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Records. We set records. Stacks and stacks of records. The most units shipped in a year helped offset tight margins. Another hot summer in prime country for room air conditioners built store traffic and cash flow. It was also a big year for product innovation.

JANUARY

Mel Lewis retired as Maytag and Admiral Products' vice president of marketing and was succeeded by Bill Beer. Patrick Loch moved to Jenn-Air and Magic Chef Products as national retail sales manager.

The National Association of Retail Dealers of America and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers created a simplified program to certify servicers who handle CFC repairs.

Headlines from the Builders' Show: gleeful outlook as business improves; bigger products; more convection, smoothtops, sealed burners, stainless steel; GE Profile and Whirlpool CFC-free models; White-Westinghouse redesigned.

Robert Lawrence filled the vacant post of executive director at Associated Volume Buyers.

Frigidaire agreed to supply Key America with a full Tappan line of appliances.

Frigidaire named Jim Mishler executive vice president of marketing as Arjan Gursahaney moved to the parent AB Electrolux.

Manufacturers' monthly white-goods shipments increased 3.2 percent despite everything from snowstorms to earthquakes, AHAM said.

February

Masco denied reports Thermador was for sale and planned to broaden the cooking specialist's market.

Goodman Manufacturing Co. said it would build a Tennessee plant to make 1995 room air conditioners.

Steve Piro resigned as vice president of major-appliance sales for Amana's eastern division, ultimately to become Asko's vice president of sales.

NARDA became NARDA: reflecting expanded activities, the National Association of Retail Dealers of America was renamed the North American Retail Dealers Association.

Whirlpool shipped its first Super Efficient Refrigerator Program contest winner.

AHAM reported shipments gained 5.3 percent for the month.

March

Reinhard Metzger became Thermador's president.

NARDA's convention focused on developing categories and tactics for independent retailers to combat chains.

Phil & Jim's, afflicted by debt, closed the last of its 10 stores.

AHAM crowed about the biggest month in the industry's history: 5,426,300 units shipped, up 17.3 percent.

April

Fred Turner joined Frigidaire, succeeding Jim Mishler as vice president of sales operations.

Headlines from the Kitchen/Bath Show: Thermador 7-mode wall ovens; Whirlpool cooking array; FiveStar 30-inch ranges; Venmar range hoods; Northland Pure Water System; chrome vanishes; stainless steel is big.

AHAM's annual Member Meeting focused on the future: electronic selling, conservation, ethnic diversity, globalization, accelerated change.

Crazy Eddie Antar was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison and ordered to repay $121 million, the estimated sum shareholders lost in the stock fraud.

President John Wilkerson left Regency VSA Appliances Ltd.; coincidentally, said the parent Australian firm, Regency was being restructured for more market focus.

AHAM reported the biggest April in history, up 10.5 percent from the 1993 month.

May

Anaheim Manufacturing Co. acquired Masco's Waste King division.

DOE's laundry-dishwasher standards took effect with hardly a murmur from the manufacturers in complying with the rules.

GE Appliances began shipping its CFC-free refrigerator.

June

Early heat and memories of the torrid 1993 season conspired to drive strong air-conditioner sales as some component shortages added to supply pressures.

Magic Chef unveiled the Time-Savor electric range combining microwave and radiant heat.

Ken Kaminski took over Whirlpool's small-appliance operations; Greg McManus succeeded him as Sears vice president.

Richard Sharp, Circuit City's president and chief executive, also became chairman; Alan McCollough was named senior vice president, merchandising.

Frigidaire and Philips began offering single-source extended-service contracts.

AHAM reported the biggest June in history: the third 5-million-unit month (and second this year), up 16.7 percent from June of 1993.

July

Viking added "executive" to Liston Durden's title as vice president of marketing.

GE Appliances showed a Profile 30-cubic-foot side-by-side refrigerator.

Whirlpool reported its first $2 billion quarter (ending June 30) as the giant manufacturers were unanimous in claiming records sales and/or profits.

Bob Cunningham became general manager of the marketing group for the Whirlpool brand, succeeding Neil Lynch, now vice president of marketing in Asia.

Marta Group Inc., the Key America chapter in Philadelphia, liquidated.

Best Buy agreed to take on an extensive derivative line of upscale Frigidaire Crown series appliances in Concept II and III stores.

AHAM reported the biggest July in history: up 3.9 percent, and records for six of 12 categories.

August

Tappan offered commercial-style ranges at step-down price points.

AHAM reported the biggest August in history: up 12.3 percent, and upgraded its forecast again, this time to 51.19 million units (the record is 50.65 million in 1987).

September

Shifts at Whirlpool's top: Hank Bowman, executive vice president for global business-process integration; Jeff Fettig, president of Whirlpool Europe (his old job, North American vice president of group sales and marketing, was split up);

AHAM set up a task force seeking to standardize data interchange and bar codes from component suppliers to retailers.

In-Sink-Erator said it would phase out dishwashers and compactors by year-end.

Distinctive Appliance Corp. named Terry Kelly senior vice president of sales; David Daneman, eastern regional VP, left the upscale manufacturer.

Fedders said it returned to the black in the year ending Aug. 31.

AHAM reported the biggest September in history: up 8.5 percent.

October

Friedrich began marketing the Quietmaster series of one-touch all-electronic air conditioners.

Nebraska Furniture opened its 102,000-square-foot Mega Mart.

Frigidaire Co. confirmed its products are being removed from Circuit City stores and said it would shut its Dalton, Ga. plant within five months in favor of buying microwave ovens from Goldstar.

Matsushita said Quasar would become a promotional line in 1995 and Panasonic the step-up brand, with sales handled by three regional Panasonic sales companies.

Best Buy rumbled into Washington, D.C.'s suburbs with eight Concept III stores, followed by seven in the Los Angeles area.

Trader Horn, the 16-store Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. chain finally filed for Chapter-11 protection.

Sub-Zero introduced high-end modular refrigeration 27 inches wide.

AHAM didn't report the biggest October in history: shipments rose only 0.8 percent from the relative boom month a year ago.

November

Welbilt Appliance was sold to an investment group intending to rebuild its retail business.

Amana refused to acknowledge it canceled its three remaining independent distributors.

Frigidaire said a few core-category models, primarily Tappan, are being sold in rural Wal-Mart stores.

Maytag beat competitors to the punch with its one-touch, all-electronic IntelliSense dishwasher.

December

Dynamic Cooking Systems, which makes commercial-style cooking appliances for Thermador, said it would market its own DCS products.

Whirlpool said it was pulling its mainstream brand out of Best Buy stores, supplying Roper instead.

Sharp unveiled its Interactive Cooking System for microwave ovens.

Maytag said it will open six regional distribution centers beginning in mid-1995.
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Title Annotation:EHN; major home appliance industry, year highlights
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Date:Jan 2, 1995
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