). In the mid-1970s, Bill Best, CEO and founder, was focused on industrial paint-curing systems that used his patented infrared burner. A personal project—taking a burner from his lab and putting it into a grill for his family—became a full-blown business when Best discovered that infrared heat didn’t dry out food on the grill.

Best set out to manufacture the best grill out of the best materials made in the United States, and TEC sold its...

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Las Vegas Market Records Striking Gains in Attendance and Orders

Las Vegas Market™reported a record number of buyers and suppliers who wrote orders at the winter 2018 market. The market’s more than 4,300 resources (which included a significant influx of new, first time, and expanding exhibitors) fueled 13% gains in overall buyer attendance, with vendors reporting commensurate increases in order writing.

Robert Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers, says, “Las Vegas Market gets bigger and better with every edition, and exhibitor participation and buyer attendance reached unprecedented highs this winter. Against a backdrop of overarching industry optimism, we expanded both permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits, which generated a...

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