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AMERICAN HOME, an eight-store furniture chain based in Albuquerque, N.M., unveiled aggressive growth plans that include new stores in Tucson and Prescott, Ariz. The retailer will open a 110,000-square-foot store in Prescott, the company's first in that market and its fourth overall in Arizona. The store is scheduled to open in June 2005. The company also announced plans to open an 85,000-square-foot store in southeast Tucson, the third American Home location in the Tucson market. American was founded in 1936...

FURNITURE RETAILERS could be required to label products on showroom floors with country-of-origin tags as a result of a bill introduced recently by Rep. Vern Ehlers, R-Mich., which has the backing of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition. AMTAC Co-Chairman Bob Fogarty, who is chief executive officer of Kindel Furniture, said the organization will lobby aggressively in favor of the requirements. "American shoppers deserve the right to know where the furniture they buy is made," Fogarty said. "[It] would promote sales of American-made furniture and help to preserve an important industry that provides the U.S. economy with more than 573,000 high-paying manufacturing jobs." With Congress wrapping up its session, an AMTAC spokesman said he expects the legislation to be reintroduced in early 2005...

DOUG COLLIER has taken on the additional title of chief marketing officer for La-Z-Boy Inc. The position is new for the company. In addition to his current and primary role as vice president, marketing and furniture galleries development for La-Z-Boy Residential, Collier will be responsible for coordinating the company's brand initiatives globally throughout the corporation. He will also work to drive marketing efficiencies and best practices across the organization. In his chief marketing officer role, Collier reports to Kurt Darrow, president and chief executive officer. Collier continues to report to Steve Matlock, senior vice president of sales and marketing, for his La-Z-Boy Residential responsibilities. Collier has been with the company since 2002...

THOMASVILLE has appointed Ryan Tessau director of case goods design and named Adam Tilley to the position of merchandising/marketing manager for case goods. Both Tessau and Tilley report to Eric Easter, executive vice president of sales and marketing. Before his appointment, Tessau was merchandising manager for Thomasville case goods. He is a 29-year veteran with the company. Tilley previously held the position of national sales manager at Thomasville...

THE SAN FRANCISCO MART is busy signing up exhibitors left without a showroom for the Winter Market after the Concourse venue announced that it would not open for the January show. The Mart, which is the anchor building for the market, has found space for Antiques 2000, Artstock International, Decorland Inc., IMS & Woodbrook, Moroni Inc., Orient Express Furniture, Stool International and Tema Furniture. The Mart expects to add other exhibitors previously showing at the Concourse. San Francisco Winter Market will run Jan. 26 to 29. "The Concourse was known for having a unique product selection, which will now strengthen our assortment, particularly with regard to decorative accessories," said Roseann Carini, general manager of the San Francisco Mart, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in the home furnishings industry...

BROYHILL FURNITURE INDUSTRIES said it would relocate its Southern California distribution facilities in December to a 203,000-square-foot facility in Riverside. The Western Distribution Center will allow Broyhill to better serve its West Coast dealers, according to the company.
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Title Annotation:American Home Furnishings, La-Z-Boy Inc.
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 20, 2004

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