A recent survey shows more consumers now recognize the Energy Star® label and associate it with energy savings. According to a survey done by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection... read more
Wildwood Lamps recently agreed to manufacture the Chelsea House line of home furnishings as well as the Frederick Cooper line of high-end lighting. Under the agreement with Chelsea House, Wildwood will manufacture and... read more
As those of us getting ready for the High Point Market start the final phase of training for our merchandise marathon, I want to make sure one event in particular ends up on your show agenda. The Accessories Resource Team (... read more
High-end furniture retailer Robb & Stucky has started liquidating its inventory following a Chapter 11 filing last month, according to Home Furnishings News. The retailer, which is valued at approximately $90 million,... read more
Judges recognized 42 commercial LED lighting products, including several with potential residential applications, in the third annual Next Generation Luminaires Solid-State Lighting Design Competition last month during the... read more
Morlee Lampshade Co. and Szoke Co. recently announced that they have reached a merger agreement. The company will still be called Morlee but will incorporate the Szoke line of product. Owner Jean Paul Szoke has decided to... read more
Maryrose Sylvester (pictured) has been named the new President and CEO of GE Lighting, taking over for Michael Petras, who is leaving the company. Sylvester has worked at GE for 23 years, including 14 at GE Lighting. Most... read more
Some recent reports from my friends at point to the fact that potentially inaccurate figures may be sending the wrong signals about the severity of the housing crisis. A Feb. 22 article in The Wall Street... read more
High Point’s International Home Furnishings Center will soon be under new ownership that includes a major World Market Center Las Vegas investor, the Winston-Salem Journal recently reported. The same group is also in talks... read more
Nulco Lighting has temporarily closed and gone into state receivership, but should re-open soon, says owner Ken Nulman. Nulman announced on Feb. 28 that the Rhode Island lighting manufacturer would lay off its 91 employees,... read more
More than 200 members, suppliers and reps attended Lighting One’s 2011 annual meeting during the recent January Dallas Market, where guests celebrated the lighting co-op's 10-year anniversary and toured partner manufacturers... read more
Bulbrite recently presented its 2010 Customer of the Year Award to Capitol Lighting at the January Dallas Market. (Pictured from left, with Bubrite National Sales Manager Brian Creeley) Capitol Lighting executives Eric... read more
Believe me, I am intimately familiar with procrastination. Case in point: how close this column is written to its delivery time. (Of course, it’s because I want my information to be as current as possible. Really.) But there... read more
After the economic downturn of the past few years, the U.S. home improvement industry is ready for growth, according to a recent study from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The report, “A New Decade of... read more
More than 2,600 lighting designers, manufacturers and specifiers will have a chance to learn more about the newest in lighting technology at the 12th annual Strategies in Light conference, Feb. 22-24 at the Santa Clara... read more
A residential lighting solutions workshop is among the wide variety of classes being offered this year at Cooper Lighting’s SOURCE education center in Peachtree City, GA, and several off-site locations. The residential... read more
Several companies honored their top sales representatives last month during the Dallas Intl. Lighting Market. At the Hinkley Lighting national sales meeting, President Rick Wiedemer (left) and Vice President of Operations... read more
On the heels of Atlanta’s freakish winter storm just before its International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the brutal arctic blasts that pummeled the Northeast, we in Chicago are still digging out from the third... read more
Uttermost recently acquired the clock manufacturer Timeworks Inc. and has already begun to show the company’s products. Timeworks clocks, including new January introductions, were included in Uttermost’s showrooms last month... read more
With a near double-digit percent gain in attendance and the strongest opening day in the last 40 markets, last month’s Dallas Total Home & Gift Market started the year on an optimistic note. “Attendance was up, buyers... read more

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