Lenox Corporation, America’s leading tableware, giftware and home entertaining company, has announced that it will close its Kinston, North Carolina, bone china factory due to the unforeseeable downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lenox Kinston-made products are well known and have been used and cherished throughout the country and abroad.
“It has been a very difficult decision to decide to close the factory. It is closing a chapter in Lenox’s long and illustrious history as an American manufacturer of fine dinnerware products,” said Lenox Chief Executive Officer Mads Ryder. “These achievements were only made possible by the competent, dedicated and proud team of the Kinston factory.”
The 218,000-square-foot Kinston factory built in 1989 produced fine bone china dinnerware patterns and was the only fine bone china factory in the United States. The factory was renowned in the industry for its innovative and unique manufacturing capabilities, including hand-enameled dots, etching techniques and microwave-safe metals. The Kinston plant produced nine of Lenox’s top 10 patterns and could produce 15,000 to 20,000 pieces of fine china daily.
Ryder ensured that, with more than 130 years of business behind them Lenox will continue to remain strong and its heritage patterns will continue to be designed and developed in the U.S. and manufactured in Europe and Asia.
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has appointed John Hartmann as Chief Operating Officer of Bed Bath & Beyond and President, buybuy BABY, effective May 18, 2020. Hartmann will report directly to Mark Tritton, President and Chief Executive Officer, and be a key member of a streamlined senior leadership team.
Hartmann will lead key areas of Bed Bath & Beyond’s transformation including information technology, supply chain and real estate, working across the company’s five strategic growth pillars to accelerate decision-making and enhance connectivity across functions. He will also be responsible for re-engineering the company’s supply chain and technology infrastructure to enhance fulfilment, drive cost improvements, improve customer experience and support the introduction of omni-channel improvements such as Buy-Online-Pick-Up-In-Store across its fleet of stores. As President of BABY, John will be responsible for further developing the growth strategy for this leading infant and small children retail brand.
“We continue to drive our growth plans and invest in strategic talent, while managing through the COVID-19 situation, backed by significant financial flexibility,” said Tritton.?“John is a world-class leader with a passion for building high-performing teams and deep expertise delivering transformation in the retail sector. He will accelerate the execution of our vision to make it easy to feel at home with Bed Bath & Beyond, helping rebuild a modern, durable business and a deeper connection with our loyal customers across our portfolio of brands.”
Hartmann joins Bed Bath & Beyond from True Value Company, one of the world’s largest hardware wholesalers, where he was President and Chief Executive Officer. Hartmann led True Value through a significant business transformation that modernized and strengthened its wholesale supply chain, accelerated technology investments to align with the changing retail landscape and drove growth and profitability across its 4,500 retail locations.
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Fissler Presents Adamant Serving Pan & Woks With “Hard Like Stone” Nonstick Safe for Metal Spoons and Spatulas
Keying off the success of its Adamant Fry Pans, Fissler expands this collection with four additions for 2020: Adamant Serving Pan and Adamant Wok, each in two sizes. Made in Germany, Adamant stands out for its unusually tough nonstick sealing, featuring silicon carbide particles that make the surface hard like stone.
This premium nonstick surface is uniquely fitting for the new Serving Pans and Woks. Its superior resilience allows for carefree use of metal spoons and spatulas. It has excellent thermal conductivity and strong resistance to acids and alkalis. The pans offer a look and texture reminiscent of cast-iron, but with added practicality. Silicon carbide is both the lightest and hardest ceramic material, creating a best-of-both-worlds combination of features.
Like all Adamant pans, the new Serving Pans and Woks feature a Cookstar all-stove base that works on all stovetops, including induction. The new items are:
- 9-inch Adamant Serving Pan and 11-inch Adamant Serving Pan. Each pan has two short stainless-steel handles with built-in heat protection, and a practical inner scale for measuring ingredients. Oven-safe up to 350 degrees F. Suggested retails $79.99 and $99.99.
- 11?-inch Adamant Wok with tight-closing stainless-steel lid. With two short stainless-steel handles with heat protection. Suggested retail $219.99
- 11?-inch Adamant Wok Pan with a long contoured comfort handle. Includes hook-in function for practical use of premium glass lid or the clippix splatter shield. (Lid and shield sold separately). Suggested retail $99.99
Adamant pans are dishwasher safe and come with a 5-year warranty. The new Servings Pans and Woks are available for immediate shipment.
Fissler is a family-owned housewares company founded in 1845, known throughout the world for its distinctive premium cookware, pressure cookers and more. For more information, visit fissler.com, call 704.842.9608 or email email@example.com.
At a JURA Elektroapparate AG online press conference from Niederbuchsiten, Switzerland, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Emanuel Probst, announced record sales for 2019, with 5.1 percent growth in revenue and 4.7 percent growth in units.??JURA is sold in 50 countries, with the U.S. as?one of its most?important markets.
Product innovation continues to drive JURA growth, including the new award-winning ENA 8; the E8, the most successful model in the company’s history; the S8 from the premium segment; and the X8 from the professional range.
Digitization has also played a key role in JURA’s success.??“JURA LIVE has brought expert, personalized advice to the Internet and to premium points of sale around the globe,” said Probst.??“Two years ago, we launched the JURA Operating Experience (J.O.E.?) which allows our coffee machines to be operated via smartphone.??Now they can be controlled via Siri and Apple Watch as well.”
For the first time, this press conference was held via live stream rather than a live event at the corporate headquarters.
“Sometimes the future comes sooner than you expert,” said Probst.??“The coronavirus crisis will give added impetus to the digitalization processes that are already underway.”??He cited a variety of marketing initiatives and the company’s ability to use JURA LIVE and other digital assets to continue to grow the brand in 2020.