By Lisa Johnston
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Columbia, S.C. — Southeastern majap distributor Climatic Home Products has added Haier America to its white-goods brand offering.
According to Climatic, the deal will provide independent dealers with more choices with which to compete strategically within their markets.
The agreement also marks an expansion for Climatic, which will add more states to its distribution footprint to accommodate its new vendor partner.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Haier allow us to represent them,” said Climatic president Doug Allen.
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Greenwood, Miss. — Viking Range will assume fulfillment duties in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas next week as parent company Middleby Corp. continues to take distribution in house for the premium majap brand.
In the latest move, the manufacturer’s South Central and Northwest distribution arms will supplant longtime distributor Milestone Distributors effective Sept. 3.
Milestone also relinquished its Arizona and Southern Nevada territories to Viking’s Southwest sales and distribution operation in June.
Indianapolis — Multiregional majap, CE and home furnishings chain h.h.gregg donated 54 Maytag appliances to local Boys & Girls Clubs of America in partnership with Maytag parent Whirlpool.
The donations were part of a 31-day “MayTag, You’re It” joint sweepstakes promotion, in which a Maytag laundry pair was awarded each day in May.
The partners said 29 Boys & Girls Clubs in 15 states and Washington, D.C., were selected to receive majap donations based on immediate improvement needs.
Washington – Factory shipments of major appliances rose 1.1 percent in July as steep declines in room-air demand masked double-digit gains for the core laundry, dishwasher and cooking categories.
According to vendor data compiled by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), an industry trade group, wholesale unit volume for ACs fell nearly 40 percent last month amid cool early-summer climes for much of the country.
Buena Park, Calif. – Mode Distributing, the West Coast luxury appliance distributor, has expanded its distribution of the AGA Marvel product line to include Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.
The new markets, which became effective this month, join Mode’s existing AGA Marvel territories of California, Hawaii and Northern Nevada, where it also distributes the Vent-a-Hood and American Range brands.
New York, NY – Haier America said Thursday that it has reached an agreement with minority joint venture shareholders to acquire their shares and make Haier America a wholly owned subsidiary of Haier Group.
“This is an important step forward for Haier,” said Shariff Kan, Haier America president and CEO. “The acquisition is being made to further align the company’s global resources toward growth and success for the Haier brand in North and South America.”
Charlotte, N.C. – Electrolux Major Appliances North America has hired Daren Couture as end-to-end supply chain senior VP.
Couture, who joins the majap maker from Danaher, will oversee the supply chain and nine North American manufacturing facilities, including the newest cooking appliances plant in Memphis.
Benton Harbor, Mich. -- Whirlpool posted a strong gain in profit in the second quarter, reporting a net of $198 million, up from $113 million in the year-ago period.
Sales in the quarter for the company's Whirlpool, Maytag and KitchenAid appliances were $4.7 billion compared with the $4.5 billion reported during the same period last year. Excluding the impact of both foreign currency and Brazilian tax credits, sales increased almost 6 percent, the company said.
Stockholm – Electrolux’s North American sales and earnings helped the white goods giant post earnings of 642 million Kronor on sales of 26.7 billion Kronor for the second quarter.
This figure was down slightly from the same period in 2012, but company executives were upbeat for the both the North American and European markets.