K&BDN Cites Top Firms as 2000 Award Winners

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K&BDN Cites Top Firms as 2000 Award

Hackensack, NJ A total of 24 companies including kitchen and
bath dealerships, distributors, manufacturers, sales reps and
others are being honored by Kitchen & Bath Design News as
winners of the 2000 “Industry Leadership Awards” competition
sponsored each year by the magazine.

The annual competition was launched by K&BDN in 1999 as an
industry first to honor leadership excellence and outstanding
industry achievement.’

“Our Industry Leadership Awards are aimed at honoring
individuals and companies not on the basis of sales volume or
design expertise the two most common focal points for industry
competitions but, instead, for achievements in business management,
marketing, the use of showrooms, community service and other
activities that are equally critical to a company’s success,” said
K&BDN editorial director and publisher Eliot Sefrin.

“The companies we’re honoring in 2000 are truly industry leaders
who should be saluted and emulated for their business practices and
achieve-ments,” Sefrin said.

“Their performance should stand not only as a benchmark, but as
a source of inspiration, to other companies doing business in the
kitchen and bath industry.”

The 2000 “Industry Leadership Award” winners are as follows:

  • Overall Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath
    First Place: Kitchens by Deane, Stamford, CT.
    Second Place: Wood Palace Kitchens, Inc., Middleboro, MA.
    Third Place: Distinctive Kitchens, designs by Steenbeke & Sons,
    Bedford, NH.
  • Overall Excellence in Operating a Kitchen & Bath
    Distribution or ‘Whotail’ Firm.
    First Place: Williams Distributing, Grand Rapids, MI.
    Second Place: The Plumbery, Sacramento, CA.
    Third Place: Broc Supply, Allentown, PA.
  • Most Innovative Kitchen or Bath Retail Marketing Effort.
    First Place: Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Westbrook, CT.
    Second Place: Teknika Design Group, Philadelphia, PA.
    Third Place: Bath Style, Huntersville, NC.
  • Most Innovative Retail Business Management Strategy.
    First Place: Monson Interior Design/Dreammaker Bath & Kitchen
    by Worldwide, St. Louis Park, MN.
    Second Place: Vince Mecca’s World of Custom Cabinetry, Elmhurst,
  • Most Innovative Showroom or Use of Displays.
    First Place: Venango Supply, Seneca, PA.
    Second Place: Bauerware, San Francisco, CA.
    Third Place: (tie): Kitchen Designworks, Inc., Richmond, VA, and
    The Bainbridge Crew, Charlotte, NC.
  • Independent or Factory Sales Rep of the Year.
    First Place: Jim Wood (for Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.).
    Second Place: Marx N. Rehder (for Rutt Custom Cabinetry).
    Third Place: David E. Miller , Kansas Building Supply, Wichita, KS
    (for Merillat Industries).
  • Most Innovative Supplier Support Program .
    First Place: Viking Range Corp.
    Second Place: C.H. Briggs Hardware.
    Third Place: SANIJET Pipeless Whirlpool Bath.Community
  • First Place: C.H. Briggs Hardware, Reading, PA.
    Second Place: Mother Hubbard’s Custom Cabinetry, Mechanicsburg,
    Third Place: Carefree Kitchens, Inc., Linthieum Heights, MD.

Awards will be presented to the 2000 Industry Leadership Award
winners at a special event, to be announced by K&BDN in the
near future. In addition, profiles of each of the winners will
appear in the October issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News.

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