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Glen Raven Launches New Yarn Plant for Specialty Sunbrella Yarns

In response to growing demand for Sunbrella® fabrics woven with specialty yarn colors and constructions, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics is creating a new yarn plant in Burlington, North Carolina. The new operation, which represents a $10 million investment, is being designed specifically to meet customers’ requests for increasingly diverse and highly decorative Sunbrella fabrics. Allen E. Gant Jr., president and CEO of Glen Raven, Inc., says, “Innovation remains the driving force at Glen Raven, and this latest investment will ensure that we are applying the latest technology within a creatively designed production environment.”

The new plant will be...

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Glen Raven Named Manufacturer of the Year

Glen Raven, Inc., was named North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year (large-manufacturer category) by McGladrey L.L.P., (the nation’s fifthlargest assurance, tax, and consulting firm); Fifth Third Bank; and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Steve Menaker, Carolinas and East region manufacturing lead for McGladrey, says, “At McGladrey, we are dedicated to serving the manufacturing industry by developing programs that will benefit this industry.”

He continues, “While there are many award programs, none formally recognize the efforts and success of North Carolina manufacturing organizations. Knowing that manufacturing is very important to our state and national...

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Napoleon Appliance Expands Grill Sales Force

Napoleon Appliance Corp. (NAC) has expanded its U.S. sales force for the Gourmet Grill division, hiring four new account executives and one regional sales manager in the past six months. The account executives hired are Kimberly Moffitt-Anthony for Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee; Jim Boucher for Southern California, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada; Derrick Johnson for Texas and selected Louisiana locations; and Jim Kneiper for New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. As an additional layer of regional support, Napoleon welcomes Kimberly R. Stuteville as U.S. Western regional sales manager.

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U.S. Housing Construction Increasing

Recent reports show that U.S. housing construction was up 15% in September. Read more here.

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Woodard Hires New Sales Representative

Woodard, A wholly owned subsidiary of Craftmade International, today announced that Rick Baker has been appointed to a Woodard Sales Representative Position in the Mid Atlantic. Mr. Baker brings over 25 years of experience in the casual and outdoor patio furniture business. In the past Rick was Woodard’s Vice President of Sales for the Eastern Region and did a tremendous job. Rick has always wanted to pursue a sales representative venture and with the energy and excitement he brings with his decision to become a sales rep, he will be a powerful asset to the already strong Woodard rep...

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Treasure Garden Celebrates Multiple Industry Awards with a Company-Wide Luncheon

On Monday, October 8, 2012, Treasure Garden, the world’s largest manufacturer of shade products, shared the multiple honors and recognition received during the recent International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, held in Chicago, IL, by holding a luncheon for the employees at the company’s Baldwin Park, Calif. operations. The celebration included balloon decorations, food and drink, and the acknowledgement of the team effort required for the awards garnered. “Every department made a contribution to Treasure Garden receiving the two awards,” said Jeff Dorough, vice president, sales and marketing, Treasure Garden. “It was a joy to share the great news...

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Marcia Blake Named Glen Raven Custom Fabrics Merchandising Manager

Marcia Blake, a nationally recognized authority on outdoor décor who has served as a consultant to Glen Raven and patio store retailers for the past two years, has joined Glen Raven Custom Fabrics on a full-time basis as merchandising manager.

In her new position, Blake will expand her work with retailers of outdoor living products, focusing on in-store merchandising based on the growing popularity of outdoor rooms. For the past two years, Blake has assisted Glen Raven with the development of its Sunbrella® fabric kiosk program and promoted retractable Solair™ awnings available at retail through Glen...

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Duraflame Introduces New Generation of Bio-Ethanol Fireplace Technology illuma™

Duraflame has introduced illuma™ – fireplace and outdoor fire pit units that utilize a patent pending bio-ethanol burner system that is safe, simple and emits no smoke. This is the first bio-ethanol fireplace product developed by the Stockton-based company. Duraflame has long been the leader in the manufactured fire log category, and the company’s commitment to research and development has created opportunities for the introduction of new, innovative and environmentally conscious fire products.

Unlike other ethanol appliances, illuma uses a unique, sealed, no-pour illuma-fuel® canister to ensure the safe handling of liquid bio-ethanol. The single-use canister is...

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