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It will be published in June.
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The Sunbrella brand commands the right field corner at NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Class A team in the South Atlantic League. Baseball fans can't miss the two large market umbrellas and the big Sunbrella logo on the outfield wall. The logo and market umbrellas are color-coordinated, as is a tall vertical banner declaring that the right field corner is the “Sunbrella Shade Zone.”
Nearly 88,000 fans attended Grasshoppers home games in 2013. The ballpark in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, is less than 25 miles from the headquarters of Glen Raven, maker of Sunbrella-brand products.
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Christine (Chris) M. Robins will be joining the Char-Broil Division of the W.C. Bradley Co. as president and CEO effective June 2, 2014.
“We are very pleased to have Chris Robins join our company,” said Marc Olivié, W.C. Bradley Co. president and CEO. “Chris has an excellent background with two major and globally-respected consumer products companies. She brings broad-based experience to Char-Broil in Strategic Planning, Finance, Acquisition and Integration, Product Innovation, Channel Strategy, Global Marketing and Brand Management.”
Robins served for the past five years as president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based BodyMedia, a venture-backed pioneering company in wearable health sensors and software that help consumers and professionals better manage health and wellness. She totally transformed BodyMedia via a new business strategy and the diversification of products and customers leading to the successful sale of the company to Jawbone.
Prior to joining BodyMedia, Robins spent four years with Philips Oral Healthcare in Seattle, Washington, where she was promoted to president and CEO of this global oral care business, which includes Sonicare power toothbrushes. She led the development and implementation of a totally new product pipeline and business model that generated dramatic growth in revenues and profitability, and also led to significant global expansion, primarily in Eastern Europe and Asia.
Immediately following graduation from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1988, where Robins earned her BBA degree in Marketing and Finance, she was recruited by the S.C. Johnson company in Racine, Wisconsin, and spent 17 years with the company in both Marketing and Finance roles for brands such as Raid, Glade PlugIns, Aveeno and Ziploc. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, she completed her MBA in 1994 at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
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Twin-Star International, an award-winning home furnishings manufacturer of quality furniture, thermoelectric wine coolers and electric heaters, has appointed Steve Ashman as vice president of Operations. He will be responsible for the company’s global operations and based at Twin-Star’s global headquarters in Delray Beach, Florida. He will report to Rob Cohen, president and CEO.
Previously, Ashman served as vice president Supply Chain with Masco Asia, Slam Brands and WE Connor in Hong Kong. His experience includes manufacturing operations, product development, strategic sourcing, vendor quality management and product distribution in the U.S. and Asia.
Robert Cohen, president and CEO of Twin-Star International, said, “Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Twin-Star. His addition to our current team of all-stars will accelerate our efforts to achieve world-class quality and service performance, enabling us to deliver superior value to our customers.”
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Glen Raven Custom Fabrics and Sunbury Textile Mills this month will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their business partnership, offering complementary weaving capabilities of Sunbrella-branded fabrics for the decorative jobber, casual and residential furniture markets. Established in 1994, the partnership combined the performance heritage of the Sunbrella brand with Sunbury’s reputation for high-end design, leading to the beginning of a new chapter for both companies.
As Glen Raven looked to expand its upholstery fabric business it was Sunbury’s relationships with companies such as Kravet and Donghia that allowed the Sunbrella brand to initially access decorative jobber markets. The partnership continues to flourish today, with both Sunbury and Glen Raven providing Sunbrella to all of the leading high-end jobbers and manufacturers.
“The relationship and trust between our companies and our collective customers have allowed us to adapt and thrive even as we have moved into the 21st century with new business models and the changing economy,” said David Swers, president, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics.
The companies were introduced by Randy Trull, a longtime design consultant for Glen Raven, and Mark Grigalunas, who at the time was design director for Sunbury, both of whom saw the potential for a long-term partnership.
“We laugh about it now because when we first presented the ideas to our respective companies, everyone thought we were crazy; both the design and the price of the fabric were a complete departure from what people were used to seeing,” said Grigalunas, now senior vice president of Design at Sunbury. “Then we sold the fabric through to our first customer and it became a best seller. The rest of the market followed.”
The design teams at Glen Raven and Sunbury work independently, but from a common yarn palette that allows them to create complementary fabrics. The teams work closely to continually elevate the aesthetic of Sunbrella fabric designs.
“One of the biggest benefits of this partnership is the relationship between our design teams as they consider new colors and yarn constructions, and design what is best for the Sunbrella brand,” said Greg Rosendale, Market manager, residential furniture fabrics for Glen Raven. “Those collaborative sessions have led to unparalleled product development from both companies.”
Today Sunbury is the exclusive decorative jobber weaving partner for Sunbrella fabrics. In addition to their shared business synergies, the companies acknowledge that the growing consumer interest in performance fabrics at the high end has been a factor in their ongoing success.
“The Sunbrella name is one of the strongest branded names I’ve ever known, and for it to be backed up by such proven performance is amazing,” said Hank Truslow, president, Sunbury Textile Mills. “When people realize how diverse the product categories of the Sunbrella brand have become, they are simply amazed.”
The anniversary will be celebrated through a design competition with the Textile Design program at Philadelphia University. Working with the school faculty, the two companies challenged students at the beginning of the spring semester to imagine the future of Sunbrella fabrics – the next 20 years – and submit designs that will be judged on a number of criteria: color, pattern, appropriate scale, creative materials, appropriate hand, technical execution, appropriate end use, originality and innovation.
Judging for the contest will take place at the school on May 6 with judges from the industry including Greyson Kirby, director of Merchandising and Product Development at Holly Hunt, Glen Raven Design consultant Sherri Donghia, and Steve Elton, chief brand officer at Brown Jordan. The grand prize winner will attend Showtime Fabric Fair in High Point, tour the new Burlington yarn manufacturing facility, and interview with the Sunbrella design team. The contest exposes students to two industry leaders and gives them insight into the business side of textile design.
“Our relationship is open and transparent at any given point in time – during product development, manufacturing – and that is a remarkable accomplishment for two privately-owned companies,” Truslow said. “We don’t see an end in sight. Our business continues to grow at an exponential rate.”
The companies will continue to commemorate the anniversary throughout the year and are committed to the future of their partnership, extoling the freedom each allows the other as one of the reasons for their continued success.
“We don’t do many partnerships, but the ones we get into are very important to us,” Swers added. “We enter into them knowing we will be in business together for a long time. The next 20 years are just as important to us; we are just getting started.”
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