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Comfort Solutions Enters New Market Segment with Flare

By Home Furnishings Business in Bedding on April 30, 2013

Comfort Solutions is taking its new Flare mattress to a new market segment, U.S. firefighters and emergency service responders.

Comfort Solutions, Willowbrook, Ill., took the Flare mattress to the FDIC 2013 convention in Indianapolis, the world€™s largest firefighter training conference and exhibition. At the April 22-27 show, Comfort Solutions presented two King Koil Extended Life models in twin XL sizes€”one in the new Flare design and the other in a conventional mattress configuration for comparison.

In twin size, the Flare mattress provides 15 percent more sleeping space than the twins firefighters and EMS responders typically sleep on, and without replacing existing bed frames or taking up extra space.

€œBecause emergency organizations usually use smaller mattresses to conserve space in sleeping quarters, we can think of few other professions or situations where the addition of as much as a half-foot of side-to-side space for an adult would be more needed or welcomed,€ said Brandon Dunn, who is company vice president of business development and a volunteer firefighter for 16 years.

Dunn, who will help represent Comfort Solutions at the FDIC 2013 convention, also was present for the donation late last month of new King Koil Extended Life Flare mattresses to the Mebane, N.C. fire department where he volunteers.

Replacing mattresses that were up to 20-years-old, the new twin XL Flare models will accommodate the department€™s staff of 15 career and 40 volunteer firefighters who serve the community€™s 20,000 residents.

Chromcraft-Revington Moves to OTC Pink

By Home Furnishings Business in on April 30, 2013

Chromcraft Revington will start trading today under the symbol (CRCV) on the OTC Pink Marketplace. 

The company said, as of today, investors and other interested parties will be able to view the Real Time Level II stock quotes online on the OTC Markets Web site.

In the release, the company said while it expects to be quoted on the OTC Pink Marketplace, the company can provide no assurance that any trading market for the company's securities will exist on the OTC Pink Marketplace. The last day of trading of Chromcraft-Revington's common stock on the NYSE MKT was yesterday.

The company also planned to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday to terminate its stock registration with the SEC.

Chromcraft-Revington will continue to be audited by an independent accounting firm and prepare and publish quarterly and annual financial results in its earnings releases, which will be available online

Prillaman Promoted to VP at Hooker

By Home Furnishings Business in Executive Changes on April 29, 2013

Full-line furniture vendor Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ-GS:HOFT) has promoted Scott Prillaman to vice president, U.S. case goods operations.

He reports to Martinsville, Va.-Hooker's CEO, Paul Toms.

Prillaman has been with Hooker for 23 years in roles including warehousing, shipping, safety and environmental compliance. Most recently, Prillaman served as director of warehousing, distribution and logistics. With the promotion, he adds responsibility for quality assurance, facilities oversight and environmental compliance.

€œWe are excited for Scott and for the company to be able to promote from within in recognition of his outstanding contributions and accomplishments to the company,€ Toms said. €œWe are confident he€™ll do a good job in helping us to further improve quality and compliance, given his strong management and interpersonal skills.€

Art Van Furniture Officially in Flooring Business

By Home Furnishings Business in Furniture Retailing on April 29, 2013

Michigan furniture retailer Art Van Furniture is officially in the floor covering business with Art Van World of Floors.

For the past two years World of Floors has been operating as a store within a store inside 16 Art Van locations throughout Metro Detroit. As of today, Art Van and World of Floors have taken this relationship to a new level and have become partners. Going forward, World of Floors is now Art Van World of Floors. Emil Pedick, founder of World of Floors, will remain CEO and president of the new entity.

"This is a logical co-branding evolution already in place," says Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture, Warren, Mich. "This new partnership will now form a powerhouse brand combination offering consumers the best place to furnish their home all under one roof."

"As partners, we can now take advantage of Art Van's dominant marketing efforts, to grow sales in-store, at home and online," Pedick said. "This is a win for Art Van Furniture and World of Floors, but most importantly for Michigan consumers."

The 16 World of Floor stores inside Art Van plus two freestanding stores in Metro Detroit employ 60 associates. For more information please visit .

Art Van Furniture operates 36 stores throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce Web site, plus eight freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Kalamazoo, New Hudson, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Troy, Mich.

Hickory Springs Breaks Ground on Foam Tech Lab

By Home Furnishings Business in Bedding on April 29, 2013

Furniture and bedding components vendor Hickory Springs broke ground April 19 for a new, 10,000-square-foot foam tech lab in Conover, N.C.

The $1.5 million facility will expand current operations at the Hickory Springs Conover foam complex and enhance the company€™s ability to formulate foams, incorporating new pilot lines and improved testing capabilities.

€œThis groundbreaking and the construction that begins today is a tangible illustration of the increased emphasis Hickory Springs is placing on research and innovation as the company moves forward,€ said Dave Colburn, CEO of Hickory Springs, Hickory, N.C. €œIt also supports the transition currently underway at Hickory Springs, from being a components supplier to a global manufacturer of integrated solutions and components, and demonstrates the company€™s continued investment in people, facilities and technologies that is so critical to our success.€

A number of community leaders joined the Hickory Springs leadership team, including Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr.; City Manager Donald Duncan Jr.; President of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation Scott Millar; and President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Danny Hearn.

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