Klaussner Home Furnishings will debut its newoutdoor living category this September at the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Show in Chicago. The division, aptly named Klaussner Outdoor, will feature a wide variety of products geared toward the upper half of the outdoor market with offerings in good, better and best categories.
Outdoor furniture veteran, Gary McCray, named president of Klaussner Outdoor, originally came to Klaussner in March to begin developing the outdoor category. Bringing more than 25 years of outdoor experience to the table, McCray was formerly with Heritage Home Group where he most recently served as senior vice-president of Sales, Designer Brands.
Prior to this appointment, McCray was president of Lane Venture for five years, culminating a tenure that spanned 34 years with the company. McCray also serves as vice-chairman of the International Casual Furniture Association.
“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to bring my experience to Klaussner,” he say. “We previewed a sampling of the new product at the July pre-market in Chicago and the response we received from the specialty retailers and the traditional Klaussner customer was outstanding. The infrastructure has been in place all along for this new venture. Couple that with the support of the impressive team at Klaussner and we think we’re creating something special here.”
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Also joining Klaussner’s Outdoor team as its Sales and Merchandise manager is Teresa Buelin, former vice–president of Sales and Marketing for Lane Venture. She brings extensive outdoor experience and relationships with key retailers to the Klaussner Outdoor team. Buelin will focus on the development of the new division’s sales force of 60 representatives servicing accounts across the globe.
“We are very pleased with how quickly we’ve been able to bring this category to the marketplace,” said Klaussner president Bill Wittenberg. “The feedback from our retail partners has been impressive. It’s great to hear how excited they are that we are adding this category to our existing portfolio of products.”
Klaussner will introduce seven collections at the Chicago Show and the new line will also show at October Market in Klaussner’s dedicated space in the Klaussner on Hamilton Building.
Headquartered in Asheboro, North Carolina, Klaussner Home Furnishings has grown to become one of the largest furniture companies in America with showrooms in High Point, Las Vegas and Chicago. As the leading solutions provider for the home furnishings industry, Klaussner’s breadth of product is unrivaled and its service is unparalleled with guaranteed delivery of its domestic products in 21 days or less. Its comprehensive selection and divisions include: Domestic Upholstery, Imported Upholstery, Domestic Motion, Case Goods, Enso Sleep Systems, Comfort Design and Klaussner Outdoor.
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About.com ranked Delta Heat #1 in the Top 10 gas grills between $2,000 and $4,000 for 2014. It said, “The specifications on this gas grill are fantastic. The heat output is high and even, making for fantastic grilling. The full rotisserie system is versatile, powerful and very functional.
The fully featured Lynx and DCS professional series models were in the 6th and 8th positions in this $2,000 to $4,000 category.
“However, it is the construction that gets all the attention here. The amazing design of this gas grill is executed with the highest level of quality control. It is for this reason that manufacturing of this product line was moved from China, back to the United States. Now it can be watched, and made to the most exact of specifications.”
In addition, Twin Eagles was ranked #3 in the Top 10 gas grills above $4,000 for 2014. About.com said, “The company Twin Eagles was put together by a veteran of the gas grill industry (actually, more like a legend). Anyway, this grill is beautifully built with an incredible attention to detail. The engineering and precision make it truly one of the best gas grills on the market. Details like the hexagonal cooking grates that give you better surface contact to better searing are just one of the many excellent features of this unit.”
Kalamazoo ranked #1 and the Fire Magic Diamond Series ranked #2 in the Top 10 Grills above $4,000. Each of these grills retails for $13,000 or more as the reviews point out. This reinforces an amazing value story for Twin Eagles which retails for half that price.
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Telescope Casual Furniture, a leading manufacturer and marketer of outdoor furniture, is launching a lean initiative to maximize its effectiveness in serving the ever-changing marketplace.
“Our facility was originally set up for big runs of very little variety,” said Kathy Juckett, CEO. “Over the past 10 years consumer demand has caused
the variety of our product offerings to increase at an incredible rate. In order to keep up and perform to our standards, we’ve brought in the help of Honsha, a premier lean consulting group. We are committed to executing the levels of quality, delivery and customer service we pride ourselves on.”
Honsha is currently working with TCF on a project in the Metal department that will allow for quick changeovers, more flexibility and a reduction in work-in-process inventory. Another project in the Welding department will better utilize team members’ talents by reducing non-value added steps in the process. Over the next several months additional focus areas will be tackled.
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