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Woodard Announces Acquisition Of Minson’s Mallin Brand

Woodard-CM LLC signed a deal in principle to acquire substantially all of the assets and business of Minson Corp.’s Mallin premium outdoor-furniture brand. Woodard will operate Mallin as a separate division while combining Mallin’s operations within existing Woodard departments. Under the terms of the agreement, Woodard acquired certain Mallin assets and intellectual property. Woodard began integrating Mallin’s operations upon closing, in July.

John Mares is president of Litex Industries Ltd., Woodard’s parent company. He says, “Mallin is an exceptional brand and a great strategic fit for Woodard. I see both companies benefiting from...

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Bob Keck, Fire Magic Brand’s Founder, Dies

Bob Keck, Fire Magic Brand’s Founder, Dies

The RH Peterson Company mourns the loss of Bob Keck, one of the founders of the company’s Fire Magic brand, who died on June 21. Born in 1932 in Whittier, California, Keck was the eldest of four children. While in high school, Keck worked part time at the family business, making fireplaces, fireplace hardware, and grills. At Whittier College, Keck was appointed editor of the weekly newspaper while also participating in basketball, cross-country, and track (earning a place in the school’s athletic hall of fame). Keck married Carol, his high school sweetheart, shortly before graduation.

Keck graduated...

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Steve Elton And Larry Smith Receive ICFA Lifetime Achievement Awards

Steve Elton And Larry Smith Receive ICFA Lifetime Achievement Awards

Steve Elton, chief brand curator for Brown Jordan, and Larry Smith, owner of Village Green Home and Garden (Rockford, Illinois), are recipients of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA). Both men are aptly described as visionaries in the casual-furnishings industry.

Elton had just begun law school in New Jersey when he took a summer job selling outdoor furniture in a local store. While serving the store’s highend clientele, Elton became familiar with Brown Jordan furniture. Since the store was not a stocking dealer, however, he had access only to the...

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Windward Design Group Appoints Steven Swartz Vice President Of Manufacturing

Windward Design Group Appoints Steven Swartz Vice President Of Manufacturing

Windward Design Group, manufacturer of outdoor furniture since 1990, has hired Steven Swartz as vice president of manufacturing. Swartz has spent his entire career in manufacturing, with a broad range of tangible experience in make-to-order manufacturing, process control, global supply- chain management, quality assurance, just-in-time inventory control, product development, lean manufacturing, and personnel management.

Swartz has more than 30 years of experience in the casual-furniture industry, having worked his way up the ladder from the shop floor to an executive position at Tropitone®. During the past 10 years, he served as its vice president of manufacturing. He went full time...

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Phifer Rolls Out New Website

Phifer Rolls Out New Website

Phifer Inc. has launched its new website, packed with fresh educational content, rich images, and handy interactive tools. Phifer’s new site delivers a wealth of information and resources on its vast portfolio of insect-screening, sun-control, and furniture fabrics directly to users’ fingertips for quick and easy access. Optimized for easy navigation on all web browsers and device types, the website delivers an experience that today’s fast-paced digital marketplace has grown to expect.

Mark Edwards, Phifer’s senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer, says, “Phifer’s commitment to being the innovative market leader in...

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Treasure Garden Expands Outdoor Rug Collection

Treasure Garden Expands Outdoor Rug Collection

Treasure Garden has added four captivating new designs to its collection of highest-quality outdoor rugs for 2019, which will be featured at Casual Market Chicago in September. Produced in Belgium, this collection of 18 exclusive, 100% UV-stable polypropylene rugs appeals to a broad range of tastes among discerning consumers. Available in two popular sizes and backed by a oneyear warranty against fading,

Treasure Garden’s growing line of outdoor rugs meets the market’s desire for variety and coordinates beautifully with Treasure Garden’s industry-leading shade products.

For 2019, Treasure Garden brings to market North Shore—blue sky, with...

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Treasure Garden Recognizes Sales Representative Domenic Fronsaglia

Treasure Garden has named Domenic Fronsaglia as its sales representative of the year for 2017. The announcement was made by Candy Chase, national sales manager, at the national sales meeting held prior to ICFA Preview Market™in Chicago in July. “We are proud to announce Domenic as our 2017 sales representative of the year,” Chase says. “He has been a part of our sales team for over 20 years and continues to be a big-picture thinker for his retailers, his territory, and the company as a whole. This award recognizes his outstanding performance, as well as his professionalism and skill at building...

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2018 International Pool/Spa/Patio Expo Opens Registration

Registration has officially opened for the 2018 International Pool/Spa/Patio Expo™(PSP Expo), in Las Vegas, Nevada. The exposition, sponsored by The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), will be held on October 31 through November 2 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Bayside Halls D through F.

Preconference sessions begin on October 28 and include certification programs offered by APSP, Genesis®, National Swimming Pool Foundation®, National Plasterers Council, and the American Shotcrete Association. PSP Expo plans to attract more than 10,500 residential and commercial industry professionals and more than 500 exhibitors (spanning more than 134,000 square feet).

In 2015, the...

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