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Spending Up At The High End; Remodeling, Looser Wallets Boost Top
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Spending Up At The High End; Remodeling, Looser Wallets Boost Top

This year’s revved-up economy is giving th e major appliance industry a good chance to shatter its 1973 volume record, when almost 36 million units were shipped.

One part of the business that appears to be especially helped by the high-flying spending mood is high-end kitchen appliances.

Business at the top end has been bolstered not only by consumers’ loosened purse strings, but also because of the return of the kitchen as the social hub of the home, according to manufacturers, remodelers and kitchen designers. (more…)

$30-Million Modernization Project Gives Electrolux High-tech Facilities For Making Vacuum Cleaners In Virginia
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$30-Million Modernization Project Gives Electrolux High-tech Facilities For Making Vacuum Cleaners In Virginia

$30-Million Modernization Project Gives Electrolux High-Tech Facilities For Making Vacuum Cleaners in Virginia

Heavy In-Process Inventory Provisions and Rework Loops Leave Bristol Plant Short of Total Automation, However

Electrolux Corp.’s vacuum cleaner plant in Bristol, Va., and motor plant in Piney Flats, Tenn., are near-triumphs of well-planned material handling and nonsynchronous manufacturing.

About the only seeming shortcoming in an otherwise exemplary modernization program is the assembly line for the company’s high-tech Discovery II vacuum cleaner at Bristol, which has provision for heavy in-process inventory and includes four five-fixture rework loops. (more…)

The Battle For Share
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The Battle For Share

The vacuum cleaner industry for years has been dominated by two giants — Hoover and Eureka.

That situation won’t change in 1986, but that hasn’t discouraged plenty of suppliers from trying to grab a chunk of this over $2 billion retail market in full sized vacs. A number of big, powerful companies, including Whirlpool, Panasonic, Sharp, Sanyo and Toshiba, are looking to gain a foothold.

One of the factors which is encouraging them is the dynamic development of new products which has swept the industry in recent years and promises to continue. The tremendous success of Black & Decker’s cordless Dustbuster since its introduction in 1979 not only spawned a new $600 million industry segment, but helped convince producers that consumers were looking for a variety of new products: black+decker bdh2000pl to help with this cleaning chores. (more…)

Roomba maker sweeps into cheaper robotics: iRobot hopes it will clean up with purchase of Pasadena firm
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Roomba maker sweeps into cheaper robotics: iRobot hopes it will clean up with purchase of Pasadena firm

When robotic vacuum maker iRobot Corp. scooped up its smaller Pasadena rival, Evolution Robotics, last week it went dirty and down–market.

The $74 million acquisition gave the Bedford, Mass. robotic pioneer a broader product lineup that will help it sell less expensive self-propelled and intelligent vacuum cleaners as it seeks to reverse a decline in earnings. (more…)

Eureka marks 75th anniversary with hand-vac entry
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Eureka marks 75th anniversary with hand-vac entry

BLOOMINGTON, IL — This month Eureka begins the celebration of its 75th anniversary with–what else–something new.

Banking on the philosophy that smaller is better, Eureka is introducing its new Mini-Mite cordless hand vacuum, a cordless, rechargeable hand vac with a suggested retail of $29.95.

Unique to the Mini-Mite in the growing forest of hand-held vacs is that it offers a trigger switch that disengages when the user releases it. (more…)

Ace Support Boosts Vac Sls. 30-45%
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Ace Support Boosts Vac Sls. 30-45%

OAK BROOK, IL–Ace is the place with the Helpful Hardware Man, particularly when it comes to merchandising floor care.

“That saying is more than just a motto. Our people have been trained and they’re out on the floor to help the customer,” noted Ace Hardware Corp. Marketing and Merchandising Manager Leon Gurny.

“Our dealers will take the time to tell the customer about the vacs and demonstrate them. You won’t find that at a discounter or a catalog showroom. And if something goes wrong, he’ll still be there when the customer comes back,” he added. (more…)

Retailers Polish Promos as Sales in Floor Care Grow
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Retailers Polish Promos as Sales in Floor Care Grow

The floor care business is on an upswing and retailers have planned a barrage of promotional activity to safeguard a good spring season.

Sales gains of up to 10 percent over last year’s figures are largely credited to vigorous promotional strategies. And, indeed, aggressive retail techniques have been the key to success in the vacuum cleaner business, where margins are low, and profits relatively hard to come by. (more…)