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Alfresco Home Opens Chicago Showroom

Alfresco Home (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), a designer and manufacturer of distinctive casual furniture, has signed a lease with Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., for a 2,200–square-foot showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The new showroom, located on the 16th floor (suite 16-120), features Alfresco Home’s cast- and extruded-aluminum, Everwoven™all-weather wicker, and wrought-iron marble mosaic collections.

Joseph Cilio, founder and CEO, says, “We are very pleased to join the extremely talented group of outdoor/casual-living vendors that are part of this excellent industry. We are most excited not only to provide convenient Chicago access to our current customers,...

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Groovystuff Website Includes Dealer Portal With Special Discounts

Groovystuff recently launched a dealer portal on its company website ( The new portal will give dealers instant access to extensive product details and pricing, and dealers will receive exclusive discounting. The portal is also compliant with mobile Web browsers for instant smartphone access.

Through the portal, dealers will have access to more than 270 items: more than 150 new items and 119 proven repeat performers that form the foundation of the Groovystuff line. The items are all organized in 24 easy-to navigate categories for both indoor and garden applications. There are 120 items with dealer pricing of $99 or less...

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Sunset West Teams Up With the ASID to Assist Hospice Patients

Sunset West (Vista, California) has partnered with the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for the Pacifica House Project 2013. As part of the Hospice of the North Coast, Pacifica House is a 4,466–square-foot residential inpatient facility that provides hospice services in a homelike atmosphere for terminally ill patients and their families. Sunset West has donated the furniture for the outdoor- living area of this six-bedroom house in Carlsbad, California.

Gerald Bouvia, emerging-professionals chair of the San Diego ASID chapter, says, “We appreciate Sunset West’s continued support of the ASID chapter locally....

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Firetainment Appoints Sales Representation in North America

Firetainment, Inc., producer of high quality fire tables and supplier of fire-table cooking accessories, has announced that the company has expanded its network of sales representation throughout North America. Firetainment will be reaching retailers and dealers in the commercial outdoor markets by partnering with qualified sales representation.

Firetainment has appointed Pinnacle Sales Group, a 24-person sales/marketing team known for high-end product lines and customer service. It also has appointed three expert manufacturers’ representatives: Gary Freeland & Company; Home & Hearth, Inc.; and Kaeco L.L.C. All of the sales representation was chosen with industry experience...

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Jacuzzi Brands Corp. Appoints New President of Global Spa Business

Jacuzzi has appointed Peter Munk to serve as president, global spa, as part of its continued strengthening of the Jacuzzi leadership structure. In this newly created role, Munk will focus his efforts on the growth of the spa business worldwide, to include sales and marketing, engineering and product development, and globaloperations strategy.

As Bob Rowan, Jacuzzi CEO, explains, “The appointment of a global leader of our spa business demonstrates our continued commitment to drive growth worldwide and reflects the global opportunity we envision for this strategic business. We are committed to our ongoing investments in product innovation...

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Bella-Dura Adds MJ Ramos to Its Merchandising and Design Team

Bella-Dura®, manufacturer of high-performance textiles, recently hired MJ Ramos to be part of its merchandising and design team. With more than 20 years of expertise in the manufacturing and distribution of luxury textiles and trimmings, Ramos brings extensive experience, an impeccable eye, and design acumen to Bella-Dura.

Irwin Gasner, Bella-Dura/Wearbest CEO, says, “MJ is an exceptionally talented individual with an incredible eye and intuition for design. Her past collaborations have produced many of the best-selling fabrics and trims in production today. We are honored and thrilled to have her on our team. We are already planning some...

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M&G DuraVent Launches Positive-pressure Chimney: DuraStack

M&G DuraVent now offers a solution for positive-pressure chimneys: DuraStack®, a modular, double-wall, positive-pressure chimney system. Fully tested and listed to UL 103, UL 1978, ULC/ORD C959, and ULC S604 standards, DuraStack offers versatility for a variety of applications, including boiler breeching, engine exhaust, chimney stacks, and grease ducts (model DIS only). The DuraStack DIS and DAS venting systems are cylindrical, prefabricated, modular venting systems incorporating a unique extended inner flange designed for quick assembly and pressure-sealing capability.

DuraStack DIS and DAS are composed of a thick-gauge material for the inner pipe and coupling, providing a...

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Vermont Castings Group Announces AcquisItion by Employees

Vermont Castings Group, a leading supplier of hearth and grill products throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe, today proudly announced that after a prolonged sale process with many potential buyers, the Company has been acquired by an entity owned by the employees of the Company. As a result of the acquisition, Vermont Castings Group (VCG) will be the largest privately held, employee-owned company in the hearth industry.

“I can’t be more excited about the direction we are taking Vermont Castings Group,” said Ricardo León, the new Chairman and CEO of Vermont Castings Group. ...

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