Each issue of Surface & Panel emphasizes certain segments of homes, businesses, offices, stores and more and how they use modern composite panels, decorative surfaces and the accessories that go with them.
Cabinet maker acpi was about out of space in its Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, manufacturing plant, so it bought a 200,000-square-foot building in nearby Mount Union. Rather than just expand into the new facility, however, acpi had a different idea.
In some ways, Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops, located in Norwood, Massachusetts, is a typical North American cabinetmaker. It’s a family business. It’s been in operation for decades—2018 marks its 34th anniversary. Its primary competition is from overseas.
Among the themes at the Material, Technology & Design Symposium in October was the need for a compressed supply chain that can address market demand in the decorative surfaces and composite panel industries in a timely manner with a wide range of offerings.
Housing starts in the United States are expected to approach 1.25 million in 2018, an increase of 2.7 percent from 2017 but still short of the 1.5 million justified by population growth. That’s according to the National Association of Home Builders and its chief economist, Robert Dietz.
Closet America is driven to flourish. The need to grow is tightly ingrained in the custom closet and organization company’s DNA. “We really believe that if we are not growing, we’re dying,” said Skip LaBella, president of the Hyattsville, Md.-based company, located less than 10 miles outside the nation’s capital.
Walmart finally woke up and smelled the coffee. Furniture cannot be sold online like paper towels or Fancy Feast cat food. Walmart’s new senior vice president of e-commerce home division, Anthony Soohoo, admits that furnishings and décor are inspired purchases.
Year one of the Material, Technology & Design Symposium @ CPA Fall Meeting was a huge hit. There’s no telling how successful year two will be. “A powerhouse” is how one attendee described the 2017 symposium. The 2018 event is scheduled for Sept. 23-25 at the brand-new JW Marriott in downtown Nashville.