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Fire at Copeland Furniture Plant in Vermont

By Aggregated Content in Case Goods on May 2, 2013 from A fire broke out at the Copeland Furniture furniture plant in Bradford, Vt.

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Furniture Buying Index Steady at 75

By Home Furnishings Business in economic news on May 2, 2013

The Furniture Buying Index is holding steady this month at 75, according to America's Research Group.

"As consumers begin thinking about the summer and family vacation plans, furniture purchases are not a high priority," said Britt Beemer, chairman of America's Research Group. "Retailers need to run strong sales to entice these consumers to shop and buy furniture this month. Although many consumers have delayed or postponed furniture purchases for many months, the priority is now shifting toward summer plans and fun for the family."

The Furniture Buying Index is compiled each month by America's Research Group from interviews with between 5,000 to 8,000 consumers across the country. In a typical month, 80 percent of the consumers interviewed can name a specific furniture item they intend to buy.

Tobi Fairley Associates Names Taylor-Smith SVP

By Home Furnishings Business in Executive Changes on May 2, 2013

Cheminne Taylor-Smith has joined Tobi Fairley Associates as senior vice president of brand marketing, a new position.

Taylor-Smith comes to the Little Rock, Ark.-based interior design brand from the High Point Market Authority, where she was vice president of marketing.

In her new post, Taylor-Smith will be responsible for overall brand strategy and management of the Tobi Fairley brand, including development of new products and services, marketing, public relations, social media management, and creation and support of live events, seminars and design camps.

Taylor-Smith and Fairley also are creating a new division for Tobi Fairley Associates that will offer consulting work for clients in the areas of branding, strategic planning, marketing, social media, public relations and event planning. The company will also launch a new Web site in August.

€œI am thrilled that Cheminne is joining me in what is an extraordinary and creative endeavor for this company,€ said Tobi Fairley, president and CEO. €œCheminne€™s unique talents and her award-winning work in marketing and branding for the High Point Market and other companies will be an integral part of the future growth of Tobi Fairley Associates, and for our clients. We already have strong interest in the new consulting division, which will include work for furnishings manufacturers and suppliers, show managers, interior designers, and retailers.€

Cheminne Taylor-Smith€™s background includes extensive experience in public relations, marketing, branding and communications, including posts with Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, InFurniture, Reed Business Publications, and other companies in the home furnishings arena.

€œI am an entrepreneur by nature, and that makes me a perfect fit for a visionary thinker like Tobi Fairley,€ said Taylor-Smith. €œWhat we will be building together will include some very new concepts for the interior design and home furnishings worlds. I€™m looking forward to getting started.€

Jeff Zegline to Chair BrandSource

By Home Furnishings Business in Executive Changes on May 2, 2013

Jeff Zeglin has been elected chairman of the board of the BrandSource home furnishings retailing group, which serves more than 4,000 independent dealer members.

An active BrandSource member since 1990, Zeglin has served in various positions on the board since that time; and has owned and managed Zeglin€™s Home TV & Appliances in Moline, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa, for 37 years.
Zeglin said his priorities involve moving BrandSource forward as it harnesses new technologies, spearheads competitive financing programs and expands its Expert Warehouse operation to better serve members in all regions.
€œI firmly believe that buyer€™s groups are the salvation of the independent dealer, and BrandSource is the best group, bar none,€ Zeglin said. €œI€™m committed to maintaining a razor-sharp focus on doing everything we can to support our members and help them succeed.€
According to Bob Lawrence, CEO of BrandSource, Zeglin€™s appointment will help the organization continue to evolve as it seeks out and implements innovative new programs.

€œOver the last few years that Jeff has served on our board of directors, he has demonstrated a keen understanding of our organization and our industry, and he really knows what it€™s like to run a retail business,€ said Lawrence. €œWith his long record of dedicated service, professionalism, commitment and knowledge, we know he€™ll make a tremendous contribution to the entire BrandSource organization.€

Dominguez, Santanello Change Posts at Aico

By Home Furnishings Business in Executive Changes on May 1, 2013

Full line furniture supplier Aico has shuffled its supply chain management team.

Bill Dominguez has been named vice president of product development, and Jeff Santanello has been named vice president of international purchasing.

Prior to the changes, Dominguez was vice president of supply chain for the company, and Santanello was vice president of dealer logistics and communication.

"With our expanding and very broad product line-up, Bill will focus on the development of samples, costing, and the assurance that production pieces are executed correctly," said Michael Amini, CEO. "Bill's knowledge of our factories, their production capabilities, and manufacturing strengths will be of great assistance to our sales management and sales forecasting."

"Jeff will bring his positive and helpful attitude to a department that has grown with the demands of our customers, product selection and increased supplier base," said Martin Ploy, Aico president. "Jeff will be working closely with the purchasing team to analyze product sales, anticipate needs and flow merchandise." 

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