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A Conversation With Castelle’s New CEO

A Conversation With Castelle’s New CEO

Early this year, Derek Ritzel assumed the position of CEO of Castelle. Patio & Hearth Products Report recently spent time with Ritzel to learn more about his new position, his goals for the company, and developments in the outdoor-furniture industry.

Based on your experience in the mattress, furniture, and specialty-retail industries, what new and innovative ideas will you bring to Castelle?

Ritzel:With today’s consumers trading up, premium products are outpacing all other segments within the marketplace. With this occurrence— and seeing little or no growth in the total number of new...

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Barclay Butera Collection for Castelle to Debut at April High Point Market

Barclay Butera Collection for Castelle to Debut at April High Point Market

  The much-anticipated collaboration between Castelle (award-winning manufacturer of luxury outdoor furnishings) and renowned author and interior designer Barclay Butera is to be unveiled April 22 through 26 at High Point Market. The custom cast-aluminum expertise of Castelle and the artistry and aesthetic of Butera have resulted in the creation of an original-design outdoor-furniture collection. The Barclay Butera collection for Castelle will be presented in the Castelle showroom.

Derek Ritzel, president and CEO of Castelle, says, “From the very beginning, the partnership between Castelle and Barclay and his team was seen as one that would draw upon the best...

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The Companion Group Launches Mosquito-control Product

The Companion Group Launches Mosquito-control Product

The Companion Group offers a new line of all-natural products to repel mosquitos and other flying insects. The Not In My Backyard™ line includes wristbands, clips, zappers, candles, and diffusers. Many of the product in the line use proprietary bug-repelling inserts made of 100% essential oils, including geraniol, eucalyptus, and lemongrass. Not In My Backyard products are safe and effective for children and adults, the company says. These products have been well received do not involve harsh ingredients or sticky sprays.

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Castelle’s Atlanta Showroom Recognized by AmericasMart

Castelle’s Atlanta Showroom Recognized by AmericasMart

During the January 2017 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®, Castelle was recognized with the Best of Floor Award for Outstanding Visual Presentation for the 10th floor of The Gardens. Steve Lowsky, former CEO of Castelle, says, “We are proud to have been acknowledged with this award during the Atlanta market. We have invested considerable time and effort in the presentation of this and all our permanent showrooms. With this award, the work of our entire team is recognized for extending our message of handcrafted luxury to all buyers and designers visiting our showroom.”

Jill Ford, vice...

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International Pool/Spa/Patio Expo Moves to Orlando, Florida

The 2017 International Pool/Spa/Patio (PSP) Expo will be held November 1 through 3 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The last edition of the PSP Expo held in Orlando was in 2014, when 11,103 attendees visited the exposition from 80 countries. The exhibit floor spanned 148,600 square feet and represented 552 manufacturers and suppliers.

PSP Expo attendees include pool builders, hot-tub dealers, outdoor-living retailers, service technicians, distributors, designers, and architects from both commercial and residential markets. Along with pools and spas, products displayed include construction materials, water features, casual furniture, barbecues, pergolas, landscape decor, outdoor lighting, and other outdoor-living essentials. <...

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IndoSoul Opens New U.S. Headquarters and Distribution Center

  Australian outdoor-furniture and accessories supplier IndoSoul has opened its new North American/United States headquarters and distribution center in Ontario, California. Mike Friedrichsen, IndoSoul’s vice president of sales and marketing, says, “For the past three years, we’ve been using third-party logistics partners. Response to our new product introductions was overwhelming, as were the subsequent orders; the time was right to get into our own place. We will now have tighter control over inventoryw and order fulfillment.” The 50,000–square-foot building is minutes from Ontario International Airport and provides convenient freight access to several freeways.

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Summer Classics and Gabby Brands Announce New Appointments

  Gabriella White LLC (Pelham, Alabama), parent company of Summer Classics and Gabby, recently announced the appointment of four employees to key positions. William White has been named president and will have responsibility for all of the company’s operations. White reports directly to Bew White, CEO and founder. In 2008, William White founded Gabby, the indoor division of the company, and he served as Gabby’s president. Under his leadership, both Gabby and Summer Classics have increased their brand presence and have improved operations.

Nicki Hayes was hired by Gabriella White to serve as chief marketing officer....

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ICFA Forms Strategic Alliance With Nationwide Marketing Group

  The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) has entered into a strategic alliance with Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in a move intended to provide significant new benefits for ICFA’s retail members. NMG has a 45-year history of partnering with its more than 3,500 members operating more than 11,000 stores—with $15 billion in combined sales with leading appliance, furniture, and electronics branded products. Among the services available to ICFA retail members aregroup-buying initiatives, corporate training, high-impact advertising and promotions, and innovative financing.

John Laing, director of business development at NMG, says, “The two groups share the...

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