San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
March Majap Shipments Up 11%: AHAM
WASHINGTON – Factory shipments of major appliances surged 11 percent in March, to 7.3 million units. According to data from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), every major product sector showed growth, with laundry pairs up 5.1 percent, refrigerators up 5.4 percent, cooking products up 8.9 percent, dishwashers up 14.1 percent, and ACs up 23.9 percent.
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LOUISVILLE, KY. – GE has begun producing its first U.S.-made front-load laundry pair.
The new ergonomically designed models feature a built-in 7-inch riser and extra-wide door to help reduce strenuous bends and long reaches.
GE invested more than $100 million to upgrade two assembly lines at its massive Appliance Park manufacturing complex here, where traditional top-load washers have been built for 60 years.
NEW YORK — Whirlpool and Electrolux reported mixed results for the first quarter, with the former posting higher earnings but flat sales and the latter losing ground in both.
But both manufacturers pointed to a rebounding U.S. majap market, which they expect will grow between 2 percent and 5 percent this year in unit volume, as a bright spot in an otherwise pressured global industry.
LAS VEGAS – Major appliances, 40 percent of BrandSource’s annual volume, is doing better this year, according to John White, executive VP of major appliances for the $14 billion buying group.
BrandSource had added LG appliances to its Expert Warehouse program, and will add Samsung’s white goods shortly, among the brands it has in its programs.
During a meeting with TWICE at the group’s convention here last week, White discussed some industry issues facing the major appliance market as it turns towards the fall quarter.
ANDERSON, S.C. – Electrolux has opened a $6.3 million research and development center at its refrigerator plant here.
The 43,000-square-foot lab, which is capable of testing 40 refrigerators at once, is part a five-year, $45 million investment to ensure that the fridge factory remains competitive in the global marketplace, the manufacturer said.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was just a little more than one year ago that former 3M executive Jack Truong took the helm of Electrolux’s North American operations, succeeding Kevin Scott.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. – Kenmore appliances is currently celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2013 with the brand and Sears, and is hosting a retrospective on past products along with a look forward to what the company will be introducing this year.
The first product to carry the Kenmore brand name was what could well be a bullet-proof sewing machine. Made of heavy gauge steal and weighing in at about 40 pounds, the machine made its appearance in Sears’ stores and catalogs in 1913.
NEW YORK — Sears’ Kenmore brand is celebrating its 100th anniversary with the release of a wide range of Elite-brand appliances.
The new kitchen products include three refrigerators, two dishwashers, an oven and cooktop. For the laundry room there are two pairs of washers and dryers.
WASHINGTON — Factory unit shipments of key major appliance categories rose 8 percent in February after falling 9 percent one year prior.
The Presidents Day-period pickup followed a nearly 2 percent uptick in total majap volume in January, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) reported.
However, a nearly 46 percent decline in dehumidifier shipments, and a 21 percent drop in room air volume, limited total February wholesale sales to a 0.7 percent gain, AHAM’s monthly shipment data show.
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