Industry Update Noteworthy developments impacting the kitchen and bath market Masco to Close The plant is expected to resume its usual production schedule on Adrian, MI Facility February 1, 2009. Adrian, MI — The Masco Builder Cabinet Group, the manufacturer of Merillat and Quality Cabinets, is Acryline Consolidating consolidating manufacturing opera- U.S., Canadian Operations tions and will close its Adrian, MI Lyster, Quebec — Acryline Custom factory, the founding plant for the Bathing Systems has announced Merillat brand. the consolidation of the company’s The closure, set for the second U.S. and Canadian facilities. quarter of 2009, will be accom- The consolidation, effective last panied by the conversion of the month, represents “an incredible company’s Mt. Sterling, KY factory opportunity to ensure our commit- Author and organization expert Julie Morgenstern gave a special presentation from the Quality Cabinets brand to about organizational trends in the kitchen at a recent Bosch product event, held ment to continue to provide quality Merillat brand cabinets, effective bathing systems to the industry,” at the Bosch showroom in Brooklyn (DUMBO), NY. Morgenstern addressed how ﬂexible appliance sizes and capacities can help facilitate better organization and Feb. 1, 2009, MBCG ofﬁcials said. said president Steve Deland. space planning, illustrating these trends with three new Bosch products which Both moves are related to efforts Acryline baths are produced were spotlighted at the event: Linea Refrigeration, Ascenta Dishwashers and to reduce costs in the face of con- at the company’s manufacturing the Nexxt Laundry system. tinued housing declines. facility in Lyster, Quebec, and “with “Over the past several years, manufacturing and technical sup- we’ve worked hard to reduce costs,” port located in Canada, we deter- said Karen Strauss, MBCG presi- mined that it’s both economically dent. “Given the unprecedented de- and structurally more beneﬁcial to cline in new construction, however, relocate our corporate headquar- more action is necessary.” ters to the plant,” observed William The closure, Strauss added, “is Tennant, Acryline CEO. no reﬂection on the caliber of work “While we will [have] a U.S. nor the quality of the workforce. presence with [our] satellite ofﬁces, Rather, it is solely driven by dete- we’re excited to offer enhanced riorating market conditions.” productivity, technical support and The Adrian factory opened in 1953 customer service with relocation to and has 330 full-time salaried and our manufacturing facility,” he said.
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