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Gober to Lead Latex Int'l Western Component Sales

By Home Furnishings Business in Executive Changes on May 21, 2013

Jeff Gober has returned to mattress and pillow manufacturer Latex International as director of component sales for the company€™s western division.

With more than 20 years of bedding sales and sales management experience, Gober aims help drive the growth of latex used by mattress manufacturers, specifically in the growing latex hybrid segment. Gober reports to Jim Siragusa.

Gober first joined Latex International in 2001, rising through the ranks to become director of sales for the company€™s western division. He is credited with increasing division sales by 182 percent from 2002 to 2008; and successfully managing the company€™s Evercloud initiative, which resulted in selling out the capacity of the brand€™s quilted latex system. Gober left Latex International in 2008 to assume a sales management position with E.S. Kluft & Co., followed by a two-year role serving as national accounts manager at Southerland Bedding. Most recently, Gober served as an accounts manager with FXI, a leading supplier of foam components to the mattress industry. 

€œWe are delighted to have Jeff rejoin our team, especially as hybrid mattresses are becoming increasingly more important to a manufacturer€™s and retailer€™s product mix,€ said Shelton, Conn.-based Latex International President and Chief Executive Officer David Fisher. "Jeff is a passionate leader and an expert in cultivating both existing relationships and new business. Moreover, his long history of sales success and extensive knowledge of the bedding and retail environment will make him an instrumental player in growing our business on the west coast."

Gober received his bachelor€™s of science degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He currently resides in Placentia, Calif.

4 Buyers Win Tiffany Bracelets from Capel

By Home Furnishings Business in Rugs on May 21, 2013

Capel Rugs presented silver Tiffany bracelets with an infinity design to four buyers at the April High Point Furniture Market.

The elegant bracelets were awarded during daily raffles held in the company's showroom in Market Square, space 112.

The winners were Barb Bachman, co-owner of Warren Barnett Interiors, Brookfield, Wis.; Tiffany Harris, co-owner of, Pasadena, Calif.; Melinda Purnhagen, project manager for Salmon-Casson Ltd., Reston, Va.; and Lauren Knaple, an interior designer with Yager Furniture Co., Berne, Ind.

"We had a tremendous market in High Point and wanted to do something special to thank everyone for coming in," said Allen Robertson, vice president of sales for Capel Rugs, about the giveaway. "All of our introductions were very well received, including our new licensed collection, Cococozy."

Rebecca Proctor: MacKenzie-Childs' Creative Force

By Aggregated Content in on May 20, 2013 from

Do you know the work product of MacKenzie-Childs? If not, you are missing some of the most controlled creative, and well, yes, a little zany character that helps to elevate the everyday object.

Today we are happy to speak with the Creative Director for MacKenzie-Childs, Rebecca Proctor. Ms. Proctor is responsible for leading the design direction and all aspects of the artistic mission of this vibrant, cutting-edge home furnishings company.

Managing a team of talented designers, she has been responsible for the most extensive and successful product launches in the company's history.

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Williams-Sonoma Expands Texas Call Center

By Aggregated Content in Business Strategy on May 20, 2013 from

San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma Inc., a specialty home furnishings and gourmet cookware retailer, has expanded its call center in North Texas.

The retailer has signed a lease for 6,653 square feet of office space at The Cascades in The Colony, expanding its space to 15,523 square feet.

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Twin-Star’s Copyright Infringement Complaint Upheld

By Home Furnishings Business in Legal on May 20, 2013

The International Trade Commission has upheld Twin-Star International's copyright infringement suit against two Chinese manufacturers.

Last week the ITC issued a limited exclusion order barring the importation of all infringing electric fireplaces and components of Shenzhen Reliap Industrial Co. and Yue Qiu Sheng, both of Shenzhen, China.

The ITC€™s initial investigation began Jan. 19, 2012, based on a complaint filed by Twin-Star against California-based Whalen Furniture Manufacturing, which was then consolidated with a prior ITC investigation based on an earlier complaint filed by Twin-Star against Reliap and Yue. The complaints charge a violation of the Tariff Act of 1930 regarding the importation and sale in the U.S. of certain electric fireplaces and their components as well as processes of  manufacturing by reason of infringement of U.S. Copyrights and misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and tortious interference with contract. These copyrights cover the unique designs of Twin-Star€™s electric fireplace inserts as well as content contained within their user manuals.

In July of last year, the Administrative Law Judge issued a consent order directing Whalen to cease importation and sale of the implicated Reliap fireplace products and any other related products that infringe on Twin-Star€™s asserted copyrights or contain Twin-Star€™s misappropriated trade secrets.

Earlier this month, the Commission issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the importation of electric fireplaces and all related components, manuals, and products manufactured abroad and/or imported by or for Yue or Reliap, or any of their affiliates that use Twin-Star€™s misappropriated trade secrets and/or that infringe upon one or more of Twin-Star€™s asserted copyrights relating to the designs of their fireplaces and contents of their manuals.
€œWe are very happy with the Commission€™s exclusion order, which underscores the value of our company€™s innovative products and the work we have put into developing them,€ said Robert Cohen, president and CEO of Twin-Star. €œWe reaffirm our commitment to using the avenues available through the ITC and the courts to enforce Twin-Star€™s intellectual property and prevent the sale, importation or marketing of knockoffs.€ Cohen added, €œWe will continue to protect our business and more importantly our customers businesses from having to compete against lower end imitations of our product and the companies that illegally produce or sell them. The Twin-Star International family of brands has always told the story of design, quality and service and its reflected in every product we manufacture.€

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