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OW Lee Announces its Sales Representative of the Year

OW Lee, a manufacturer of high-end outdoor furniture, fire pits, and accessories, announced today its chosen Sales Representative of the Year, Rod Wilcoxen, an independent manufacturer’s representative who has been representing the company for nearly 13 years. He was recognized for his outstanding performance in achievement of sales goals, excellence in customer service and supporting OW Lee’s sales and marketing strategies.

During the course of the year, Wilcoxen met and exceeded OW Lee’s sales goals and agreed to take on an additional 100,000 square miles of sales territory.

“Rod has worked hard to grow...

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Couristan Holds Raffle at Casual Show

At this year’s Casual Market show in Chicago, Couristan (Fort Lee, NJ) held a raffle on Sept. 21 in Couristan’s booth. The raffle was called the Ultimate “Outdoor Living” Grand Prize Raffle, and the prize was a premium Weber Genesis E-330 grill and a jam-packed gift basket with all the essentials for a gourmet barbecue. The winner of the raffle was Bob Dougherty with Green Lea Garden Center, Voorhees, NJ. The raffle was conducted by Sandy Pauly (left) and Steve Codella with Couristan.

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NorthCape International Expands Westward-Opens Larger Facility in Los Angeles

NorthCape International (Bedford Park, IL), manufacturer and distributor of high-quality, high-value outdoor woven furniture and accessories for over 10 years, has opened an expanded distribution and production facility in Los Angeles, CA.

The new class A industrial building is 120 percent larger than its previous West Coast facility and will be used to distribute the full line of warehouse collections offered from NorthCape. The building will also house an updated showroom for retailers and dealers to view NorthCape collections.

On the manufacturing front, this facility will allow the company to double its production staff and cushion manufacturing...

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Bull Outdoor Products Hires Grill Master and Spokesperson “Chef Jeff Parker” to Help its Customers “

Bull Outdoor Products Inc. announced today a partnership with Jeff Parker. Jeff will act as spokesperson and perform demonstrations at a series of special events for our customers and the industry. He will also be developing a series of cookbooks and cooking videos for publication in 2013 and beyond. “We want to help every grill owner become the Master of their grill. Jeff’s knowledge and experience will help us accomplish this for our customers”, said Frank Mello Vice President of sales and marketing for Bull Outdoor Products Inc.

Jeff is an expert culinary producer, food stylist, and...

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Tropitone Complements Fire Pits with Introduction of Table Top Grilling

Tropitone Furniture Company, Inc. opened the International Casual Furnishings Association Preview Market at the Chicago Merchandise Mart by announcing the introduction of Table Top Grill Pans to complement the new line of Tropitone® brand Fire Pits.

“For the past few years, end user customers, designers and distribution partners have urged Tropitone to develop Fire Pits,” said Tom Keddy, Director of Product Management. “We introduced our first models of Fire Pits at the ICFA Preview Market as integral parts of our table program. Since the Tropitone® brand is synonymous with outdoor enjoyment, we decided to add even more...

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Sunset West Joins Outdoor Living in Dallas

Dallas Market Center and Sunset West Fine Outdoor Furnishings today announced Sunset West has joined the Outdoor Living showroom with more than 1,000 square feet. Sunset West’s collections are available during markets as well as weekdays year round.

“We’re pleased to offer Sunset West’s collections of high-quality outdoor furnishings to our buyers year round as part of our Outdoor Living showroom,” said Cindy Morris, COO, Dallas Market Center.

“The showroom at Dallas Market Center just made sense for us,” said Wes Stewart, CEO, Sunset West. “With our second warehouse located in Dallas we...

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Cal Spas Expands Family Connect Line

Cal Spas has added an 8-foot spa to the FamilyTM Connect line, an expansion of the popular Family series. “Given the positive response we received from our dealer net- work following the launch of our Family Connect line, we felt adding a larger hot tub to the lineup would make this series even more appealing,” Casey Loyd, president of Cal Spas, explains. “The new, commanding hot tub is packed with the same cutting-edge features as the other Family Connect spas and engineered to perform. This 8-foot spa is ideal for families seeking a spa for entertainment and leisure purposes.”<...

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Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Names New President

Kalamazoo Outdoor GourmetTM, a leading manu- facturer of high-end outdoor-kitchen equipment and appliances, has named Steven J. Adolph as president. Adolph brings more than 20 years of entrepreneurial, branding, and leadership expertise to Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet; he will be based at the company’s headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

Pantelis A. (Pete) Georgiadis, chair of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, says, “Steve is an accomplished leader who has a strong track record of driving revenue and profitability growth through brand building and sales expansion. He truly understands our brand and our customers and brings us a very nice mix of entrepreneurial,...

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