In the Industry- February 2017

In the Industry
By Wanda Jankowski

Couristan Opens Las Vegas World Market Center Showroom

Couristan, Inc., manufacturer of fine quality area rugs, residential broadloom and custom contract/hospitality carpeting, opened a permanent showroom within the Las Vegas World Market Center on the 4th floor in Building A, Space A-408, in time for the January 2017 Market.

“We’re extremely excited about returning to the World Market Center, and feel this venue gives us the opportunity to better service and provide the proper product presentations to our accounts located in the Midwest and Western states,” states Ron Couri, president and ceo of Couristan.

Couristan’s new Las Vegas showroom is positioned in the heart of Building A, easily accessible by the escalators as well as the pedestrian bridge from Building B. The showroom displays products in a variety of constructions and qualities from the company’s power-loomed, handmade and outdoor/indoor area rug divisions.

With the opening of its Las Vegas showroom, Couristan now has combined nine showrooms and/or design studios in cities across the country. In addition to its Fort Lee, NJ, global headquarters and showroom, Couristan also operates properties in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington, D.C..

On display in the new showroom during Las Vegas Market, the rug design shown is from the Sultan Treasures Collection, a grouping that renders traditional Persian designs in modern colors. Made with 100 percent heat-set Courton™ polypropylene, it is power-loomed in Belgium.

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Kathy Ireland® Worldwide & Worldwise® Extend Partnership

Worldwise®, a leading pet products company, has extended its partnership with global lifestyle design firm kathy ireland® Worldwide for five additional years. The companies had entered into an exclusive licensing agreement three years ago to design and develop the kathy ireland® Loved Ones™ Collection, a line of solution-based, home-décor friendly pet products.

“Kathy’s design and business savvy paired with her unique understanding of her loyal customer base’s needs produced one of our bestselling lines that is loved, cherished and appreciated by all our customers, including and especially the four-legged ones,” says Kevin Fick, Worldwise® ceo.

“Our partnership is supporting nonprofit initiatives and bringing extraordinary value as well as tremendous beauty in home décor-inspired items for pets and the families who love them. We are very pleased that this relationship will continue in such a powerful way,” says Kathy Ireland, kathy ireland® Worldwide’s ceo and chief designer.

The kathy ireland® Loved Ones™ pet product collection includes a range of dog and cat bedding, cat scratchers and toys for cats and dogs. New items from the collection will debut throughout 2017.

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Messe Frankfurt North America Celebrates 25 Years

German trade show giant, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, together with its North American subsidiary, Messe Frankfurt Inc. based in Atlanta, GA (also known as Messe Frankfurt North America), is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

“We are proud to have served the North American market for many years, but to be celebrating a 25-year milestone with a U.S.-based regional office is an honor and we hope to continue to bring value to the exhibition and events industry, while continuing to serve U.S., Canadian and Mexican exporters and buyers that attend our events overseas,” comments Dennis Smith, president and ceo of Messe Frankfurt North America. “We cannot achieve such a successful milestone without the commitment and duty of our talented staff in Atlanta, Mexico City and Alberta, strategic partners, industry association supporters and association partners, government agencies, local convention and visitor bureaus, event vendors and the many venues that we operate from in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.”

Messe Frankfurt North America currently organizes 10 trade shows in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Texworld USA, International Apparel Sourcing Show, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo and Boulevard Pret-a-Sale are all held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. The Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City are the hosts for INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City. NACE Automechanika Chicago is held at McCormick Place in Chicago and Texprocess Americas together with Techtextil North America are held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Waste & Recycling Expo Canada and Municpal Equipment Expo Canada rotate between the International Center in Toronto and the Palais des Congres in Montreal in alternating years.
“Thirty years ago, Messe Frankfurt began organizing trade shows outside Germany. With 30 subsidiaries now to our name, we are one of the top international players in the event business. And Messe Frankfurt North America has been representing both the tradition and the success of the company and its customers in exemplary fashion for 25 years. This not only applies for our trade shows on the North American continent, but also for thousands of American customers whom Messe Frankfurt North America helps every year to tap into international markets at 138 trade shows around the globe,” says Detlef Braun, member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

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